Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fall Flowers for Spring, Plus a Writing Update

bee on flower
Bee!

In cleaning up my photos, I re-found some photos I took on a visit to Longwood Gardens (in the fall). So - more flower photos for you.

dessert theft
Nigel steals my delicious dessert!

This isn't actually much of a writing update because my news is that I put six queries out into the world. I'd been holding off on queries until I got some help from a critique partner in sprucing mine up. So, they're out there. We shall see.

water lilies
So many cool water lily ponds.

In writing my new YA sci fi, I'd set a goal for myself to get to the 50k point by the end of April, but with the query-storming session in the middle of the month, I'm currently at the 40k point. (I started at 20k.) I still have a little hope that I can crash through the last bit on Saturday, but I'll admit it's not likely.

But Longwood Gardens sure was pretty:

And one more:
conspiring orchids
These two look like they're conspiring together.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Magnificent Mane

To be honest, I forgot all about this post, but I actually have the perfect photo to post this week:

Sarah and Nigel: the Wink

This weekend I was cleaning out my photo files and found some scans of a few old and wonderful photos.

There are many things I enjoy about this picture.

Firstly, I, obviously, look adorable.

Secondly, Nigel has utterly magnificent hair.

Thirdly, Nigel is an idiot, and it's hilarious.

Really, that's everything I could ask for.

Well, I guess to show off the true magnificence of Nigel's hair, I will tack on one more photo:

Sarah and Nigel of the Magnificent Hair

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Was Here

So it was gorgeous outside. Things were blooming. The sky was blue and brilliant . . . and then it decided to snow.

daffodils and snow
This is my favorite photo from the day after, when most of the snow was gone.
It was a crisp, clear morning, and my hands got very cold down in this snow.

I was all excited that Spring had finally arrived, and then Old Man Winter decided he'd show me. I'm pretty sure it was the teenage equivalent of shouting, "You don't know me!"

spring snow
The day of the snow.
I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I'm a little obsessed with photos of flowers.

On the writing front, I'm processing a query critique that a friend of mine gave me, re-polishing my first few chapters, and working on my new project, but nothing all that new or exciting. And you know what's super pretty? Daffodils. I love daffodils. These poor daffodils were even knocked to the ground by snow, and they still manage to shine.

ivy, snow, daffodil, moody
The ivy leaf and snow are really the centerpiece here.
Doesn't it look all moody and fraught?
See, Mr. Winter? I've got my moments too.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Revisiting New Zealand

I don't think I've done a post that focused on one of the wonderful spots we visited in New Zealand: Lake Wanaka (pronounced wah-nah-kuh). For some reason, the pronunciation makes me think of Fozzy the Bear. I think he'd enjoy it.

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
This lake was gorgeous. We kayaked across it.

I've been working on a new book, letting the book I was querying breathe and giving myself a bit of a break from rejections. I considered posting about my new book, but I thought it'd be more fun for me to search through my honeymoon photos for this week's post. I really enjoy putting together posts like this because it gives me an excuse to look back through those photos (and reminds me that it's a fun thing to do).

lonely tree, Lake Wanaka
I think this tree is famous.
I've seen several gorgeous professional photos of this tree on Reddit.
I didn't do it justice. You should see it in proper lighting.
Like, my gosh, in these search results.

Lake Wanaka sunset, New Zealand
Sunset from near our hotel.

Sarah Hipple, New Zealand
My husband and I after kayaking out to the little island in the middle of the lake.

It was autumn in New Zealand, and, I might add, not really all that cold yet, but the hotel people looked at us like we were crazy when we asked to borrow the kayaks for the day. We showed them!

Although I will admit we got a bit damp. But since we'd brought all sorts of long underwear for some Serious Hiking later on (or Tramping as they called it), we were pretty well outfitted to triumph over a little bit of dampness.