Friday, April 6, 2012

C is for Capitulation

Wow, I thought this A to Z Blogfest would be no sweat. Easy to put up a post every day, right? I have so many thoughts to share.

But not as much time. Today I should be on F already. But it's 6:00 a.m. and I am already starting late on my crazy busy day.

So, I must give in. The Blogfest beat me already!

F is for Fail. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Belhanor

Mittenburg, via
I was away from my computer today, so this post is very late.

My husband and I took a trip to Germany in 2001 that inspired much of my fantasy writing. We saw lots of castles, cottages and cobbled villages. I fell in love with the Alps, as well as German folk art. Everything is painted, carved, decorated or molded. They even had intricate molds for butter and for gingerbread. I also collect dollhouse miniatures and was on the lookout for those. My dollhouse now boasts a German-style kitchen with its own set of tiny gingerbread molds.

Photo by Museumchick at
The water flowing down from the mountains is actually turquoise-colored. I don't know why that is, but it was the inspiration for my turquoise-watered lake. That and Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada. I've never been there but I have a wall poster of it. I would sit in my office and dream about escaping there.

So Belhanor was born. I call it the "Scotch Canadian Alps" because it's got a little bit of all those places rolled up in it.