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Warm Fuzzies Blogfest, Week Two

This week, for the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest, we’re being asked to share pictures and/or music describing our WIPs. Ever since 1993, I’ve largely written to music. I haven’t had a specific majority soundtrack till recently, though I know a lot of the books I wrote in the early Aughts were written to a lot of The Who, my favorite band and my fourth musical love. When I was writing Adicia’s story from November 2010-February 2011, I mostly listened to The Hollies. (Perhaps that’s why, when I picture Adicia’s husband Ricky, I see someone who looks a bit like a young Graham Nash, circa 1963-64.) You could’ve knocked me over with a feather if you’d told me even a year ago who I’d mostly be listening to while writing my Russian novel sequel! (Not that I didn’t already like them, but as a nostalgia band, not a band band.)

Here are a couple of songs/videos I feel could describe the storyline:

Can you guess the theme/storyline without looking at previous posts or the information in the sidebar?

We’re also being asked how else we use our creativity. I’ve always drawn pictures of my characters, and I also enjoy drawing, though I haven’t regularly done it in awhile. If anyone’s that interested, I could make a future blog post showing some of the pictures I’ve drawn of my Atlantic City characters (esp. considering this November makes it 20 years since I started my first real book featuring them!). Not all of those pictures are still in my room, but I’d love to go up and get any old pictures I might still have, along with the old pictures I drew of my soft sci-fi characters. I also might still have around somewhere book covers I drew for my Russian novel and Adicia’s story back in ’93.

I also embroider and cross-stitch, for over 20 years now, but nothing so far depicting any of my characters. (Just wait till you hear the story about how I saved my old little sewing scissors from El Al customs at Ben Gurion Airport in February 2008. No one was gonna take my scissors away from me after I’d had them for over 20 years, no matter how many hoops I had to go through to ensure they’d be put safely on the plane instead of thrown out, and no matter how scary and nerve-wracking that whole ordeal was.)

I posted about the Blogfest on Twitter, so I have one point towards the week’s total.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

4 thoughts on “Warm Fuzzies Blogfest, Week Two

  1. Well, it is historical (set from 1924-30) and about a couple, but they don’t travel the world. They do gradually resettle their family from the Lower East Side to a Russian farming community in rural Minnesota, though.


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