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In Remembrance

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 11, 2019 09:31

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Soup Anyone?

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 31, 2019 08:04

For those of you who have read my novels, you know that I have delved into the early adventures of humankind with stories set at the dawn of civilization going forward. It is fascinating to write about ancient people, because while there is research available, imagination must play a huge part in a story like this. I recently read about a pot of soup that was 45 years old. This fascinated me for a couple of reasons: firstly this would have been an ancient womankind culinar<span class=" />y delight that any of my characters would have created and enjoyed and secondly, oooh, Gross!! So, what is the soup all about? Also known as “Perpetual Stew” or “Hunter’s Pot”, the idea is that you reserve a little of the soup broth from the first day, keep it overnight and use it the next day, adding ingredients to it, and so on and so on. This is not a knew idea by any means, and there are claims that a soup in Normandy called “pot-au-feu” has been burning for 300 years! I wonder what you would serve with a 300 year old soup!

 

 

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Happy Father's Day

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 16, 2019 16:42

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Happy Father's Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, Father figures and the difference you make in the world. And also remembering those who no longer have their Dad's.

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School's Out!

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 14, 2019 17:20

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I was running errands earlier this week and the outside temperature indicator in my car read 104 Fahrenheit. School is out for the year in my school district too and I guess Summer is truly here!

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Rainy Days

by Barbara Wood last modified May 23, 2019 14:24

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It's late May and it's raining . . . again.

I'm not complaining. It's just unusually fabulous for the season where I live in southern California.

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Happy Mother's Day

by Barbara Wood last modified May 13, 2019 13:12

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Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Moms out there!

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Snail Mail

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 05, 2019 07:56

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We live in a fast moving world. We receive our news, coffee, movies, information, communication, do our shopping at the touch of a button. It's great! This past week, however, I received some lovely mail from readers. By mail I mean a hand written note on stationery with a stamp on the envelope which took a few days to reach me. It was like opening a little gift. Do you still receive such mail? (and I don't mean bills)!

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April Fools' Day

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 01, 2019 08:07

Happy April Fools' Day. Hope you are pulling off some good pranks today!

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Happy Spring!

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 22, 2019 14:47

Spring has sprung officially.

Does it feel like Spring where you are? In my neck of the woods I see blossom buds on the trees and flowers abound.

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Happy Pi Day !

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2019 14:33

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Read Across America

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 06, 2019 08:31

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March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America – a day dedicated to promoting reading in schools, public libraries, and community groups.

My friend, Sharon, (any of you have come to my book signing events, you will have met her there), took a collection of my books to her son’s classroom yesterday (unbeknownst to me), and set up this lovely display. She spoke to the children about the life of an author. Maybe there’s a budding writer in the group? I hope so!

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Characters Are Real

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2019 14:38

When I'm writing characters and fleshing them out with all kinds of traits, a back story, what motivates them, I do consider them to be real people. I'm very attached to them. I have to be, to make sure they are authentic and behave in real ways. I have heard from so many readers over the years that they too are deeply attached to the characters. Some of my close friends have been quite upset with me when I've killed a character and they have let me know about it! I'm pleased to know that during the time a reader immerses herself/himself into a story that they too are in the story. That makes my day!

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Dos-à-dos

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2019 14:44

Who doesn't like a deal? BOGOF or a twofer or a dos-à-dos as in a dos-à-dos book, (from the French, "back to back") - a method of book binding introduced in the 16th Century. What a deal! Two books bound together in one cosy, although somewhat cumbersome package. My thought is, which two books would you put side by side? Two similar, two opposites? What would be the perfect pairing? Then I thought how I would pair my books. Butterfly and Stars are an obvious pair as one is the sequel to the other, as are Soul Flame and The Divining. Magdalene Scrolls and Sacred Ground seem to have a similar type theme of discovery. Green City in the Sun and Domina - both about female doctors but set in two decades: 1920's and 1960's and set in different continents. I might put two opposite novels together: What would you suggest?

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Happy New Year!!

by Barbara Wood last modified Mar 14, 2019 14:55

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that in the new year you do whatever makes you happy!

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