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50 Shades Of Blue

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 20, 2016 09:10

It was with great interest that I read recently that the oldest indigo-dyed fabric ever found was just discovered in Peru. Scientists have dated it to around $6,200 years ago. Prior to this discovery, the oldest sample was dated around 4,400 years ago in Egypt.

You may wonder why this kind of information delights me. Many of my books are set in ancient times(The Blessing Stone, Woman of a Thousand Secrets are perfect examples), and require an abundance of research. So, I tuck these discoveries away for possible use in future novels. Now, if I choose to write a novel set in the Americas around 6,200 years ago, you bet my heroine will be rockin' a blue dress!

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Quote To Inspire

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 12, 2016 09:12

"Be Yourself -- everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde.

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How Was Your Weekend?

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 02, 2016 08:44

I read an article recently, the title of which I found intriguing, The secret meanings in 'how was your weekend?'.

Basically how you ask this simple question reveals a lot about you.  There are 4 possible ways of asking this question:

#1 "Good weekend?"

#2 "Did you have a good weekend?"

#3 "Did you do anything interesting this weekend?"

#4 "What did you do this weekend?"

The questions are listed in order of how much you care about the other person.

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The Benefits Of Research

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 29, 2016 04:08

Doing research is one of the stages of writing a novel that I particularly love. Research gives me ideas, inspiration, guides my characters and points my plot it in the right direction. I do all my research myself, I never have help. In writing my current novel about a German wine making family in California, I have naturally had to do research on wines. While I am a wine drinker, I am no expert. I buy my wine in jugs at the supermarket. So naturally I had to familiarize myself with all the different varieties, how they are grown, processed, etc. In so doing, I have tasted many lovely wines over the past months. Last night for example, I treated myself to a particularly delightful Gew├╝rtztraminer.


Needless to say, I have been very happy while doing this research

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Plan B

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 24, 2016 08:53

I was fascinated with Roman and Egyptian history as a girl, so much so that I wanted to be an archeologist. This passion to unearth treasures did influence several of my books. Star of Babylon, The Blessing Stone, Sacred Ground, The Prophetess, The Watch Gods Hounds & Jackals, The Magdalene Scrolls.  I never became an archeologist, but I get to write about it :)

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A Writer's Sense Of Humor

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 10, 2016 14:12

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Past Leads To The Present

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 02, 2016 13:05

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This quote could easily apply to so many of the female characters I create. They usually have a past they are trying to escape or overcome or a secret that is consuming them. Inevitably a bright future is where they are heading (although it usually takes them about 400 pages to get there) - writer's prerogative.

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Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas From?

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 30, 2016 07:46

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Authors And The Feline

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 27, 2016 14:39

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Most of my author friends own cats (or are owned by them). I wonder why this is, as I too live with a wonderful kitty named Bucky. She loves to sit on my desk while I work, and when I step away, Bucky likes to walk on my keyboard - bless her! But what is the special affinity between writer and feline?

I recently learned, for instance, that the great French novelist Alexandre Dumas was a rescuer of stray cats. Not only was his home filled with them, but he formed a group in the 1880's called the Feline Defense League (sort of an early SPCA), and other famous writers - Baudelaire and Guy de Maupassant to name just two - were also founding members. Another famous French writer, Colette, was fond of cats and was known to have said, "There are no ordinary cats."

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Summer Reading

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 21, 2016 12:38

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The right book can make any pool time experience a great one!

Hope you've found your perfect Summer book.

 

 

 

 

 

(Artist: Amos Sewell)

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Land Of The Afternoon Sun - Audible

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 18, 2016 10:00

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For Readers who like to listen: Land of the Afternoon Sun is now avaialble at Audible.com

Narrated by Mia Gaskin.  Here's a little bit about the narrator.

Originally from Southern California, Mia began acting at age 5 on the sidewalk in front of her house, performing her heart out with the kids on the block for anyone that was willing to watch. Her passion for performing continued into her adult life, and she went on to earn a degree in Theatre from UCSD and later continued her professional training at South Coast Repertory. She spent the next several years performing semi-professionally and professionally on stage as well as in independent films. While living in Los Angeles, Mia discovered she had another calling: voice-over. She began recording radio spots and discovered that she LOVED being behind the mic! From there she began recording audiobooks and has narrated over 40 audiobooks in the past 2 years. Currently, Mia is collaborating on a new musical project with her husband as well as building a state of the art recording studio in her home. She lives in Southern Oregon.

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Today Is The Day!!

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 12, 2016 09:14

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Today is the official publication date of my latest book, Land Of The Afternoon Sun.

During book events and in my past blogs, I have likenend each of my books to a precious child.  I don't have favorites and each one is special.  And so the pub date of a new one, is like a birth.  So, today I'm announcing that I'm the proud parent of my latest little one! 

Enjoy!

 

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A Row Of Houses

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 12, 2016 14:57

<p>Many of you know my assistant, Sharon, who is also a very dear and close friend. Sharon recently went to England to visit family and came back with lots of photos. One of them was of a residential section in the town where her family lives, and I was astounded at how much it looked like the small town where I was born in northern England. I could have grown up in a neighborhood just like the one near to where Sharon's family lives, if my father hadn't brought us all to America . . .</p>

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You're On Your Way

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 21, 2016 12:30

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own and you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go."

From "Oh the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss

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Dreams

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 17, 2016 11:50

I'm often asked where do I get my inspiration from for my novels. I don't have a simple answer to this question. Sometimes it's a conversation with a friend, or an article I've read, or an ancient story, a vacation, an old photograph, a piece of art, or it can be a dream.

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Smile!

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 14, 2016 02:59

Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile

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An Encouraging Word

by Barbara Wood last modified Jun 05, 2016 08:18

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It’s June and schools everywhere are holding graduation ceremonies. A time for expressing gratitude to those who taught us and inspired us so well – the teachers! I look back and recall Mrs. Jeffries in particular, who was one of my 8th grade teachers. I remember a writing assignment – the subject was to be of our choosing but the purpose of the essay was to write it in such a way as to enthuse others on the subject. I chose to write about Pharaoh Akhenaton and his wife Queen Nefertiti who, to this day remain mysterious, controversial figures in history. Were they truly humankind’s first monotheists?

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Happy Memorial Day

by Barbara Wood last modified May 30, 2016 06:53

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What IS She Reading?

by Barbara Wood last modified May 29, 2016 18:21

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Do you suppose she's reading Land of the Afternoon Sun?

 

 

 

 

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Advice From An Author :)

by Barbara Wood last modified May 24, 2016 12:48

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2017-08-16

Perfect View


2017-07-26

Parking Woes


2017-07-10

Christmas In July


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Jul 18, 2017

Audio: The Serpent & the Staff


Jun 13, 2017

Terres D'esperance


May 19, 2017

The Blessing Stone


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