Thursday, July 28, 2011


After a highly eventful week, I'm in for an even more eventful weekend! I'm going camping in North Bend with several friends. I can't wait!
(One of my friends thinks we'll see Bigfoot. I'm fairly sure Bigfoot is an old wives' tale. Whatever.)
The Pacific Northwest is one of the best places in the world to go camping! Soaring trees, very clear air, reasonable temperatures, and best of all, minimal bugs! If you like oceanside camping you can go to the Olympic Peninsula for some of the best beaches in the Northwest. On the other hand, if you love mountains, you can head to the Cascade Mountains for sweeping views, amazing waterfalls, and lots of wildlife. A lot of people say that Washington is losing its nature; they are mistaken. There is still lots of nature in my beautiful, amazing home state.
This weekend I will be camping in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where there is neither computer nor internet. Therefore, I won't be able to post the CWOWC winner until Sunday. Until then, have a blast of a weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What is With This????

In Washington, our summer usually starts on July 5th and goes to about October 10th. But we haven't had much of a summer! It was on average the coldest spring recorded and now we're having rain in summer.


On the upside, the weather appears to be improving for this weekend, if the weathermen/weatherwomen can be trusted. Come on, summer, make your stop in Washington already!

Monday, July 25, 2011


This weeks CWOWC word is "fain" (adv/adj; [feyn]).

Most creative use of "fain" wins a free Darkwoods eBook! Email your entry to by noon on Saturday, July 30th.

Meaning from
...adv: gladly, willingly
sample sentence: She fain would close her eyes.

adj: glad, willing
sample sentence: they were fain to sleep.

Monday, July 18, 2011

**Spoiler Alert**

I just saw the new Harry Potter movie last night. A ten out of ten!

Aside from superb graphics and great acting by a familiar cast, the movie mostly held true to the books. There were moments that swept me up in all the action and moments that moved me to tears. Even the death of Severus Snape (whom I HATE!!) was gut-wrenching and sad. The scene at the end where Harry has the Resurrection Stone and is surrounded by Lupin, Sirius, his father and his mother managed to be both sad and joyful. When Harry asked if the Death Eaters would see the four semi-ghosts, Sirius put his hand over Harry's heart and said, "We are right here," recalling what the living Sirius said to Harry in the third movie. The most exhillerating part had to be when Mrs. Weasley took down Bellatrix Lestrange single-handedly, especially when Bellatrix exploded. That is one psychopath the world will never miss.

So, aside from being depressing that there will be no more Harry Potter, the last movie lived up to the standards of a great story.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cool Word of the Week Contest for July 17-23, 2011

This weeks CWOWC word is "susurrate" (verb; ˈsjuːsəˌreɪt).

Most creative use of "susurrate" wins a free Darkwoods eBook! Email your entry to by noon on Saturday, July 23rd

Meaning from to make a soft rustling sound; whisper; murmur

sample sentence: "Zuryzel heard the wind susurrate through the trees."

Sunday, July 10, 2011


This weeks CWOWC word is "VULPINE" (VUL-pine, noun).

Most creative use of "vulpine" wins a free Darkwoods eBook! Email your entry to by noon on Saturday, July 16th.

Meaning from
1. Of or resembling a fox
3. Cunning or crafty

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

On this Fourth of July, I would like to send a very special thank you to the soldiers serving overseas in the Middle East. They have risked their lives for our protection and the advancement of freedom. So from all of us still in the Land of the Free,

Thank You!!

Another very large thank you goes to the one who has truly made us free.