Seljalandsfoss: Our First Stop Along the South Coast of Iceland #Seljalandsfoss #Iceland #travel


Please enjoy these beautiful images of Iceland!

The Light Behind the Story

The south coast of Iceland is famous for its waterfalls, volcanos, glaciers, and black sand beaches. We didn’t quite make it as far as Vík to see the black sand and rocks of the south coast, but we still filled a day’s worth of wonders.

I found the hills along the south coast to be particularly animated

As we drove along highway 1, Iceland’s famous Ring Road, towards our first stop, the clouds began to part to make way to the blue beyond and the glorious sun that had been mostly missing from the previous day. The drive from Reykjavík to Seljalandfoss, our first outdoor destination, is nearly two hours. We decided to break it up with a quick stop at the LAVA Centre in Hvolsvollur.

The LAVA museum is a bit pricey, but offers some fun and impressive interactive exhibits that demonstrate the awesome power of Iceland’s volcanic landscape…

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Going To A Writers’ Conference




Hello all! I am heading off today to attend the 2022 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City! After a couple of years of virtual meetings, it is good to be able to attend in person–masked, of course!

I will be there to gain information on writing and the publishing world from various panels, but my main goal is to pitch my novel, The War Of The Sidhe, during a Saturday Pitch Slam.  This is like speed dating with literary agents, in which the author has three minutes to try to entice the interest of the agent, and the time is enforced! The suggestion is to make a 90 second pitch and leave 90 seconds for questions.

Wish me luck!



Priorhouse interview – Roberta Eaton Cheadle


Please enjoy this wonderful interview of Roberta Eaton Cheadle!

Yvette from Priorhouse blog was kind enough to invite me over for a guest interview. Yvette created the most beautiful post and she also asked some excellent questions. Thank you, Yvette.

If you don’t know Yvette, she blogs about art, museums, books, and also posts intriguing interviews with authors and bloggers. She also participates in a number of photograph challenges with her excellent photographs.

Today’s Interview featuresRoberta (Robbie) Eaton Cheadle, whois a South African author. She has worked in finance since 2001and she also writes fiction and poetry. In addition to having short stories and poems in numerous anthologies, Robbie has published ten children’s books and two novels:
Through the Nethergate, a historical supernatural fantasy

A Ghost and His Gold, a historical paranormal novel set in South Africa.

Now most readers of the Priorhouse blog know that I don’t read horror stories and I stay away from paranormal material –…

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Thank You To Writers!



Thank you to all the writers who are creating books, poetry, drama, and short-stories. You are also educating, informing, and entertaining! You are not only the story-tellers of society, but you are also the conscience of the world.

Keep doing what you do, and readers will continue to read your work. 

Also, please remember to have faith in yourselves and your abilities. 

Again, thank you!


Portraits: Water Birds~


Please enjoy these lovely photographs from Cindy Knoke!


are the most photogenic,


They need no makeup for their closeups.

No photo-shop,

nor artifice.

They are natural born beauties.

Cheers to you from the beauteous birdies~

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Roberta Writes – Sneak peak into my WIP, The Soldier and the Radium Girl


Please enjoy this excerpt from Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s WIP, The Soldier And The Radium Girl!

I have returned to working on my WIP after setting it aside for three months following contracting Covid in early March. I finally found the enthusiasm to return to this novel and have added over 6,000 words in the last 2 weeks. This is a short extract which also serves as a warning about the tragic consequences of illegal abortions, a topic which has taken central stage on social media recently. It still needs some work and editing, but I am fairly happy with the structure and content of this piece.

Just for a little context, Grace Fryer is the Radium Girl who led the other girls in the prosecution of their previous employer, the United States Radium Corporation. This was one of the cases in the USA which was significant in the development of occupational safety and health standards. I am of the view she was an young women with…

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A Check-in With Writers



Hello to all the writers out there! I hope everyone is doing well and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

This post is simply a quick check-in to see how you are doing with your writing.  Are you currently working on a first draft? Are you in the process of revision? Do you have a book coming out?

Wherever you are in the creative process, please reply, and let us know how you are doing.

Also, please remember that you can do this! You are a writer!

Since I asked the question of others, I will also answer. I am about 2/3 of the way through a current first draft, and I am making about 3-5 agent submissions per week of my finished book.

Again, I ask: how is your writing progressing?


Favorite Science Fiction Films: 7: The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers


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The 1956 film The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a seminal piece of cinema.  This movie combined the theme of alien invaders with that of xenophobia and the fear of communists infiltrating American society. Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter starred in the film, and directed by Don Siegel, in an Allied Artists film. The film was based on a novel by  Jack Finney called The Body Snatchers.

This black and white movie is atmospheric and establishes quickly a tone of distrust and disquiet, by creating a world in which normalcy seems just out of place. This questioning of normalcy, especially in  the context of 1950s America, in which conformity was seen as a virtue, is a strength of the movie. In post World War Two America, many people lived in a segregated world, divided by race, class, and religion.  Also, the United States was suffering through the hearings run by Senator Joe McCarthy, which were a modern version of witch hunts. The level of paranoia that was permeating American society is reflected in this film. Additionally, the possible effects of scientific research on humanity as well as the omnipresent nuclear threat also inform the tone of this film.



Certainly, there were people who opposed the insanity of the time, people such as the writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, and the journalist Edgar R. Murrow, but I will discuss their courage in another post in the future.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers has grown in popularity and has become recognized as one of the most important science fiction films of the 1950s, if not in American cinema as a whole. The idea of the loss of humanity behind the façade of a person’s face gives rise to the current explosion of zombie movies. This movie also gave America the term that would live in our consciousness of “pod people.” It is a brilliant movie, and one that I suggest that you see if you have not.

It’s Time For A July Self-Promotion Party!


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Hello to all the writers out there and reading this blog!

It is time for a shameless self-promotion party, so please do not be shy about your work.

Be proud of your writing!

Let the world know about your book(s)!

Shout to the world about your writing!

Tell us about your book(s), and leave an image and a link if you can.

In order for as many people to see your work as possible, please Tweet and reblog this post!

Here is my self-promotion: my latest book can help writers who have issues with finishing first drafts of their books. If that is you, I offer direct, practical advice on how to Get The Draft Done! by Charles F. French.


Get The Draft Done! is available here:


Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


Print book

Thank you!

My radio interview:


Available on Amazon

Available on Amazon


Available on Amazon

North Rim~


I hope everyone enjoys these beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!

Aspens with their new summer leaves in the Kaibab Forest.

Sunlit view from the North Rim. (Click to enlarge and see The Colorado River.)

Landscape near Lee’s Ferry.

The Colorado.

Horseshoe Bend.

We entered here for a seven day raft trip when the kids were younger. I will never forget the sound of the rockslides in Marble Canyon at night,

or the lizards doing pushups by my sleeping bag when I woke in the morning.

Cheers to you from the resident chuckwalla~

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