Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Loom

I found a really interesting "bookshelf" mentioned on It's by a company called Rawedges.
It seems like a really interesting way to display books, though you would have to have a small collection or only pick a select few to display.

What do you think of the loom bookcase? Would you want one for your book collection?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

planning, editing, and writing

I spent the last few days peaking out my window to see the ground not covered in a white fluffy snow but hard white ice. The trees looked sad too with their branches sagging low due the extra weight.  (Many toppled braches/trees were seen too and a pole from a nearby driving range)

So with a blanket around to keep the chill out I started a massive organization of my story. I wrote the second half of Searching for the Queen’s Palace during NaNoWriMo and just did a major cut of all the “add on” scenes. I ended up keeping only 36,000 of the written 50,000 because I came to the end of the novel, but not the end of the story. That was rather easy because the mindless character’s retrospect I highlighted in black.

 The next thing was to number each scene and create a sentence summary about what happened. I wrote these out on paper and created my story arch for each timeline.

After that I grouped them into how the scenes would appear in the story and cut out repetitive scenes/ added new ones. Then I wrote all those on index cards to make it a bit easier to use.

Anyone else doing after NaNo editing? How are you doing it? 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter coats

The weather change so much in the span of two days. It went from the high 70s  down to the 30s. Perhaps it is for the best, it’s winter after all, and it has no business being in the 70s unless it’s the tropics.

I’m actually rather fond of winter since it seems to bring the best out of people’s fashion. (Though I often see more hoodies than nice winter coats)

I bought a new coat  this summer, which left me much anticipating the first thermometer drop of the year.   It's from Juliette et Justine  and is a wonderful wearable tapestry with a crest of lions and crown. The buttons are large crowns with a pearl and diamond design to them. They are a little tricky to get into their holes, but do look ever so nice once they are.

What’s your go-to winter coat? 

Friday, November 29, 2013


Hello everyone. It’s nice to meet all of you that happen to stumble across this blog.  I’m Amy Tasukada and enjoy writing, reading and tea. I’m currently in the second year of working on my novel Searching for the Queen’s Palace.  It’s that work that has inspired me to get with the times and join the whole social media bug.  I hope you enjoy this blog and that hopefully it inspires you in some way. 

This photo I took many years ago at The Queen B's, a small tea house in the middle of the hills. It's this tea house that inspired my book, or rather lack of another tea house with as much caliber as this shop.