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Happy Halloween :)

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 31, 2018 07:04

Happy Halloween! Have a fun, safe night tonight. And if you're trick or treating I hope you get the candy you really like. Apparently, for many trick or treaters this is a real problem and they resort to trading their candy after. I asked my friend's 9 year old (who is my nearest reliable source about this problem), and he readily agreed and told me that the best part of the night for him is the trading that happens afterwards. He and his friends dump their enormous buckets of candy on the floor and they all trade like crazy. Well, apparently Reeses candy is way ahead of the candy crowd and has come up with a solution. They are rolling out the Reese Candy Trading machine. You can dump your unwanted candy and the machine will spit out Reeses peanut butter cups. It seems like a good idea if you like peanut butter. However, I'm old school and I think part of the fun of trick or treating is that you "get what you get and don't make a fuss"!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m89djlGgzIQ

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Pumpkin Spice Everything :)

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 24, 2018 06:44

Well, it's Fall, but it doesn't quite feel Fall enough for me. Going to hit 90 degrees today! Some kind of Fall. Looking forward to roasting pumpkin seeds, the sounds of trick or treat at my door, pumpkin spiced coffee and the changing of the leaves. Happy Fall everyone.

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Benefits Of Research

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 08, 2018 06:39

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One of the most pleasant phases of writing a novel (for me at least) is doing the research.  For instance, I never write about a place I haven’t visited.  Therefore it has been my joy to have traveled the world and explored places like Egypt, East Africa, Australia. 

Although my latest novel, “The Far River,’ takes place right here in my own California and does not offer exotic travel, nonetheless the book had its research rewards.  The story is about three generations of two families who came to California from Germany to establish a winery.  So naturally, before
I could write about a winery, I had to visit one – several of them, in fact.  I need to give the book that authentic flavor, don’t I?  And of course, visiting wineries one must always sample the products (we have many wineries in California and tour companies that provide buses or limousines that allow visitors to go from one winery to the next without worrying about driving – aaaahhhh, beautiful).


In fact, I so thoroughly enjoyed my research into wineries and
wines, that I am now looking to my next novel and the extensive research
it will require.  My thoughts are running along the lines of a
manufacturer of fine chocolates.  What do you think?

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