In the Bookcase


Favorite Finds #10

Here's a few blog posts that I read during this past week. I saved them so I could share them with you.
Please do enjoy reading these young ladies' blogs!

Oh NaNoWriMo, When Shall Ye Arrive? - Georgie @ Before My Penn Has Gleaned

Too hard? - Jane @ Novel Pretender

On the fickleness of words - Margaret @ Painter of Words

Dear Homework - Rose's Daring Adventure

One of my favorite places on earth - Michaela @ The Last Rose of Summer


A couple special things to mention

Hi Readers, I have a couple of lovely things to tell you about today!

The first thing to tell you about is the Fall Festival that Hannah Grace is hosting! She's posting special {exciting} things from October 27th to November 6th. Today was the first day, and she started it out with a book giveaway {Jane Austen fans especially will be interested}. I do encourange to click over to her blog during the next few days to see what she'll be posting!

Next on my list to tell my readers about... there's a new blog called "The Ladies Library". (Isn't that just a delightful name?) It's a blog composed soley of reviews about books! It is run by Grace. She and a few other girls are posting reviews together on this blog... I'm happy to say that I'll be posting occasionally on The Ladies Library too! In fact, I already did my first review on there, and if you want to check mine out, click here. There are already several posts to look at, and I've been enjoying reading the other girls' reviews myself. It's always great to find out about new books! Also, if anyone is interested in participating in writing reviews for this blog, you can contact Grace for more details.


1 week = MyWriMo

I can't believe there's only one more week of waiting left until November begins. For me, this means MyWriMo! {click here for details} For many others of you, this means NaNoWriMo.

For "My Writing Month" {MyWriMo} I'm not going to attempt to fulfill 50,000 words to make a novel in one month. Instead, I'm looking forward to simply working on some writing projects that I've already started in the last few months (hopefully finishing up some things!)... I think there's a total of 5 different short stories that I would like to work on in November. Can't wait to get started!

How are you preparing for your November writing plans?

I have buttons for MyWriMo. If anyone wants to put one of these on your blog, then you are more than welcome to!


Autumn Recipe: Pumpkin Crunch

I've been wanting to share this recipe on my blog for a while now. It's one that my family especially enjoys during Autumn time. If you like pumpkin pie, then you're sure to like this recipe too!

- Pumpkin Crunch -

1 can (16oz) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
whipped toppping

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom of 13”x9” pan.

Combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, pie spices, cinnamon & salt in large bowl. Pour into greased pan.

Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle the melted butter on top.

Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely. Serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers.

Note: I'm linking this post to Emily's Fall Recipes linky list.
If you'd like to join, please click here.


Favorite Finds #9

Here's my Favorite Finds for this week....
just a few things I've found in the blog-world that I enjoyed reading....

OhSewStylish Handbag Giveaway - @ Hannah's Hangout
(Giveaway ends Oct. 25)

Imagine this... - Jane @ Novel Pretender
(NaNoWriMo storyline....which includes Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, & maybe some other characters)

Go somewhere. - Anna @ Send Me a Song
(A wishful post about those delightful European countries)

It 'Tis Fall - Esther @ Barefoot Days
(Interesting, Fall-ish pics)


My dog, Terra

Maggie {from Bliss} is hosting another Photo Challenge...the theme this time is...PETS!

So, I thought I would share a picture of my dog... (some of you may have seen her before).
She is a Westie, and her name is Terra.

{click on picture to enlarge}

> > read more about the contest by clicking here
(it ends on Friday, so get your pictures posted soon, if you'd like to enter!)


BIG changes + "MyWriMo"

Hi everyone,
If you are here today on my blog, you might be noticing some big changes about now. (HINT~if you're viewing this post from a reader, you might want to click over to my blog)

A note about what's new: Take a look around and let me know what you think. Aside from the new design, I also created some new pages on my blog that you might like to investigate. (They're located near the top of my sidebar) You'll find a page full of some of my favorite quotes (you can even submit your own quotes on the page), and there's my Etsy shop, my blogroll, and much more.

There's even more news too. If you caught the word "MyWriMo" in the title of this post, you might be wondering what that is all about. Well, we all know what takes place in's NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month). As much as I would love to participate in it, I don't think that this is the right year for me. I just wasn't so sure about the "50,000 words in 30 days" part of it. Instead, I have a different idea... what I like to call... "MyWriMo" (My Writing Month). Anyone is welcome to join me in this venture, if you're interested. What I'm thinking about is still having November to be a month full of writing... it just may not contain a novel at the end of the month.

For a long time, I've wanted to finish several stories that I have started, and none of them have endings. Well, in fact some of them don't even have a middle section either... just a short beginning! So I would like to round up all my stories and finish them in November. Along the way, if I think up any new storylines, I might even write something new too... but I don't think it's going to be 50,000 words long.

I was wondering if anyone else would like to do this with me. The more, the merrier! We could each have our own "MyWriMo". We'll all have different goals. Mine is to finish some stories, so that I'll have some completed projects from this year.
{If you have some ideas for stories (or something bigger like a novel)--maybe you already have something in the works that you'd like to finish up, this could be your motivation. You don't have to commit yourself to the entire month of November either--just take whatever time you'd like in November to do anything you need with your writing.} I'd love to hear from anyone who is interested in this!

I know I'm excited about November coming and getting some writing done. You'll probably be hearing more about this from me, as the time gets closer!


Favorite Finds #8

Hello readers,
I wanted to go ahead and share some links with you today, even though it's not my regular day to post my Favorite Finds entry for the week. I do hope you'll enjoy perusing through these blogs, because I certainly loved reading through these links myself!

"Pumpkin Spice Bread- Recipe" - Emily @ Practically Pink
(Check out this scrumptious looking recipe AND then if you would like to share your own Autumn recipes, feel free to link up to her linky at the bottom of her post!)

"Describing a place you love to be." - Hannah Grace @ Walking in Thy Truth
(A very intriguing account of the night on which NaNoWriMo begins.)

"Autumn splendor" - Michaela @ The Last Rose of Summer

"Crafty Collection ~ Episode 1" - Miss Eyebright @ Defective Compositions
(Links that lead to such lovely tutorials & crafts!)

"Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge" - A Library is the Hospital for the Mind
(Anyone want to read Betsy & Tacy books this month?)

"List Of Some Publishers Of Books I Like" - Grace @ Genuine Glee


"Faces in everyday places."

There's a neat photo contest running on the blog Bliss {written by Maggie}.

The theme for the photos is - "Faces in everyday places."
> > click here to read more about the contest

Here's my entry...

Feel free to join up in the contest yourself! -and- Go see what kinds of pictures that the other participants are coming with.