Laurie Rockenbeck's Blog

Where I ramble about whatever comes to mind.....

A Creative Challenge

Sometime in April, I was asked to help make a gift for our departing minister at WUUC. The assignment was pretty simple--take a bunch of grosgrain ribbons that had been used in an earlier ceremony to bless our minister and create 'something' out of them. Over the last...

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Left Coast Crime–EEK!

I am heading to Reno in a couple of days to attend Left Coast Crime, my first ever 'fan' convention. Readers and writers of mysteries and thrillers gather from all over the West Coast to celebrate crime fiction of all kinds. This is the first time I'll be attending as...

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Gangster Nation–A review

Gangster%20NationGangster Nation by Tod Goldberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars This review is for the audible version... What kind of writer gets me to feel empathy for a mobster hit man? A good one. Is the whole story line believable? Maybe not, but it's a fun story...

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The Big Day is Almost Here

It's a Friday morning as I write this. My writing group has rented the most amazing house on Whidbey Island for a weekend retreat.  "Marty's Place" is a restored 1909 farmhouse right above the water with a most distracting view. There are five bedrooms, a TV room with...

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Lemon Ombre Cake

For my son's birthday, he requested a "lemon, lemon, lemon" cake, and I decided I'd try my hand at an ombre frosting. I took our favorite lemon cake, did a little research and put together what you see above. As I worked, I did a couple of time-lapse photos and put...

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A new year, a new list…

What's on your list to read in 2016?  I got a few fun books to read over the holidays, (see photo) and I still have a backlog from book-signing events and conferences. First up is "Purity" by Franzen. It was a birthday gift from my fabulous mother-in-law, and I have...

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Deep breath, hit send. Fly baby, fly.

I might as well be standing outside naked--in a public park surrounded by people staring at me. That's how exposed I feel right now. Today is it. The day I send Bound to Die out into the world. Yes, a few people have read it, liked it, even. But, today is the day I...

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Beta Time

People have been asking me questions that are some variant of "So, how's that book coming along?" or "When is your book coming out?" and "Didn't you win a contest or something?" and "Hasn't it been a while now?" It feels like FOREVER since I started Bound to Die for...

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Cassoulet!

After my last post on making the duck confit, I kind of left things hanging. Sorry about that, but I was busy finishing a draft of my novel during the last few weeks. Said draft is out into the world, or at least in the hands of six lovely beta readers for now. I told...

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Killing Some Darlings

I just opened Scrivener for the first time since I compiled the "full draft" for the writing competition I entered in May. A lot of writers find it is helpful to set a work aside for a while before a revision. This time away helps the writer gain some objective...

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Home Sweet Home

We've spent the last year plus thinking about Emma and her gap year. (Anyone who knows us is probably tired of hearing about Emma this, and Emma that--but it's been our LIFE for a while now.) First, we were planning, planning, planning. Then, once she was gone, it was...

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Gap Years are for Parents, Too

I can go on and on about what we hoped for Emma while she was on her gap year, but I hadn't really thought much about what it would be like for me. Her mom. She hasn't called me "Mommy" in years. While I've never thought of myself as a clingy, helicopter parent, I'm...

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Hope is Not…

Many of you know that I took the UW Literary Fiction Program a few years ago. Scott was the instructor of the class, and he'd mention his novel every now and again. His blog is filled with interesting additional insights about his process and how he twists the real...

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