Friday, April 1, 2016

For A to Z Posts- I moved go to the link below.

 A to Z posts are here.
 My blog address has moved. Please click the link above to find the challenge posts.
Scarlett in Cuenca Living the good life!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

I'm Moving! Read this post so you don't lose me.

Well I've been doing a little blog housecleaning getting ready for the April A to Z blog challenge as was mentioned in an earlier post.

And, if you follow me on Facebook, you know I attended the Cuenca International Writer's Conference this month. In doing so I met a lot of people from around Ecuador who travelled to Cuenca for the conference.  One of those people was Rick Segreda from Quito. And he asked if I had a blog and what the name of it was and he said, "Your blog should be called ..." Sorry, you'll have to wait until the end of the post.

Of course, my first thought was, I can't change my blog name! I'll lose all my followers. And the A to Z challenge is coming up and I'm already registered and. And that's what we do when someone suggests we change something we've grown comfortable with, isn't it? We find all the reasons NOT to do that thing. No matter how great an idea it is.

This is Rick. He looks like a smart man I should listen to, right? Photo courtesy of Geoffey Geophoto.

So the one thing that might make us consider making that change is when we are procrastinating something else we should be doing. Right? Haven't we all done things that way? So I'm procrastinating writing. Writing my new content for the challenge and writing book three of the series too. I have a good excuse...I'm sick. I have the most wicked cold this side of hell, so of course it would be so much easier and take a lot less mental energy to move my blog than to write.  It's can call me crazy, I've been called crazy before.

This is Su Terry, I didn't get to go to her session, but it looks like I should have. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Geophoto

Quickly now, run over to the new blog page and follow or subscribe so you don't miss all the new content. The new blog, thanks to Rick, is Frankly Scarlett and you can find it Here is Frankly Scarlett.

Have a Happy Easter and I'll see you all next week.
Scarlett in Cuenca
Living the good life!

Monday, March 21, 2016

A to Z Theme Reveal!

Hi everyone!  I'm glad you stopped by. Today I will announce the theme for my blogs in the April A to Z blog challenge!

I gave this a lot of thought. You know, thinking about blogging every day for a month is a little daunting. You wonder if you can not only come up with a topic to write about every day but if you can match those topics to the alphabet. I thought about giving you excerpts from my current work in progress, but that is similar to what I did last year. Although last year, when I started, I had no idea my posts would lead to a series of novels.

I wanted to do something for the fans of my series, but something that would also appeal to those who haven't read it yet. I don't want spoilers, so maybe some added content?  Would you like to know more about the characters from the Providence in Ecuador series?

You would?  Well, how about some interviews and conversations from our favorite characters?  Those we love and the ones we hope bump into karma in a dark alley.

Announcing Chica in Cuenca's theme for the 2016 April A to Z Blog Challenge:

Meet the Stars of Providence in Ecuador.

You will get to know the characters from Harvesting the Hummingbird, Peril in the Bayou and the soon to be released, Terror on the Bluff! As an added bonus...comment below a question you would like to ask your favorite character and your question could be selected.

I can't wait to see you, and hear what you think of the characters behind the stories.  See you soon, don't forget all the fun begins right here on Friday, April the 1st.

p.s. If you would like to read Harvesting the Hummingbird, it's on sale for .99 through the end of March at Amazon. And my books are always available on Kindle Unlimited. Just click the Harvesting the Hummingbird photo >>>>> to the right of the blog.


Scarlett in Cuenca
Living the good life!

Friday, March 11, 2016

March is Here and April's Coming

Hello, faithful friends and followers.

     There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in my life, so I thought I would take a moment and share.
Well, I suppose that could be taken a couple of ways after all, I live in Ecuador. At least once a week the ground shakes, but I never feel it. Mom does and while usually the quakes are early morning or late night I was in the kitchen when she said, my chair is shaking. I stood as still as possible hoping to feel it, but alas I did not. Sure enough, there were two quakes, a 5.5 and a 3.something or other.  And of course, the Tungarahua volcana is erupting, but that is far enough away it doesn't impact us here except for oooing and ahhing at the photos. I tried to find photos for you that I could attribute but couldn't find any and to refrain from copyright violations, you can google it. There are great photos and videos.
     So what has everything all a flutter for my March? The First annual Cuenca International Writer's Conference is next week!  If you are interested you can check it out here:

     Also, tonight is live Country Music night at one of my fav restaurants, the Bayou Cafe, my other fav restaurant, the Magnolia Caffe is hosting the Newcomer's Luncheon later this month. And of course, I'm trying to finish writing Terror on the Bluff, Book 3 in the Providence in Ecuador series.

But April is coming, and that means more excitement. I'm preparing now for the April A to Z blog challenge. I did a little housekeeping to the blog page here. How do you like it? Wow, so much has happened since I did the first challenge a year ago. Who'd have thunk?

This year I will be taking a themed approach to the daily blog posts. What is the theme you ask? Well, it's a secret until the theme reveal on the 21st of stay tuned, I think it will be fun.

You want some pictures? My newest photos are of the weird new fruits we are trying this summer. Remember it's summer here.

Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit)- these feel like a rubber ball and then you slice them open for:
The inside is flesh with seeds. The taste is mild, not too sweet, not tart at all. You can't eat too much though as it works as a laxative.
Achotillo- Again is a mild flavored, not to sweet, not tart fruit. the white flesh inside has the texture of a gummy bear.

     It has been a beautiful summer here and it's coming to a close with the start of the rainy season, our winter. It's not too bad, there is some sunshine every day and some rain every day. This week it rains most all night, but I don't mind that at all. It's a wonderful thing for sleeping.

Until next time, be happy. Leave the negativity behind like yesterday's trash, that it is.

Scarlett in Cuenca Living the good life!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Spoken Word

 Our writing community in Cuenca is so special. There are approximately sixty writers in town. Som write non-fiction, memoirs, poetry, blogs, travel and fiction (all genres) and we have a super network of support.

There are two writers groups in Cuenca, but once a month we come together for The Spoken Word. Eight to ten of us will do a fifteen or so minute reading. The food is good, the company is good, the readings are always entertaining and it's such a fun evening. Tonight I wasn't reading so I did something I never ever do. I took selfies. With some of my writer friends. Aren't we a cast of characters?

Barbara Snow is a novelist and poet.
J.Michael Herron writes romance and romantic suspense.
Susan Herron does my book covers.
Sandra and Wayne Miteri are co-writing a Sci-Fi trilogy.
George Forgues is famous as Ecuador George, with the best darn blog about Cuenca.
Sara Coppler says she's not a writer, but she produces Zero Latitude Living magazine and is our best supporter and cheerleader.
Georgina Nunez is working on a three volume autobiography.

Frances Augusta Hogg (Lochow) is a writer and editor.

That's how we literary types spend a Thursday night in Cuenca. Have a great weekend!

Scarlett in Cuenca Living the good life!