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Sunday Inspiration: MCAD Library on Flickr

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The MCAD Library on Flickr has some incredible pictures. First, I checked out Art of the Poster 1880 – 1918, but I ended up staring at the flint knife for so long my screensaver kicked on, and the modern amate bark paper is beautiful.

Sunday Inspiration: Pixabay

Did you guys know about this place?

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Look at these photos.

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They’re free.

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They’re royalty-free.

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Anyone need a book cover? A header image? Some way to grab readers’ attention? This place is amazing.

Route 66 Motels

Did you know there’s a whole website dedicated to unique motels of Route 66? I love how kitschy, cute, and even weird they can be. If Cass hadn’t been so focused on one kind of kick, I think she would have spent more time having fun with the motels and roadside attractions.

Road Trips

I love the Internet. Relevant to this post, how easy research is because of the Internet. Before anything I ever wanted to know was at my fingertips, I had to use the library, other people, personal experience, and hope. I remember once, when I was 18 and before research on the Internet was as easy as it is now, mentioning to someone I was writing a story set on Molokai. She gave me a weird look and asked, “In the leper colony?” I had no idea there was a leper colony, because the material I had on Molokai hadn’t mentioned it. Now, though, we have Wikipedia, which may not be the most reliable resource to begin with, but it does give me a place to start whenever I want to learn something new or research something I don’t know anything about.

I also love road trips. That love, and a massive crush on Dean Winchester, was what initially inspired Cass Gets Her Kicks.

The thing about Cass is that it takes place in a romance novel-style universe, where bad things don’t really happen, and even when they do our heroes and heroines get happy endings, anyway. That’s what’s so nice about HEA and HFA. So on real-life road trips, obviously I advocate being careful.

Planning for your road trip is nice.

There’s a .gov website to help with fuel economy, and sites to help with planning the whole trip or even suggesting trips and finding scenic drives. Now you can even plan ahead for roadside attractions.

I’ve been on a lot of road trips. By far the best things to come from them have been the unexpected discoveries. My friend and I turned around on a detour in Arizona when we saw a place called Bad Ass Coffee, and honestly it’s probably the best coffee I’ve ever had. When my mother was working in Andover, I went to see her, and one day we drove up to Vermont, where–at the rest stop, no less–we discovered Green Mountain Coffee. Now I can get it at Sonic, which is nice because it’s not always available in local grocery stores. We also checked out the Green Mountain Visitor Center while we were there, and oh my gosh those views were amazing. (On the subject of views, one of my favorites has always been from the first rest stop just past the Arizona state line headed out of New Mexico, the one on I-40 in Apache County.) I can’t remember exactly which state we were in, Vermont or New Hampshire or Connecticut or Massachusetts, but one of them had this place to get the most amazing sandwiches on a winding back road. I think I remember covered bridges being important that day? I do remember that the sandwich, turkey with cranberry spread, was incredible. In Ohio last year, on our way up to see the in-laws, we stopped at The Valley Marketplace and got amazing truffles, fantastic cheese, and some really great jerky, among other treats. The same year we discovered Bad Ass Coffee, my friend and I stayed at the Step Back Inn in Aztec, NM before we saw the ruins. That trip, we also discovered that Econolodge, despite the price point, has the best showers. When I was little–younger than my oldest is now, probably–we stopped somewhere in Arizona or maybe New Mexico had a roadside stand that served Indian Bread. I’m not sure if this is it, or if it even exists anymore, but I found this place on Facebook. These places are on Facebook now!

With summer in full swing, road trips are happening. Maybe you’re even thinking about your own. The Internet has resources, whether you’re planning to head out on the road yourself or send out a character. I’ve shared some of my favorites. I’d love to see some of yours in the comments below.

I really love Ultimate Captain America.

Blogging is hard. I must have brainstormed and rejected a dozen post ideas to jump back into this before I asked myself (in frustration) why I couldn’t just write a blog post about how great Ults Cap is. I gush about him all the time in my fandom life. My husband even got me one of those nifty metal posters of him. If I love him, I should write about him, right? So I guess I’m writing about how great Ults Cap is.

He’s really great.

In fact, of every version of Captain America, the one from the 1610 timeline is my favorite. God, I love him. I love what a dick he is. I love that he plays a role, the one everyone seems to expect of him. I love how he hides his pain… mostly by being an even bigger dick. I love what an arrogant asshole he can be. And I love how he is, under it all, very clearly Steve Rogers.

I love him so much, in fact, that I’ve written a lot of fanfiction about him. And that’s where this blog post becomes relevant. I joke that my fics end up as love letters to him. The story that I’m editing right now, R&R, started out as a love letter to Ultimate Captain America. Then I realized how well the two characters as they appeared fit in with another story I’d drafted, an original, and it occurred to me that I could use this love letter and turn it into a love story.

So I did.

I’m about 6600 words into editing, and as of now the story is right around 14k long. It’s a nice length for a bedtime story. I figure, once I’m done and I’ve hammered out the details to match the other story, it should be around 15k words, and that’s not bad at all.

I only wish editing didn’t take so long.

But that’s something to address another time.

Anyway, if you’re ever inclined to watch the fangirl in me lose her shit, check out Fuck Yeah Ults Cap on tumblr. I try to keep the fangirling to a minimum, mostly because my friends have heard it all before, but sometimes… sometimes I just can’t help myself.

I really love him.

Sites I Love: Yarny

Getyarny.com is where you sign up, but yarny.me is where you work. I love this program. I’ve been using it since 2012 and a couple of months ago, when Yarny was shutting down, I was crushed. They’ve since moved to new servers and I’ve had no problems at all with it. Yarny is where I do most of my writing. It keeps track of word counts and the simple word processor makes it easy to avoid distractions. Editing can always happen elsewhere. Yarny is a writer’s best friend.

Sites I Love: 750words.com

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750words.com is an online version of morning pages and it’s wonderful. I believe the site has transitioned to a pay service since I first signed up several years ago, but the cost is minimal and well worth it.