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Dead Witch Walking, A witch just trying to make a living

Dead Witch Walking book reviewDead Witch Walking is the first of thirteen books in The Hollows series, written by Kim Harrison.


This series has been under my radar, and I regret the omission. After the huge bubble of vampire books in the first part of the century (including mine, Tall, Dark and Slayer), I’ve not read many books featuring non-humans. But, I’ve started reading some urban fantasies again, and the genre intrigues me.

The protagonist Rachel Morgan, a witch, is fed up with her job policing truant non-humans for Indeland Security (I.S.) Lately, all she’s pulled as her job as a runner are crap jobs and more misery from her boss. When an unexpected wish lands in her lap, she quits. A pixy, Jenks, and a non-dead vampire, Ivy Tamwood, join her to form their own agency.

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Cool links for May 19, 2018. Fried bacon strips as bookmarks.

It’s Saturday, time for your Cool Links for May 19, 2018

I’ve been remiss about posting all the cool links I’ve stumbled across on the internet. Blame simultaneously competing in 2018’s AtoZChallenge, and writing 31K for CampNaNo. Whew. Now that April’s out of the way, I have time for my regular posting schedule. Here are your cool links for May 19, 2018.

The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books

Atlas Obscura reports on the coolest things found between the pages of old books. Fried bacon as bookmarks? Suicide notes? A picture of yourself as a child? (spooky). I confess the only things I’ve found in an old book are grocery store receipts and a prom picture from the ’80’s. Do you have a story to tell? Leave it in the comments.

Cool links for May 19, 2018. Fried bacon strips as bookmarks.

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Cool but weird library

Is it an igloo? Is it a sculpture? No, it’s the Tianjin Binhai Public Library in Tianjin, China. It’s five stories tall and 34,200 square meters of glass, designed to look like a giant eye. I’m .  . . I’m speechless. It not only holds the artistry of thousands of writers, it is art.

China’s Newest Library Looks Like It’s From Another Planet.

Cool links for May 19,2018. Chinese library

Can you imagine roaming the shelves of this magnificent structure? Amazing.

Bubble Wrap

Who doesn’t like to pop the bubbles in bubble wrap? This video explains how it’s made. I wonder, though, does the novelty ever wear off?

All the Words

Netloop / Pixabay

Finally, if you’re looking for the right word, consider using I generally sneak over to when I want a synonym, but wordhippo offers more:

  • Meaning of
  • Rhymes with
  • Sentences with
  • find word forms
  • Pronounce
  • Translate from/to English
  • Words starting with/ending with/containing
  • Scrabble
  • Words with Friends

I’m putting wordhippo on my radar.

Thanks for joining me for today’s edition of Cool Links. I’m on the road for the next three weeks. Hopefully, I’m organized enough to schedule my posts in advance. If not, prepare for a bombardment of silence, or photos of Oregon and British Columbia.



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Myers-Briggs personality test.

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and we’re in the wayback machine to April, 2017 to learn more about the Myers-Briggs Personality Test

Create fictional characters for your book using the Myers-Briggs personality test.

Don’t have your characters act alike

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test, officially called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, it is a theory that there are sixteen major personality types based on eight factors:

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)—do you focus on the inner or outer world?

Sensing (S) or Intuition(N)—how you view information

Thinking (T) or Feeling(F)—how you make decisions

Judging(J) or Perceiving(P)—how you deal with the outside world

But, Cheryl, you ask, what does Myers-Briggs have to do with writing?

A great question. For the next two days, my posts for the AtoZChallenge will be on creating characters. One method I’ve used is taking the Myers-Briggs test as one of my characters. Once I have the results, I can look at what the characters have in common, and, more fun from a creative standpoint, how they differ.

Can I put an ENTJ (Commander) with an ISFP (Adverturer)? Will my hero ESFP (Entertainer) take orders from a heroine ISTJ (Logistician). Mixing and matching character types and having a blueprint for how they will react to events and situations helps in the writing process.

Take the test at You might shed some light on your own personality and those around you.



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