Idyll Dreams & Nonsensical Things

The random thoughts and whimsical writings of Cari Lyn Jones

“Hoax quietly watched as she spun flax and nettle into thread, twisting the strands of hair in as she twined the fibers together. A bowl of water sat on the floor at her elbow, the scent of rosemary rising up from it every time she dipped her fingers in to wet them while she spun.” …

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When I first read “The Fly-Away Horse” by Eugene Fields it set my imagination alight! I found it in an old book of poems at my grandmother’s house. I don’t remember how old I was (pretty young), and I thought it would be an amazing thing to be able to fly away to faraway lands …

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‘Tis the season… Sometimes, a scene for a story will burst full-grown into my mind, and sometimes it’s just a vague inkling. A foggy idea that sends me off along a twisty path that is not guaranteed to lead anywhere. In this case, my meandering journey was prompted by a scene that may (or may …

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November came and went before I knew it, and now December is nearly gone as well. The year is drawing to a close and as always that leads me to reflect on what I’ve accomplished over the past twelve months. Regarding my writing, that usually means I end up lamenting about those projects I thought …

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Happy Halloween! It should come as no surprise to you that when I started my current WIP “Where the Angels Dream” I fell down a LOT of rabbit holes. The story, set sometime in the late 1890s, is about Devon and Sara Amaris, a brother and sister with a strong affinity for the dead. There …

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Yep, cheese! Or more accurately, how to make it. When I was writing The Broken Court there was a sentence, this sentence actually… Some of what was left, she set near the hearth with the plans that she would make cheese with it. which sent me off into an hour-plus long search on making cheese. …

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You might have read my post back in July about A.J. Lancaster’s Stariel series. (You didn’t read it?! Then click here). I still love this series, and when I found out at the end of the last book that one of my favorite characters was getting his own book, I couldn’t wait to read it. …

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