Oaks and Acorns

Oaks and Acorns

An Old Saying:
       The Fairie folk
       live in the oaks,
       and the acorn will
       bring you good luck

 Acorns played an important part in our bonfires when I was a child. I would scrape together my own small fire — yes, we were allowed to play with fire! — then I’d roast the acorns just for fun.

Oaks and AcornsThough I grew up in redwood country, we had an oak in our front yard. I remember mostly the debris under the tree: twigs and acorns. As a gardener today, I would get rid of all that mess. As a child, these were some of my best toys. 

Here are some fun facts about the oak tree:

  • Did you know that the oak tree is the national tree of the United States? (I had no idea!)
  • Branches of the oak tree can grow 180 feet long. (Picture the 50 yard line on a football field. That would be 150 feet!)
  • Oak barrels have long been used for distilling wine and other alcohols. 
  • Large oak trees will consume as much as 50 gallons of water a day and a mature oak tree’s root system can total several hundred miles.
  • Because oak is a hardwood, it’s resistant to insects and fungus.
  • Oaks have to be well-grown to produce acorns. A typical starting age is 20.
  • An oak tree can live over 200 years.
  • And here’s a quote from the website, Trees For Life: Throughout the major cultures of Europe the oak tree has been held in high esteem. To the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Slavs and Teutonic tribes the oak was foremost among venerated trees, and in each case associated with the supreme god in their pantheon, oak being sacred to Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor, respectively.

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And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

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A VAMPIRE’S EMBRACE ~ Book 2 of the Blood Rose Time Travel Series

Having lost his entire family, Mastyr Rez vowed never to love again…

‘Rez drew closer and caught her softly pointed fae chin. “You buy shoes on the black market because it’s exciting and different. You can’t fool me, Holly. You’re a secret rebel.”’

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Rock Formations

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This week’s writing inspiration led me to hunt for rock formations pics on my favorite royalty-free site, Pixabay. I found several that spoke to me.

Thinking back, I was working on Mastyr Rez, the first book of my Blood Rose Time Travel series, (spin-off from my Blood Rose Series), when one of the scenes took me first to a cavern, then to a mine. Somehow, as I saw the jagged rock in my mind, I knew I wanted to explore the idea of rock formations generally as a point of inspiration. How did they get that way? Why are some formations smooth, others jagged? How is each so strong it could withstand the ravages of weather, ocean waves, or wind? And just how much is the human experience like this? Are we battered into our present shape by the difficulties of life in the same way these rock formations take on such unique aspects? 

Writing is a mysterious process.  I work hard to let it take me on its journey while I lay down the words. I look for inspiring photos in the same way. 

So, here are the pics for this week’s writing inspiration: Rock Formations!

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Mastyr Vampire Stone wants to bond with Aralynn, his battle partner, until he learns she lives a double life as a woman he despises…

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Caris Roane is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-six paranormal romance books. Writing as Valerie King, she has published fifty novels and novellas in Regency Romance. Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, loves gardening, enjoys the birds and lizards in her yard, but really doesn’t like scorpions!

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