I had a conversation this morning about time, and learning things, and taking the time to learn stuff… We were discussing deep database management, and how sometimes when you are trying to do something on the software system, it doesn’t save properly, and what causes that (so she can keep it from happening again). I… Read More Budgeting Time
This isn’t going to be a long post, in fact, it’s more about me than anything most of you all will be interested in. Firstly, I wanted to thank my readers and fans for your enthusiastic response to Snow in Her Eyes. It was a whim, writing that, and I wasn’t sure how well something… Read More It’s A Glorious Morning
My latest title, Snow in Her Eyes, is available for sale! The cover is a clickable link to buy (or borrow with Kindle Unlimited) Detective Amaya Lombard is a witch hunter and a damn good one. Hated by the magical because she works with cops, feared by cops because she works with magic, she walks… Read More Snow has Fallen!
We want to conserve the world around us. Not to eliminate the footprint of mankind, but to soften it, to pause it for a moment during the hurried day to smell the wildflowers, admire the industry of the bee, and thrill to the music of the songbird. Conservation understands the vital role of the green… Read More Conservation
So the Junior Mad Scientist and the Ginja Ninja had a combination birthday celebration and going-away party. They requested cake, and ice cream. Sounds perfectly normal, right? This is the Writer’s House. We do a lot of things around here. Normal is rarely one of them. I got a text. “We want a blue cake.… Read More Blue-Blueberry Lemon Cake
I plan to publish this one during the first week of August, but this is what the cover will likely look like. Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments, I always appreciate feedback. Detective Amaya Lombard is a witch hunter and a damn good one. Hated by the magical because she works with… Read More Cover Reveal!
What do Environmentalists, JRR Tolkein, Luddites, and Progressives all have in common? The answer is both easy and complicated all at once. The core of it is fear, but the roots lie deeply embedded in the human psyche, all the way back to a time when something out of the ordinary in the environment surrounding… Read More Retrogression
I recently stumbled across this quote by Paracelsus (ok, I knew it before, but not who originated it), and it fits well with the topics I frequent here on the blog. Food, cooking, chemistry, wild edibles – and their flip side, wild poisons. Snakes, spiders, centipedes… and sometimes wasps. Toxicology has been a long-time interest… Read More The Dose Makes the Poison
I don’t do bored very well. Or patient, for that matter. I can do both of them, although I get a bit twitchy, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I joked the other day about being an adult meant that I could indulge in something small from time to time, but it… Read More Cultivating Patience
When is a cookie not just a cookie? The First Reader asked me yesterday if I would make cookies for him. He had talked about this the other day, so it wasn’t like he was springing a Monday night surprise on me after a long day at work. And the weather was perfect for baking,… Read More Feed the Brain, Feed the Soul
This is a repost, the article originally appeared at the Otherwhere Gazette two years ago. Cedar’s note: this post engendered a lot of discussion, much of it from failing to read carefully: the First Reader is talking about the church as a political entity, not as a body of people. There’s a comment on the… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Pride
The key to a perfect cobbler is understanding the fruit. This means, of course, that you should be tasting it and paying attention. Such a rough chore, but for my family, I’ll nibble berries while baking! We brought home three (scant) quarts of berries yesterday, and I promised the First Reader a cobbler as soon… Read More Blackberries & Cream Cobbler