As I’m typing this, I have a kitten patting and biting at the screen. He’s hunting the ‘bugs’ of the black letters and cursor as they dance across the screen. Here’s hoping I don’t have more typos than the usual, but… well, kitten! *** James closed the door firmly after the letting agent, and then… Read More Odd Prompts: Let the Air In
and not the kind of writing you may be thinking of. I haven’t been writing non-fiction for… a while. I miss the deep dives into a research topic, and then pulling it together into a cohesive whole. On the other hand, the time to get stuck into a topic well enough to produce a cohesion,… Read More Calculated Writing
I may not have a tree in the house today, but there are presents wrapped by the fireplace. While all of us are in some degree sick (the First Reader is slowly recovering, I seem to have a mild case, and the Boy was awake coughing but is sleeping in now) we don’t have anywhere… Read More Christmas Day
I’ve been fascinated with bonsai for as long as I can remember, along with my affection for orchids, and horticulture in general. Unlike the orchids (looking around at my office window at my happy plants there) I’ve never been able to keep a bonsai alive. Too scattered, insufficient time, and too many moves where there… Read More Bonsai of the Soul
A book promo post with a twist I have a new release out! Also, a note – if you click through a link to Amazon from my blog, it’s an affiliate link. I get a little bit (tiny, but it adds up) from these links, it costs you nothing, and it’s what keeps the lights… Read More Books, Books, Books!
Just a reminder that there is a month remaining in the open submission period for stories in this anthology. But Not Broken will be the second of the PTSD anthologies, taking up where Can’t Go Home Again left off. You can read more details about the ideas behind the anthology here, in my first call… Read More Call for Stories: But Not Broken
And just what do those two have in common, you may wonder? I’m so glad you asked. One of the things Peter Grant has mentioned, when the topic of dangerous critters arose, is the sheer wrongheadedness of American Tourists in Africa. “You see,” he says, with a shake of his head, “they have seen the… Read More Hippos and Moose
Nearly done with N’inktober, so far, I haven’t missed a day. Some days were better than others, but understanding how I could do a month of daily art without a hiccup, when so many on the art feeds struggle for this… requires a look at what I do on a routine basis. I make art… Read More No, it’s not Nano time
Iterate better, friend and fellow author Dorothy Grant keeps telling me. If something isn’t working, make changes until it does. I started doing that several weeks ago when I moved the desk off the wall to the center of the room. This afternoon once I’d shut down the work laptop, I cleared it off the… Read More It’s Not Perfect
*flexes fingers a few times* Hits the keyboard, hands flying. I’ve been an erratic blogger. Yes, Cedar, you’re thinking, you’ve been like that for… (checks blog date) sixteen years now. I don’t mean that kind of erratic! I mean the kind that doesn’t post on the regular, which means that readers stop coming to see… Read More Chatty Today
Home from the con. Drained and need to recover, may do AAR later today or tomorrow. For now I’m holing up with soft music, the Day Job, and pretending there are no people. Anthophilous: Attracted to flowers.
it’s Tuesday! Must be snippet o’ fiction day… *** “C’mon, sleepyhead!” John was standing by the kitchen door, shrouded in darkness that far from the kerosene lamp they were relying on. Bonnie lobbed a biscuit in his direction, and he caught it, laughing. “Let me finish my coffee?” She asked. “There’s more in the thermos.… Read More Odd Prompts: Cloud Dancing