Blue Pumpkin and Red Hot Prose

I hope you have all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. Here in Memphis we celebrated with a stuffed blue pumpkin and it was both strange and delicious. My laptop computer’s keyboard and trackpad suddenly and irretrievably failed yesterday. I am not sure whether to be frustrated that it didn’t last a full…

Tea, Art, and Writing

A quick update on what is going on in my life and what I’m drinking. Lately I’ve discovered August Uncommon Teas and they are quite good. My current favorite is Passage, which combines black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very…

Light through Darkness

Happy Diwali to my friends who celebrate it. May your days be filled with light and color. I am finding my way through my own darkness as I work in my artificial, no-politics, no social media, no-people bubble. Its just been a few days and I’m amazed at how much happier and productive I am…

Where’s Carolyn?

I am taking a break from politics, people, social media and news until December 23. I am both exhausted and have projects that need to get done. By the time I return, I hope that even if the world is no better, I will be better. Or at least will have a bunch of work…

Virtual Hikes

I ache to hike somewhere new and interesting. Or, even more ambitious, to spend several days backpacking on a mountain trail. Somewhere without too many snakes or mosquitoes. (Which means far from Memphis.) I get to hike near home a few days each week and while I love seeing nature change around me in the…

Update Into the Pause

It feels like it has been forever since I last posted, but when I look it has been less than a week: a very packed week. As the whole world seems to hold its breath waiting on the results of the US election, I may as well step into the intake of breath and give…

Many Critiques

Time to write has been precious lately, so when I recently needed to write an assignment for Dean and JMS and needed a chapter for both writers groups I participate in, I decided to neatly batch all the requirements into one short chapter and just do my best to accommodate everyone. The result was the…

Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Just Show Up

The dietary program has been intense, taking up about 12-14 hours a day, but I’ve still found time to write. Yesterday I wrote another chapter in the Chef Station Murder, which I’m quite pleased with. This brought a realization this morning. In the past, if I were pleased with something i’d written, I worried that…

Geek Joy: Babylon 5 and Witchmark

The dietary program has been intense. Lots of interactions with the doctors and staff and others and lots of lectures, plus additional reading and videos. The food has been relatively easy. All I’ve needed to do is remove the oil and junk food from our already vegan diet. I check in each morning and my…