Silence

I’ve returned home to Memphis to my beloved’s embrace. All is right in my world. I started work on a holiday story while on the train that I’ll be bringing to the Memphis Writers meeting tonight. As I sit with my husband this morning in our quiet house sipping my English Breakfast tea with rich…

View from a Moving Train

Today’s blog comes to you from a train. I’ll be traveling 36 hours from Denver to Memphis with a 5 hour stop in Chicago that I am looking forward to. The train is taking us through some amazingly remote areas with virtually no cell service. Looking at the landscape unfolding out of our windows, it…

Star Dust

Just a few reminders today that great things come from tiny bits. New Scientist posted an article on planet formation. Tiny bits of dust come together to form planets, just as sentences come together to form my short stories and novels. Dust is  not wasted, even though some bits bounce off each other and don’t…

Dealing with Altitude

Last night was my first good sleep at altitude. Usually the day after the second good night’s sleep, my altitude issues are fully gone and I can exercise at my normal level. So I’m doing great! Without any drugs this normally takes more than three weeks. With Acetylzolamide (Diamox) taken judiciously (a half tablet the…

30 Stories in 30 Weeks

I finished “Deep Compassion,” my thirtieth story in thirty consecutive weeks and mailed it to Dean early this morning. At its simplest level, the story is about Yrsa, who wakes  up and must bring her children to school. But Yrsa is a Karhu, a race of intelligent polar bears living in Thule. Morning is the…

Writing in Denver

Yesterday was packed with a lot of family stuff plus an elaborate Shabbat dinner put on by my sister. It is always a pleasure to eat at her house for any Jewish event (or really any event at all). She is an excellent cook and a hostess. But it went very late. All told, I barely…

Thoughts from Denver

Yesterday was a mostly lost day. Between traveling and altitude sickness I didn’t have time or energy to do much. I experience fairly severe altitude sickness and generally take Acetylzolamide before I head to Denver or anywhere above 5,500.’ This time I didn’t take it until after I arrived, due to general disorganization. I suffered. My…

MasterClass – First Impressions

Time for just a quickie today before I head to Denver to visit family. We started on the MasterClass classes last night. Wow! We went through the trailers for the classes we thought we might like as a way of winnowing down the list. No winnowing happened. We liked them all, and more. The production…

Sleep? What’s that?

My husband told me this morning that my short term memory is shot and asked whether I remember not remembering last night? No. I don’t. Which he says proves the point. November was a no-sleep sort of month. If I were not over-scheduled this week, I’d get some sleep. Instead, I am going to join…

Juggling

I’m trying to wrap my brain around my schedule and task list. We have reached a point where our Apple Calendar has so many items on it that it is more confusing than helpful and it doesn’t even include the tasks that need to be done. We also use Trello, though generally for goal setting…