Heart-Thumping Good

I read an amazing short story last night. Halfway through, my heart started to beat faster. By the end of the story my heart thumped so hard I could barely hear other thoughts as they tried to slip edgewise into my mind. I read a lot of short stories. In fact I’m doing nothing but…

Masterclass Review: R.L. Stine on Writing For Young Audiences

So far this one has been the best of the Masterclass instructors. Even though this focuses on writing scary books for kids, what he talks about extends to adult books as well. he makes a point of differentiating when it is important. The production values of all of the Masterclass courses are all top notch….

Tikkun Olam

Yesterday, in the midst of pouring rain that I thought earned me an indoor yoga session rather than an outdoor run, Steve said, “Let’s go.” My husband will run in just about any kind of weather and has little patience for whining, so I just sort of grunted and said OK. When we got to…

Countdown: Eight Stories Left

Another fun cat story has purred its way into my heart. This time it takes place in the Thule world. The men are set up for a Viking board game, but Magnihild’s cat is playing his own game in “The Ginger Gambit.” Now just eight stories left before the end of the challenge. C.L. Polk…

Viking Cats and Working From Home

I’m still working on my Viking cat story, inspired by a cat documentary that revealed that ginger cats are the result of Vikings favoring them and breeding them for that fluffy orange coat. I pointed out to Steve that it would be nice to own a ginger cat, for research purposes. Alas, allergies. More people…

Kickstarter, Cats, & MidsouthCon

I’m still thinking my way through the MidsouthCon issue. Right now I think I will not go. I promised Steve I’d wait until Sunday to make a solid decision since by then we should have more information. Several of my friends decided to cancel their MidsouthCon plans because of the virus. Other friends will go…

Corona Virus and MidsouthCon Considerations

My sister is a yoga teacher and one of the venues she teaches at has closed due to the Corona virus (Corvid-19). Other events have closed and this is clearly having a bad effect on the economy and people’s lives. With so many events shutting down, Steve and I are assessing what we should do…

Furthest North; Surrendering to Ice

This is the Fram. I fell in love reading about her. Then I fell in love reading about the explorer that commissioned it, Fridtjof Nansen. Let’s say you want to be the first to touch the North Pole. What do you do? Well if you’re like most Arctic and Antarctic explorers you get the strongest…

Smooth Sailing

Yesterday was a good day for writing adjacent activities. I formatted the story in Vellum for my secret steamy project and asked Steve to proofread it. I also worked on deck plans in Illustrator for our second secret project and made progress. Today I start a new short story and it is an open question…

Countdown: Nine Stories Left

I missed yesterday’s blog post, which means that this starts my streak over again at one. I’m ok with that because last night I turned in my 43rd short story in 43 weeks. There are just nine left in the challenge. This week’s story is another light Argosy story and my first cat story, “Tales…