Is Steepster Pining for the Fjords?

One of my favorite social media sites, steepster.com, looks like it is pining for the fjords. After a bit of research I found the owner’s July 7 post on Twitter saying that they’d sold the site to “people who will be able to support and grow the site.” Just a month later and the site…

Empathy

In a down payment for Steve’s real birthday celebration (which will come long after his actual birthday) we had a lovely dinner and watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic on Freddie Mercury and Queen. The movie was wonderful, almost an opera in the way it used music as a counterpoint, a way of emphasizing certain aspects…

Chaos Into Order

Yesterday was crazy and because it came after several days of late nights, I fell asleep early, before doing my critical daily streak items, including this blog. This shows me that some things can’t be put off until later, including this blog entry. So I’ll do it first thing in the morning, while drinking my…

Gamification

My husband, a lifelong gamer, finds gamification a waste of his time. He’s always possessed enormous discipline so his motivation comes from somewhere deep inside, a core of goodness I lack. I gamify as much as I can and it works like a charm for me. I write using 4theWords, a program where you explore…

Welcome August!

Happy new month! August begins and brings with it new deadlines. I have a collection of short stories going to the editor this month. Steve has a book going to the publisher. I’m also focusing on getting my writing speed up (which really means spending more time actually writing when I am at my computer)…

Garmin Data Hack

Big wet kisses to the sweaty runners in my life. You amaze me with your diligence in running in this summer’s heat. Same to the walkers, yogis, cyclists, and all others working up a sweat and tracking it on your watch. I know that Garmin is under attack and we all fervently hope that they…

Historians, Archaeologists, and Other Good People

Sending love this morning to the academics in my life and everywhere else. I was reminded this week how vital their work and their willingness to reveal their research is to writers. In this case, Steve answered another writer’s request for help in his field. He did it immediately without thinking of his own convenience…

Semper Gumby

Last night ended our anniversary celebration week. It’s a significant number so we’d planned a huge trip including a dream marathon for Steve, a tour of vegan restaurants for Carolyn, and attendance at Origins to commemorate how large a part gaming played in our romance. But you all know that our plans were reduced to…

Persistent, Forward Progress

My novel starts on a cliff face with my character inching her way up, while her boyfriend continues an argument. As I think about my character and her journey into love, danger, and back into time, I realize just how central growing up in Colorado is to my attitudes. I’m part of three small writing…

Update

This is another brief check-in. After this weekend I hope to be a more frequent writer on this blog. I am still working on the graphics for the supplement. I also need to cut about 500 words to keep it within the contracted word count limit. That shouldn’t be too hard since the supplement is…