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…

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…

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…

Happy News

It’s been a good day in the writing sphere. I received another Honorable Mention from Writers of the Future for my story, “The Ginger Gambit,” which is my favorite Thule story. This brings the number of consecutive Honorable Mentions to five. Also, this means that three of the stories in my upcoming collection, Lightning Scarred…

Leveling Up

I checked in with my scale this morning to learn that 7 months of self-isolation have helped my weight balloon to its highest score in years. Since this is not a form of leveling up I want, I’m going to have to take some action to bring the weight down. In this part of my…

Writing Like a Vampire

One of the challenges of Edit Season is that it wracks my creative brain, which then mumbles to itself while hugging itself in terror in the corner. I mentioned this recent onset of writing fear to a friend and she told me not to fear the page because, “The page is where we bleed all…

Word by Word

Just a short update and a bit of art today. Lately I am taking strength from Anne Lamott’s wonderful book on writing and life, Bird by Bird. Perfectionism is the enemy and we make it through by putting word after word on the page. Or, lately, editing sentence by sentence. I continue to incorporate edits….