Cats

One of the  great joys of trying out stories in a lot of genres is that I’ve learned a lot more about things I like. One of those is cats in stories, which should come as no real surprise since I love reading cat stories. This week I’ve started another, this one focused on 38AD…

Stories, Time, and Life

Yesterday I talked to my husband about “time-boxing,” trying to figure out how to schedule myself and how to deal with habits I built up over the course of two years being up-ended. Then last night I received a kind gift from Kristine Kathryn Rusch: her book on  Time Management. It felt as if she…

All Your Choices are Cumulative

One of the amazing things that happened to me at Superstars was a brunch with James A. Owen, writer and illustrator of Geographica Imaginarium books and so much more. He encouraged us to be our best, to do our best, and then to tell people about our products without undue modesty. At the end of…

Countdown: Seven Stories Left

Last night I turned in the 45th story in 45 weeks which means just seven more stories before I finish the Great Challenge. I’m pretty excited by that. This week’s was another cat story, this time set in a contemporary setting: “Viral Vengeance.” Evie’s bank account bleeds money but she can’t go out and make…

Imaginary Lovers

I weathered the anxiety of the aftermath of 911 by turning off the news (eventually) and steeping myself in imaginary love affairs. I turned my anxiety into passionate intensity. I dithered about who to have an affair with. I worried about the ethics. I considered all the possible ways things could go. I planned the…

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…

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…

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…

Pulling Out of a Stall

Planes stall when their angle of attack prevents them from getting lift from the flow of air. Cars stall for a variety of reasons, anything from the wrong mix of fuel to mechanical problems. Writers’ brains stall as well and like cars this occurs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I run out of ideas….