World Bird Sanctuary

I’m back. Well, most of me is back. The mosquitoes took their chunk and then some. You know that friend who can attract every blood-sucking insect in a field? Well, that’s me. So, as I mentioned, before… the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri is home to a number of rescue birds. They would

Heading for the Hills

Happy 4th of July, everyone! This year, in true introvert fashion, I’ll be skipping the noise, the crowds, and the charred meat and heading for the World Bird Sanctuary in beautiful Outside Saint Louis, Missouri. (Valley Park, to be precise.) The goal? To see an American Bald Eagle up close and personal. The World Bird

IWSG: Personal Traits

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Rules and Sign Up Here The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the

Summer of Fiction Writing: End of June

Goals: Finish the first drafts of my two main projects. Finish and submit short stories, especially the 2019 class of Hard Drive Zombies Blog regularly, and sustainably. Polish the current novel manuscript and get it back out on submission.   Starting Points: At the beginning of the month, I had two main projects that I

IWSG: Genres

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are Diane Burton, Kim

Summer of Fiction Writing: Let the Games Begin!

For those of you who missed my post about it, The Summer of Fiction Writing is described here. It is free, open to the public, and… since I may have forgotten to mention it before, has support for including all the adorable little minors you might have at home. My Goals: Finish the first drafts

The Quest for The Magical Toner Cartridge

Let’s begin with a little backstory. As someone who prints a lot of pages, I own a fairly nice, energy-efficient, monochrome laser printer. It cost more up front, but the ultra-high capacity toner cartridge makes it affordable to run. There are (for reasons I have never ascertained) three cartridges that fit the behemoth. They range

Draining the Garden and Letting the Sunshine In

The rain finally let up, and I actually got some spring planting done. Well, don’t I sound all farmer-y? No, I admit it wasn’t anything as ambitious as feeding the world. I put in six pots of sedges to replace the grass that got drowned out. Blue Zinger sedges, to be precise. They’re supposed to

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