And in Real Life…

I finally got in contact with a co-worker who was supposed to leave a short story for me, and–** sigh of relief**–it turns out her printer broke down. Which means that I have not left her story wandering around town unsupervised. So, when the printer is back online… I still get a copy of the

This Week in Roadside Attractions…

The lake was calling me, this week. No. Not that lake. No… uhm… no, not any sane lake within reasonable driving distance. I mean Rathbun Lake, which is a solid 3/4 of a state away. Did I mention I made the trip there and back in a day? Well, it’s something new, and we’ve been

IWSG: Thinking About Pitfalls

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! August 1 question – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their

Storytime Blog Hop July 2018

Beginning Again It was late March, and Myra Jackson couldn’t understand why the apartment was so cold. The weather had been sunny and warm for three or four days in a row, so at first, she thought she’d turned off the furnace too soon. An overnight drop in temperature, and she woke up shivering. She

Films About Films

For some reason, I’m watching The People vs George Lucas. I’m not that big a Star Wars fan. I can tell you for a fact that I am not wearing Star Wars underpants (unlike most of the people in the film.) But the Star Wars fan base fascinates me. So, here I am, watching a

Electronics for the Modern Bookworm

I’m on a quest to find my next e-reader. Not… of course… that there’s anything wrong with my Kindle… or my Nexus 7 tablet. (Kobo, Kindle, Bookshout, Google, etc) It’s just that I have a next-reader wish list in the back of my head, and truth be told, I haven’t been 100% happy with any

That “Local” Convention

I got a subscription to Writer’s Digest a couple of months ago. I think you know the general idea. Lots of encouragement, an interview or two, and a couple of advice columns wedged in between the advertisements for Diamond 3D covers and professional editing services. I needed a tangible something to remind myself of… well,

IWSG: Writing Goals

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! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG July 3 question – What are

How to Build a Garden Lantern

You learn something new every day, and for today’s new trick, I’m learning to put “privacy film” on glass. You know the stuff. It’s what makes windows look like mirrors on the outside, but still be see-through, if you’re inside looking out. Why, exactly, am I doing this? Well, I’m making garden decorations. I have

Revenge of the Zombie Computer

It took two hours for my computer to update–ANNIVERSARY UPDATE!!, the company calls it, as if it were a dozen roses, and as if I weren’t contemplating divorcing my machine at any moment. After two hours of updates, I got the standard “guided tour” of what’s new. Except… it wasn’t there. So, I spent another

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