It’s Not That Bad a Name

I’m bad at names. I don’t mean I won’t remember yours. I mean, I have whole drafts of manuscripts where characters are named things like tkbabysitter and tkserialkiller. I have this persistent belief that somewhere, somehow… the perfect name is out there. If I had children, they’d probably be named “Girl” and “Boy” and I’d

Further Adventures of Cat the Cat

It’s getting a little colder, and my cat has already commandeered my brand-new summer sleeping bag. And, uhm… the winter one. He likes to wriggle down inside the footbox and get comfortable. Naturally, this makes him all but invisible, and the end result? Well, I don’t grab any of these things too fast anymore. Cat

Excuse Me While I Douse You in Bleach

The most recent sign of the times? My company is handing out hygiene keys for the employees. And you know what? The employees are actually taking them. I wouldn’t have been all that surprised to wake up one day and find that I’d turned into my parents. But who knew I could turn into Niles

IWSG: The Most Productive Time of the Year

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre! December 2 question – Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? I always seem to get

Summing Up and Shutting Down

Last day of Nano. I didn’t wind up hitting 50,000. I did come up with a bunch of short stories that wouldn’t have existed, if I didn’t set a November goal. Short stories are much more immediate than a novel. It won’t take me six months to revise short stories and get them out the

A Subdued Thanksgiving

I had a Thanksgiving post scheduled to go, yesterday. I pulled it at the last minute because it didn’t really fit my current mood. I’m not sure that it would have fit anybody’s current mood. I had a pretty mellow Thanksgiving this year. Just two of us, and not at Waffle House, either. All said

Shopping For the Future

It’s that time of year when corporations everywhere remind people how much stuff they desperately need, and small independent companies struggle to keep up. There are basically two kinds of sale going on, right now. On the one hand, you have your major, corporate sale, in which merchandise has been purchased (a year in advance!)

When Hollywood Gets Creative

I watched What to Expect When You’re Expecting today. I’m not expecting, and those things I do know about childbirth? Well, I’m pretty sure I learned them from a Ridley Scott movie. I did give a pregnant woman some popcorn a couple weeks ago, so let’s all just stipulate that I’ve done my bit. What

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