Three cats suspected of helping owner Julia Poff mail explosive devices to former President Barak Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott were released from custody Thursday afternoon following questioning by federal law enforcement officers. FBI crime lab investigators had found a cat hair under the address label on the package containing the explosives and traced … Continue reading Muffy, Puffy, and Sybil-Margaret “Pud-Pud” Poff Cleared & Released by FBI
NaNoWriMo –National Novel Writing Month–the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel–and some of them do–began yesterday. The goal–if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I’ve registered for NaNo–there’s a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It
We’re on our way to the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival. All we have to do is get William and Ernest into the carriers and haul them to the vet’s. They watched us pack, said, “We may be crazy, but we ain’t stupid,” and crawled under the bed. This is why one shouldn’t go to … Continue reading The Life of the Artiste or, Being a Cat Owner is H—
A recent Paws N Reflect post displays a picture of a cat and a quotation about realigning oneself. For the rest of this post to make sense, please click here and read the quotation. Thank you. The juxtaposition of cat and quotation prompted a question: Do cats really realign themselves? Initially, I said, No. Cats come into the … Continue reading Pavlov’s Cat
The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo. The Red Shoes “A photo prompt? Ooooh. High-heeled lace-ups.” “What’s that book?” “So retro—art reference—I want.” “No. That one. Red cover, gold letters, dog… E-G-P-U-something-C-A-R-O—“ “Zoom in. RECRUIT. Dog?” “CAROLINA.” “Which Carolina?” “OUTH… D-E-R—” “DEPOT. Red pumps.” “ND OUTH CAROLINA…” “MARINE CORPS … Continue reading Friday Fictioneers: The Red Shoes
The Davises are dieting. We discovered William’s blood sugar was running high. The veterinarian prescribed an increase in insulin dosage. To pinpoint the cause–he may have become insulin resistant; I may have been giving his injections incorrectly–we need better data. When his diabetes was diagnosed, we switched to a special brand of catfood but, on … Continue reading The Davises, Dieting
I’m M. K. Waller, aka Kathy, former teacher, former librarian, former paralegal, and former pianist at various small churches desperate for someone who could find middle C. I write crime fiction, literary fiction, humor (I hope), memoir, and whatever else comes to mind. I grew up in Fentress, population ~ 150 in 1960, on the San … Continue reading About M. K.
Christmas Night, and all through the house, one person and two cats are sleeping all snug in their beds, while I’m sitting here watching Apollo 13 and a lava lamp. This is my first lava lamp. I skipped the ’70s. David said it’s his first lava lamp, too. He was present for the ’70s but skipped … Continue reading Bear Feet and Lava Lamps
Posted on Whiskertips, December 24, 2009, when William and Ernest were still young adults. If you read my earlier post, our Christmas tree has been the subject of intense, but not unexpected, conflict. As soon as the tree lit up, so did William and Ernest. William had to be physically restrained from chewing on the … Continue reading Christmas Compromise, 2009
Good news on both personal and professional fronts: MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers‘ crime fiction anthology, has been awarded the Silver Falchion Award for Best Fiction Short Story Anthology. Member Laura Oles accepted the award from author Anne Perry Saturday night at the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference 2016. The eleven stories in MURDER ON … Continue reading The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80
It appears to be Wednesday–the scheduler from my doctor’s office had to tell me it wasn’t Thursday, but since her call woke me up, I take no responsibility for mixing up the days–and thus time for the #ROW80 report. If I were playing by the rules, I would have reported last Sunday, but we’d been … Continue reading Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report
Doodle 1. Doodle something abstract, using shapes and only one color. Words & Wine Wednesday at Austin’s Writing Barn featured Carin Channing discussing her book 365 Days of Doodling: Discovering the Joys of Being Creative Every Day. Ms. Channing didn’t know she was a doodler until she was forty, when she accepted an online 30-day Doodle Challenge. When the month was up, she … Continue reading Doodle 1. Don’t Judge, Mrs. Pollock
On the theory (now proven) that pictures of Cats make us happy, I reblog this post from PawsNReflect. We owe a lot to Mr. Harrison Weir. (Mr. Weir capitalized the C in cat, so I shall follow suit.)
William visited the vet Monday to assess the efficacy of the weight loss program he began in December. Before continuing, I’ll note the difference between this visit and the one last December: On Monday, David took William for his checkup, and a good time was had by all. In December, I took him, and he bit … Continue reading Just Enough
While we’re on the subject, I’ll add this picture, taken the first night David’s chair was in our living room. Sometimes, one chair is big enough for both.