9 Links and a Cat

Recent posts having focused on cats and goats, today I'm back to basics, sharing links to articles that writers—and non-writers—will find informative, entertaining, and/or thought-provoking.   The first appear on Chris the Story Reading Ape's Blog: "Can Common Writing Advice Be Wrong?" — by Jamie Gold The answer to that question requires only one word, … Continue reading 9 Links and a Cat

Which Would You Rather

  A crime writer here in Austin closed his blog a couple of years ago. It was both informative and entertaining and enjoyed a wide readership. When asked why he stopped writing it, he said it was time-consuming. He needed to put all his effort into his novels. In addition, he said, which would most … Continue reading Which Would You Rather

O Is for Origami: #atozchallenge

  I was reading Deborah Weber's O post today when a word therein sparked a memory. The word isn't her topic--that's oakus, an old name for something many of you possess--but origami, the art of paper folding. In my third-grade class, we students made snowflakes. That isn't exactly origami, because origami is sculpture, three-dimensional, and … Continue reading O Is for Origami: #atozchallenge

Day Q: #AtoZChallenge

          My Day Q post is recycled from last year,  a short-short story prompted by this photograph by Fatima Fakier Deria, on Friday Fictioneers. The event it's based on occurred in 2002, but it will forever live in infamy.     Day 1 Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck … Continue reading Day Q: #AtoZChallenge

Day K: Kerfuffle #AtoZChallenge

K is obviously for Kathy, a name at the heart of a lifelong kerfuffle. The plan was to name me Katherine for my great-grandmother and to call me Kathy. But at the last minute, when the nurse came in and asked for the baby's name so they could type up a birth certificate, my mother … Continue reading Day K: Kerfuffle #AtoZChallenge

Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

Yes, definitely running behind in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. No surprise, of course. If I were all caught up, I would worry. Blogging with a theme would have helped. Instead of choosing topics, I'm wallowing around in a sea of them, waiting for one to come to my rescue. April was a … Continue reading Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

#AtoZChallenge Day C: Contrariwise

I believe I've fallen behind. My Day B (April 2) post went online about five minutes before Day C started in my time zone. Now, less than four hours before Day D begins, I'm just starting on Day C. Technically, I'm okay--observing the letter of the law (take some time to chuckle over that before … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge Day C: Contrariwise

Remiss but Not Missing

I have been remiss. I haven't posted here lately, probably because I've been posting more on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you have, or will, check out the blog. It's currently second home to Cherley Grogg, Mike Staton, Neva Bodin, Abbie Johnson Taylor, S. J. Brown,  Cindy Carroll, Cole Smith, Debra Easterling, and Keri De Deo. … Continue reading Remiss but Not Missing

Bloggers: Interested in Writing Guest Posts? Joining a Group Blog?

***** A group blog I write for is seeking bloggers to write one or two guest posts next month. We're also looking for bloggers interested in posting once or twice a month on a regular basis. If you've published books or stories, or if you aspire to publish, blogging with us is a good way … Continue reading Bloggers: Interested in Writing Guest Posts? Joining a Group Blog?

Friday Fictioneers: The Red Shoes

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

Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report

Earlier this evening, I had an idea for a post. I knew the first line. I was confident I could write the middle without too much suffering. I didn't know how it would end--I never know the ending when I start out--but I believed what I'd already written would lead to an appropriate close. I … Continue reading Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report

What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

My #ROW80 goals posted on July 10, plus progress: Edit the AMW story for its last (I hope) critique; Not yet, but tomorrow I'll get a critique from another partner. It's better to have everything in before making changes. Write and schedule the WWW post at least two days before the July 19 deadline; It's finished, and SIX days before the deadline. I'm … Continue reading What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

Color Me… Something

This blog was offline during April while I tampered with its appearance. I tried nearly every theme WordPress offers. I tried nearly every color WordPress offers. I understand that for blogs, white is in fashion, but I like color. I've played with the colors a lot. My main specifications: Background must be light enough for text to be easily … Continue reading Color Me… Something

What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes

What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in Spanish?* *** To Write, etc., has been dormant for a while because I've been (a) playing spider solitaire, and (b) working on two pieces of literature: (1) a story entitled "When Cheese Is Love," which needs to be 5,000 words but is currently 6,200 words, necessitating … Continue reading What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes

Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

By No machine-readable author provided. Johntex~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL,  CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons   Remember when Murphy Brown and her colleagues cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, and Miles brought in a bunch of live turkeys in his BMW (nobody had specified they were to be ready for … Continue reading Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will