The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

My husband just made arrangements for the Salvation Army to pick up the piano because we're moving in two weeks and won't have room for it in our new place. It's not in the best of shape. It doesn't tune as high as it should because I let it get too hot and too cold … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

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

Then the Real Critics Come In . . .

If you haven't read the preceding post, "Disregard 15 Pages," please do so before reading on. That post isn't very long, but if you read it first, you'll get more out of this very short one. * So finally, after revising and revising and revising, you give in, and give up, and stop, because you … Continue reading Then the Real Critics Come In . . .

A Disjointed Post . . .

. . . because my brain is fried. When we tried to medicate William last night, a pill fell into the pit between the seat of my recliner and the arm, and we weren't able to locate it. It's in there somewhere, or it fell through onto the floor under the chair. After a cursory … Continue reading A Disjointed Post . . .

Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

We're pleased to announce that "Invisible Men Invade Earth" was named audience favorite at the Central Arts Short Film Battle in Hurst last night. It competed with "Don't Die" by Cody Lovorn from San Antonio. As winner, "Invisible Men" will compete with other 2019 audience favorites later in the year. After the Battle, a 90-minute … Continue reading Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

V Is for Vitality, Lack of: #atozchallenge

I thought I would write all twenty-six posts without them--I refrained from using them for Day C--but today I lack the vitality necessary to think of anything new. So on Day V I fall back on Cats. William and Ernest. As I recently posted, Ernest and I are having a disagreement over seating positions. My … Continue reading V Is for Vitality, Lack of: #atozchallenge

C Is for Current Events Redux + Updates: #AtoZChallenge

The following article, first published here on November 26, 2017, focuses on one of the most Shocking Crimes in the annals of our nation, and on the three Heroic Felines who helped Investigators Crack the Case. *** Muffy, Puffy, and Sybil-Margaret "Pud-Pud" Poff Cleared of All Wrongdoing, FBI Reports Three cats suspected of helping owner … Continue reading C Is for Current Events Redux + Updates: #AtoZChallenge

Just Like Audrey, Almost

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Some consequences you can predict. Some you can't predict. Some you should predict but don't. It's the last of the three that'll get you. I had just read a brief bio in my memoir class and turned to leave the lectern, … Continue reading Just Like Audrey, Almost

This Emptor Should Have Caveated

  Nov. 26: Ordered quilt online; multi-cat design; not  quilt in picture, and not cat either Nov. 27: Received email confirmation; processing time 5-7 days; everything handmade and impeccably "sawn"; hoped quilt would be more impeccable than proofreading Dec. 1, 4, 7, and 8: Received emails re more quilts available for order Dec. 10: Received … Continue reading This Emptor Should Have Caveated

Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home

  Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these. ~ quoted in "UC's Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008 * That sort of interference in behalf of abused animals was a common thing with her [Twain's mother] all her life; and … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home