80 Acres Recovery

Went out yesterday to take pictures, and…didn’t look to be sure the SD card was in the camera.  “Took” a lot of pictures, none of them on the card.  So today, reprise of that, but the little frogs in the Fox waterhole didn’t show up.  SIGH.   Good day for pictures, though. Live oaks put out Read More…

Scorpions In The Dark: Calories In The Day

There is no real joy in knowing there’s a scorpion in the room at 2:45 am. You can hear it scuffling through papers.  You know it’s a  scorp, because it doesn’t sound like a cockroach (another unwanted night visitor) but when it’s not in the papers, you have no idea where it is, or how Read More…

Alive, Alive O!

OK, THAT was a winter storm.   We were without line power from Sunday afternoon/evening, but had stored solar power that lasted until early Tuesday morning with careful use.  We were (are) low on propane because the propane company called up to say they’d scheduled us for Thursday (before the storm really got going) but couldn’t Read More…

First Draft in Revision (Writer Stuff)

Revising a first draft gives the writer a chance to re-think and re-vision the project.   Almost everything is up for grabs–grabs to keep, and grabs to toss in the garbage.  If the book in question is part of a larger work, and if it is under contract to a particular publisher and editor, some things Read More…

The Green Light

Last summer, when I wrote “Bring Out Your Dead” it was the first short fiction I’d written since the concussion.  The first that almost, nearly, sort of, had a true narrative arc.  Short fiction  is not my main talent.  My agent asked if I’d consider writing a story for a particular editor & anthology, and Read More…

FaceBook, Alas. Again.

Monday night FaceBook suddenly went crazy on me, and started reloading continuously, which meant it never reloaded completely.  I have no idea what happened, or how to fix it.   The  “reload” icon and “X” icon blinked alternately very fast.  So…no FaceBook for me.   (I can waste hours on horse videos and old PBS mystery programs, Read More…

Page Proofs: The Last Step

So the page proofs are *almost* out the door (one more day…)  and as usual a small number of errors have shown up.   Sometimes things that are changed in the copy-edits stage don’t make it into the final version that’s typeset and that’s WHY page proofs are important.  Sometimes something slips by all the previous Read More…

Brief LifeStuff Update

As far as one can tell, less than a week into the process, the meds for Lyme Disease seem to be doing something positive for the one obvious, and one less obvious, sign of the disease: the bulls-eye rash and the headache that (given the weather and my head’s usual reaction to it) might have Read More…