This is Marmalade, a.k.a. Toad: Yes, it’s one of those serendipitous photographs. Most of the time she looked like a perfectly normal, vaguely annoyed cat. She was a beauty, really; she’d sometimes get knots in that coat, but it was silkier and smoother than the coat of many long-hairs I’ve known. And all the color: … Continue reading All About Toad
(What? A non-political post? Why, yes. Because despite the chaos surrounding us all, writing is still my job, and I still love doing it, and today I'm going to write about it.) Like most writers, I've got an uneasy relationship with critiques. As a writer, you understand, when you're writing with publication in mind, that … Continue reading Listening to Critiques
I've lived in New England all my life, and at this point I'll probably never live anywhere else. This is curious, in a way, given how much I dislike being cold; but places become habits, familiar and comfortable, and they can soothe us on a subconscious level. Drive two hours to the coast and everything … Continue reading Same As It Ever Was
I had an ultra-stereotypical suburban Mom day yesterday. The Kid had a dance recital, so I spent the morning googling how to put long hair in a bun. (Conclusion: Without hair spray you need roughly 8,000 hairpins.) On the way to the recital location, Spouse and I chatted about, among other things, future college costs and strategies. … Continue reading Here Be Dragons
When the world falls apart, small things become huge. It's been over a month since we lost Editor Cat. A couple of weeks ago, we acquired kittens, who came with a cold that they gave to Laser Cat, who became quite ill. She spent a couple of days in the hospital getting a hydrating IV and more x-rays … Continue reading Small Things
I've been trying to figure out what to say post-US election, but I find myself uncharacteristically short of words. So here are some words from others that have resonated with me: I Rebel by Kameron Hurley Here's Why We Grieve Today by John Pavlovitz Margaret and Helen Early Morning Thoughts on the Day After by John … Continue reading Ways to Cope
I didn’t know, when I started this book, that it was going to be about revenge. Revenge is a funny thing. It seems to be a pretty strong human instinct. You hurt me; I hurt you. Scales get balanced and all is well, right? Except it doesn’t work out that way. It should—eye for an … Continue reading REMNANTS OF TRUST: or, What’s Revenge Got To Do With It?