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Weekend Debate Poll, Buffalo wing edition

Weekend Debate: Ranch vs Blue Cheese (Buffalo Wing Edition)

Last November when I did NaNo, I temporarily put the wildly mildly popular “Weekend Debate” feature here on the blog on hiatus.  Because, well, time, you know?  The thing is – and this will likely come as a surprise – it’s actually more difficult to fit in my daily writing quota during the weekends than […]

Starting a new novel: Standing On the Edge of a Cliff

So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye! Why in the name of the seven known worlds* would I begin a post with the lyrics to a song from The Sound of Music, you ask?  Why, especially, would I pick lyrics so heavy with the threat of a looming separation?  Am I quitting this whole blogging thing?  […]

Brownies: The New Cupcake

While I was off pretending that I can play hockey Sunday night, the Puddinette, for no reason other than because She. Is. Awesome, made a pan of brownies from scratch.  I’m going to say that again, because it’s important, she made brownies from scratch.  Which means they had actual cocoa and actual eggs and actual […]

Getting to work (What I’ve already learned from having an agent)

When I left work on Friday, I had hopes of spending my weekend in a sort of lazy, bachelor-style fugue. That kind of shiftless, laying-about that would, of course, include hours and hours on a couch with a movie marathon or a baseball spree, the consumption of a whole host of terrible, processed, microwaveable meals, […]

A movie in 100 words or less: Dark Shadows

To be completely and totally honest with you—and really, isn’t that both what we want in this relationship?—Tuesday’s Big. Exciting. News! wasn’t really “new” news anymore by the time it posted on Tuesday.  Because, in fact, I’d gotten The Call, (yes, one of those calls all writers dream about as they toil the long, late […]

A haiku contest for National Haiku Day

Little did I know when I woke up this morning that today is National Haiku Day!  I’ll be honest, I had planned to give you poor people a break, which I thought would be well-deserved after foisting yesterday’s ridiculously long post on you. (Not to mention that I’m still mostly too giddy about the whole […]

Fortune Favors the Foolish

According to the internet (and really, if we can’t trust the interwebs, who can we trust!?), Chinese philospher Lao-tzu wrote, “A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.”  The common paraphrase for that, of course, is, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” A journey of my own, one I’d […]

A haiku for a terrible day

Our thoughts for Boston Unspeakable tragedy Stay safe, with loved ones No rambling today. I’m following Scalzi’s lead and going with pet pictures instead. Pud’n

An additional word or two about "Look, I read a book"

Recently, (more specifically, after this post), I came to the realization that I don’t talk about books enough in general.  Writing, sure.  I ramble on about my own writing like one those poor, um, overserved* individuals you occasionally see wandering the convenience store barefoot and in search of cheese doodles. But I don’t mean writing, […]