Things that made me smile: catching-up on literary things

It's suddenly come to my attention that I've somehow recently shared next to nothing about the current state of my author-ly pursuits.  I mean, I did little but badger you poor readers about writing back in November (well, when I wasn't trying to ignore everything blog-related competely) as I worked feverishly* on my NaNoWriMo novel. … Continue reading Things that made me smile: catching-up on literary things

Because this fiction business got me kind of curious

After yesterday's navel-gazing bonanza of "Wow, Ma! Lookit all the posts I wrote in the past three years!" I got to thinking about the short fiction pieces.  Specifically, I realized that while there was a pretty steady sprinkling of that kind of stuff when I first got started and followed into 2011, there otherwise hasn't … Continue reading Because this fiction business got me kind of curious

Three years ago today, I went a little crazy. And I think I rather like it

Three years.  36 months. 1096 Days.  That's how long it's been since I finally returned to the blog I began in 2002 and mostly ignored until 2010.  That's how long it's been since I decided that I was going to either prove I could be a writer, or I was going to shut the hell … Continue reading Three years ago today, I went a little crazy. And I think I rather like it

Proof positive

Friday evening, after assigning my printer the unenviable task of printing out the entirety of my manuscript, I tweeted and posted this comment to facebook: Turns out a 414 page manuscript is a hefty stack of paper when you print it out, even double-sided. In other news: my printer hates me That earned me some … Continue reading Proof positive

¡Viva Italia!

I’ve recently decided that I need to learn how to make bread.  Nothing fancy, mind you, just simple, country-style stuff that common folk knew how to make in the past.  Your great-grandmother probably had the skill, back before you could get a loaf of Wonder at the supermarket for a couple bucks and change.  And … Continue reading ¡Viva Italia!

Part XII, b

A minute later, he was walking past the counter into the office proper, his search for more enjoyable foods momentarily forgotten. He checked all three desks in the open room, but found nothing but dusty personnel folders, aging memos, an attendance sheet with a long list of names marked "Absent", and the couple of framed … Continue reading Part XII, b