Sunday, August 19, 2018

goldenrod is high

The goldenrod is blooming all over the place and has been for at least two weeks. Summer is finally sliding into fall and goldenrod is a sign of that. I'm already dreaming of crisp apples, plump pumpkins, and days without mosquitoes!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

a little less summer

I could do with a little less summer heat right now. It seems like the entire summer has been one of waiting for safe temperatures to do things. I tend to be really sensitive to higher temps so heat makes me feel really miserable, so I've been hiding in the basement a lot. When I do stick it out and try to do things, I run out of energy sooner in the heat, and then end up needing more recovery time. I know so many people adore summer and despise winter, and I definitely don't like how dark it is in the winter, but I am waiting for some more reasonable temperatures so I can be more productive.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Judge's choice Honor

My flash fiction story for Queer Sci Fi was chosen as one of the Judge's Picks. I am completely stunned -- and so grateful and happy -- I am eager for the anthology to come out so everyone can read the stories! And many congratulations to my fellow winning authors.

Link to the big news and the Judges' comments:

Monday, July 16, 2018

overabundance starting early

The proliferation of zucchini has started! These squash produce so much, it is really incredible! So far, I've fried them, cut them up for burritos, and eaten some of the most tender ones raw. I still have a giant pile of them to eat.

Next, maybe I really will start leaving them on the doorsteps of unsuspecting neighbors....

Sunday, July 8, 2018

rainbow snippets on my current work in progress

I can't believe I haven't done a Rainbow Snippets in over a year, but I checked, and I haven't! Shame on me for not being more active. But I have had a lot on my plate this year, so I am forgiving myself.

Here are six sentences from a currently untitled work in progress:

Romance is dead, Kyle thought. He didn't know if this romance was dead, but it certainly seemed that way at the present time.

He watched his partner, Brodie, across the table as he played with his cell phone. Kyle couldn't see the screen but the flicks of his fingers indicating scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. Whatever Brodie was looking for wasn't being found. So, both the dinner company and the cell phone were not engaging his attention.

I'm currently about 2k in and at a point in the story where I have to make some decisions about what is going to happen, so of course I am procrastinating as much as possible!

The link back to Rainbow Snippets to check out the posts from other artists and writers:

thoughts on hiking, and photos

I went hiking this weekend -- just a short hike, nothing too demanding, although I'm always tired by the end -- and I have a couple pictures to share of some interesting views on the trail.

While I do like hiking, recently I've met some people who are *seriously* into hiking. Like, week-long or two week-long trips along trails are regular occurrences in their lives, because they *love* it. It made me think about Pyresnakes ( ) and my hiking-enthusiastic characters in it. While I definitely enjoy a day hike, all that business about sleeping overnight in the woods, even if there are shelters built along the way for stopping at, makes me both confused and impressed. The tug and pull between those two styles of hiking was part of how I'd started to think about Aran -- if you loved hiking, what could possibly keep you from going on these overnight trips?

I don't think I'm ever going to be an over-night kind of hiker. I participated in camping when I was younger and I'm so done with sleeping on the ground. I really like beds and mattresses and having working plumbing nearby. But, that's what writing is for -- to enjoy all the hiking without ever leaving home. :)

Ah, and here and the photos:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fifty beetles

I collected over fifty beetles this evening (I did brave the wasps, which appear to be goners, although I didn't go close enough to really know for sure) -- included two of the spotted beetle variety. With an infestation this severe, I am now considering just taking down the fronds. It would mean that the bed probably wouldn't survive, but with this many beetles for such a little patch (seriously, it's about 3' x 2' total, it's rather small, I was only eating a handful of spears a year) I'm wondering if I'll get any asparagus next year anyway, and I'll have spent quite a lot of time policing the spot. I can always re-establish in a few years.