Monthly Archives: September 2015

Atticus is home! We’re having a fur-folk dance party *bad kitty. bad, bad kitty*

SO AT DAYLIGHT  THIS MORNING, Bodhi Doghi and I went over to the barn of last known sighting of Atticus the Ninja Kitty, and followed little tiny kitty cat paw prints into the briars, brambles, cactus and other plants that will … Continue reading

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Yes, he’s a mean cat. But he’s mine. If you’ve got him, please send him home: #AtticusPhoneHome

DEAR RANCHER/FARMER: If you have taken my cat, I feel I should warn you–yes, he’s a good mouser and snake snatcher, but he is a meanie cat, and responds to only a few chosen people. And he bites! *hard* and … Continue reading

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Blood moon eclipse & Mercury in retrograde: Unexpected consequences of a rare phenomenon

SO, IT TURNS out that last night was not only a full moon, it was a blood moon, *and* a total lunar eclipse. And if that’s not enough to rewire ever-body’s brain, Mercury is in retrograde (and will be until … Continue reading

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Do you need a pen name? What to consider when taking a nom de plume

EVER HEARD OF Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Harry Patterson, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Eric Arthur Blair? Probably. But not by those names. Samuel Langhorne Clemens is Mark Twain, Harry Patterson is Jack Higgins, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is Lewis Carroll and Eric … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why I have a crush on Pope Francis

THIS MORNING, I swear I heard Rush Limbaugh’s head explode when Pope Francis took the podium on the South Lawn of the Whitehouse. And the fact that Rush Limbaugh and his extreme, Right Wing Meanies can’t stand the Pope is … Continue reading

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How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Novel: Bad Dialogue

MY FIRST TWO  jobs right out of college were as a journalist and moonlighting as a screenwriter. While journalism paid the bills, I loved screenwriting because I love dialogue. People are funny. Don’t believe me? Sit and eavesdrop of folks … Continue reading

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Shocking News: Cookies and Sweet Tea don’t cure everything *don’t mess a writer’s royalties*

SO RIGHT NOW I’m in the middle of some kind of weird Dick-Measuring contest going on with the Post Office. I used to love my Mail People, even the weird one who kind of stalked me and would take afternoon … Continue reading

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