After a terrific weekend Schmooze (you can read more and see pictures of me with my eyes closed at jbknowles or anom3 or tamra_wight), I’m trying to catch up with reading and writing and the house stuff.

I took a wonderful walk with my gimpy dog this morning. I almost didn’t go, but when I said, “We really should take a walk,” he got so excited and was dancing around the living room.  He never limped the whole time we were outside, sniffing and running in the wet grass and crispy leaves. Of course, he can’t put his food down now that we’re back in the house.

A silent blue heron flew over us in the fog. Beautiful. I should carry my camera.

I’m really enjoying Jennifer Laughran’s new book blog–except for the fact that my to-read list is growing way too fast.  Read it here: http://literaticat.tumblr.com if you dare!

On Thursday I leave for a 3-day writing retreat in Oregon where I’ll see classmates and former instructors from VCFA.  We’ll be discussing wip’s, books we’ve read, writing topics, and I’m sure lots more, as well as spending time writing and reading.  I’m looking forward to it!

I’m also looking forward to finishing this draft.  So I can start over.  Yup.  Funny things I look forward to sometimes.


Current book: Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner.  I like to read a couple stories between books.

Friday Five

1. My family is calling the hurricane “hurricane Grammy” since my mom’s name is Irene. Right now it’s looking like we’ll see some strong effects from the storm in New England. It’s hard to worry about it when the sky’s blue and clear and the next two days are predicted beautiful and sunny. But…I’m thinking of foods we don’t have to cook and batteries for the flashlights and candles and water.

2. I think I’m going to print out some pages for the next few days so I can continue working on this draft. Just in case.

3. Jim’s leaving for a camping trip with our nephews today. This means I have from noontime today until tomorrow evening to write.

4. Pearl by jbknowles was wonderful again! I love Henry and Bean and their tangled, tangled lives.

5. The new job is going well. Next week I get to present in my old school. That is both comforting and terrifying.


Current Book: Eye of the Storm by kmessner