Quarantine blogging: the modern salon

Making pseudo-lesson planner pages for myself to make sure I get things done. Apparently my brain does not wish to self-direct; it wants to be told what to do and when to do it. This is, of course, a reaction to stress. But it’s cool—bullet journaling and therapy have helped me accept that I amContinue reading “Quarantine blogging: the modern salon”

1 of 3. Okay, this poem is … perhaps a trifle self-indulgent?  But whatever, it’s for charity. As you may know, I have a series of short stories (links to which you can find under “Full Bibliography,” above) about Corwyn and Gwen, the Teachout sisters, lady adventuresses for hire.  Corwyn has a tendency, in timesContinue reading

stuff Laura’s read recently: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashanti Wilson

I got Kai Ashanti Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps after reading a review of the second novella (which I just started). A caravan and the mercenaries protecting it arrive at the last stop before they head into the wildeeps, which is a dangerous, magical wilderness.  The Sorcerer is a new guy (or it seemedContinue reading “stuff Laura’s read recently: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashanti Wilson”

Stuff Laura’s read recently: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

So Sarah Monette does the Unread Book Challenge, and one of the books she blogged about was Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me.  And I decided to read it. Everyone remarked on my reading this book–Jason asked me why I was reading it, Scott asked me why I was reading it–hell, even my nine yearContinue reading “Stuff Laura’s read recently: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule”

Harry Potter and a whole lot of hype?

I finished Cursed Child the other night.  I know a lot of people hated it, but as I’ve been avoiding every article and blog post about it to keep from spoilers, I have no actual idea why people hated it?  I did not hate it, for the record. So my thoughts under the cut thingieContinue reading “Harry Potter and a whole lot of hype?”

It’s story publication day!

My short story, “File 29520: Notes from Immediate Aftermath of Attack by New Villain, ‘The Daemon’,” is up at Betwixt right now. [1] It’s a superhero story, and if you’re one of my Facebook peeps or follow me on Tumblr, it’s the one that the evil twin and the lovely husband basically dared me to write.  AndContinue reading “It’s story publication day!”

stuff Laura’s read recently

I’m working my way through the ‘stories’ file in my Instapaper app, and these are really good: “And You Shall Know Her By the Trail of Dead”, by Brooke Bolander This is a whole bunch of my narrative kinks in one profanity-laden story.  No info dumps, complex relationships, chicks with guns … it’s up forContinue reading “stuff Laura’s read recently”

shameless other people promotion!

I’m super excited to tell you that Jason Kimble wrote the first story in the most recent volume of Clockwork Phoenix (that would be #5). “The Wind at His Back” is set in the same universe as “Hide Behind” and “Tall” (and you may find some continuity in it, if you’ve read those stories), and it’sContinue reading “shameless other people promotion!”

stuff Laura has read recently and randomnicity

I just finished This Census-Taker by China Miéville. It’s a short book–novella-length, which seems to be a thing recently (thank you, e-books)–and it’s actually haunting.  It’s stuck with me since I finished it on Friday. The story begins with a boy running down a hill from his home to the town, which is strung onContinue reading “stuff Laura has read recently and randomnicity”