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JUNE 4, 2013 12:18AM

The Garage

I am an optimizer by nature, so when my sister told me she needed help disposing of a body, my first question was not "what body?" or "why?" but rather "how much time do we have?"  I looked up from my book, which was laying flat on the floor in front… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2012 12:35AM

OS Million Hoodie March

I'm not big on pictures and I don't own a hoodie.  And I don't have much to say that hasn't already been said.  But I could not NOT post something for the Million Hoodie March.  So here it is.  It's a goddamned crying SHAME that it took a whole month and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2011 2:27PM

What's my motivation?

National Novel-Writing Month 2011 has kicked off to a bumpy start for me.  I have just over 10,000 words so far, which is a bit ahead of the pace.  This is intentional because I plan to take 5 days off for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I need to stay ahead and come… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 11:50PM

This year's noveling adventure

Once again this year, I will be challenging myself by participating in National Novel-Writing Month (  For those that are curious, this is a personal writing challenge, to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days.  Many people say they want to write a novel "someday".&nb… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2010 6:56PM

It's "Once Upon A Time" Time Again

The weather has turned colder, the days end earlier, and the winter rains have begun.  It's October in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that means my fancy is lightly turning to thoughts of noveling.  November is National Novel-Writing Month, and once again I will be attempting to write 50,0… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2010 1:47PM

Carnivory in Moderation

The open call for "conflicted carnivore" couldn't have come at a more interesting time, because  I just finished Jonathan Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals".  It's all about how factory farms work, how they're different from family farms, and how even family farms aren't good, either. … Read full post »

In the news today, there was this article about prosecution of a doctor in Kansas for illegally prescribing painkillers and other drugs.  Nothing wrong with that at all.  But what I do have a problem with is a paragraph near the end of the article. 

 "[Treadway, the prosecutor, [… Read full post »

On the Salon Wires page right now is an article titled "Conn. man confronts motorist, is fatally shot".  Seems like a road rage situation, where driver A yells at driver B and driver B shoots him, right?

Ah, but no.  What actually happened was, driver A followed driver B toRead full post »

The reason I haven’t experienced much misogyny in my life is simply because I’ve been extremely lucky.  That’s the only reason I can think of, because I've seen it all around me.

I was raised by a single mother who DID experience misogyny.  She was not given the opportun… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 21, 2009 11:28AM

How My Parents Put the Fear of God into Us One Christmas

There are six of us kids in my family, and we are all pretty close in age.  Nine years separates the oldest from the youngest.  Growing up, we were not wealthy.  The whole neighborhood was on the edge of poverty.  I guess these days we would call it lower middle class. Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2009 9:08PM

Breast Cancer Kills

Once upon a time there was a woman named Kathy, with six grown children and thirteen grandchildren.  She was a wise woman and knew to get yearly mammograms.  One fine summer day, the family was having a picnic in her backyard.  Everyone at corn on the cob, fried chicken and salads… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 1:08AM

How to Write a Novel in Two Easy Steps

So you've decided you might try your hand at writing a novel.  Congratulations!  It really is not as difficult as you might think.  It will only take one month to write the first draft.  I promise!

How do I know this?  Because for the past six years I have participated in… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2009 3:33PM

Pointing out the Obvious

I'm a little hot under the collar right now.  I just got done reading this news item about that Hudson River plane incident.  It's discussing investigating causes, and who opened the rear door of the aircraft, letting water in and making evacuation more difficult.  Near the end, there'… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2009 12:45AM

That Charitable Sucking Sound

theglasscharacter had an interesting post on charitable begging giving that would have really struck a nerve for me, about ten years ago.  I'd like to share with you how I dealt with this issue.

First,  I asked myself how much I could realistically give, on a yearly basis.  Some church… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2009 7:12PM

Abortion Doctor Murdered

Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered this morning at his church.  His wife was singing in the choir at the time.  He was shot to death as services began.  A 51-year-old suspect, as yet unidentified by police, is in custody.  Police are investigating whether he was ass… Read full post »

Zumalicious recently posted about trolls and deleting comments.  We are the moderator of our own blogs, she says, and I agree 100% with that sentiment.  I personally haven't ever been trolled upon, but if I am I may well delete comments that I consider uncivil and impertinent (meaning not p… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2009 6:12PM

My response to Amazon - Updated

I clicked one of those petition links on the whole "Amazon Fail" issue, and apparently that sent a message to Amazon.  They responded with "it's a glitch", and links for me to say yes/no whether this answered my question.  I clicked "no" and entered the following:

I think you needRead full post »

MARCH 30, 2009 3:53PM

Insurance Agents, I Need You!

As mentioned in my last post, Script Frenzy is starting on April 1st (no foolin') and I'll be participating, by writing a screenplay.  (You can do it too - I promise!  But I won't bug everyone with the details - ask me about it, if you're interested, and I'll talk you… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2009 10:05PM

Stop Watching. Start Writing


CATNMUS sits at a computer desk, staring at the empty white page in the word processor application open in front of her.  Her fingers drum on the keys, lightly, nervously, not typing anything yet.  She sucks a mouthful of coffee from a large mug, hissing… Read full post »

So, watching the Super Bowl today, I'm rooting for Pittsburgh.  Right before the end of the first half, time running out, Arizona had the ball.  I said, out loud to my husband, "Pittsburgh just needs to intercept it and run it back for a touchdown."  Thirty seconds later, aka the very… Read full post »

I don't have any words yet to describe how this makes me feel.  But I've heard nothing about this until now.  If you thought the Taliban was defeated, think again.

 The Worst Radio Show on the Planet Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2008 9:57PM

25? Really?

  1. I'm afraid to write down 25 things about me out here, in public.  I'm afraid that someone's going to go out on the web, search for me, find all this personal stuff, and learn way too much about me.  Like a psycho killer.  Or an ID thief.  Or what's-her-name in
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DECEMBER 26, 2008 2:00PM

New Year's Eve in Times Square, 1986-87

This will not be a gripping tale.  It will be my first post, though.  I'm not sure what direction I'll take this blog, but I figure that answering the Open Call for New Year's stories would at least give people a place to leave me comments.  People might actually see it,… Read full post »