"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet, Act I, Scene V, 184-185, Shakespeare. The route I take out to Hastings, (the town in Minnesota, not the battle-of in Britain, just to be clear. Seems worth pointing out that I'm not a time traveler, and the… Continue reading This is NOT What I Meant, Horatio: Episode One
I'm on vacation. I'm supposed to be in Cocoa Beach, but Covid is an asshole so I'm home instead, working on the Banshee book and ignoring the puppy gleefully chewing on my dirty clothes pile. Sigh. I suppose I should do something about it before Minerva swallows a sock and has yet another cone-venture. Great… Continue reading Spamcation
Dear diary, the Evil Overlord has cruelly prevented me from recording my suffering for quite some time, by blocking my access to the keyboard with YET ANOTHER hound from hell. The newest tormentor is fluffy and white and I hates her with the fire of a thousand suns. She keeps pinning me down to lick… Continue reading Dear Diary – Day 1185
I had a quiz today. In ancient Greek. Here's how quizzes work while taking a virtual dead language class. They're all open book. I can use whatever materials I've created and the book. The quiz is 10 questions: 5 translation, 5 parsing (if you're unfamiliar, parsing is identifying all the characteristics of a noun or… Continue reading Beware fAnguses Bearing Gifts
Remember how I said we're going back to regularly scheduled programming? Here we go...and since this isn't a funny post feel free to skip it. I won't be offended. Since I reacted strongly on both Twitter and Facebook to this issue recently, it seems worth a full comment. I wrote about Medusa a while ago,… Continue reading Medusa Redux
Read this as soon as you can. It's wonderful.
I must be feeling more like a human. Things in my brain are starting to work again. I am occasionally asked by non-writers where ideas come from. Honestly, not that often lately because I don't talk about writing as much anymore to non-writers (boring people is a great way to STAY socially distanced). But still,… Continue reading Writing Prompt
Yesterday I mentioned my spellchecker on WordPress keeps trying to change "velociraptor" to "velocipede" and it horrified me. Because centipedes are a nightmare for me, and I have a GOOD imagination. In order to either put a real face to the multi-legged, fast moving, venomous creature I had in my head, I looked up "velocipede".… Continue reading So…that’s NOT what I envisioned
A couple of days ago, I was hanging out with my brothers and sisters and some other dogs, when my super favorite human, Angie, introduced me to an obnoxiously HUGE dog and some weird tall lady. I was pretty nervous: I've only been alive for 11 weeks, and that dog was big and scary looking,… Continue reading My Name is Minerva. This House is Mine.
Ok. I know part of home ownership is critter management, and the occasional run-in with THINGS that think it's acceptable behavior to invade/explore/hunt in my house. Please recall my incident last spring with a demon house centipede or ALL THE WASPY GOODNESS earlier this summer. The ants. You guys. The ants. Sometimes I think if… Continue reading Of Ants and Corpses