Monthly Archives: October 2020

Books Read in October 2020



Short Stories

  • Ten Tales Calculated to Give You Shudders – ed. Ross R Olney


Long-Form Journalism

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Books to Read October 2020

Death at Wenwater Court – Carola Dunn

Death Comes to Pemberley – P D James

Book Yourself Solid – Michael Port

Looking for Jake – China Mieville

Dust and Shadow – Lyndsay Faye

The Coming Plague – Laurie Garrett

On Combat – Dave Grossman

American Vampire Vol. 1 – Scott Snyder

Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre

Consider the Fork – Bee Wilson

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eBay Sales: piece of Fandom stuff

Craft Projects Completed: None and No progress on any of the open projects

#MilWordy Update: 77,243 (3,016 words/day to complete)

The entire day was slow and attenuated.

I tried Death Wish Cold Coffee. My heart can’t take that level of caffeine. It was good, mind, but I think I need to save it for, say, The Night of Writing Dangerously or something. Any time I really, really need to be awake at three a.m. or something.

Lit incense for the first time in a long while and I’m trying to remember why I haven’t done it more often. The fan is moving the smoke around the room as though it’s wrapping the room in scent. It’s lovely and soft like a hug.

I’ve gotten myself some new writing software. It’s for timelines and world-building and keeping track of characters. I’m planning to use it more for universes rather than stories. I’ve got several series in the works and I need something to hold onto all the details of the worlds.

One of the teams at work dressed up as MIBs. It was amusing. It was costume day at work. I was planning to wear the Evil Queen dress I’d picked up for Halloween, but the sleeves were just so painfully itchy that I couldn’t even handle wearing it long enough to get out of the house. I ended up in one of my Halloween dresses instead. It was nice to see the site getting into the actual spirit of spirit week. However, I did not participate in the photographs. There are just some things that I avoid when I can. Group photos is one of them. No one in my immediate family circle really enjoys those. However, I have been forcing selfies on my parents when we’re on vacation. Family fun will be enforced, damn it!

Well, I’m going to sign off with the exhortation to VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. Time to make your voice heard. You want change? You want things to stay the same? Now is when you decide. Here. At the polls. VOTE.

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eBay sales: 4 decorative plates

Craft Projects completed: 0

#MilWordy Update: 77,090 words (3006 words/day to complete on time)

Another sort of bland day.

I miss Shabu Shabu. The restaurant near me is still closed for obvious reasons. And obviously, there’s no way of doing delivery of that experience. Ah well. That’s life, I suppose. We adapt. And maybe, maybe, I get the nerve to try making it on my own at home.

I am contemplating running a partial “estate” auction in the next month or so. I just need to collect everything. Catalog and get it ready for the site and get the lots set up. And decide if I want to actually try that in November. What with Nano and all. *wrinkles nose* I don’t know if that’s actually wise or not.

Ah well, there’s time to make that decision.

Talk to you all tomorrow. Night!

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eBay sales: doll, figurine, and deck of cards

Craft Projects Completed: 0. No progress at all.

#MilWordy Update: 74,944 words (3,013 words/day to complete)

It’s been a day of just meetings. Lots and lots of meetings and hauling my butt all around the compound today. It’s been long and pretty boring, to be honest.

Though I did have a wonderful lunch of homemade chicken curry.

That’s about it. Night y’all.

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eBay Sales: Large ornament, book, mini-fig, and a plate

Craft Projects Completed: 0, but I got a good four rows on my scarf. I’m starting to see the end. And moved my loom so I can work on the shawl that was supposed to be a Christmas present years ago.

#MilWordy Update: 74,323 words (2996 words/day to complete)

It’s been a day of very little being done. I’ve not written anything beyond an email and I’ve not finished much in terms of my to do list. There were a few things I managed to knock off: I used the 2 domes which have been sitting in the parlor waiting for me to put something into; hung two pictures for Mom; helped change the sheets in Mom’s room; carried down a tub of stuff for eBay down to the eBay staging area; and helped Dad change the lights in the front lamp.

Huh, that was more than I expected once it’s all been written out.

I’m looking to integrate Ko-Fi onto the site. It’s a tip jar basically. In case you like one of the short stories I post and want to kick in a couple of cents. I am working towards making writing my career, but that’s a little ways down the road. I need to kill off a couple of credit card bills first. And secure a nice place to live out my golden years, as the phrase goes. Maybe a nice apartment in New Orleans? Or a small house further south in Virginia. It will depend on where my social network ends up, I think. I don’t have any siblings, so it becomes much more important to have a good circle of friends.

Well, that’s depressing. Let’s look at something else.


Well, that’s that topic taken care of. I could go on about things, but that will raise my blood pressure, and probably yours, so I’m not going to. I AM going to say that if you don’t vote, you are disappointing the men and women who have died to first, give us the right to vote on our government, and second those who fight to protect that right. Our men and women in uniform fight for our way of life. That way of life includes democracy.

Democracy means you need to vote. Make your voice heard.

Vote early if you can. Vote on the day if you need to. If you need an emergency absentee ballot due to health reasons — that might be an option. In Virginia, there is a curbside option. This was a blessing when my folks and I went to vote. It’s a great option for people with mobility issues.

I guess I did have more to say on the topic. I will sum it up here for my generation and younger: VOTE and post your “voted selfie” on Facebook or Instagram. It’s just the done thing now, and I love it! Those selfies are how I learned about early voting being an option in my state.

Well, I’ll step down off my little soapbox now.

Love, Luck, and Crunchy leaves on your way to the voting box, darlings!

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eBay Sales: 2 books, 1 doll, vintage cards, PC game

Craft Projects Completed: the base of my twine tree for Xmas

#MilWordy Update: 73,040 words (2,981 words/day to complete)

It’s been a day of errands mostly. Grocery shopping. That sort of thing. Didn’t get much done in terms of writing, or even the paperwork I need to get done by the end of the month.

I’m just trying not to let myself get out of the habit of writing here.

Hopefully I’ll have something more interesting for you tomorrow.


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Sunday Night Music: Grim Grinning Ghosts Electro-Swing Remix

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eBay Sales: None. This is all on me. I haven’t been listing. Listing seems to pop the listings up in the algorithms. I need to get myself back in the stream of listing this weekend.

Craft Projects Completed: 0, but I plan to work on my scarf today while I watch a few writing lectures. I have a need to keep my hands busy.

#MilWordy Update: 72,717 words (2953 words/day to complete on time)

We’re on the swift downhill run to NanoWrimo, but to be honest, at this point 1667 words per day seems pretty easy to get done. I’ve got a goal almost double that for every day now.

I’m working through the ways of freelance journalism again. That is always such a random way of life. Pitching until I get a new clips file that doesn’t show my writing style from over twenty years ago. I need some things which are fresh, but are actual articles, not blog posts. And as soon as I finish meeting my short story promises for Golden Fleece Press, I’m going to start shopping more of my short stories around.

I got a wonderful verbal review of my first book Cherry Blossom Express (available through most booksellers) today. The reader said she was hooked on page three and stayed up all night to finish reading it.

There’s really nothing better than hearing that someone loved your book. Turns out that she hadn’t known I had a book release in February, so that will be a sale. Sales are slow right now. Mostly because I usually hand-sell at conventions as well as doing on-line marketing. But while that was unexpected, I don’t think it’s a killer.

I’ve got a list of to dos longer than my arm right now. So, I’m going to cut myself short here.

I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. Who knows, maybe I’ll make another sale or actually get to pitching articles.

TTFN. Ta Ta For Now!

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eBay Sales: None

Craft Projects Completed: 0 (hey, I have this nifty new Rubik’s Cube to play with. Knitting? Oh, yeah. Knitting. I’ll get back to that.)

#MilWordy Update: 70,851 (2,950 words/day to complete)

So, NanoWriMo is coming soon. Very soon. Like in two weeks. And I haven’t really decided what I’m doing for it. It will be a new project though. I’ve decided that much. I think it will be one of the Promises Universe books I was thinking of doing, but as always, I’ll decide on, oh, Halloween, what I’m going.

Drive through voting is a think in our state right now. In light of … let’s call it the Unpleasantness, it makes sense. It also makes me laugh. It reminds me of drive-up wedding places. Or maybe, drive-through liquor stores. (Yes, these exist in America. Wahoo! Great idea!)

And that is the current randomness which runs through my brain.

Love, laughter, and cotton candy with no weird flavors, lovelies.

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