What Color is Your Potato?

Fulfilling a long-time goal to have backyard chickens (and more importantly, their eggs), we got ten baby chicks last week. Though I had no confidence in my ability to keep them alive, they’re thriving so far and I’ve even let my kids name them. The problem is, they’re like donuts—you go to Tractor Supply, pick … Continue reading What Color is Your Potato?

Homeschooling—Not for the Faint of Heart

"Faint of heart": Is it a metaphor or a metonym? Or maybe an idiom?  I don’t know, but now I’ve got enough material for my daughter’s next two ELA classes. Even though I’m a writer, I’m no expert in teaching figurative language (fortunately, the Internet is). But that's what homeschooling is all about. It all … Continue reading Homeschooling—Not for the Faint of Heart

Less than a week–publication date June 12th!

Less than a week until Timber Howligan’s publication date (June 12th! June 12th!)! You may wonder what the penultimate week in a self-published author’s life looks like. This is my basement, where I set up shop… Screenprinting t-shirts. Yes, that’s right. My kids just finished their last week of school, so one batch of t-shirts … Continue reading Less than a week–publication date June 12th!

Coming soon to a butcher shop, library, or pet store near you: Timber Howligan, Secret Agent Cat!

Coming soon to a butcher shop, library, or pet store near you: Timber Howligan, Secret Agent Cat! That’s right, my debut novel will soon be available. I finished it two years ago. Since then, it’s been through many revisions and one professional edit. I’ve hired an illustrator, and the final artwork is almost done. It … Continue reading Coming soon to a butcher shop, library, or pet store near you: Timber Howligan, Secret Agent Cat!

Introducing SF to the Next Generation

I went to my first “Con” this weekend, IllogiCon IV in Cary, NC. This Science Fiction and Fantasy Con had much more to offer than I was able to partake. (Including belly dancing! So sad I missed that.) After four hours, I was home in bed sleeping off a headache. But Saturday morning I was … Continue reading Introducing SF to the Next Generation