I’m still brain-frozen, but there are interesting things being talked about on the net about women in stories and agency. I first heard “agency” as part of characterization a couple of years ago and had no idea what it meant, so for those of you in the same boat, here’s Chuck Wendig’s definition: read more >>

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Cabin Fever


I’m trapped inside a cottage with four dogs and some miscellaneous wildlife–mice I think–that have decided that four dogs is less of a threat than the sub-zero temps and no food. I’m okay with that; chasing screaming after the skittering in the next room is the only exercise these guys are getting since once they get outside the snow is taller than they are. The good news: If they can make it up over the edge of the shoveled walk, they can run all they want because the snow is covered with ice. Yes, that’s the good news. read more >>

Happy Cherry Valentine’s Day


Eat more chocolate.


(Okay, I really want to make these. They’re mini cupcakes decorated with Valentine’s candy; the truffles are chocolate covered marshmallows. Which means I have to get to the store before the candy is all gone. Back later.)

Novellas As the Future of Publishing. Huh.


Over on io9, there’s a post about Tor’s newest brainwave: Novellas as the future of publishing. You should read the whole Tor theory, but boiled down to TLDR: Readers don’t have much time and they want to be able to finish a story fast, so novellas will dominate the future of digital publishing.

I have some thoughts on this:

Happy Cherry Saturday Feb 7 2014


On this day in 1940, the second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premiered and gave us this: