Several friends have been dealing with health issues or loss this month. They’re facing each day with grace and courage. In a single turn, they inspire me and break my heart. In light of that, you’d think I’d have a deeper appreciation of my own blessings. But I still catch myself fretting over small things, […]
Welcome to Ice Station Zebra. The glaciers have receded from downstate Illinois, but we’ve a chance for snow today, and we’re due to wake up to subzero temps Monday. Our little square of the Midwest makes Sochi look like the tropics. It’s been a winter for the record books. I kept up with my gratitude […]
Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Childhood. Before Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, or Robert Louis Stevenson, there were bears in the night. They blazed a trail for many a teller of tales who followed them out the window, around the lake, between the rocks, up Spook Hill, and into the […]
Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Something Orange. Here we see Shell, where Soulsby sold service by the Shell Station store.
Happy Groundhog Day. Here in the States, on February 2, at select cities around the country, we wake a woodchuck from its long winter nap and ask it to deliver a weather report. Makes sense. As the story goes, if there’s sun enough for the groundhog to see its shadow, it’ll be frightened, tuck back […]
I did a bit of reading recently. Not “curled under the covers with a classic novel” type reading–though that sounds pretty appealing with the temps wobbling to and fro around zero. This was more of a “read what you’ve written to a group of people with a taste and talent for literature” sort of thing. […]
Hibernation was the word of the week. In the U.S. Midwest, all creatures great and small hibernated from Sunday through Monday as snow fell on snow fell on snow, and temperatures dropped to killing cold. I drove to work about noon Sunday and left shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. I was lucky. I wrote and […]
Welcome to Twelfth Night. The day dawned with no horizon, no future, no past. Just snow swarming against the window, blanking land and sky, lakes and fields, cars and trees. When the air stills, the snow falls in powder-white whispers—in steam-leak sighs that smother the breath of every other sound. Twelfth Night. The eve of Sherlock […]
Among the gifts I opened this morning were a book and a gift card for another. Both were presents from my daughter. Which reminded me of this photo. Each time I pull this book from the shelf, I wonder about the father, the daughter, and the gift. Was he an avid reader? Did he fancy […]
Awesome Christmas gifts from a buddy who knows me well, but still chooses to be my friend. Huzzah! As we count down the minutes to Christmas, may yours be merry and bright…
10.3 photo prompt: You Today. Here are thoughts caught and pressed in paper, preserved for tomorrow.
10.2 Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day shot prompt: light. I give you a house lit by literary luminaries. I shot this Barnes & Noble in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend, while attending a science fiction writer’s workshop in Worthington. It was just minutes from the Holiday Inn, and housed a healthy collection of science fiction […]
Theme for today’s Fat Mum Slim Photo-A-Day challenge: Color. My daughter and I did the St. Louis Color Run a couple weeks ago. Can’t wait for the spring iteration!
586 days to SW Celebration VII / 14 days down Today’s SciFi 600 question: This science fiction TV series focused on the adventures of the Robinson family. Leave your answer in the comments and we’ll compare notes tomorrow. Yesterday’s SciFi 600 question: Humans and Thranx meet in this 1982 novel by Alan Dean Foster. Name the book. […]