Posts Tagged ‘silliness’

I Made You a Blooper-Reel

It’s a big day! It’s September, which means autumn should be here soon (please please please I long for sweaters and the entire state not being on fire), I have a new short story (a silly dragon one) up over at Turtleduck Press (which you can read here!), and I finally got my latest SkillShare class uploaded and published!

I always forget how long editing the videos takes. I never seem to remember that part. Some day. Maybe.

Probably not.

Anyway, the class in on genre: what it is, how it’s determined, examples of lots of different things. It’s here, if you have a SkillShare membership. I decided to do another theory class since the premise vs. plot is by far my best performing one (over finding and keeping track of story ideas and setting and reaching writing goals). We’ll see!

Anyway, while I was editing, I noticed that I make weird faces and stuff when I mess up, so I made a blooper reel. It’s just the video parts, not the slide parts, but enjoy!

We’re off to a promising start! Keep your fingers crossed that things continue in the same vein.

Introducing Jorge

I realized I never introduced you guys to Jorge.

My sister likes to think she’s funny, so for my birthday (back in October), she got me a llama (or possibly an alpaca?) cookie jar.

My first thought was “What the heck am I going to do with this?”

But then I embraced the madness and named him Jorge.

This is Jorge.


The small, mobile ones adore Jorge and they keep him well-stocked with cookies. (And then I eat the cookies.)

My sister has, of course, been quite pleased by Jorge’s new place in our lives.

Anyway. Here’s Jorge. We may be seeing more of him in the future.

Common writing mistakes on Thursday. We’ll be talking about point of view issues. Ta, squiders!

Happy Holidays! (Also, a hiatus and landsquid and a typo)

So, I’ve had a chance to actually look at my schedule over the next two weeks, and it is extremely unlikely that I will be able to post next week. So I guess this is my cue to wish everyone a happy holidays, and I shall see you on the flipside in 2017, when we will do year-end/year-beginning stuff for about a week and then dive back into the publishing/submitting posts (where we will discuss self-publishing short stories to begin with.

So, Jan 3. I shall return.

Til then, I was up late making peppermint bark, so I drew you a peppermint bark-making landsquid.

He’s supposed to be eying the Alpaca suspiciously. Oh well. Things to practice. Squinty eyes.

I was talking to a few friends last night about whether or not I should do a holiday post today or whether I should start the year-end stuff, and the general consensus was to do the holiday post, at which point I noted that I would draw a landsquid for the post.

And my dear friend Di said, “LANDQUID.”

So, in celebration of a hilarious typo, I made you all a landquid. Just for you, Di.

landquid--it's terrifying


Happy holidays, everyone! I’ll see you on the other side!

Nominated for the Liebster Award

Last week while I was frolicking about New England and Canada, Siri Paulson nominated me for the Liebster Award, which I had honestly never heard of before. Siri writes about writing, books, and other interesting things, and I highly recommend following her. She puts a lot more work and thought into her entries than I do.

(No relation to the Apple AI. Or is there? Duh duh duuuuun…)


Here’s the rules for the award as per Siri:

1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.

2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.

3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 400 followers. (I am…not actually sure I qualify on this.)

4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Here are the questions Siri left:

1. Star Wars or Star Trek?

You know, don’t you, Squiders? Trek, of course. There’s something about it that resonates somewhere. Or it might just be that I have literally been watching it since birth. Who knows? It’s not that I don’t like Star Wars as well–I especially enjoy the original trilogy, and a lot of the books–but if I have to pick one, it’s the one that boldly goes.

2. What’s your favourite item of clothing? Why?

I am especially partial to tall boots and sweaters. So hoorah for it finally being autumn!

3. What do you like best about blogging?

The captive audience. >_> No, no, I like that it forces me to write something a few times every week, especially if I’m in a spot in my projects, such as editing or submitting, where not much writing is being accomplished otherwise.

4. If you could live in another country, which one would it be?

I would very much like to move to Bavaria in Southern Germany, or northern Austria. We visited a few years ago, and perhaps it is just because it is the land of (some of) my ancestors, but I really liked it. The landscapes! The people! The culture! The ruined castles! Mmm, ruined castles.

5. Tea or coffee?

Tea. And even if I didn’t adore tea (perhaps too much?), coffee melts my stomach lining. Alas, it is too acidic for me.

6. Oceans or mountains?

Mountains mountains mountains. Give me a tall peak covered in trees, and I will be happy forever. This is probably in evidence on my Nature board on Pinterest.

7. What are you reading right now?

I’ve just started Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews. It looks like my favorite sort of cozy mystery, so I am excited for it. And I’m also reading The Moon Pool by A. Merritt, which is sort of Jules Verne-y science fiction. I am enjoying it quite a bit as long as I ignore the science bits.

8. Tell us a memory from when you were a kid.

When I was about 8, I convinced my younger cousins and sister that the spotlight in the sky (none of us, myself included, had any idea what it actually was) was a UFO coming to kidnap us. And when they ran off to tell on me, I hid so they’d think I’d been abducted.

I got in a bunch of trouble for that one, but I regret nothing.

9. Who’s your favourite superhero (or supervillain)?

I am not really a fan of the superhero subgenre, but I do like Batman (especially the Animated Series version), and I am currently fond of Thor, not just because he’s played by Chris Hemsworth (though that certainly helps).

10. Vampires, werewolves, or zombies?

I am not really a fan of any of the above. It’s not just because they’re done to death; there’s just something about them that doesn’t do it for me. If I had to pick one, I’d go werewolves. At least they’re not undead.

I’m not sure I know 10 blogs that qualify for the Liebster Award, but I will nominate a few here, to do as they please, and if you’d like me to add you on, please let me know and I shall. But I nominate:

1. Ian Dudley

2. Audrey Goshorn

3. Dianna Bell

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to answer the following:

1. What is your favorite ’50s-’70s era television show?

2. Why did you decide to start a blog?

3. Is this your first blog?

4. What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?

5. Marvel or DC?

6. Kirk or Picard?

7. If a landsquid knocked on your door, would you give him a cookie?

8. How does it make you feel that it is already October?

9. Would you rather be attacked by ceiling turtles or a pack of telekinetic squirrels?

10. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be?