Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I revisited a thought today that I’ve shared in various forms before, but I think it bears repeating.

There’s a lot I can’t do.

I can’t fix the climate crisis, raise the water levels out west, convert all plastic waste into useful, non-polluting material, solve fusion energy or cure cancer. Wish I could, but I can’t.

But there is a lot I can do.

I can help those around me, contribute to a better environment, donate what I can spare to those who need help, write a funny story, share brownies with the neighbors, be kind (even to that man who was rude to me in the store this afternoon, he was probably having a hard day), and generally focus on what’s good and try to make more of that.

And the great part is, so can you.

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A friend asked for an update on the cat naming conundrum, and I had to report that it is still under discussion.

“I don’t know why this is so hard but it is. All we know is that Argyle doesn’t feel quite right, but nothing else does either. I think it’s a matter of getting to know him better.”

You’d think that a writer would have an easier time with this sort of thing, but I’ve been focused on the importance of finding the right name.

In an effort to make us feel better, our friend sent this:

And I do:)

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I won’t lie, a nap sounds pretty good right now. Instead, I’m making yogurt, working on a design project, considering my cookbook update, and waiting for a storm to roll through.

Who knows, I might even write something.

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. There’s simply a fear of bad writing. Do enough bad writing and some good writing is bound to show up.

— Seth Godin

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“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.”

Walter Mosley, Blue Light

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A new drabble:

Beware of Bite

He waited until the end of the appointment to ask, fingers brushing as she handed over his new bite guard.

“Are you free later?”


“I have a thing for dental hygienists,” he said, winking.

She looked him over. He knew what she saw, though he hadn’t seen it himself in years. A tall drink of dark and handsome, only slightly marred by two remarkably sharp canines.

“Sure, why not?”

“It’s almost 7:00. When do you get off?”

“Eight o’clock.”

“Can’t wait.” 

Just enough time to prepare, he thought, dropping the bite guard into his bag with all the others.

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While chatting with my father about a sci-fi book he’s reading, I remembered this short bit of free fiction from John Scalzi. Now I share it with you, too.

When the Yogurt Took Over: A Short Story | Whatever

When the yogurt took over, we all made the same jokes – “Finally, our rulers will have culture,” “Our society has curdled,” “Our government is now the cream of the crop,” and so on. But when we weren’t laughing about the absurdity of it all, we looked into each others’ eyes with the same unasked question – how did we ever get to the point where we were, in fact, ruled by a dairy product?


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Today in delightfully artistically incredibly cool:

Infinite Stories by Vaskange

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It’s a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon and (full transparency here) I find myself sorely lacking in motivation. Since we’ve had a mini “aliens on Earth” theme this week, let’s round it out with a short story from Fireside

The Tourist by Em Liu

He goes to Earth alone.

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Yesterday’s drabble was fiction, but this article is not. There really are Martians, and they’re living among us!

NASA engineer Nagin Cox on Mars rover time

This comic, illustrated by Anuj Shrestha, is inspired by an interview with NASA engineer Nagin Cox from TED Radio Hour’s episode It Takes Time.

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What do you know, some people actually did read Playboy for the articles!

Read 10 of the Best Stories Ever Published in Playboy ‹ Literary Hub

…while Hefner was indeed a man who collected and commodified women and called it “feminism,” it doesn’t change the fact that the joke about reading Playboy for the articles isn’t really a joke. The magazine has published some fantastic interviews, essays, and—most importantly for our purposes here—fiction over the years, the latter thanks in part to expert fiction editor Alice K. Turner…

Since its inception, Playboy has published work by Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Shirley Jackson, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, John Updike, John Cheever, P. G. Wodehouse, Arthur C. Clarke, John Irving, Roald Dahl, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Annie Proulx, and many other greats.

Almost all of the stories on this list are available to read online (via sites that will not get you in trouble at work, bonus). So enjoy the classic fiction, folks, while appreciating the venues we now have for sci-fi and other fiction.

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