How four scared rattlesnakes scared me on a short foothills hike.
Even before I realized that animal companions kept me from feeling lonely, I looked to them for comfort. At a time in my life when I wasn't ready to commit to taking care of a pet, I found a way to have the same comfort without all the work. I learned that stuffed animals aren't... Continue Reading →
I'm not a horror fan, but it's hard to read or watch fantasy without tripping over the more common figures of terror like vampires and werewolves. I think of them as iconic, fixed horrors and am often surprised by the way they are portrayed these days. After thinking about it, I've realized that we have to... Continue Reading →
I've been listening to Danny Gregory's "Shut Your Monkey" podcasts. The monkey is Gregory's name for the voice in his head that is always protesting or warning him not to do something, the voice I think of as my inner critic. You may have heard this voice yourself. It's the voice that tells you you're... Continue Reading →
November is less than a week away and I'm having my usual pre-NaNoWriMo* jitters. I've done this nine times before, and every October the same thing happens. I start thinking "what am I going to write?" I get anxious about planning, figuring out what my story will be about. The fear rises up, threatening to... Continue Reading →