Tag Archives: the (alleged) real world

children, fools, and writers on deadline…

Reaching for a research note this morning, my elbow hit the edge of my coffee mug.  Coffee spilled EVERYWHERE…. except onto my laptop. *waits for heart to resume normal operations*

Five things make the only post you’ll get from me today….

1.  You know you’re in introvert hibernation mode when the thought of ordering take-away over the phone is overwhelming. “No talking to people! No! Why aren’t you on Seamless or GrubHub?”  I need a “bat signal” so I could turn it on and they’d know to have my gyro ready for me…. (there was a […]

State of the Meerkat, post-Lunacon

Home from Lunacon, which was lovely and I saw many people and failed to see other people, and had good panels, and good conversations, and a surprisingly good signing (hi! to everyone who actually showed up at 7pm on Saturday evening), and of course, because it was Lunacon, Good Scotch. I also managed to come […]

Thinks and Things

Although I’m working hard, I’m still falling behind. That’s a warning sign to me to get some things off my plate, NOW. So today I need to: * finish a client edit and put it back on THEIR desk for a month or so. * get the page proofs for DOGHOUSE back to m’editor * […]

Monday’s State of the Meerkat roundup

Some days, Twitter, I just don’t know. Meanwhile, for those of you who were offline this weekend… Publishers Weekly reviewed FIXED - a few months late, but they said nice enough things (“well-crafted” and “(a) comfort-reading cozy.”) that we’ll forgive them. :-) And there may have been a drive-by snippeting for the WiP on Friday. And who watched Cosmos last night? […]

Finding Your Voice (no, not that voice, the other voice)

Two weeks ago, sitting in Mary Robinette Kowal’s “how to give a reading” seminar at Illogicon*, we discovered that I don’t hum. No, really. She asked us to do a voice exercise that involving humming up and down your range, to expand it, and I… couldn’t. It was such a strange, unfamiliar request, that the […]

Midweek Updatery

Hah! Work of Hunters/An Interrupted Cry is 51% funded! You know what that means, don’t you? It means I can let myself start writing the first draft. I mean, as soon as I get everything else off my plate.  *drinks more coffee* (51% doesn’t guarantee that the project WILL fund. But it’s where the reins on my story-impatience […]

In which practical meerkat has a few words about money, writing, and freelancing

from mb_galleycat at Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year: DBW “The majority of authors make less than $1,000 a year, according to a new report from Digital Book World. Almost 80% of self-published authors and more than half of traditionally published authors earn less than $1,000 a year, according to the report. A little more than 40 […]

a meditation on mornings

There are many people who despise mornings, who consider the only 6 allowable is 6pm (and don’t even speak to them of 5!).  I may, possibly, pity those people, although I respect their dedication to the slow slothful waking process and emulate it on regular occasion. But to miss the early morning, especially in winter, […]

This Thing I Do…

I’m careful about where I give my charity money. I do my research, I look at the percentage of money that actually goes to the work versus the administration (I’m looking at you, so-called cancer cure charities), and their overall actual impact. And one of the charities I give to regularly is my local food […]