Katy Didn’t

Susan Coolidge wrote the series of books beginning with “What Katy Did”. I read them as a kid. The part I most remember is the very start where the author overhears two insects arguing back and forth about “Katy did” and “Katy didn’t”. I picked up the books to read again. That is one of the great things about second-hand bookstores, you can always find old/ classic books.… Read the rest

Fantastical Marvels

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” – Goya (Spanish artist and court painter, 1746-1828.

I don’t know who Goya is but I like the quote. It could be a description for the difference between science fiction and horror writing. Though even horror has to have enough reason to make it seem possible.

Gardener’s Lament

“A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.” – Gertrude Stein

What should a vegetable garden grow other than vegetables? Why is it disappointing to have only vegetables in your garden?

Insignificant, with Attitude

“I’m insignificant, with attitude”  –  found on Spicybug’s Twitter profile.

Who doesn’t feel insignificant at times. There are so many people in the world to compare ourselves to. Before we even begin to put our best foot forward we are far outnumbered. Save yourself, have some attitude. In the end you can only control yourself and no one else has that advantage.… Read the rest

A Conversation That Has No Sound

How would you describe sign language between two people if you were writing about them? I watched two people having coffee and having a conversation using sign language. They were quiet, but active.  Sometimes a word would be thrown out there, too loud but they can’t hear how it sounds to others.

Seldom does anyone write about a deaf character.… Read the rest

A Non-Nurturing Relationship

“Could you please get your tentacle out of the dishwasher?”

I like to talk to the plants while I water them. I’m not always gracious or particularly sweet. Especially right now when they are taking over the kitchen as I water them for their Spring revival. Too soon to put them outside but they can have water again and try to live.… Read the rest

In Loving Memory

Someone mentioned Anna Nicole Smith on the radio this morning. I don’t pay a lot of attention to American celebrities but her story, or the end to her story, strikes me as pretty sad. Whatever she had done and whatever you thought of her, isn’t it sad that her son died before her and her baby daughter will never know who her Mother was.… Read the rest