Blood Poisoning?!

Yes, it turns out the US is a very dangerous place for me. It tried to poison me! Okay, maybe it was my own fault. I knew I had a bigger problem than just a sore throat. When it first hit it really knocked me out. I’m usually the ignore-the-illness-and-work-harder type, but I ached all…

BitchBuzz and Over the Edge

I’m fighting off a cold that seemed to ride my coattails from London but if I’m feeling not too bad, I plan to head off to Over the Edge’s reading tonight at the library (where I am now mayor 🙂 and perhaps try out a new piece at the open mic if there’s room. A…

Entertainments

I’m the guest today over at Amber Polo’s WordShaping blog, talking about why I write in the fantasy genre. Drop by and leave a comment! Amber is a fellow Broad. I always find it interesting the things I figure out when interviewed. A lot of things never get articulated until somebody asks you a few…

Where are my Minions?

After a week of being ill and getting next to nothing done, I am feeling the pinch. So much email has piled up in my inbox that I feel quite harried and I’ve taken the extraordinary measure of not giving my students any homework this week so far (awful, I know). It is days like…

Purely Medicinal

A lovely gift arrived from my friend Chloë in Switzerland: Quite decadent, eh? Especially since I managed to get my codeine cough syrup in the background as well. What every writer needs (except I’ve done little writing this week). She sent dark chocolate with hazelnuts, too! Why is it so difficult to get good chocolate…

BitchBuzz: Facebook Crowded?

My latest column at BitchBuzz is up, about the effects of Facebook’s enormous size and attempts to wrangle that power: Sure, I can understand that the estimated 300 million people on Facebook are going to create a hubbub that makes it increasingly difficult to be heard and I’m not going to point fingers at number…

My Symptoms

All right, the latter is not a symptom so much as what I heard as I woke up about every half hour through the night unable to breathe. There are at least two squirrels in the attic who show not the slightest interest in the trap. I would be in bed, but I need toilet…