Read Part One of this series here. We're halfway through, folks, and I hope you'll feel the investment of your reading time pays off, with drama and fascinating facts from the insect world. Beekeepers call a honey bee colony “queen-right” when it has a laying queen in residence, and “queen-less” when it doesn't—which, as we'll … Continue reading The Summer of Laying Workers, 2
A passion almost equal to writing, for me, is beekeeping. Honey bees are exceptional animals, fascinating to humans and heavily researched, yet with many behaviours we still don't understand the mechanics of or know the reasons for. Here's a saga in several parts about who does what in a honey bee colony, and the consequences when built-in control mechanisms fail.
A blog without content is like a car during lockdown: parked week after week in the garage, seeing no action but from the mice running in and out its grille to store kernels of dog food in a thick layer on the engine filter. (Thanks to JL for this scenario.) The car waits, knowing its … Continue reading A shiny future
As you'd see from the activity on this website's sidebar, I’ve been living on Twitter for the past many months. For seven years I’ve been on that platform, but barely present until November of 2020. Until then, I didn’t see how it served me, I used it badly as a business promotion tool, and it … Continue reading Why I love Twitter
My last status report here was as the #5amWritersClub virtual retreat was starting: Unforgettable Characters and Incredible Journeys. The retreat blew me away, and it's taken me all this time to find myself back on shore. Exactly as I expected, it helped me see my novel-in-progress from new perspectives. It gave me tools for understanding … Continue reading Legitimacy and community in writer-land
For a few more hours, until the end of day Wednesday, May 5, the publisher is making the e-book of Heroic Care available free on Amazon! And the paperback is at a steep discount. Enjoy the wonderful variety of art, poetry, and fiction in this exciting international anthology. I'm thrilled to have my story, "This … Continue reading Heroic Care flash sale
The #5amWritersClub virtual retreat starts today, Friday, April 23, 2021. For the past two months, we 20 participants have worked hard, preparing our manuscript synopses, 10-page samples, and peer critiques. We've also done a series of writing segments in response to prompts. Below is my quick-writing response to the prompt, "a rock in the shoe". … Continue reading A rock in the shoe
Dear Friends, I'm pleased to share this beautiful trailer for the Heroic Care anthology, by Words Unbound Studio. I've got a story in this collection, and you'll find 42 other authors and artists from around the world between its covers. The e-book and paperback are available Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and we're celebrating that evening … Continue reading Heroic Care anthology
Folks, it's here! I hope you'll enjoy my flash fiction, 'She', in Feline Utopia Anthology, edited by Louise Mather. Many wonderful artists and writers have filled these pages with their odes to all aspects of the fabulous felines they have known and loved. (There's also a photo of my two cats, Mabel and Hazel, taken … Continue reading Launch day for ‘She’ in Feline Utopia Anthology
Launching in five days! Click to download Feline Utopia Anthology, a collection of art, poetry, and fiction edited and published by Louise Mather, available on 10 April 2021. I'm honoured to have my flash fiction, "She," in this anthology, and to have commissioned this vibrant original art by Evelyn Rogers to capture the energy of … Continue reading Watch this space for “She”!