WorldCon, Spokane, Extravaganza

I’m headed to Spokane in August for WorldCon 2015 (so far no one I know wants to call it “Sasquan”). I’m looking into the nearby tourist activities and trying to decide which ones are must-sees. There’s the River Front park carousel, which I will absolutely go get in line for, but mostly I want to ride the one tiger it features. (One tiger! One!)

There’s also Atticus Coffee not too far from the convention center, so I’m adding it to the list. Avista Stadium, home of the Spokane Indians, is less than five miles away, for baseball fans (they’ll be playing Tri-City and my very own Boise Hawks during WorldCon).

More Spokane attractions to be added as I ferret out the best ones.

 

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Mmmm….coffee

Have I mentioned that I love coffee? Maybe too much. Last summer, at Taos Toolbox, Nancy Kress noticed what may have been my sixth cup in a row and asked (with a note of concern) “how much coffee do you drink in a day?” (I admit, that gave me pause. When someone from Seattle thinks you may be drinking too much coffee…well.) But, I digress. Continue reading

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Where I intended to go vs. where I needed to be

I am participating in the Writing Contest: How Writing Has Positively Influenced My Life (hosted by Positive Writer), and I would love to say that writing has made me more insightful, more sympathetic, more creative, and more disciplined. It might have. But the biggest impact writing has had on my life is my social skills. I needed to improve them…I needed, in fact, to acquire them in the first place. I went from a shy adolescence to a near-reclusive young adulthood. I went to college and sat in the back of every classroom. I took jobs in maintenance, data entry, and research, in positions where I could deal with other people as little as possible. For years I used my free time to write and write and write, and dreamed of the blessed day when I could quit going out in public altogether. I wanted to be a New York Times bestselling author, and have my groceries delivered, and write in seclusion and never face the peril of interacting with other human beings. Ever. Continue reading

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Old West Research

So, one reason I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been busy. Top of my to-do list is revising some historical fiction that, even at this stage, requires a lot of last-minute research. For example, despite growing up in farm-and-cattle country, I actually didn’t know the exact definition of “oxen.” I mean, sure, I’ve seen an ox. But the textbook definition? I had to look it up. Sadly, once armed with this precise knowledge, I realized I needed something else for my story. Continue reading

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The Resolution-less New Year

So, I have only one resolution for 2015: more bike rides.

And that’s it. I started doing more writing and revising months ago and will keep doing that. The Minnows Literary Guild started off the new year with a fresh anthology release, and my writing goals, efforts, and plans are all proceeding exactly as I want them.

The very best part of my single resolution is that I get to wait for better weather to bother with it. So, 2015 is awesome already. (That’s right. It’s awesome already.)

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