Art, talent, skill, appreciation

Recently I got the chance to go to a student showcase at the studio I've been attending out here in Seattle, Emerald City Trapeze. The showcase was a performance of advanced students, not professionals, but those students had to audition and perform at a level far beyond my own scope of expertise. Performances included a... Continue Reading →

The last leg

At the beginning of October we moved into our final apartment (well, my final apartment) in Seattle! It's a basement apartment in a nice, residential neighborhood where the backyard is full of goats and chickens. I feel almost like I'm back in Virginia. The S.O. has decided to extend his contract here for a time,... Continue Reading →

Reading Round-up September 2021

I've not been reading a lot because I've been writing and editing so much, and otherwise going on adventures. But here is my brief and belated list for the month of September! Sword Stone Table I've not been reading as many short stories as I'd like this year, largely because what time I spend in... Continue Reading →

Halfway through my sabbatical

Can you believe it? We're officially halfway through my sabbatical, and it's really weird. I wanted to take a moment to check in and talk about the experience so far and where I'm at. Seattle is still pretty overwhelming. It's full of a bunch of amazing things! But I am a small city girl, largely,... Continue Reading →

Forks and contemporary fantasy

A few weeks ago we took an impromptu trip to the Olympic National Park, and in the process we stopped by Port Angeles and Forks. I really wanted to make this trip specifically because Twilight has been such a popular book series and I knew it was set in a small town in Washington State.... Continue Reading →

The Art of Maps

I make maps for a living at the dayjob. Well, that's not fair. That's not the only thing I do. But it is one of the things I do. Specifically, I use existing mapping data, collect new mapping data, and then analyze stuff with that data by making different maps that do different things. For... Continue Reading →

Invisible Work

Hello, folks! It's time to talk about a subject I've pontificated on before on this blog. That is, specifically, the invisible work that goes into writing. I will have been in Seattle for three weeks as of this Sunday, and I've gotten a lot of stuff done. You haven't necessarily been able to see that,... Continue Reading →

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