NaNoWriMo Success Stories

"NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing" says the group's website, encouraging people worldwide to set aside the month of November to write the first draft of a novel. Every year, people do! In 2017, more than 400,000 writers reported success in reaching the 50,000-word goal.  Many of these efforts are just for practice.  Some…
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What would Bigfoot read?

In this ongoing series of posts, I've made reading recommendations for all kinds of fictional characters, from Walt Longmire to Bilbo Baggins.  Today, a library patron asked what I would recommend for extremely fictional characters like Bigfoot. Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a cryptid--an animal that is generally regarded as imaginary.  Since Bigfoot probably doesn't exist…
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Emergency! for Pet Owners

On my little farm in the foothills, we worry about stuff. In summer, we worry about forest fires. In winter, we fret about freezing temperatures, power outages, and treacherous roads. In spring, we brace ourselves for flooding.  In fall (for lack of anything better to do) we are uneasy about earthquakes, tsunamis, and the zombie…
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