A Class on Character

Great news! I’m going to be teaching my one-day course on character development for Writespace at the end of this month!

I’ve taught it once before, and it went really, really well, and so Writespace has me teaching it again on Saturday, July 31st, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (central time). This three-hour session (with a break) focuses on creating characters who drive their own stories in smart ways. We’ll be drawing from sophisticated craft/technique, pop culture, and literary analysis in this generative workshop, at the end of which you’ll have written a good strong start to a new story — or gained a better grasp on a story you’ve already got in progress. This class is open to all skill levels.

I’ll be teaching on Zoom, so you can take this course from anywhere with an internet connection. Last time we had people joining us from Houston, the farther US, and even Mexico! Very cool stuff.

Here’s the link to register for the course.

One last note: one thing that’s so good about Writespace courses is that they tend to be far more affordable than other organizations for the same quality or better. (Writespace offers scholarships, too.) Early bird registration lasts until July 26th.

I hope to see you there!

Monday Earworm: Mötley Reeves and the Crüellas

Some of you might remember that I enjoy a really competently executed musical mashup, and today’s earworm is a good one.

What do you get when you combine Mötley Crüe’s “Ten Seconds to Love” with Martha and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run”? I think there’s even some Ozzy Osbourne’s “I Don’t Know” thrown in for good measure.

Enjoy!

Monday (Tuesday) Earworm: Beck

Welcome to all the new blog subscribers who have been joining us over here this week! We’re so glad you’re here. 🙂

It’s always a good day when Beck is on tap. Enjoy this earworm of very good music with a very okay-ish video. But fun fact: the bellydancer you see in it for just a quick moment is Ansuya, one of the Bellydance Superstars from about fifteen or so years ago, and she is (or was back then — I don’t really know her now and didn’t know her well then) a fabulously lovely person. If you’re interested in bellydance, you should check out her instructional and performance videos. Good stuff.

Crowdsourcing Information: Solar Panels

I’m curious whether anyone reading this blog has experience using solar panels at their home or business. I have some questions and would really love to talk to someone who has actually done it. It might be the most help to me if you live in the US, but I’ll talk to anyone who has experience with them. Please let me know if you’ve used them and would be open to a conversation about it. Thank you in advance!

P.S. — Earworm coming later tonight or maybe tomorrow. We’ll have to see how this evening goes. 

SONIC CHIHUAHUA Issue #2 Out This Week!

Hello, zine readers! The second issue of Sonic Chihuahua is out this week. So, subscribers and other fans: watch your mailboxes for it to arrive very soon, if you don’t actually already have it. This month’s cover is a hot-summery acid green, which makes Han very happy.

In other news, the clerk at the post office yesterday morning saw my stack of envelopes and said, “Looks like you and I are gonna get to know each other real well today.”

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can click here for more information about my zine and click here for a marvelous review of the first issue. And if you want to be included in this awesome endeavor, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll send you one. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has already expressed their support and admiration of this fun little project.  🙂  You warm the cockles of our hearts.

Happy reading!

My Little Free Library: A Note

Yesterday when I went out to put some more books into my Little Free Library I found this delightful thank-you note.

I love being the steward of a Little Free Library. Sometimes the people who use it will leave me thank-you notes or holiday cards telling me how much the LFL means to them, how much they love having one in our neighborhood. I cannot even tell you how much I love and appreciate that our LFL has been embraced by our community! Honestly, it sees a brisk business and has been largely self-sustaining since about two or three weeks after my husband built and installed it, several years ago. (He’s working on an extension for it now, a large shelf to attach to the bottom, for taller children’s books. I’ll be sure to post about it once it’s done.)

Every now and then, my stock runs a little low. I’ll start running out of certain genres of books from the substantial pile of them that runs along the wall of our dining room. In particular, new releases and more recent hardcovers, especially in the YA category, tend not to make their way back home to the LFL. But I don’t mind much, because as far as I’m concerned, if someone falls in love with one of our books and cannot part with it, okay. I’m happy to have helped make that bookish love connection! And usually people will leave something else in its place, so the stock is always rotating. Periodically, I’ll put out a call among my friends and colleagues to see if anyone has any books they want to donate, and folks always come through. So there will always be more books.

Here is what I would tell the thoughtful stranger who placed this note for me yesterday:

I’m so sorry you lost your books in your move. That happened to me once, when I was in college. My parents moved from the house I’d grown up in to a new place in the middle of the semester, so I wasn’t there to participate in a meaningful way. I lost a whole crate of paperbacks, some of which I’ve never been able to replace. It still makes me a little sad, because books are such a part of who I am and have always been. I’ll keep putting more books into this Little Free Library, and you’re welcome to keep taking them. Let me know what you like to read, and I’ll keep an eye out for that for you. Welcome to the neighborhood.  🙂

Happy reading, everyone!