Halloween Flash

Just a quick flash story the muse gave me. Hope you enjoy.*

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Full moon tomorrow, and Halloween, their devil burn all humans. When the woman had adopted me from the shelter all those years ago, I was a kitten, a know-nothing. Little did I know she was a wanna-be witch messing around with stuff she shouldn’t be. I hope her whole species burns in the human preacher’s hell.

I was all happy to be rescued from the Humane Society, (‘humane’ my fuzzy ass-I was scheduled to be put down the next day) so I cooperated when she brought me to the ceremony that night. At moon rise, they took us out of our cages to put us on the altar. I noticed each one of the thirteen human women had a fuzzy male kitten.

 As she took me out, I saw the full moon majestic behind her. When she put me up on the altar I wouldn’t stay, next thing I knew, she fed me something that made me sleep. The bottle got passed around, I think all of the kittens got the stuff.

Cats are not the most cooperative creatures.

Asleep, I have no idea what in Bast’s name they did to us, but when I woke, I was transformed. Gone was my fur, my pointed ears, my whiskers, my tail. They had turned me into a human.

I cried out in fear.

 

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Happy Halloween & Merry Samhain

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We will be operating on our pumpkins this afternoon. My son picked out a pumpkin too heavy for him to lift; he’s ten, btw. When I went to pay for it I found out it was 42 lbs. No wonder I had problems getting it into the cart. Well, hunnybun is going to take it out of my car when he gets back from his errands. I’m not. That’s what hunnybuns are for, right?

Have a fun & safe time tonight. 🙂

Oh hi writer’s angst, it hasn’t been long enough

Writer’s angst today. No writing done on my story. I feel such a fail.

I wanted another story to send out to Apex since they said they looked forward to reading more of my work.  I dug out an older short story, did a polish and sent it to a beta.  Who told me it doesn’t have a plot. 😥

How could I miss not having a plot in my short story? I believed it did. Really, I did. I wouldn’t have sent her a story without a plot. What a vital thing to miss.

Maybe I’m not up to professional level after all.

Oh writer’s angst, why did you have to come back?

Priceless Info

 has a post that’s priceless to somebody like me:  Starter Markets

QUOTE:
I’m collecting a list of paying markets that are particularly friendly places for authors who are just starting out. I’m thinking of magazines that include editorial feedback on nearly all submissions, or that integrate a critique group into the submissions process.

She lists two places that and asks for more.  I plan on checking back many times.

Announcement!

I just read the announcement that the Most Awesome Writer’s Retreat I went to last summer will happen next July. The Cascade Writers is a great local writers group, and I learned a lot last July when I went. I happened to be in David Levine’s () writing group and he had some good tips on my story that made me think about plot things for months afterwords. He will be there again this year, as will Jay Lake ( ). This year in addition to those two most talented writers, Tor Executive Editor Beth Meacham will add her years of knowledge to the retreat as well as lead the third writing group.

Registration starts November 1st, and I hope that by the time I can scrape together the money to go there’s still room for me. 🙂

Status Report

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Bad back day. I sound like a bowl of rice crispies AND I hurt. Hunnybun says I’m grumpy because I hurt. And just what does he mean by that?!

But writing was done. I may not make my goal of finished by the end of the year, but I’ll be as close as I can get! 😀

 

34450 / 60000 words. 57% done!

Another great writer on my friends page

 posted today regarding the women-in-sf subject that’s on so many blogs lately. I liked the way she said it, come check it out.

QUOTE:
"Given my otherwise supportive environment growing up, it came as a bit of a surprise to me when, freshman year of college, one guy on my dorm floor refused to believe that I could truly be a hardcore Star Wars fan.  Because I was a girl.  He took to quizzing me on the films every time he passed me in the hall…"

I can relate. I get questioned/interrogated/whatever-you-want-to-call-it occasionally when other geeks (male) find out I like math, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. I never got a quiz master like she did though. My whole family is into SF-F. Sheesh, my mother is a BIG  Stargate fan. She has all the Babylon 5 episodes on VCR and DVD. She collected the dolls that had all of Queen Amadalla’s (sp?) dresses…and X-files….and…and…

I grew up with the attitude that anybody could be a geek. So the boys only attitude still surprises me. When syfy (formerly known as the Sci-Fi channel) says that their audience is 17-25 yr-old males, I laugh. When I hear that only males write sci-fi; You’re kidding, right? Because otherwise you’re delusional.

Because we are here.

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