Say, here’s an idea

Pretty much any story idea you come up with will be more compelling than this one.

From The News of the Weird,

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10/22/16


The 1,496-page German novel “Bottom’s Dream,” translated into (broken) English and more than twice as long as “War and Peace,” recently reached U.S. bookstores as a 13-pound behemoth, bound with a 14-inch spine that, based on a September Wall Street Journal description, will almost surely go unread. The story follows two translators and their teenage daughter over a single day as they try to interpret the works of Edgar Allan Poe.






Taking procrastination to a new level. Then, turning my back on it.

The last time I published to this blog was in November.  I truly meant to pick up where I left off  and report about my evening, well seven minutes or so, reading my entry in the Edina Reads contest.  When I didn’t get to it the next day, or the day after, and pretty soon it was a month later and it was Christmastime and then I took a trip to New York and New Hampshire, came back sick, malingered for a month or so.  Now it’s March 16th.

About the reading at the Edina Senior Center .  I did okay.  Two runners-up read their stories and then it was time for me.  I read my story, trying to remember to read at an understandable, i.e. slower, pace than the one I silently read at.  A couple of times, I lost my place but no one knew what I meant to say, so I guess the whole thing went alright.  They gave me a check.  Best of all, my friends Joni and Cheri came out to support me. That made the evening for me.

You can read my story here.

On March 1, I slipped under the wire and submitted a story to The Talking Stick.  I wrote the story last year and submitted it to a local, high profile magazine but never got a response from them.   So I could have submitted far ahead of Talking Stick’s deadline.  Yes, I could have.  I must like the adrenaline rush of running out of time, though, because I waited and waited and waited.   I can’t remember their scheduling, but I should hear from them in a month or so.   I’ve had work published in their yearly anthology twice, in 2008 & 2009.

And, breaking news.  My good friend Kay suggested that 2014 be my Year of No More Procrastination.  This means breaking a long lifetime of the ‘p’ habit, but I’m ready to do it.  It’s been so easy to let deadlines come and go, to not finish good stories, to not submit the ones that are complete, to not pursue self-publishing avenues, to not, to not, to not.  So easy to drift and wonder and dream.  Well, no more.  The time will pass whether we pursue our dreams or not.  Better to make use of the time we are given and at least try to catch a dream or two and make them reality.


One, two, three…let’s go!

What started off as in impulse buy at a silent auction last November is now almost ready to begin its real life.  At the first ever Pause4Paws fundraiser nearly a year ago, I bid on and won a gift certificate for professional website design.  I had toyed with having my own website for a long time, maybe even before Al Gore invented the internet.  I’d even started three blogs on three different subjects but I thought it would be more serious to have a website.  It would legitimize me as a writer, at least in my own eyes.

When I found the website design certificate on the silent auction table, I knew it was Meant To Be. Kismet. Fate.  I would now Hit the Big Time.

Turns out that a website is much like having a blog.  The best thing it has done for me is to give me a focal point for my writing, so instead of scattering myself over three sites and being erratic and intermittent, I can do it all in one place.  One-stop underachievement.

The worst thing having a website has done for me is that it has honed my procrastination skills, taking them to a new and impressive level.  At last, I am an All-Star Procrastinator.  I am the Joe Mauer of procrastination.  Once I had the means to create a website without having to addle my mind with things like code and html and whatever else they use, I found an astonishing array of ways to prevent myself from actually executing the plan.  To be sure, I had some other curve balls thrown at me, the illnesses and departures of Daisy, my German shepherd;  Samantha, the kitty who was with me for more than nineteen years; and Rusty, my faithful senior rescue dog who was just happy for a safe and warm place to call home.  But still. I could have found more time in the space of a year to make my all my website dreams come true.

The wonderful website designer who generously donated her time for the Pause4Paws auction is not only abundantly skilled and talented, she is superlatively patient.  I am sure that M has frequently wondered over these many months if I would ever supply her with the simple information and pictures that she needed to finish the project.   I love the look that she has given me. To M – thank you so much!  I hope your experience with me won’t keep you from offering your time and talent to others.

We’re almost done with the design phase.  I’ll no longer be able to say, “Not sure when the website will be up”, as if that explains why there is no visible evidence of my writing efforts.  Or, when a  friend asks how my writing is going, I can no longer say, “I’m planning some really cool things for the website!”. (Planning = getting the mail, making a pot of coffee, working on a book of crosswords, doing the laundry, walking the dog, watching golden leaves sail from tree branch to lawn…)  Although…when you think about it, anything a writer does is research.  With this interesting reasoning, every breath I take should be tax-deductible.

So here I go.  I am now obligating myself to come up with something to post every day or so, posts that are well-written and complete and won’t utterly shame me when someone says, “Hey, I read your blog!”.

Much of my content will be animal-related, but I am working on some other writing projects that I will share parts of at some point. (Yes, really, I am.  Really.  And they’re not just in that phoney planning phase outlined above, either.)

This site has couple of pages devoted to animal rescue.   Animal Rescue Resources is a short list of Twin Cities rescue groups.  I’ll be adding more as time goes on; I started off with groups I have recently worked with so as to get something going.

Featured Adoptable Animal is a rescued pet that is looking for its forever home.  First up is Erica, a Big White Bunny at Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society.  Look at her, share her page.  She’s been in rescue for over a year and really deserves to find a home.