Cthulhu Baby Has Arrived

Sylvia, my fellow #thefinishing buddy, has sent me my very first Baby Cthulhu. AND I LOVE IT SO.

Some fuzzy cell-phone photos…

First, this little house. THEN THE WORLD.


TINY CAT. You will kneel before me!


The correct way to defeat a Cthulhu Baby is to sleep on it.


If I win #thefinishing, I will get two more baby Cthulhus. If Sylvia wins, I will make her a double-batch of my homemade soap…which will be so much soap. So very much.

Onward – I have things to submit tonight.


Guest Post Fridays

In 2010 I was lucky enough to attend Viable Paradise and be part of the VPXIV class. Every friday for as long as I can drag people into it, I’m going to ask my former classmates (and random other folks – reply to this post if you’re interested!) to write a post – on their own experience with depression or whatever life has thrown at them. At some point, someone will probably just put up a bunch of pictures of a cat, since this is the internet.

They’re all fantastic writers, so I’m looking forward to reading and sharing these posts with you. Stay tuned – first one’s up this afternoon. Now I’m off to finish a story, as instructed.

The Finishing: A Writing Challenge


Once upon a time, I wrote regularly. Lately – getting used to DayJob, I think – it seems I can either write in this blog or write fiction, not both. But, see, I know that’s not true. I know I’m awake for sixteen hours a day. If I spend ten of those working (accounting for travel time), two of them either eating or preparing meals, and one of them walking the dog, I should still have three hours left. Let’s say I need to spend two of those three doing blah stuff, even (like laundry, or playing board games with my manfriend) I should still have an hour a day to write.

And that’s just wildly unrealistic, because life doesn’t work like that. I need to block out time for writing the way I block it out for work, or . . . um . . . board games.

Enter Sylvia, a friend of mine and fellow pilot who wrote the hilarious Fear of Landing: You Fly Like a Woman (and is working on a sequel). She blogs at http://fearoflanding.com/http://www.intrigue.co.uk/ and maintains a Twitter photo blog at http://twitter.blog.me.uk/. She’s good people. We were discussing our mutual need for a kick in the ass as far as writing goes – I just need to write more, period, including on this blog, and Sylvia needs to finish what she starts.

So: You may have noticed the little word-counter widget on the right hand side of this page? Each day, we’re each committing to write a minimum of 500 words. Each week, we will finish one story – that is to say, done, edited, ready for submission. (Um. Anyone want to beta read?) The word counter widget will track words written, and at the end of each week we’ll post an update/wrap up of the week.

You can watch us bitch and moan, I expect, on Twitter if you look for the hashtag: #thefinishing.

This should go on for ten weeks, at which point we should each have a minimum of ten stories ready to sub, and a minimum of 35,000 words written. This is completely open to anyone, so if you want to join us, send me a note and let me know!


p.s. – I’ve been messing around with the theme of this blog, trying to find something that’s clean and simple and doesn’t have stupid, pre-set font (like the teeny tiny italics I had up for a brief moment yesterday.) Suggestions are welcome.