Bamboo Shoots

Today seems to be a good day to be tortured by needy students. Honestly, I had the most academically dishonest, ruthless student come through my office today, and she merited about an hour of reports to the test center, dean, and dean of students today.

Because we like nothing better than dealing with immoral students and a time sink. 🙂

That said, I’m behind on everything today, and I should be working on other things, but I’m going to take a moment and just decompress. Gots to. I’m feeling chewed on a bit.


So, here are some positives from around the Internet.

Waaayyy back when I started getting serious in 2007, Jeaniene Frost released her first Night Huntress Book.
Here’s her post today.

Remember this post about Maggie Stiefvater and Lament? Well, here’s her post today about her new book Shiver and how well it’s doing.

At best, I am an internet acquaintance with both of these writers, but I post their current entries here to make a point. When I first started following these women, they were like the rest of us, waiting to see how they would do out there. And look at them! I’ll add Ilona Andrews to this list as well, based on her successful sales.

Guys, this could be you.

I read all your journals, and I see what you’re working on, and if you have keep at it, and you have faith, and you keep sending, you just never know. Right now, you should hear about some of the projects I’m hearing about. I’m excited to watch your work come to fruition.


That made me feel better. Pooh on you, evil and onerous student!

Tonight, once I’m done at the salt mines, I’m going home to write The Love Song of Oliver Toddle. This short story came to me cut of whole cloth while I was waking up on Thursday morning, and I think I can have it finished and off to a magazine soon.

Then, I’ll write a short story about werewolves and veterinarians that’s been on my mind since Wiscon.

All this to give the subconscious time to solidify the map I have to the end of the troll story now, so the next rewrite will be more solid. I want to be done with all this by Halloween. I mean it!

I love writing and writers, and I like seeing people happy in their work. I love good books most of all. I wish you luck, writing your good books.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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