Another Semester Begins

…and as is usually the case, my days at work will be spent troubleshooting during this first week until things settle into more or less a routine.

I am also making the time to write (!) and do research over journaling, given that I have to do this sort of thing later in the day now. Right now, I’m trying to find some ways to spice up Professor Borgia’s magic, so I’m reading a book of Italian folktales. I’ll be happy to write up some summaries of those. It’s almost like Italian folktales are other folktales with a punchline.

Example: “By night I am a man. By day I am a…tortoise!” The horror! I mean, it’s not any worse than a frog, but it seems so much more funny to me.


So, there’s that. I’ll be getting my tomes of poison and herbology soon, so there’s that to report on as well.

I haven’t forgotten that I’ve promised to talk about Dwayne McDuffie and the Milestone Universe, either.

And I’ll be re-reading the Harry Potter series, to try to find that original voice I had when I was working on Substance. Because it’s in there. It strikes some sort of chord in there.


For the immediate future, though, what you will be getting are hastily scribbled notes saying things like, “I’m still alive,” “Students never plan well,” and “I can’t believe our ESL classes are this full.”


Peace, love, rock-n-roll.


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.

One thought on “Another Semester Begins”

  1. Italo Calvino did a big fat collection of Italian Folktales that Harvest/HBJ published. Highly recommended. I tend to nab those Harvest/HBJ folktale collections any time I see them, and have accumulated a few. Aren’t yard sales near campus swell?

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