Bits from the Bottom of the Drawer

Today has been a bit of a wrangle. I’ve subbed for the office front staff, since one of them is out ill today, and I’ve been answering the phone for me and the department. And I’ve been calling references, and troubleshooting in all other ways, so it’s been INTENSE until this very moment. I thought a little break was in order.

Let me share some interesting bits of information that have come my way lately.

I debated linking to this, because frankly, this website is not a Jim Hines’ sock puppet. (I’m not Jim Hines, and neither is my wife!) However, here’s an interesting body image discussion as Jim Hines poses like several females on fantasy covers. I would say that this proves my reasoning why Jim should be nominated this year for best fan writer Hugo yet again, but it does not. It illustrates why Jim should be considered for fan writer next year.


Jay Lake links to this youtube video–Dear 16-year-old me, which is about melanoma. If you’re like me, you may cry a little.


The Monster High Doll Site confirms Nefera and Operetta have been found in Minneapolis. Not long now, people, not long now! Oh yes, it’s Freaky Fab 13 day, so here’s a preview of the new Nick special “Why do Ghouls Fall in Love?” CG Monster High. Kind of groovy.


This is the crazy, delicious Harney and Sons cinnamon tea that has been tantalizing my taste buds and air freshening my office. Gotta love killing two birds…


And…gotta, gotta write tonight. I’ve been so busy at the day job that it’s sort of sucked out my soul. I sit on the couch and drool. I *have* been reading Hugo stories, so I’m not a total bum, but since I finished the LA Access guide, and some of my other research materials, I haven’t picked the pen back up. I know, I know, two days! Quelle crisis! But still.


Tomorrow, Madrigal Dinner at Iowa State, and some shopping at Coldwater Creek. Wouldn’t mind some writing time either. I’m kind of grateful that classes start next week, and I can get back to my day writing.

You guys have a great weekend.


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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