And Now, Another Nugget of Joy from Zorak

Snow. It falleth from the sky. As expected.

Hi folks. This week is known officially on many calendars as the Week Both of Your Cars Will Be in the Shop. Regrettably, that coincided with Your Inbox is Full Day and Chinese Student Act Out Day. My absence is now explained.


So, what interesting things can I tell you about? Because recounting my woes is sort of an uninteresting entry. Well, it just so happens, here are a few nuggets.

Ford Fusion and Back Up Beeps: The Ford Fusion that we are renting has a teeny little back window, and we’ve been having trouble seeing out the back while driving and backing up. My friend Kim tells me this is the trend in new cars to make them safer. I guess they will crash more often, but you’ll be safer when they do! However, there is a preventative device, and that is the back up beep. If you are about to hit something, the car beeps at you. If you get closer to an item, it beeps more frantically. Like, “listen to me, you crazy driver! You are about to hit a telephone pole! No! No!! NO!!!” And then, you don’t hit the pole. So far.

Dallas Workshop: Look, Ma, homework for the Dallas workshop. Stories to read and critique.

A Weekend at Home: Since Cath and Bryon want to get their cars in their garage, forestall another hectic week next week, and generally want some piece of mind, they are giving their bimonthly gaming trip to Minnesota a miss. It’s a good thing. I’m not sure my friends will like me if I hung with them this weekend. My catch phrase this week is, “You kids! Get off my lawn!” Or something like.

Instead, expect late sleep-ins, long times writing and critiquing, and just general happiness building. Also, light driving until we trust our cars again. It’s not so bad, having Bryon all to myself.

Now that You Mention Dallas: My friend Yolanda and I are going to kick around decadently for two days before the workshop. Ritzy spa mani and pedi, and then probably John Carter. Tars Tarkas is looking good in the previews.

Beehive: Loving the sixties hair. Had the Audrey hair done again, will have it done again next week. I’m getting about 3 days out of it each time. As Catrina puts it, an affordable luxury.

Marscon: I’ll be reading at Marscon in Minnesota next Sunday at 1 pm. I’ll repeat that again later, at the top of some entry.


Okay. I’ve got to get Abby Rath to a Slumber Party of the Damned (TM), and then I’m off to lunch with Bryon before going in to wield my scythe on the deserving. And get some students for a practice session on Monday. And have a meeting about a student handbook.

Y’all keep writing. I am behind on my yearly quota, but that I’m doing any at all right now is really, really something. Or something else.


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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