You know the problem with being social? Well, even blog entries don’t write themselves, although sometimes they seem to.

So…had a brainstorm over the weekend for a new idea for the blog. Since friends are kind enough to send me manuscripts to critique from time to time, I thought that I would start a new feature called “The Phantom Book Shelf” where I talked about their manuscripts. Sure, it’s kind of a “see what cool thing I’m reading that you don’t get to” kind of thing, but not always. I also hope to ask the author some questions about the work. At any rate, I’ll be having fun. In addition to the Writers and Their Process interviews and the Taos Toolbox collection, at least my interview and reviewing skills should remain in tact.


I mentioned waaaayyy back that I wanted to talk more about World Con. I do. I thought I might write up some of the more interesting panels, and talk about what I thought was very effective regarding the con. It is no understatement to suggest that it was one of the best conventions I’ve been to. Your mileage would vary, of course, as would any given World Con, hosted by a wide variety of people.


Today’s big project is writing an essay for a scholarship I’ve applying for to accompany some students to VietNam next summer. It’s an apply for thing, so I am in competition with others, including the very competent young man who is the new ELA teacher, but I’m giving it a whirl.


Should mention that I am now arthritic. It’s osteoarthristis, which means I did something stupid to both my ankle and my knee in my youth, and now I am paying for it. I was trying to hit the fitness hard, and apparently my right leg does not care much for the stair climbing thing in large amounts. Right now, just not exercising it. I do have a date with some Wii kayaking tonight, because I can use my upper body no problem, and not exercising is getting old and costly.

Celebrex–nice drug. Awful side effects. I’m liking my Advil and my pain, thanks. The moral of this story? EASE into things. You aren’t young any more. You’re not thin either.


Have a good day, and more to come soon.


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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