Do you see that cloud of word exhaust? I’ve been getting a novella into shape for a beta reader thing, and that’s where I’ve been. Oh, and folding up the semester, working with students and getting ready for the next semester.

This Saturday is the deadline for the beta reads of Abigail Rath, so I’m going to roll up my sleeves and begin revising along those lines, in ultimate preparation for release into the wild. I am going to spend some time each night revising an element and working on synopsis documents, etc.

So, I have been trying to conquer the forces of biology and losing. I started some strong medicine for ringworm, and had some success, but then I had an allergic reaction to it. Not a big surprise. People who are allergic to penicillin sometimes have this happen. I stopped it on Saturday, and we’ll be talking to the doc about alternatives today, as well as about a spooky lump which I suspect may be a cyst from the way it behaves and is painful. No cancer scare here, so don’t worry about that.

Bryon and I are steaming the house. We are steaming all the rugs and upholstery, and then I will be doing my level best to make sure not to expose my skin to any of it, because it’s winter, and sleeves are good. This way, hopefully, we can make our home contagion free. Most people can wear the ringworm virus and are immune, but I’d hate to set anyone up for this.

The cats don’t seem to have it, and I’m the one staying away from them. 🙂


So, good writing news. Inconvenient physical annoyances. There are a few links that I’ll put up tomorrow that have come to my attention as of late. I have an author interview to post–Merrie Haskell’s writing process interview, and you can look forward also to the annual Writer Tamago Best of 2012 lists. So it won’t be quite the ghost town that it has been around here. That’s the plan anyway.


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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