Bits from the Bottom of the Drawer

It’s the last week before classes here at Kirkwood, and so the day job has been a little bit intense. I am still waiting on enrollment numbers to let my teachers know if their classes are go or not, and it’s getting later and later in the day. Definitely going to move the orientations to a week earlier. Definitely.


Not too much new in my world.

I’ve been watching the Jay Lake Fundraiser for tumor sequencing (good job, Earth One!), as SF writers support one of their own, who needs medical help. Another fellow writer, Ferrett Steinmetz, just had triple by pass surgery (ouch!). Both of these gentlemen can use your good thoughts, and in one case, your hard cash.

And I’m noticing the flu is beginning to hit some of you on the friend’s list. Rest well and heal.

There’s been some kerfluffle about the new SFWA Bulletin cover. Two steps forward, one step back. Honestly, women fighters would wear clothes. It’s cold out there, killing abominable snow men. Yes, it is.


Next week I’m going to hook up with some fellow writers and spa and write in Vegas. It should be a good time, and I wonderful vacation after all the semester prep. Right now I’m reading a great deal of research, so I have some writing to do while I’m there. I hope to get a lot of stinky, smelly first draft written of the new book.

The old book? It’s doing fine. So far, one rejection, one partial, and two not interested/expired by a certain time. We are still in a holding pattern with the rest of the agents submitted to. It’s only been out since the 31st, so early days. I will use this opportunity to again plug Query Tracker, which I love as a submitting novelist.


I think tomorrow, if there is time, I’ll post either my first research post on Egypt, or I’ll give you a new veggie soup recipe. If you have an opinion, vote now. The Egyptian research is interesting. The veggie soup is delicious, and I will probably make it again, it’s that good.

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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