Essayist; Readings; Contemplation

John Scalzi writes most intelligently about the passing of his beloved Lopsided Cat. I know you all like him as an author of fiction, but the man is a hell of an essayist as well. I suppose there isn’t a lot of money in being Russell Baker or Annie Dillard, but I do appreciate heartfelt nonfiction.

And it made me cry and want my cats, so you know, good writing all around. Good essay succeeds because it touches all the things in us that are human and that are common about being human. Scalzi nailed my feelings about pets here, and I suspect neither of us are unique.


For your enjoyment, thanks to Brent over in Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, here’s the first set of our Icon readings featuring Ransom Noble, Chris Corenell, Stephanie Vance and Jim Miller-Meeks.


This morning’s question as I get ready to begin my NaNoWriMo session is this: Am I a professor who writes, am I a writer who professes, or am I a writer and a professor? I suspect I don’t have an answer to that, but I will mull it over and get back to you.

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.

One thought on “Essayist; Readings; Contemplation”

  1. IMHO, first of all you are a person and a wonderful one.
    Your profession is being a professor/administrator.
    Your avocation is being a writer.
    Do not confuse the facets of the jewel with the jewel itself.

    If you can make a living at your avocation, that would be great but not necessary for happiness.

    (Arthur Conan Doyle and Mickey’s profession is doctor. Their avocation was/is writer.)

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