Some Thoughts about Summer Vacation

The spring semester is ending at Kirkwood, and right now I am in a conferencing class, but the students this spring don’t seem to be spending as much time as the students before them did, so I find myself with enough time to write an actual post between gigs. That’s the theory anyway. Now that I’ve said that, I’ve set myself up for some solid traffic.


Okay, so how’s it been lately, Catherine? 2016 is kind of just beginning here. Sure, it’s five months in, but between work and sicknesses, well, I’m pleased that I have finished the first act of The Pawn of Isis (thank you, Shohola retreat!) and I have a short story almost finished. But considering how productive I was hoping to be, well, let’s just say that’s not where I wanted to be.

My day job pays my bills. It does deserve my work and attention. I like it. But I am back to the place of needing two of myself, and this is even after I got staff!

At any rate, summer vacation is nigh in one month, and I have some writing dates scheduled because I have to stick around work and norm some tests. It is my hope to make some words.


And…there will be some traveling. You can see the events I’ll be at this summer on my appearances page. Wiscon, 4th Street, and Convergence are all in the plans, as well as a small vacation for me and the spouse. I hope to meet up with some people there. I actually have some books out now, so maybe I’ll get to do some signing!


I’ve been thinking a lot about my writer niche. Writing seems to be a constant wait, but right now I’m waiting on two things that could really move my writing future in two very different directions. I’m waiting to see what the universe fails at me.

I will try to be back soon with a review of Captain America 3, which I will see Thursday. I will also make an effort to talk about the recent reflux experiment I undertook. It didn’t work, but someone might be able to learn from it.

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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