The Busy Procrastinator

Yes, I know. It’s been a while. But there’s a good excuse for that (says the procrastinator).

I’ve been writing. A lot.

First off, I have to direct you to the micro-fiction website 101fiction.com. Four times per year, the site publishes free stories of exactly 100 words, and each issue is themed. June’s issue was Dragons and Summer, and I am proud to have been a part of it! Check out the website to read my story, “Danny,” along with numerous other great authors.

I know, that was news I should have shared last month. Like I said, I’ve been busy. Even the garden has over-ripened fruit hanging from the vines… Whoops.

I spent a month plotting a new novella, developing characters and themes, etc. Then I went on a writing retreat, and spent the entire time writing…

Just not the story I’d planned. I don’t know what happened. Sitting with my computer in my lap, a new idea sparked, followed by an unending string of cohesive plot points and characters that I loved watching react to them.

So I wrote that. It was supposed to be a long short story, but at 15,000 words, I’m just getting to the really good stuff. It has evolved into something bigger, and that’s super exciting.

You can see now why I’ve been away for so long.

So go check out my story at 101fiction.com, and stay tuned for more news from the homestead-in-progress.

Cheers,

M.R.C.

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Back to the Grind

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It’s been a while, so here’s an update:

The garden is flourishing. I’ve got a handful of tomatoes already, and the cucumbers are coming in. I’m picking a handful of strawberries every day, and they are delicious!

IMG_1099 IMG_1098Looking forward to a healthy harvest within the next few weeks.

 

Oh, and I submitted two stories tonight. 🙂

 

That’s all for now. This week, I will finish installing my ceiling fans. Hopefully that will help keep the outrageous electric bills down in this sweltering summer heat. I’ll post before and after pics (as long as everything goes well and I don’t electrocute myself in the process).

 

Cheers,

M. R. C.

Horror and Marigolds

I’ve been busy this weekend. Finally got my first round of planting done. (I had to build an extra box, though; and, I happened upon a new dwarf grapefruit tree.) Garden looks nice, doesn’t it? I’ll have plenty to share once it fills in.IMG_1085 IMG_1086

Mmm...Strawberries!

Mmm…Strawberries!

My first attempt at canning chili was a success. I canned four pints in the pressure canner (one seal didn’t take, but I have no qualms with chowing down on it sooner rather than later).IMG_1088

And… I wrote! Unfortunately, what I thought would be a short, short story is turning out much longer than I planned. But hey, my characters will tell me when their story is done. I feel good about it, though. It’s a small departure from what I’m used to; not straight horror, but definitely dark-fantasy with scattered humor. I’m supposed to have it done by tomorrow night for critique, so I’m hoping to find time tonight or tomorrow to finish it up.

Are there any cool projects, writing or otherwise, that anyone is working on? I’d love to hear about them.

Cheers,

M. R. C.

Off to a Great Season

So, I made more applesauce this weekend. Feel like I’m finally down to the last of my apples. Why do I keep buying them forty pounds at a time?

Pickling will have to wait, because I just stumbled upon a 25-pound box of Roma tomatoes from Bountiful Baskets. Going through some recipes now for sauces and such. Any suggestions, friends?IMG_1079

Anyway, the gardening season is under way here in beautiful Las Vegas. To prepare, I tore up all of my old planters and built some new ones. This year, I will be attempting the Square Foot Gardening method. After I add a long row of boxes for vine vegetables along the back wall, I will be ready for planting. IMG_1077IMG_1078

Yeah, I know I should be writing…Let’s hope I can get some done this week.

Cheers,

M. R. C.