A generational temper tantrum is occurring. There’s been a lot in the news lately (well, at least on the sites that I read. I don’t know if the mainstream media has said much) about childish adults throwing soup on Van Gogh’s sunflowers and gluing themselves to the wall of the museum, or gluing themselves to a street in Paris, or gluing themselves to other paintings, and other stupid, senseless, and destructive gestures with far less cool and panache than the brothers of Delta House. But they’re out there, throwing temper tantrums.Continue reading “Creating Monsters”
Fantastic Schools Hols is out now and available in ebook on Kindle Unlimited! Have you ever wondered what school holidays can be like for students at magical schools other than Hogwarts? Well, this collection gives you fourteen tales of the adventures of students when they’re not at school. Do they get into trouble at home? Have adventures and mishaps on the way home? All the adventure and exploration that kids get into when they get a break from school, with a dose of magic thrown into the mix.
My story, Christmas Shenanigans takes us back to the world of The Academy Arcane and 13-year old Mo Donaldson when she goes home for the Christmas holiday break. How much trouble can one girl with a knack for kinetic magic get into? Mo Donaldson is learning kinetic magic and she’s getting quite good. Helping her father put the Christmas decorations on the roof gives her a chance to prove to him how good she is. But when things go sliding down, she has to explain the situation to her father and face one of her biggest fears – talking to her neighbor, the grouchy, scary Mr. Cumberland. Will there be a Christmas miracle? Can Mo fix the Christmas decorations and win over Mr. Cumberland?
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I have to laugh when people attempt to remind me that they are superior to me now that they “know” what my politics are. The arrogant condescension of “I don’t expect to see conspiracy theories coming from you” followed by a link to FactCheck “debunking” some minor semantic part of the linked article is the preferred method. Because total burn on me doncha know. A post on FB about the Los Angeles DA charging the CEO of Kennoch for storing election worker data on PRC servers brought that response from a former colleague and once friend. (We’re still mostly friends, but s/he strays into attempts at public shaming a bit too often these days.)Continue reading “Laughing at Arrogance”
A few days later, Lina got a text from the movers letting her know they’d be at the house later that afternoon. She’d managed to arrange to move her stuff out to the west coast without having to return to Boston. Thank goodness for the internet and neighbors with keys who were willing to act as her agent while the movers cleared out her apartment.Continue reading “A New Life”
Sophia glanced around the cottage and sighed. The shrouded furniture gave the room a haunted, waiting feel. And the dust bunnies were taking over. Wait. Did that one move? She rubbed her face.Continue reading “Keeping the House”
Watching the Biden Administration announce, retract, modify, announce, let Joe speak, retract… and on and on is like watching a toddler on a sugar high. Think about it. Anybody who’s ever raised or dealt with small children knows that within the limits of their understanding, toddlers don’t necessarily lie. Tell outrageous stories about why or how something happened, yes. Understand that those stories are what adults often consider to be lies, no.Continue reading “Toddlers In Charge”