health stuff 

I've been juuuust slightly under the weather for the past few days and it's frustrating. I took two covid tests (Friday and then again last night), because it's super not normal for me to fall asleep in the middle of the day, but so far so negative. It's some other bug. Which is good news! But also ugh, I'm tiiiiiired.

Flights of Foundry, the virtual SFF convention I help to run, is looking for a new logo design!

Pay: $300
We're looking for a logo visually coherent with the Dream Foundry's (which you can see here and also on the DF twitter
We'd like to see portfolios - no concept sketches at this point! -emailed to

Please don't expect an immediate response - it will take a little bit to look through and make hard decisions!

The blackberry brambles along the driveway are thriving and I’m looking forward to the summer ritual of pricking my fingers and skirts on thorns as I reach for a tiny burst of sweetness that stains me purple every time I get junk mail.

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My yard is very pretty right now. I’ve got wild violets, pansies, and lavender growing in the clover

I’ve been trying to draw a little something every day this week - I’m really loving water color pencils.

It's a beautiful day, I did some drawing earlier with my watercolor pencils, and now my head is reminding me that migraines are a thing. Oof. Hopefully some meds will knock it out.

I’ve started playing Rune Factory 5 and I really love how chill and relaxing this game is. Also, I want a little pop-up in real life that tells me I’ve leveled up my sleeping or walking skill. I’d probably do more of both of those things!

That was meant to be “snug” but honestly she was pretty smug too.

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@aimeeogden Thank you! And yeah, I'm productive enough in other areas that I feel just fiiiiiine letting ideas simmer for quite a while before trying to write them out these days.

One of the stories I sold this week I wrote back in 2017. It's been revised something like 6 times, and I didn't even start sending it out until 2019 where it started rounding up form rejections (9 of them in total).

I write first drafts super fast, but getting to a finished product takes me a while, and sending things out is a long haul, too. Patience and persistence pays off, and it's more than ok to be slow.

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Signed another story contract today - that's two this week! This is shaping up to be a good year for my writing, which is odd, because I haven't actually *written* a darn thing in months. I've done some revising, but my creative brain is just not there right now. It's ok. I have a big backlog of stories and poems to be sending out, and sometimes it just takes a while.

Inspired by the mildly disappointing day I’ve had, I’m thinking of doing a Can You Sign My Tentacle? giveaway. One that especially gives people who don’t live in the US, and even moreso folks in the Caribbean, a chance to get this book.

Raise your hand if you’d be into that?

Her new favorite place to hang out is the wrist rest of my keyboard. What a good helper!

The immortal jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii. This jellyfish is biologically immortal. After mating, it reverts back to its adolescent state and can go through this cycle indefinitely.

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@sebastianmalloy Yeah, the official app is very meh in my experience. I hope Toot! works out for you! :)

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