"And how is the new cat going?" It's a question with an answer that involves a lot of eye-movement, a mouth like a gulping goldfish, and weird noises. Can a cat be trained? In all my experiences with cats, whether mine or within the household I lived in, or fosters, I've had only one cat … Continue reading Cat Training
A prosaic question to lead toward how we find the joy in life. Obligations use time. Family, work, eating, sleeping, socialising. Keeping house, gardening, shopping, walking the dog. Obligations and the time they take. All these obligatory things take time away from writing. Apparently, I should be able to write a book a month. Maybe … Continue reading Time – Where does it go? Where can I get more?
Spring is the time of Spring cleaning. Decision time. Throw stuff out, donate stuff that's never used, repurpose stuff that's failing its current use. And the big question: New doonas and covers? What's in the house already? Several wool doonas, aptly named fluffies. Several cotton doonas, best for between season weather. And two cotton-waffle blankets … Continue reading What to Toss, and When
The plants has rizI wonder where ze birdies iz?Ze birds is on the wing ...Don't be absurd, the wings is on ze bird! Yes, I recall this little ditty each time spring nudges me in the sunny spots, every time I see the weeds taller than my knees, and I decide, there and then, to … Continue reading Spring has Sprung!
It's a couple of weeks until Spring down here. Weeds are currently doing impressions of berserkers, and citrus and fruit trees are showing signs of waking up. The mango tree is filled with flower spikes. Spring. A time of wonder and awe. And also hunger. It's the time of year when not many things are … Continue reading Spring
Covid. Pandemic. Plagues that follow the tracks people make in their journeying to and fro. Interacting, as humans do. Until times like these. It's not new. History is full of the times of fear and disease, of deaths in high numbers. None of that matters when it's close to home. We fear the unknown, even … Continue reading It’s Not New
"You talkin' to me, punk?" That's the cat, whose name was once Slinky. He's a real spy-cat, a super-hero who can leap tall bookcases in a single bound - especially late at night when the walls vibrate with human purring, and he thinks they should either be quiet, or - the better option - get … Continue reading Kaoticat
The first and most obvious is body language. Bodies and faces speak volumes. It's not easy putting that into a story, though, so the body language needs careful construction to convey the subtext. Next would be the things left unsaid. Sometimes, it's in the thoughts of the POV character, which makes it more accessible to … Continue reading 3 Levels of Subtext
Slinky, a new member of our household, adopted from AWL-SA A five-year-old grey and white bundle of expressive sounds (especially at 0300), who's taken over the house and a little bit of our hearts. He sleeps on Pepsi's blankets, plays with her toys, and reminds us that Pepsi lives on in the things she left … Continue reading An Introduction to …
Daylight timing, that is. I have the dubious honour of travelling through seven time zones in a 4-day period once. Training people, so needing to be on my toes, functioning, and fully alert in each location. Add to that managing travel times to and from airports, gathering the tools together, finding the right place to … Continue reading It’s All in the Timing