Imagine Being Dustbound On Mars, Settler

NASA recently reported that the global dust storm on Mars, which has lasted a month, is starting to die down but may take weeks or months to completely disperse. Imagine being a resident in a Martian settlement through that. Sure, the settlement will almost certainly be underground, as long-term human residents will need shelter from... Continue Reading →

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Not Your Gramma’s Grammar

Not Your Gramma’s Grammar “Grammar Nazi!” The default view of our own language (I’m speaking from the US as a monolingual—feel free to chime in with experience of other native or second languages) is of a rigid thing. A structure. Strict boundaries. Even a trap, sometimes. Penalties may apply. There’s some justice to that view.... Continue Reading →

My New Hip Is Settling In Nicely…

...and I'm starting to write again. Healing has occupied a lot of my energy over the last couple of weeks, just as contemplating major surgery sapped a lot of my mental energy for a few weeks leading up to it. There's a big wad of post-surgery slacker inertia to overcome, but I'm starting to break... Continue Reading →

“What Was I Thinking,”

is the thought that goes through my head when I look to the past, especially when it comes to my writing. Maybe it's a version of impostor syndrome. Maybe it's performance anxiety, in which it's easy to think the worst about one's own work. Maybe it's... Well. It probably owes to many factors. But creatives... Continue Reading →

Commander Kitty Is Unsure…

...as to whether or not he digs his new digs. We humans, though, ARE sure. This is a definite improvement! I've been silent here for a while. We've been moving. Goodbye 1968 sub-single-wide trailer home with slowly collapsing floors and significant amounts of black mold. Hello 2nd floor apartment with balconies in a 100+ year... Continue Reading →

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