Last Wednesday (the 28th) was the first anniversary of Hobkin's adoption. The little fuzzwit has been with us for a whole year now. Goodness but he's changed our life! This week has been somewhat hectic so we didn't get a chance to celebrate it properly, so we're going to get a cake this weekend. Something non-chocolate so he can have a (small!) sliver of it and maybe even a little (very little) bit of ice cream. Yes, we're going to feed our pet sugar because what he really needs is a sugar high. Heh. Well, it's only once a year . . .
Finished re-reading Kurt Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan. I like his glib, off-the-cuff style, but I think I'm going to stop my Vonnegut kick here. I think his storylines are too fragmented to be a good influence on my own. As is, plotting is my mega weakness. I don't need encouragement to just end a story in some odd place and go "finis!" Although to be fair, Sirens ended much better than Slaughterhouse-Five.
I need to read more Harlan Ellison. Again, not great with the plots, but the man nails emotions like none other. On the plotting front, I keep thinking I should read some mysteries, but I just don't know where to start.
In other writing-related news, I've only received four crits so far of the story I have up for review at Critters this week. Sigh. Longer works just do not get the same lovin that shorter ones do. (Edit: a minute after I made this entry, Critters sent me three more crits. MPC karma, woo!) But to make up for it I'm going for another MPC. In the process of doing shotgun critiques, I read the most amazing story that I think I've ever seen in the queue. (It's #8058 for any Critters who might want to crit it this week.) It was a fusion of old mythologies and magic with a fresh twist and a modern setting. Very nice. It's exactly the sort of fantasy I go ga-ga over. I'm quite jealous of this author's technique, style, and imagination. She didn't have a Critters bio so I don't know what else she's published, but I can't imagine that someone who writes as well as she does isn't.
Back to critiquing . . .