When I was in grade school, I was teased mercilessly by other kids for meowing like a cat.
These days, my eight-year-old answers roll call at school by meowing like a cat, and it’s made them one of the most beloved kids in their class, including with their teacher. Continue reading “Meowing at School”
I’m proud of myself: given a choice between writing and playing Hades just now, I willingly chose to work on my novel, without pressuring myself to make that choice at all.
This is real progress from a month or so ago when the mere thought of trying to write made me want to cry. Continue reading “Recovering from Burnout”
Does Ghostbusters Afterlife work without leaning on sentimentality for the original? I don’t know.
But as someone who has loved Ghostbusters since I was a little girl, that movie was made for me, just as much as Ghostbusters 2016 was. Continue reading “Ghostbusters Afterlife”
I think I’m going to release one of my unpublished flash fictions later tonight… partly as a gift to anyone out there who’s in need of a gift (and who happens to follow me and notice my newly released story), but realistically, mostly as a gift to myself.
Continue reading “Releasing a Story for Christmas…”
I’ve been really struggling with the concept of burnout lately.
During the two years vaguely centered on the pandemic, I wrote four books, invented numerous weekend holidays to distract my kids, and burned myself out to the point of a serious health crisis.
And I still feel like writing another book is what will make me feel better, even though it is demonstrably NOT an effective way to make myself feel better.
Continue reading “Struggling with Burnout”
Here’s a list of all the Award Eligible work Mary E. Lowd released in 2021, including approximate word counts and links to where the pieces can be found.
In addition to these works, Mary is also eligible for awards as the editor of Zooscape and for the Deep Sky Anchor podcast.
(Whether or not a work is furry can be a subjective question, but we’ve done our best to mark furry works with an asterisk next to the word count.) Continue reading “Award Eligible Work by Mary E. Lowd in 2021”
I don’t think I’ve read any books during my adulthood that brought me back to how much I loved reading — how I lived to read — when I was a child as much as Seanan McGuire’s.
As a child, I saw a copy of Watership Down with a starburst on the cover emblazoned with the words, “More than One Million Books Sold.
My child’s brain for one glorious moment interpreted that as one million -different- books.
One million sequels to Watership Down. Continue reading “Falling Into Reading”
Sometimes when I’m playing World of Warcraft, I stop and wonder: will I someday regret all the time I spend playing this game? Will I feel like I wasted it?
And, no, I don’t think I will.
I genuinely love playing Warcraft.
There was a time when I hated playing World of Warcraft. And I know, nobody was forcing me to play… but it was almost a game I could love? It was like I could see its future, in its bones. Continue reading “Video Games and Regret”
Shortly before starting high school, my heart was truly & completely broken by my best friend who essentially outgrew me. I didn’t really know how to make new friends and mostly went through high school without.
However, Nick at Nite played a week long Monkees Marathon… Continue reading “A Voice That Sounds Like Friendship”
When I was a kid, I saw Bambi in the theater.
Two girls in the row in front of me had plastic Bambi & Thumper toys arranged on the arms of their seats.
I remember this vividly, more than thirty years later, because they were possibly the most beautiful things I’d ever seen… Continue reading “Bambi and Thumper”