things I’ve been doing lately

Chasing deer out of the backyard: a picaresque adventure, full of entertaining incidents, naughty language, and large-gauge plastic mesh fencing. Briefly touring the coast of Oregon (between Reedsport and Newport) and spending two days in Eugene. There’s a little town called Yachats with one of the most wonderful coffeeshops in the world, a strange little…

My hot weekend

Pedernales Originally uploaded by Katharine B. Things I saw at the Pedernales River: a water snake of undetermined species a tarantula, briefly captured by T. and his brothers more cardinals than I’ve ever seen in one location the skeletons of large fish trapped in potholes along the river small bleak towns near the park (Johnson…

novel fodder

Yesterday afternoon, still post-migraine-hazy, I finished reading Robinson Crusoe — I liked and admired it much more on this read, though I still think it falls apart as soon as Friday appears (and not just because of the embarrassing broken English). Now I’m onto Boswell again, reading straight through rather than in fits for a…

works in progress

I’ve made a page describing my current fiction projects. The piece I’ll probably read tonight is “Daphne” — I did rewrite the ending of “The Former Hero” last night, and I like it much better, but now it’s too long to read tonight, as we were told to aim for ten minutes, with a maximum…