I earn more writing novels than short stories — and you probably will too

For several years now, I’ve been earning the majority of my income by writing fiction under a variety of pen names you’ve never heard of. And it isn’t anything special about me. Thousands of authors you’ve never heard of are quietly making a full-time living creating fiction.

True, thousands of…

In human years, these two Peach-fronted Conures lived to be 100

A senior peachfronted conure gazes out a window while his friend the white-faced cockatiel gazes up at him

On January 29, 2021, my 30-year-old Peach-fronted Conure Sheldon passed away resting against my heart. He was weeks away from reaching age 31 — extreme old age for this species.

Two years earlier, on March 15, 2019, my Peach-front Courtney passed in the same way. He was exactly 29 years…

She’s snoozing underneath my window as I type

Perched hummingbird

Awful photo, I know. But I’m so thrilled my hummingbird with no field marks is still here in my hummingbird garden. This news wouldn’t necessarily be worthy of a post except it got down to 23ºF on Saturday night, and I had to chop down the frost-bitten vegetation yesterday. …

Dark thoughts as the grocery store gets down to the last eight cans of chicken noodle soup

7 cans of Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup

Omicron is tearing through my parish because of stupid people not wearing masks. Know how I know? I went to the grocery store, and they were running out of chicken noodle soup again.

I thoughtfully bought the last eight cans.

Ah, the stupid sickness, as Arthur Herzog III called it…

Book Review, Classic Horror

A review of Arthur Herzog III’s IQ 83

SUV parked at a fire hydrant

As I like to say on Twitter, we’re living in a slow-rolling zombie novel.

If you think people are getting dumber, you’re probably right. As carbon dioxide levels rise in our atmosphere, people lose intelligence because they can’t think as clearly.

Since carbon dioxide levels are still rising, we don’t…

The wind won’t blow this Great Blue Heron away…

Headshot of a Great Blue Heron

The human heart lifts when a bird recognizes us as an individual with predictable behaviors. There’s magic in it. We are here. We are seen.

The Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets of southeast Louisiana are some of the more visible beauties of the region. …

Am I a bad person for thinking everybody concerned knew all along the cards were fake?

Logan Paul at the Billboard Music Awards

I’m just gonna say it. I don’t believe Logan Paul lost any $3.5 million on those Pokemon cards. I don’t believe any money changed hands at all.

Don’t get me wrong. If he did lose the money, he certainly deserved to. Spending $3.5 million to collect something you’ve never seen…

Amethyst Qu

Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.

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