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Empty Basket

To celebrate the coincidence of Easter and April Fool's Day this year, my daughter is getting an empty basket.

French Easter candy usually includes chocolates shaped like fishes, which are also associated with "Poisson d'Avril," the French April Fool's that translates to "Fish of April." I understand that kids go around sticking paper fishes to each other's backs and laughing at each other. Well, why not?

April Fools is all about harmless fun, and Easter is all about breaking the Lenten fast/real-fish fry marathon with a sugar hangover, so in addition to giving my daughter an empty basket, I'm hiding fancy European candies all around the house that she can find to fill it up.

Then we'll feast on mer-bunny caviar. True story.

Happy Easter Fools Day!

Empty-Handed

The main character in Matka Danu Miklagarth is a scrappy fighter. She isn't big or strong, but she's tough as a red squirrel, with hard-callused heels and dirt under her nails and an instinct for mayhem.

In a sense, she's an alternate-universe version of myself as a teenager. I was a nice, quiet city girl growing up, but I trained in a hard, intense martial art through my tweens and teens, and I could never resist darting off into the woods and climbing trees and cliffsides when given the opportunity. My own daughter, though she is different from me in many ways, shares those inclinations.

This week, I have introduced a new practice for my family that is inspiring my writing, giving me some uninterrupted time to write one day a week, and healing a break in my heart almost 20 years old. I am sharing with my daughter Karate-Do, the way of the empty hand.

Mama knew her stuff back in the day. As a youth, I knew I'd never be very big, physically powerful, or rugged, bu…

Daylight Craving Time

Spring fever and DST jet lag have driven us to seek out a pretend springtime at a local Japanese fusion restaurant.

We have our own cherry blossom festival here in Michigan, but it won't happen until May or later. In the meantime, we are "traveling" via Little Passports through Japan's warmer climate, and I am transitioning to a different daily schedule with writing time in the afternoon instead of the morning. I do consider myself a morning person, but I'm going to try switching things up, because I am tired of waking up in the dark.

I am ready for sunshine!

Metaphorically, the ladies of the Pigasus Pen, my writing group, are all patiently awaiting brighter days ahead in our writing careers. But we're not just sitting around waiting for the sun to come out. We're working hard to be ready for the light when it comes.

Meika just released the second book in her romance series on Radish. I don't know what Radish is, because I am an old-fashioned paper boo…

Gretchen the Funny Cat

There comes a time in every desk worker's life when we need a break. Sometimes we go braindead from hours of data entry. Sometimes we get stuck in a frustrating problem. Sometimes we catch a cold that leaves us too muddle-headed to write. At these times, we turn to funny cat pictures and videos to refresh our minds.


If you are in need of a funny cat right now, allow me to introduce you to Gretchen.

Gretchen has been my therapy kitty this week as I recover from a bout of the sniffles. She likes to snuggle up and purr. She likes to look out the windows with me and say hilarious things to the wild creatures outside. She likes to hide and jump out at people with her little paws splayed out like a furry starfish. She prefers hiding places associated with nightmares and horror movies: under the bed, inside a mostly-closed closet, or behind the shower curtain.

She has an ongoing rivalry with my daughter's stuffed tiger, which she wrestles and bites on the ears and neck. Sometimes sh…

I Challenged Us to a Dance Off

I challenged us to a dance off, and we all won! Hooray! Shiny participation statuettes for everyone!

During the past month, my daughter and I learned about the nation of Brazil as part of her Little Passports subscription. Learning about another big country in the Americas that struggles with both huge challenges and fantastic natural and cultural resources (favelas! rainforests! mermaid fandoms! gang wars! green cities! fusion everything!) helps me put things in perspective and stay hopeful that things will be okay for us here in the United States.

It has been a month of ongoing political, social, and natural disasters. Here are some things that have been going on with me:

a visit at work from a little boy who used to play with my daughter, whose father shot and killed his mother, big brother, and self a few years agoimmigration laws that have separated a mother we know from her little girl and will keep her away for an unknown length of timehearing nonstop about all kinds of racist …