Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Real Thing)

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This week’s snippet is about three pages after last week’s, since Our Wereduck Hero Tom Mahon and his brother Bryan the Werewolf need to have a discussion about plottish things, like the Big Bad Antagonist, who has been tracking Bryan across the country and also sent a killer werewolf after Tom in the first chapter of this book.

And, you know, why (Easy answer: to give my characters something to do).

They’re interrupted by a scream from the house;  it seems Tala, Bryan’s half-feral co-escapee from the Big Bad, has not instantly adjusted to life in the suburbs.

Not the boss crossstitch

“That’s Tala’s decision,” Bryan said, turning to her. “But you will be polite about refusing. And if you raise a claw to Mom or Jackie again—“ He frowned at Jackie, who closed her mouth. “I’ll have to make other arrangements for you.”

“You won’t send me away,” she said, the certainty in her voice competing with her clenched fists.

“I don’t want to send you away,” he said, “but I need to know you’ll be safe. This is the safest place I know.”

“Safe,” she said, her lip curling. “You say that like it’s a real thing.”


Teenagers are a universal thing, apparently.

I’m not actually sure how old Tala is (still shaking out the timeline) but most of of her years were pretty rough and she doesn’t expect this to change.

Which means she’s sort of earned that lip curl and my 12-year old, from whose (otherwise beautiful) face I stole it, has not.


Image is from Subversive Cross Stitch, which I highly recommend for all your subversive (and NSFW, depending, of course, on what your W is) cross stitch needs.


Random Thursday: In a GOOD way . . .

It’s Thursday.  Have some random.  In a good way


Subversive Cross Stitch

Julie Jackson sells eclectic, hilarious, and not-entirely-safe-for-work cross stitch patterns and kits on her website.

The story of how she came to sell these little nuggets of subversive stitchery is terrific and not a little empowering.

Not the boss crossstitch

She has a blog and holds sampler contests, and I think I may have found my spiritual home.

GenuisAtWork crossstitch

And look!  There’s a book , too—
you know, in case anyone wanted to get a blogger they know a token of subversive friendship,
and there weren’t any HobNobs handy . . . 

Subversive Crossstitch book

But remember, this site isn’t safe for work or small children—in a good way.

(Thanks, Watson!)



ASAPScience makes my brains hurt.

In a good way.

Didn’t you feel your brain stutter to a halt during the math bits?

I wonder if there’s a Third Brain that only goes in reverse . . .


Psst:  Hey, Lyra

unicornwish crossstitch

Thought of you.  In a good way.


Pöpcørn Shrəmp

My husband, Watson, and I were trying to explain the Swedish Chef to the kids last night at the dinner table,
and it kind of . . . got out of hand.  In a good way.
I do a pretty good Animal impression, if I do say so. . .

Regardless, I played a couple of  Chef videoes for the kids
and realized that we haven’t had nearly enough Muppets around here lately.

Or popcorn.

Or Gershon Kingsley music played on kitchen instruments.

So here you go: