Watering my tomatoes this morning, I found this. It's a tobacco hornworm, the caterpillar form of the hummingbird moth. I will be watching for more, and if I am infested I will have to buy some Bacillus thuringiensis and visit plague upon the little buggers.
It is cool looking, though. Bob and I were quite interested and looked it up and everything. It's tempting to try to make a horror movie out of the thing, except it won't move. It just clings to it's tomato stalk.
I'm a writer with four novels and more than two dozen short stories published. The best known is probably my novel China Mountain Zhang. A collection of my short stories, called Mothers and Other Monsters, was published by Small Beer Press in July '05.
Musing With Mud A blog on making pottery. There is something in me that is incredibly facsinated and soothed by discussions of
craft. Technique will get you through times of no inspiration a helluva lot better than inspiration will get you through times of no technique.
Thumb Drives and Oven Clocks And speaking of technique, Darby was a writing student who is now just a plain writer and it turns
turns out that he knows everyone I do. Plus he's funny and he used to sit in my office at John Carroll drinking Mountain Dew.
When Artists Go Bad An artist and writer attempts to deconstruct her
new role as the mayonnaise in the Sandwich Generation. That's what it says on the blog. How can you not read that?
Pen in Hand I've known Karen for years, but didn't know that in addition to being a writer and a journalist and a volunteer at the local
raptor center, she is also a beautiful illustrator. The most beautiful blog I follow.
Austin Kleon It seems absurd to talk about this blog without including any images, but lets just say it's fun, sharp and graphical.
Ballast For my Gorge Friend and fellow writer Greg Feeley started a blog all his own just to say hello to me in mine
which is not only thoughtful, but great because Greg writes better posts than almost anyone I know on a wide range of topics, literary and political.
The Great Whatever Amy Bracken Sparks is one of the most acute and intense poets writing today. Which she doesn't do near enough of because she is so involved in editing and publishing
Angle Magazine, a art magazine in Cleveland, and the film work she does.
Not a Journal (Except Now It Is) If this were a blog, it would be about Small Beer and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, except it's not
a blog. Except it really is.
Angel Station Walter Jon Williams has a blog and he scuba dives, takes pictures doing it, talks about cooking, and about Asian martial arts movies. Ask him to
explain Chinese vampires.
A Spork in the Road Beth Adele Long looks at the intersection of technical stuff and creativitity. “Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming, feedback is the treatment.” Beth and
I have worked together on some things and she knows this a lot better than I do. And I admire that.