March Mid-Month Round-Up: Updates, Inspiration, and a Story Recommendation


Is it really March already? It must be, because the mustard-weed has bloomed and my eyes will just. not. stop. watering. But hey, bonus: the hills behind my house are finally green again, and I'm not living life huddled under a blanket, hurrah!

Writing-wise, I'm turning in book two of the Scorched Continent series next week! It's been done awhile, but I've been fiddling with word choice and such. It's always hard to let a story go, but deadlines certainly help.

Obligatory award season recap:

With the Hugo Awards opening for nominations, I've gathered information on my eligibility over in this post. The short version is: Of Blood and Brine is eligible for the Short Story category, I'm in my second year of Campbell eligibility, and Steal the Sky won't be eligible until next year.

Of Blood and Brine is also eligible for the Locus Awards, and anyone can vote on their website!


I've been on a baking kick lately, and also obsessed with matcha. Hence, this matcha cake with with lemon white chocolate buttercream. So good, so delightfully green.

Mini matcha cake with lemon white chocolate buttercream.
Mini matcha cake with lemon white chocolate buttercream.

A Story Recommendation

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer - I've been playing too much Neko Atsume while obsessively researching AI. This story could not have hit me at a better time.

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