Daily Archives: June 14, 2015

Deal Me In, Week 24 ~ “Catskin”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“Catskin” by Kelly Link

Card picked: Five of Clubs

From: Thrilling Tales, ed. by Michael Chabon

Thoughts, briefly (sometimes briefly is all I have): I’m generally a fan of Kelly Link. I read “The Specialist’s Hat” as my first Lunar Extra of the year and received an extra gothic surprise. She’s sort of a cross between Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson. Her fairy tales are dark gray, often in the form of “Do you see that object you think you know? It is not at all what you think it is…” And that of course leads to very uneasy moments as the world you think you know is slowly upended. In “Catskin,” cats, children, and houses are all tilted as a witch’s child and a witch’s cat (or maybe the dead witch herself), take revenge for her poisoning. Except, it’s not *that* straightforward. There are themes here of growing up and dealing with grief that I haven’t entirly processed yet. This wasn’t a comfortable read, but it was still enjoyable.

#ROW80 ~ Sunday Update, June 14th



  • Abbott Project
    • 1000 words daily. – In reality, I’m going to be happy with 5000 a week (Mon-Sun). Right now, I’m a little short of that. On Wednesday, I spiffed up my first scene, adding some aspects that had been missing in its first draft. On Friday, I went down a research hole. I googled one Rev. Franklin A. Thomas, who was the pastor at the First Progressive Spiritualist Church in Omaha in 1915. Turns out, Rev. Thomas was quite a figure in spiritualism at that time, writing several books on the subject including one on his own missionary efforts. I’ve spent the last day and a half reading/skimming two of them. It’s possible that there is more narrative behind his comings and goings from Omaha than is immediately evident. I have to decide what I want to infer and what kind of fictional fun this might lead to. The plan today is to write at least 700 and go from there.
    • Figure out what images I have that are free, clear, unattached public domain. – No movement.
  • Daily free write. – Wrote Thurs. Fri. and Sat.

Reading, related to writing

  • The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage (Abbott Project related) – 35% done.
  • Or, Linking Rings: William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America by James David Robenalt (Abbott Project related) – Handed this over to Eric.
  • This past week I also read in entirety How to Hold Circles for the Developing Mediumship at Home by Franklin A. Thomas.


  • Look for new promo options. / Finish the BIG List and evaluate new venues by the 20th when I run my next promo. – Finished going through the list; I’m now evaluating the new venues and subbing to them where appropriate.

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