Cooler, Wetter, Writing More

Caged Catnip

I’m happy to report that the cool, wet weather continued all through last week and, maybe because I felt as if we were having a party, my writing went very well.

What am I writing?  Well, since I really like the Over Where setting of my books Library of the Sapphire Wind and Aurora Borealis Bridge, I started another book with those characters.

Since I don’t want to provide spoilers, all I’ll say is that I’m having a really good time with it. 

I think we’re going to have our first squash and eggplant, if not this week, then soon to come.  We’re already picking radishes, arugula, and Swiss chard to embellish our salads.

However, as far as our guinea pigs are concerned, the most important development is that we have fresh grass to pick for them.

The cats are keeping an eye on the baby catnip plant, which resides in a cage so the local outdoor felines can’t love it to death.

On that note, time to climb aboard Slicewind and sail in pursuit of…  Well, I’ll just need to see.



4 Responses to “Cooler, Wetter, Writing More”

  1. Louis Robinson Says:


    I was relived to learn that the cage is to keep others out, not the greenery _in_. To paraphrase whoever it was in The Boys from Brazil “it’s such a cute little plant”

    • janelindskold Says:

      Not a triffid, no, although we do have a lot of sunflowers. I have this vague memory that triffids were derived from sunflowers.

      By the way, my “Over Where” universe has a lot of very cool plants that probably do need caging. I let my gardener self have fun.

  2. Jerry R. House Says:

    Does your knowledge of gardening craft come from family?
    I wish that I’d paid attention to my grandma’s gardening (and amazing cooking). I still smell the wall of dill around the garden, which was a deterrent to bugs, a snack, garnish and featured ngredient in home canned dill pickles.
    Okra, corn, radishes, tomato’s of which I was primary guardian against tomato worms.
    The behind – the – eyes time machine sees the marigolds, that stood guard alongside the dill. Weeding and walking down the onion stalks to make onions larger by keeping them from seeding out. Dusting Sevin on taters to keep the potato bugs in check.
    Soo many tasty memories, but not enough knowledge of gardening or cooking craft among them. Maybe that’s why My best friends are a farmer family that raised their daughters on with cast iron on a huge wood fired stove in the winter and raises a big garden ( and makes a variety of strong wines).

  3. dbarandlou Says:

    delighted that there will be more Meg, Peg and Teg.

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