Happy Holidays

This holiday cactus brightens up a downtown office window on a dreary day.

There’s a ton of winter holidays coming up in the northern hemisphere, so whatever you celebrate or don’t celebrate, stay warm and cozy. And for the southern hemisphere folks, stay cool!

This week I’m busy finishing up an article on the Pearl Street Power Station for a forthcoming encyclopedia and doing additional research for several textbook articles. I hope to finish the year strong and get back in the groove of writing daily, although bouts of insomnia are still messing with my schedule.

I decided to mix things up a bit by rearranging my home office and clearing space for a small sofa. I often edit on paper instead of onscreen (or do a mix of both), so having a place to sit that is not at my desk is a nice break, even if I’m in the same room. In the hurricane of furniture moving, I’ve collected a nice set of bruises from carting two bookcases and a cubicle storage thing downstairs by myself. The office remains a mess for the moment, as this is definitely a process that takes time. I’m sorting papers, adding new furniture, and deciding what to get rid of or move elsewhere.

Coming up in the new year: a return to the Thursday Writing Prompts series and some articles on writing and editing. In the meantime, enjoy the holidays!

A Little Light Reading


I’m researching topics on the history of electricity and electromagnetism for several encyclopedia and textbook articles that I’m writing. You might say that I’m doing a little light reading (insert groan here). Okay, it’s a bad pun, but it’s 12:42 a.m., so what do you expect? The summer and fall have been marginally successful for me as a writer, but this year I opted to skip NaNoWriMo because I needed to focus on some nonfiction projects and get my research mojo back.

On the other hand, workouts have been good: I’ve managed to get myself into a fairly regular exercise routine as far as cardio goes, although November I sort of slacked off. Going to the regular gym for weight workouts has been a bust, and I blame having to drive up there. The reality is that I don’t have a routine or really know what I should be doing, so I go and do a few things and accomplish very little. The cardio I get from fitness studio classes, and I’ve been taking spin and belly dance classes that are lots of fun. I’m also working on season one of Zombies, Run! after finishing a virtual 5K race early last month (that means I ran on my treadmill, using a running app to keep my race time).

For this month, I want to finish at least two of my articles. I’d love to finish three, but the holidays and work commitments are already shaping up to make this a short month and I find my available writing time being gobbled up. And maybe, just maybe, I can find some time for fiction.

Book Festival

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2019, I’m going to be cohosting our Corrugated Sky exhibit table at the Write Women Book Fest in Glenn Dale, Maryland. I’m hoping that the weather will cooperate and not boil us in heat and humidity, but since this is an outdoor event anything is possible. I can’t wait for the weather to break the 75-degree barrier and give us some cooler days.

My vacation in New England was all too short, but I spent some time looking at a few houses as well as doing some vacation stuff. There was a lot of driving and a sense that I hadn’t really had much vacation at all, but that’s pretty usual. It’s back to business, with fall ramping up for some big projects at work as well as looking forward to our next anthology, Obscura, which we hope to release in early October.

Shore Leave 41

I’ll be at Shore Leave 41 this weekend, selling and autographing books, and enjoying time at the show with my coauthors and other event attendees. For those of you local to Maryland, the show is held at the Delta Hotels in Hunt Valley, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Shore Leave is a long-running convention and has a pretty good attendance, plus a whole line-up of guests from various science fiction shows.

For show updates, you can follow @corrugatedsky or follow me @ksgarvin on Twitter. I hope to have some super show photos to show next week, but don’t wait — get on out to the show if you can. Come on by the table and check out the books and say hi.