Cherry Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today is Cuddle-Up Day.  

Because if you’re in eastern America, you are freezing your freaking whatsit off.  MY GOD IT’S COLD.  It’s going to get down to five below zero tonight, but I cannot complain because up in Vermont, Krissie’s going to be facing twenty-five below.  Even so, I’m cuddling up with an electric mattress pad, three dogs, a good book, and chocolate in some form, which I will consume with my fingers crossed, praying the electricity doesn’t go out.

You know what I want?  A nice Cherry Saturday.  IN APRIL.

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Happy Turkey Death Day

If you’re part of this holiday, Argh wishes you the best of luck surviving it with the family of your choice, especially if they’re turkeys of any kind.  

And regardless, I wish you all a very merry Solstice/end-of-2017/thank-god-the-shortest-day-of-the-year-is-over-and-the-sun-is-coming-up-again celebration.  

 

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Cherry Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Festivus!

You may commence “the “Airing of Grievances” and recounting of “Festivus miracles” in the comments.  Feats of strength you’ll have to share with those standing close to you in reality, not the internet.  

Also, in this case the “family” of the”Airing of Grievances” tradition is anybody including that damn raccoon that keeps getting in the trash because we do not say bad things about the Argh family here.   I believe the tradtion is to begin with “”I got a lotta problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!.”  Feel free to cut and paste, changing “you people” to the designation of your choice.  I suggest “Congress,” “Fox News,” “men who think it’s okay to harass people sexually because they’re powerful and can get away with it,” and “people who make fake maple syrup,” but your rants may differ..

The Festivus miracles are up to you.  Mine is the incredible community here that just appeared after I did the first post.  It’s a miracle!  Especially since in the beginning, on Mollie’s advice, I didn’t enable comments on the blog.  Can you imagine Argh without the comments?  That’s like dressing without gravy.  The blog posts are really just the delivery system for the comments.  It’s the only time in our professional relationship that Mollie has been wrong, and it was twelve years ago, so I’ve forgiven her, and it will not be part of my Airing of Grievances.

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In Praise of Comfort Stories, Edited

I’ve been thinking about comfort stories.  They’re like comfort food, warm and familiar with no surprises, just more of what we already know we like.  As a writer, I’m not interested in writing the same story again (I have a very short attention span), but as a reader, I devour Dick Francis and Rex Stout and Georgette Heyer, and my repeat watchings of Leverage and Person of Interest have no end.  I’ve watched Big Trouble in Little China so many times, I can recite the dialogue ahead of time.  And yet, I go back again and again. Continue reading