I’ve finished reading Outsiders Within (edited by Dave Higgins: https://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/), the anthology that has my story, “Everything New is Old Again,” in it.
Outsiders Within is a compelling selection of stories (inspired by Lovecraftian tales). Read the introduction by Dave Higgins: https://davidjhiggins.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/outsiders-within-introduction/.
So, yeah, just lost in thought over the stories in the collection. Definitely a week of introspection and looking-out-of-windows while I muse and speculative over things past, present, and future.
But I have my rescued cats to take my mind off too many thought-wanderings, and they rescue me in return from too much outsider-ness. Looking for a pet companion of your own? Check out petfinder.com, and remember, mature/senior cats need homes too, and they are a lot more mellow and calm than a kitten! (And always get your pet spayed/neutered to help combat the dreaded “kitten season”–one of the most heartbreaking times for any animal shelter.) Plus, there’s also usually a plethora of other pets that need homes!
So, how about you all? How are you dealing with the summer heat?
(Here’s some tips for helping pets cope with the heat: https://katzenworld.co.uk/2021/06/15/five-ways-to-keep-your-furry-friends-safe-during-the-heatwave/ )
Remember, backyard birds/wildlife can use a helping hand, too. Adding a source of fresh, circulating water can be beneficial!
Check out the Cornell video of a zoom session I recently attended, below.