And In Other News

If you missed it last week, my big news is that Subterranean Press has picked up Perfunctory Affection, (no publication date yet. Rest assured it will be awhile.) But I’ve been doing more than typing the last month. I’ve got about three knitting projects going, and I should have character Jacob from NEXT DOOR to show you in a few days. I spent all last week designing the pattern for his suit coat, and I finally have something I like enough to put it on him. The one I designed for Trent a few years ago just isn’t cutting it anymore. (This picture is Trent, Rachel, and Ivy. Ivy’s jacket is actually mink yarn I got on sale. Fits her.)

But what I’m most proud of right now is my shrimp net.  McGyvering at its best, it’s part syphoning tube, part fish net, and a little bit of aquarium sealant. Tim just sat back and smiled when I would blow into the house, grab something, and say, “I’ll buy you a new one,” before vanishing back into my office.

What you see here is actually my second version, the first being more of a collapsing net affair, but this one is a lot less disruptive in the tank, which was what I was going for. It’s got about a 80% efficiency if the shrimp is reasonably accessible, which you know is utterly fantastic if you’ve ever tried to catch one of these little guys. It should help immeasurably in my blue shrimp breeding hobby.

I’m going to use my downtime this week to make a slightly smaller version that will work better with smaller shrimp and vegetation-thick tanks.




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11 responses to “And In Other News

  1. Ellen Dykema

    LOL! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting blue shrimp for my 5.5 gallon betta tank. Now I have to have some. Might just forget the betta.

  2. Marni McClune


    I am a michigander, living in Texas. I have read The Hollows series (on my fourth go around). Please, Please tell me you will revisit Trent, Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks….I LOVE the books, the characters are fantastic, and I need more Trenchel….Trent/Rachel….My tastes in Books/TV run into this Genre (favorite TV show is Supernatural). I’d love to hear that down the road you’re going to pick them up again. Looking forward to MORE, and THANKS for the years of joy!!!

  3. Exciting news about Subterranean Press! Dare I ask if you’ll be their guest of honor at Confusion 2019? I believe it’s being held in your backyard, so might be kismet…

  4. I just read the little bit of Perfunctory Affection you had in the newsletter and I can’t wait to read it I am so hooked already, I hope we don’t have to wait to long

  5. Edward C.

    Just put in a request at the local library for Perfunctory Affection. Being recently retired from there they know that anything by Kim Harrison is put on hold for Ed. Also, another Hallows novel, what can I say but AWESOME!

  6. Jen

    I just saw the cute knit folks on Instagram, and am curious to hear more about NextDoor. Am I correct in assuming it is not a novel not about the joys of neighborhood social networks? 🙂

  7. Jay Garpetti

    So are PERFUNCTORY AFFECTION and NEXT DOOR two separate series? Getting excited!

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