Author Archives: Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

About Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

Cat Kimbriel has just finished a new Alfreda book and is working on a short Nuala piece, a contemporary fantasy about curses, and a few other things as well. You can find her fantasy & science fiction, including free samples, at her Book View Café bookshelf. Cat builds worlds that contain compassion and justice -- come join the journey.

Things too Precious to Set Free

Dad's Roach Killer

There are things that I simply cannot surrender–possessions that I will never set free, that my family will have to decide what will happen to them, because as long as I have breath, I will not let them go. Do you have things that are too important to let go? Do you have a box to hold them, real or virtual? What do you have that is too precious to let free? Continue reading

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An Ode to Blimpcoat

The indispensable blimpcoat

I suspect that most people have a blimpcoat.

Oh, not exactly a *blimpcoat*–they have an article of clothing that they can’t bear to part with because there are times it is indispensable. More than once you toss it in the box for charity, or even into the rag bag.

Later, you retrieve it. Because. Continue reading

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In Praise of Limits

In our world today, especially if you live in the United States, it’s easy to be so caught up in the proverbial Rat Race that you forget to take a break. I mean a real break–one where you try hard to avoid smart phones, computers, and televisions. Because your body needs to recharge. It has limits. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Cynthia Felice

Cynthia Felice

By Katharine Eliska Kimbriel “I need nothing more than to awaken in the morning to begin to write today. I wait for no muse.” Writer Cynthia Felice may grab a life experience or a headline as inspiration for a story, … Continue reading

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Elements of Modern Storytelling–Romance

Red Cascade miniature climbing rose.

Where does romance spring from? Cat Kimbriel was asked where romance fit as an element of modern storytelling.
Her immediate thought was “as a subtle puzzle piece.” She explains over at the Book View Cafe blog. Continue reading

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More Than Decoration

I’ve been sharing ornaments over on Facebook, and several of my BVC cohorts have volunteered special ornaments or decorations from their own homes. (They also understood that if they didn’t cough up a story, I would write a story about the decoration involving the Flying Spaghetti Monster, squids, and probably Cthulhu. Vonda N. McIntyre said “That I would like to read.”) Continue reading

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Elements of Modern Storytelling–Characters

Sherlock Holmes collection

Writers think a lot about characters. We think about them in the abstract, and we think about those individuals who rent an apartment in our subconscious and start rummaging around, looking for utility hookups and how to arrange forwarding on their mail. Sometimes they are just visiting for a few months or years. Other times they move in and don’t check out until we do. Continue reading

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Blog Hop with Cat Kimbriel–Four Questions for the Writer

Writer Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

This is all writer Laura Anne Gilman’s fault. After being tagged herself by Mindy Klasky in an ongoing blog hop, she generously spread the love. She tagged me to answer the following questions:

1) What am I working on?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) Why do I write what I do?
4) How does your writing process work? Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Hetley

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James Hetley is a renaissance man, which is often the case with writers. He’s been an architect specializing in renovation and adaptive reuse of old buildings. Of course, he lives in a magnificent horror of a house from the 1850s, with an electrical system from Edison’s time and a furnace installed when Roosevelt was president.

Teddy Roosevelt. Continue reading

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Dusting Cobwebs: Or, the Internet is Constantly Becoming Obsolete

Universal Living Wage Campaign

I’ve put it off for over a week, ever since I last faced the ancient web site…the ancient software needed to update it. Over a decade ago, I grabbed the best solution available to build a text site for a shoestring nonprofit run by a nationally respected visionary. They wanted fast downloads on already obsolete machines, on dial up systems. They wanted more text than most people could imagine. They wanted it easy on the eyes.

People still go to it, despite its age. Its most valuable commodity needs updating. That has been what I’ve been up to, in the dark hours. Once again, perhaps for the last time, I go to update www.UniversalLivingWage.org. Continue reading

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