Who is That Darn Kat?

By day, I am a copywriter and content strategist for an advertising agency. By night (weekend, lunch break, etc.) I write speculative fiction. All the time, I'm a wife, mom, stumbling Jesus follower, coffee addict and chronic overthinker.

News You Can Use, or Useless News? You Decide.

A round-up of news items from the Grey Cottage: Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection is having a countdown sale. It will be just $0.99 till tomorrow, then $1.99 for a couple of days, and then $2.99 till Christmas. The book includes my story, “The Curious Case of the Cobbler’s Christmas,” which clears up what happened with Kit… Read more →

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Getting a game plan going

Yesterday’s appointment went very well. I don’t know if this is the case with most people, but I have better luck in general with nurse practitioners than doctors. After taking a thorough history, the NP is pretty convinced the primary culprit for my panic attack is my slightly-insane caffeine intake. Probably compounded by a solid three months of saying “yes”… Read more →

Still a little whimsical in the brainpan

Today I have an appointment with a behavioral health specialist, to follow up after the panic attack that lasted over an hour and put me in the hospital more than a month ago. Evidently, this is the soonest they could work me in. Glad it wasn’t a heart condition, if that’s as fast as a specialist can see you these days. You’d all be… Read more →

Disney’s new Cinderella, and the evolution of the princess myth

Clearly, I’m obsessed with fairytales. I write steampunk versions of them. I watch Once Upon a Time (and occasionally review it here). I geek out when they finally put out an unabridged, uncensored English translation of Grimm’s Fairy Tales after a mere 400 years. Over the weekend, I watched the trailer for the new live-action Disney version of Cinderella. If… Read more →