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Welcome to my world of writing. Though I’m never sure what I’ll write about next, I have no shortage of ideas and it’s all good in terms of enjoyment. I started writing here in November 2020 but some of these pieces were written earlier.

TMI? You be the judge

The top two stories are my…


Keanu Reeves hates Otto Phil & Ted’s excellent adventure

In the foreground are red letters T, E, and D in all caps, on a stage with dark purple curtains in the background.
image by Juliana Rotich on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I virtually run into people talking about Ted talking everywhere Otto Phil✱ goes. Ted is male, yes? How on Terra did he get to be the #1 Popular Talker? Gender stereotypes aside, if Ted talks much about his feelings without prompting, we want to see his Ancestry.com results. …

OMG oMICRoN 01.03.2022

Books & bits & bobs but no butts or boobs for once

A mysterious cloaked female figure stands on a rock in the ocean, back to the viewer, gazing at a sailing ship. In the foreground of this fantasy scene are two ornate picture frames, half submerged. On the left, a sinking gothic mansion under a full moon is framed. The right frame contains a New York Grand Central Terminal clockface with hands at 10:20.
Image by Brigitte is happy … about coffee time :)) from Pixabay

Susan Brearley was sick — in bed for 3 days — but posted on Slack that she’d open the Zoom so we could talk amongst ourselves. She suspected COVID. COVID was confirmed a few days later. Somehow, an unvaxxed & ill guest slipped through her prophylactic Airbnb policies.

‘What’s past is prologue’

We talked…

mUDDYuM 201

Nix the prolixity, don’t bury your story, and work on that later

A lifelike wax effigy of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. She sports a sexy low-cut black gown; sexy, dramatic turquoise eyeshadow; and gold bobbles at the end of shoulder-length black braids.
ET, phone home? Liz Taylor as Cleopatra figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. image by Loren Javier via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Tip #1 of 3 — Try for Top Billing

You think you’ve heard this advice before, but you haven’t. Far as I know, I didn’t steal this tiny tip from anyone.

Do you want a shot at the top spot on our home page?

Hell yeah 👀
So why did you self-publish your darling baby while, or before, submitting it to us? That affects story placement on the day MuddyUm publishes it. If…

NOT community property

Marriage accords and discords

Four big thick raw steaks atop a flaming barbeque grill.
_BuBBy_ from USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hubby’s Superpowers Have Limits

Unlike my first rodeo, where occasional marital discord involved two people yelling at each other, this marriage features me passionately declaiming WHAT were you thinking. Hubby’s primary superpower is self-control. I’ve never heard him yell. I can’t imagine him yelling. …


Of the last Mudditor meeting of 2021, December 27

Closeup of a coppery eye with dark brow and lashes, made up with glittery pink eyeshadow set off by a sparkly red swoop of eyeliner.
Carol’s supposedly too old to wear glittery eye makeup anymore. Image by Oliana Gruzdeva from Pixabay

I visited my brother for Christmas. Sarah’s on Uranus, and apparently, my brother lives on Neptune. My internet connection kept cutting out until, finally, I gave up on the laptop and switched to my phone, on which I had to reinstall Zoom. I missed the middle of the meeting.


12/20/21 Muddy Notes

We stopped to pick up a leaf in the road

An odd sidewalk fountain depicting three young men in old-fashioned clothing, lined up, taking a piss. Each has a different facial expression.
Image by Bruno /Germany from Pixabay

My notes are particularly fragmentary and weird this week. Read at your own risk. BOF shared his notes, which didn’t lessen the weird, but thanks, Paul — I enjoyed figuring out the upside-down one.¹ BOF’s first note was:

Andrew is Fabio. Susan is so serious.

She’s been busy with classes…


The most wonderfully surprising time of year

A picture of Mike’s Chili Parlor, a dive bar located in Ballard, Washington, USA, since 1922.
Mike’s Chili Parlor in Ballard, Washington, USA. Visitor7, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An homage to ‘The Restroom Door Said, Gentlemen,’ by Bob Rivers, from the “Twisted Christmas” album.

It’s not much fun to wake up late and dehydrated the Saturday before Christmas and step out of bed right onto a cold wet furball that your ex’s cat, which she’s promised three times…

Holly J See

I’m excellent at suspending disbelief. Editor fairy & MuddyUm co-editor. Former editor at a national healthcare consulting firm. Moonlighting as Otto Phil.

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