Miss Misery Newsletter

MM Newsletter #2: Manuscripts, Knits, and Cat Pics, Oh My

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Hi, I’m Zoe. Welcome back to Miss Misery.blog, where I post my weekly newsletter (which you can subscribe to for free!). How many issues deep are we now? Feels like twenty, maybe thirty? Regardless, I hope you brought your own beer.  

Misery and Mystery, A Novel

I recently printed out a spiffy hard copy of my novel manuscript-in-progress at Office Depot. (Helpful tip for aspiring authors: you can do this for about eight bucks if you look up coupon codes and select the cheapest paper.) Here it is, in all its unfinished glory:

Exciting as it is to hold my manuscript in my hands, there’s still a lot of work left to do. I have quite a few color-coded margin notes to scribble. Plus, the final story will end up being about 10-12 chapters long, and right now it’s only 7.5. 

Sometimes I wonder if I write stuff like these blog posts to procrastinate drafting the end of my book. But procrastiwriting™ is still writing, right?



Every once in a while I start a project that isn’t a beanie. A few months ago, I took on the mammoth task of knitting a men’s extra-large sweater that looks like it’s wrapped up in an octopus’s tentacles. It’s supposed to look like this: 

Awesome, isn’t it? But after buying out half the yarn shop for this knit, I’ve still barely scratched its surface. I suppose there’s no good reason why I haven’t worked on it; I think I’m just overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of precise stitching it requires.

The sweater was supposed to be a Christmas gift to my boyfriend, like, last year. To make it up to him, I’ve started a new project–a cowl this time, and appropriately autumn-themed for his Thanksgiving birthday.

I’ve made much more progress on the cowl than I did on the sweater, and I may actually have it done by Turkey Day. It’s the curse of the knitter to cast on six projects at once, only to finish (maybe) one of them. One reason I like making beanies is that I can usually finish them in a day or two, before I run out of steam. Remember, kids: instant gratification is a drug.

(If you’re interested in keeping your ears warm this winter, I have an Etsy.)

Kitty Corner

Last week I introduced you to my two cats. In this post I’ll spotlight the one and only, Queen of the Scratching Post, Breaker of Toys, Mother of Kittens: Yara! 

Yara (A.K.A Yara Bo Barra, Big Bean, and The Large One) was about a year and a half old when my boyfriend adopted her from the Boulder Humane Society. This was several years before we started dating; I’m told she was quite the feisty little kitty at the time (although I’m skeptical, because now she mostly just takes up space). She had been a barn cat in her previous life and had just given birth to a healthy litter of kittens when my boyfriend found her.

“She was just… People would come by, and she was discounted. She was only ten dollars, because she was a barn cat, and she didn’t seem interested in people,” my boyfriend told me in an exclusive interview I just conducted in our living room. “But I just sat down and hung out for like half an hour. I didn’t pressure her, I didn’t make her come to me or anything like that. I just sat down. Eventually she came up, she was interested. I let her sniff my hand for a while, and then she was like, ‘Cool.’ Then she let me pet her, and then she sat on my lap. So it just took a while. It took some patience. It’s like how every dog is a good boy. You just gotta be patient.”

Now, Yara’s pastimes include sleeping in laundry baskets, being graceless, licking everything, and purring really loudly.

We love her a lot.

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Thanks for reading this week’s post, and remember to have empathy for your fellow humans today.

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