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Gathering String

“Gathering string” is a phrase I picked up a while back. As I understand it, it has its roots in journalism. Reporters collect little bits of information about assorted things in the hope that eventually some of those bits will grow into stories. Writers of all sorts gather string. We compulsively bookmark things — now that we’re past the era of snipping articles out of newspapers. Not everything I bookmark is “string”, but I do have a set of bookmarks I’ve labelled “plot bunny” because there’s something there that might could end up in a story. I also collect recipes. And other odd links. You can see what I’m reading online, what’s caught my interest at least, by following me on This is a social bookmarking site. Though bookmarks can be made private, it’s primarily used to share bookmarks. My bookmarks are tagged and searchable. (So far I’ve got 186 tags, so yes, my interests are broad.) Since many of the people who follow me here are bookworms, writers, and foodies, I’ve made some tag bundles for related tags. For Writers, For Bookworms, Food. (There’s a widget in the sidebar, but so far it doesn’t work. You can click through to my bookmarks from there, though.)


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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