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A HodgePodge

I have been working on a number of projects lately, not all writing related so I thought I’d share a little here.

Writing is a sedentary and solitary endeavor and it’s easy to become a writing chair potato. Now that winter is finally loosening its grip on my part of the world I am getting outside more. It’s not quite time to dig into the gardening/yard work, but it’s nice enough to take longer walks. So far we are walking our dead-end gravel road and increasing our mileage slowly as we get back into shape. When all the snow is gone we’ll tackle the woods’ trails which are far more challenging.Read More

Double Cross on Sale

Kobo is having an end of winter sale!

Selected books in every genre are priced below $3.99 through March 25th, including the 5th book in the Junkyard Dog series, Double Cross.

Double Cross takes place on the galaxy’s only banking planet ZetiTau. Run by a strictly regulated society who’s only industry involves taking in valuables and issuing the credits used galaxy-wide, the Zeti-Taus expect customers to show up, make their deposits, and leave.

Naturally Rita King and her companions stop by on the one day things don’t go as planned.

You can get Double Cross for the sale price of $1.99 from Kobo only until March 25. Click here to go to the sale.

The Habits of Our Minds

Most of the humans I know tend to be lazy–not in action, but in our thinking. From the earliest days we develop an outlook on places,  events, people–on life in general–that becomes habitual to the point where we become stuck. We become rooted in specific thought patterns. This is how bigots, misogynists, and other prejudices are created.Read More

Another Snowy Day, Writers, & UCONN Women’s Basketball

I know. What do any of those things have to do with one another? Not much, really. But today is another snowy day and I took time from writing to watch the UCONN Husky Women beat USF in the American Athletic Conference semi-final.

Anyone who watches women’s basketball knows the Huskies have dominated the landscape for the last twenty years, winning an unprecedented 11 national championships. The reason they win is yes, talent, but not just talent.Read More

Decisions

“To be or not to be”

That is the question, isn’t it? If Prince Hamlet had shown more decisiveness a whole string of tragedies could have been avoided. And that is the lesson Shakespeare was illustrating with this famous tale. I think perhaps we all find ourselves in this situation at some point or other in our lives. (Maybe some people never get past it. What a miserable life they must lead, always blowing in the wind.)

Indecisiveness is a bitch. It always comes from fear. Fear of what will happen if we choose A. Fear of what will happen if we choose B instead. Sometimes the consequences are minuscule, sometimes they are catastrophic. (Again, Hamlet, and a number of dead people).Read More