Saturday, July 30, 2016


Finally took a second to hunt this down on Youtube.  I think it's pretty cool.  I don't listen to the radio much these days.  Oddly, I tend to prefer  listening  to the same old stuff on my iPod  like 10 million  times.  My wife frequently  has the radio set to 'The Fish' in the car, I'd imagin that's where I caught hold of this.

I just wish I could figure out how to tell her she's why I like it.

Friday, July 29, 2016

About Last Night Midseason Cliffhanger...

Flash fiction.  At least for me, the whole point is to tell a story in a very constrained space, minimal editing, and still interesting.  I've really been enjoying the About Last Night Project.

Have a look if you're interested.  Take a Minute. Live a Story...

Thursday, July 28, 2016


I've been thinking about my flash fiction series 'About Last Night', and...  I think it's a good thing in a couple of ways. Primarily, it's something I haven't explored a lot in my writing, so...  After the season ends, I'm going to take a little breather, and then launch a season of a period piece. It's a secondary consideration, but I'm not going to lie, the series has helped me build my Instagram following, and if I ever want to have an audience, I'm going to have to build one.  So, it's a give something to get something sort of a thing.

I have enough details about my grandparent's upbringing on my Dad's side of the family, it seems like a no-brainer to use as fodder for a Western adventure. Sam Maxwell's adventures in 'About Last Night' could turn into anything - there's really, nothing off of the table. I'm not a big Western fan, but I do seem to be able to spin a yarn about people every once in a while, making the every day interesting and maybe telling a story with a little morality along the way.

It shouldn't be long until I get the edited version of 'A Christmas Spirit' back. I'm really interested to see what kind of feedback I get - it was such a variegated anthology of my work - I feel like I'm really going to learn something from it.  More importantly, it feels like a real step to my future as a writer.

Okay, so...  Here's my promotional consideration...  If you want to catch up on Sam's adventures before the mid-season cliffhanger drops this weekend (or some of my other writing) feel free to drop in and have a look :  Take a minute. Live a Story...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

So...  My wife took me to see the new Star Trek movie today to celebrate my birthday. It's the first I've seen on the big screen since the reboot launched (I think I was trucking when Into Darkness released).


Without hesitation, I can say that I believe Chris Pine has finally gotten hold of the part as Captain Kirk. I think it's probable that they wrote the character better; instead of trying to prove himself to someone, he had a job, and he did it. Part well played.

Simon Pegg was better as Scotty, in my opinion, he has taken the character a little too far over-the-top in the previous entries.  Zoe Saldana/Uhura could have been played a little bit stronger. Zachary Quinto doesn't speak to me at all (I am carrying baggage after his part in 'The Slap', so, just ignore me here), and Anton Yelchin did fine as Chekov.

The details got this one.  I got lost in the details, or, perhaps, in the lack of how they were handled. Little things, like the picture from the Prime Universe of the original crew that it is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE would have existed. The lack of explanation about the alien female that lead Kirk into the trap, and destroying the swarm with Loud Music?  REALLY?

Last thought? Enterprise and Franklin are both stars of the show, every bit as much as Kirk or Uhura. So much of them could have been handled differently... There was so much focus on the interior attack, the Enterprise seemed like she didn't even put up a fight against the Swarm. I didn't see the 'flip' of the saucer serving any purpose other than demonstrating some more CGI. Once Franklin was off the ground, she looked like a toy.  In fact, both of them did.  Perspective is everything - I watched the movie on the biggest screen I could find, and the ships never looked in any way shape or form to be the massive creations they really are.

Okay, to finish.  I know he didn't direct this one, but J.J. Abrams was still involved, and I think he's a hack.

All being said, enjoy the movie to help guarantee we get another.

Friday, July 22, 2016

About Last Night

Hi everyone!!!  One of the more exciting parts of my week is here - Episode 5 of About Last Night just dropped on the website.  Things are getting interesting for Sam...  Take a Minute.  Live a Story

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A little bump here, and a hiccup there, but...

I'm off to the dentist today.  I've never been good about taking care of my teeth - a lot of people don't know this, but when I was 10 or so I had 13 of them yanked out the day after Christmas.  *Grin* Evidently, you're going to lose your baby teeth, one way or the other.

They're filling a cavity.  Seems how I hadn't seen a dentist in 4 or 5 years, I'm not unhappy with that. The dentist is a pretty decent old dude.  The funny thing is, walking into his office is like walking into my childhood - right down to the 'Highlights for Kids' magazines in the rack. The last dentist I saw in Wisconsin was about as technologically advanced as you could get.  So...  It's interesting to step into the wayback machine.

So why am I going on about all this? *Grin* When the rubber hits the road, this is about as big of a hiccup as I've had to face lately. Don't get me wrong, there is still crap out on the horizon, but it hasn't blown in yet.

All in all, it's kinda nice.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A little country, and a little Jazz

I am more than excited about this.  The pictures are from home, and the music is a band I played Baritone Saxophone for back in the early 90's.  Just a bunch of high school students one summer - it was the best band I ever sat with.  There's a lot of me right here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I just dropped Episode 4 of 'About Last Night' on the website. Things have started to heat up for Sam Maxwell.  He's drawn the attention of the County Sheriff, and he's praying he doesn't draw the attention of anyone else.

This week's episode was definitely drawn from an experience in my own life.  Take a Minute.  Live a Story...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black. Like my mood.

Yeah, I'm a little less than thrilled today. Being respectful to other people is a decision, and I had two people make the decision to be disrespectful to me early on today.

Ordinarily, I'd laugh it off, crack some idiotic joke to myself and move back into my own little world to carry on. The problem is, these folks worked me over on a day when a little tension landed on me from the homeworld.  So...  My own little world was already on edge.

Modern society requires us to carry stuff like this. You don't react; you soldier on through it.  Forget, let it blow over, carry on. No shouting, screaming, name-calling, just...  Carry on. No problem, I got this.

The funny thing is...  It got me to thinking on thing. What do you suppose the other person is caring around?  Soldiering through? I didn't tell the people that annoyed me why I was already on edge - I just clammed up and put my head down.

What do you suppose the person next to you is walking through when they have their head down?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Addictions.

Well, I have three addictions. I might as well admit it.  Die cast toys, Mountain Dew in particular and all soda in general, and mindlessly perusing Facebook.

I have to be a little careful, I'm using social media because it helps my writing.  Blogging here helps me to learn to get thoughts out in a concise manner, and even though the readership is small, it is existent, so...  It helps to have people that want to read what you write. So...  It stays.  Likewise to my 'Ticonderoga Project'` page on Facebook:

But...  I'm going to try an experiment.  7 days off of the main page.  7 days of not mindlessly perusing somewhat annoying posts of people I really don't know.  7 days to pay more attention to my writing and see what happens.  *Grin*  Should be interesting.

I have a lot of work to do.  My Flash Fiction Serial is still running.  I have a short story my wife asked for in casual conversation...  I can 'talk' or I can accomplish something.

Catch you later ;-)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

We've been working on the house a bit this weekend. Let me make it clear, I'm no Bob Vila, and for the most part, I'd rather be doing other things. But...  I really enjoy living here, and it comes at a cost.  *Grin* Gotta do stuff to keep it up.

One of the projects was putting together a bed in the guest room. You'd think it wasn't any great accomplishment, but if I understand correctly, the bed belonged to my wife's Great-Grandparents. Everything about it was kind of a pain, right up until I saw it assembled in the guest room, and my wife's accompanying smile.

I'm learning slowly - Painfully slowly - to take great pride in small accomplishments. Sometimes an accomplishment is fixing an old bed, and sometimes it's making my wife smile.

I dunno...  Seems like there's a lot go into making a home.  It's more than just buying and filling the place. More has to change than just driving to a different address after work. It really is great.  *Grin* It's this whole thing.

Friday, July 8, 2016

I just dropped episode 3 of my serial 'About Last Night' on my website. There's no question that I'm enjoying the exercise. As my other projects are longer, it's fun to try to get a story told well, and told quickly. It also gives me something to think about in my spare time. I can tell I'm getting somewhere when I spend the week seeing the world through my character's eyes, trying to understand why he or she does things the way they do.

I'd love to hear if you choose to have a look.  Take a Minute... Live a Story.
One of the guys at work told me about the shootings in Dallas tonight.  I'm not allowed to have a radio in my area, so...  News like this comes via hearsay. I could only think about one thing.

Somewhere, every single day, there are police officers putting on their uniforms and going to work. They're no different than me - they're trying to do what they believe in and earn a paycheck.

They have rules to follow, and following them means they may get to keep their job, but it by no means guarantees they are going to come home alive.

And now some of them are dead. They're dead because they put on their uniform, showed up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and wound up being used in a fracas no one should ever have been a part of in the first place.

Somewhere, there's a little kid that's just figuring out what it means that his Dad will never come home, a wife that is learning what it is to be alone...  Family that will never be a family again.

There's no justification for that.  None. never will be.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I put up a picture of a police outfit to commemorate the fact that I'm watching 'Sons of Anarchy' for the third time around, and still enjoying it.

I know the storyline isn't terribly believable, but the storytelling is great. The characters are compelling, with struggles, wins, losses.  their adventures are fun, even if they're kinda 'out there'. I could do without some of the violence - I consider myself as having a reasonably strong stomach, but there is a spot or to that...  I have to look away from. But, every once in a while, it is fun to see the bad guy get what's coming to him.

I think I enjoy it so much because for me, it's pure escapism. I don't ride a Harley, smuggle guns, have sex with random women, drink too much, run from the police, fight someone for looking at me wrong, kill prison inmates....

If it weren't such a foreign idea, it wouldn't be so much fun, and... Sometimes, I think that's what a good story does.  You either have to identify with it, or, in this case, find it to be so far away from what you know and understand that you wind up completely engrossed in it, because it's really interesting.

Monday, July 4, 2016

While I was writing this, I just listened to a character on another television show say "Hope is Everything."

I don't fancy myself as a motivational writer, but it is important to me that 'hope' is always a theme in my writing, because it's always a theme in not only my life, but I believe in ANY healthy life.

A lot went on this weekend. I turned 41. I turned some of my work over to a professional editor. I admitted to myself that I might stand a chance of becoming a real writer some day...

It was a good weekend, and a good birthday :-)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Well, it's my birthday, so...  I guess I can put up whatever picture I want to, right?

I really enjoy cruises.  We decided not to go on one this year, chasing to hang around and do some work on our new home instead. I don't regret the decision; I just miss the view.

So much has happened here lately. At 41, it feels like I'm just about to start a new phase in life.  My writing is taking off, we have a house to call our own, my job is stable...  It's easy to wish I'd gotten the rig on the road sooner, but it feels pretty good to at least be able to say I have it now.

I do want to take a second and thank those who helped to get me here. It was kind of an interesting ride for a while, and a few of the people that came together to make sure I kept seeing birthdays aren't here with us anymore. To them and everyone else, I want to say Thank You for helping me make it to see another one.

I'm a little late to the dance, but I'm finally getting down to the music!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I couldn't sit on it anymore.  Part 2 has dropped on the website.   Take a minute... Live a story
When I decided to try and become more serious about my writing, I decided to heed the advice that I heard - building an audience over social media is important.

I had no idea how important it was. In the picture here, you can see I go a little feedback from someone on my Instagram account, and I'm just...  Totally thrilled.

I've reached someone new, and...  It feels great!  If you're here on my blog, you probably have already guessed she's talking about my serialized flash-fiction, but...  If you haven't read the first part and want to, here's the link:

Thanks for the support everyone!!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

I know this is going to sound kind of ridiculous, but I think a good portion of my pain yesterday was courtesy of my new pair of shoes. Now, I need you to keep this on the down-low, because it involves admitting my wife was right.

She started pushing me to buy Redwing shoes not long after we got married.  I got a pair of boots, and they were truly awesome. When I got my present job, I once again set myself up with Redwings - tricked them out with customizable insoles and the whole nine yards.  They were awesome, and a lot of my back pain went away, but it was about $300 to get them tricked out the way I wanted.

I decided, more or less on a whim, to use my company boot allowance on a pair of shoes that made me happy. They seemed comfortable enough when I slid them on, and like I said, they put a smile on my face, right? For the record, I also spent $1.34 for them after my boot allowance. Well...  All good, except after wearing them around for eleven hours on concrete, I wasn't smiling yesterday.  I kind of wished I was dead, to be honest.


The lady from the Redwing store had me step on a doohickey that scanned my feet.  She said I didn't have an arches to speak of, and that's why I needed the customizable insoles for another $60.  They are removable, so...  In theory, I should be able to slide them into the clown shoes and wear them out, then return the insoles to the Redwings and be back in business.

And, quietly, I'll have to admit to my wife, she was right.  the two and a half hour round-trip to the Redwing store suddenly isn't so bad.

Just don't tell her, okay?