Saturday, December 15, 2018

what's this, winter stuff

It was cold yesterday. The wind was blowing a lot.  Mighty strange December weather for Tucson.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Novella days

I've been busy going over my manuscript as the editor wanted a few minor changes.  I have a new novella coming out soon and it's being edited.  Next comes layout. Then we ad  cover. and call it a book.  Sort of.

My last book was actually two novellas--one by me and one by someone else in one book called Legends of the Dragon Cowboys.   This will be a first for me--a freestanding novella that's going to have to sink or swim on its own.  I don't know if something that size will sell but we shall find out.  I'll talk more about the book as the release date draws nearer. 

I really like this size book from the vantage point of a writer and to read.  The stories are deeper than a short story but don't bog down the way they sometimes can in a novel.  The new story is called Fallen Angel.  I hope people will like it.

I also have another novella being considered by a major New York publisher.  Now that would be something if they bought it.  

So, stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I should ad

Yesterday's post-addendum.

I should add the professor of the class was not wild about my product. He felt that it was not only seasonal, but doubted many people would actually purchase it and give it to some child--although many likely deserved it.  I didn't take anymore business classes.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Xmas gifts

Back when I was in college I took a business class. We had to come up with a saleable product.  My idea was lump o' coal for that rotten little kid.  Back in days, St. Nicholas supposedly left a switch and a lump of coal in the stockings of kids who were naughty.  So I would've had that info on the back of the packaging and shrink rapped to the front would be a piece of coal and maybe a picture of Santa or his sleigh.

Well, I never had the time to put it together in real life, I think I could've found a company to package up the coal but getting it actually into stores would have been a challenge.  I think the dollar stores that have become so ubiquitous might have been the angle. Alas my idea never happened. If anyone wants to take my idea and market this go right ahead.  I don't mind.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


My science fiction novel Bonded Agent got a nice review on Amazon.  People tend to ignore Amazon reviews as there's a tendency for folks to get their friends to write them. Well, I've never met Joy V. Smith, but she wrote a nice review.  

That brings up a problem this particular book has had.  Women seem to like it, men not so much. Male readers seem to want the main character to be that white dude from earth.  In this story, Sarah Meadows is a Martian citizen who despises earth  Based on what feedback it's gotten, that's been the trend.  I wish more people would read it, but it struggles to get traction. Martian insurance adjuster? Ugh.  Well, it's got lizard men. It can't be all bad. At least read Joy's review.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Slow Start

The reading period for Science Fiction Trails is off to a very slow start. I'm mostly getting trunk  stories. I've talked about them before. They're unsaleable stories that writers keep stored in a trunk because they won't sell. Every now and then they come out of the trunk and get sent off somewhere. It looks like I'm the lucky one. These stories have obvious flaws that seem be invisible to the writer, although quite apparent to everyone else.  Well I guess I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Friday, December 7, 2018


It never rains in Arizona.  So last night I head out to the store and it starts raining.  I don't have a coat with me. I don't even own an umbrella.  And there were so many shoppers I couldn't park anywhere next to the building.  I feel like a drowned rat.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tall People

There's a theory that the tallest presidential candidate winds.  I intend to research it all the way to George Washington, but I think there's something to it.  In recent elections, Al Gore was one inch taller than George W. Bush. And he defeated John Kerry, who is 6' 4" over George w.'s height of 6 ft. 
Barring that anomaly Obama was taller than his opponents or McCain and Romney and Donald Trump towered over Hillary Clinton.

Going back further 6' 2" Bill Clinton beat HW Bush and Bob Dole and he was taller than both of them.  As I said, I'll have to take this back.  I don't even know who very short John Adams ran against as George Washington did not run for a third term and so on.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

House of Straw

Americans use 500 million drinking straws each day. I read that somewhere.  Why?  The restraints and fast food outlets give them to you and they throw them in the garbage after use.  Why?  How many people use drinking straws at home?  I have long refused them.  The landfills are full of little plastic things that were never even needed.  They used to make them out of paper, but now they are plastic and non recyclable and being dumped in the landfills by the millions.  

Do you use one at home?  Probably not. Then why do you need one at Taco Bell?  Our local McDonalds is the worst as they tear them open and stick them in your drink cup for me as I am apparently such a senile old geezer I can't unwrap a straw on my own.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Trunk Stories

I've mentioned trunk stories before and people don't seem to understand the concept.  back in the day if a writer had a story he could not sell, it eventually was placed in a trunk.  From time to time a story listing might come up and that writer would dust off and submit it rather than writing a new story. Today they're sitting on a hard drive or a cloud storage, but not out in circulation.  There is usually a reason for that. These stories usually are badly flawed and that's why they don't sell.  So there, that's a trunk story to you non writers.

Hence the opening of Science Fiction Trails for reading.  I believe everything I've gotten is a trunk story, save for one reprint. I actually accepted one of these trunk stories.  I guess that's why writers send them out.  But it still struck meas a trunk story--but I liked in some odd way. 

Oh well.  Every new issue is an adventure.