Sunday, February 23, 2020

Exchange Students

I am pleased that my story "the pupil" is in a new anthology called Exchange Students. I'd wanted to do something with my Sarah Meadows character and this opportunity came along.  Now Sarah isn't an exchange student.  She's been in a few short stories and stars in my science fiction novel Bonded Agent.  In Sarah's world Mars is an independent republic with an uneasy relationship with a very militaristic Earth.  She joins the army when Earth is at war with a reptilian race. The thing is, she's fighting on the side of the reptiles.  The new story picks up after the war. Sarah has legal problems and has hired a lawyer to help her.  This lawyer has a new pupil named Prairie Davis who comes from Earth through an exchange program to learn Martian jurisprudence.  The book releases Tuesday although it can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.  Exchange Students  edited by Sheila Hartney. Order a couple hundred copies today.

This is the book's official blurb:

Study abroad! See new places! Meet new people! In our exchange student program, you can literally study anywhere or anywhen you can imagine. We'll send you to new planets. We'll send you to new dimensions and realms of existence. We'll send you through time itself! Don't believe me? This exciting anthology contains many tales of our thrilling and educational exchange student program. You'll read tales of aliens coming to earth and humans traveling to alien worlds. You'll meet a denizen of Hell who travels to Heaven. Some students will discover their super powers on their journey. Other students will have encounters with the undead. You'll meet a law enforcement officer who travels to the realm of the fae to help solve a crime of truly interdimensional proportions. Featuring twenty-two amazing stories by Roze Albina Ches, Jaleta Clegg, Ken Goldman, Paula Hammond, Sheila Hartney, Chisto Healy, Joachim Heijndermans, Sean Jones, Tim Kane, Alden Loveshade, Tim McDaniel, J Louis Messina, Jennifer Moore, Brian Gene Olson, David B. Riley, Katherine Quevedo, Holly Schofield, Jonathan Shipley, Lesley L. Smith, Emily Martha Sorensen, Margret A. Treiber and Sherry Yuan

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Pie Thoughts

I sure wish the University of Arizona Wildcats would change their name to Pie Demons.  I doubt they will, but I'd sure like it.

How come they don't sell pie by the slice? A lot of places sell pizza by the slice.

I make a pie out of seedless grapes. I prefer the black ones but the green ones will do.  They're pretty darn good, actually.

Friday, February 21, 2020


I rarely do reviews and this is not one of them.  A new movie is opening. It's Call of the Wild.  Here's the thing: The trailers and ads look like it's all CGI, and lame CGI at that. It convinced me not to go see it.

For what it's worth, Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London.  I've heard it has never been out of print and that's pretty good for a book over 100 years old.  London was a highly skilled writer who had a certain fascination with the dogs he encountered when he went up north during the Yukon gold rush.  He turned that fascination into a number of stories. Call of the Wild is kind of his legacy book. 

As I said, the ads and trailers look awful.  And that's why I'm staying home.  


I got my income tax refund in 10 days. I was impressed.  That e-file with direct deposit really speeds things up.  It's nice getting money, even if it is really yours already.  Accountants say you should actually owe a little bit.  Having a big refund is not good.  Well, my refund was not all that big, but I'm still glad to have it.  I'm sure something else on my aging car will soon break and that'll wipe out my tax refund.  That's usually how these things work out. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please, Hollywood

Here are some movies I wish they'd make:

Mr. Ed:  The Movie
Everyone's favorite talking horse would have some new ways to torment Wilbur.

The Frito Bandito
The famed cartoon icon returns to fight injustice and fix corn chip casseroles

Chess Monsters
Giant chess pieces attack Denver

Voodoo Doughnuts
People go into Voodoo Doughnuts and their lives are magically transformed

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sliced Bread

There's a saying "That's the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread."  Surely, sliced bread was a marvelous invention.  It allows you to reach inside a plastic bag and procure two well formed sliced of bread that you can make toast out of. You can even use it to make a sandwich.  Arguably, it's the greatest invention ever.  So then, why is sliced sourdough such yuk?  It's true. If you buy sliced sourdough at the store it's not nearly as good as the uncut variety  you get in those paper sleeves. In fact, the sliced version stores sell is barely recognizable as the same product.  I don't know why that is.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pie in the eye

Back when they called Presidents' Day Washington's Birthday  they had specials on cherry pie. Now they don't. Young George supposedly cut down the cherry tree and then confessed under torture or something like that.  I don't think they even had cherry trees in Virginia back then. They're not native to the area.  I like cherry pie.  Now we just get mattress sales.