Wednesday, October 31, 2018

roving hoards of children looking for food

Roving hoards of children looking for food.  In other words--Trick or Treat.  I don't get any in my neighborhood. Just a few miles away, my father gets hundreds.  Well, two years ago he got just shy of 200. Last year he only got 140.  I'll go over and help dad deal with the candy.  Yesterday we put his ghost up in the yard.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ghost, a big giant one

Well today I'll have to put up my dad's ghost.  Before moving to Tucson the concept of decorating for Halloween seemed a bit odd to me.  They just didn't do it in Colorado--at least not where I lived. So, my dad bought this ghost. It's about 10 feet tall.  It runs on a little air pump to keep it inflated.  The problem is he can't set it up.  I have to do it for him.  With luck, by this afternoon, he'll have some great big ghost in his yard.

Monday, October 29, 2018


Tired of campaign ads yet?  I sure am.  Our election cycles run too long.  The Brits can do a national election in a couple of months.  Not here.

I already voted, so I do not care much about the dreadful ads as my vote is already locked in.I think they should spend less on ads and give everyone free ice cream after the election is over.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Alas, as books get older, libraries sometimes sell them off to make way for newer books.  That seems to be the case with some of mine at the local library.  I'm down to just two books now.  There used to be more--even before I moved to Tucson there were more.  I guess I need to write more books.  The two still in stock are both checked out.That means someone has them in a pile of books or may even be in the process of reading them.I guess I need to come out with some more books.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Visiting & Stuff

Well my cousin came by for a visit.  Didn't stay long.  He and his wife are nice folks. He's just a little bit older than I am.  It's been a really long time since I last saw them.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


The folks around town are out decorating their houses.  This was new to me when I moved to Tucson. Some people go all out-really all out with displays that rival the best of another holiday's outdoor decorations.  It's amazing to what lengths some folks go to.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

I survived

Well, I got back from Denver in one piece.  Drove through a really bad storm in New Mexico.  Closest I came to death was in New Mexico. I got out to piss on a remote stretch of road at 11 0'clock at night. Some trucker came by hauling ass as I was trying to get back inside my car.  I was completely off the road, but this guy wouldn't give me an inch.  I thought I was going to be sucked up into the vortex this truck was making.  No real damages and I got back in my car and that was that.

Monday, October 22, 2018

On the way back from Mile Hi Con

I stayed at a Motel 6 on the way back from Mile Hi Con.  The bed was comfortable, and that's compared to a remarkably comfy bed at the Hyatt in Denver where the con was held. Motel 6 still has the coarsest grade of towels. Nobody would ever steal them. I wouldn't 'even use them as a dog towel.  

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mile Hi Con, Day 2

One of the more eccentric things about cons is people running around in costume.  They're dressed as some character, oblivious to the fact no one else knows who it is. Over time I've noticed  a big drop in media characters like Star Trek. Not sure why.  I have a Pinkerton outfit for Wild West type cons, which are few and far between.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mile Hi Con

Well, I've survived day 1 of Mile Hi Con.  Yay!  By my count I've been attending this con for 13 years.  Was on a panel about food and drink in science fiction.  It went rather well.  Will try and update again tomorrow.

Thursday, October 18, 2018


One of the toughest places for an author these days is libraries.  They hold very few author readings--compared to days of old. And it's tough to get them to buy your books.  I realize they have limited budgets and all. I'm not complaining.  Actually, for some reason, the library in the Denver suburb of Jefferson County carries quite a few of my books--including the latest one, Legends of the Dragon Cowboys.  I guess someone likes my stuff. I've never pitched them to buy anything. They just do.  I could use a few more libraries like this one.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


A cold front came through and dropped the temperature a lot.  It's probably down into the 70's right now.  Brrr. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Halloween Tree

I wonder if people actually have Halloween trees in their homes and exchange Halloween gifts. I do know that a lot of people in Tucson decorate their homes for the event. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mile Hi Con

Next weekend I'll be at Mile Hi Con in Denver, Colorado.  I've spent a lot of my life in Colorado so it's almost like going home.

On Friday I'll be on a panel about food & drink in fantasy & Sf.  Saturday I'm on a panel about why stories get rejected. There's a mass autographing Saturday night and a late night reading. 

I plan to have some of my books on consignment in the dealer room with Who Else Books.  I will not be at my own booth this time. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Going to the store

I went to the store last night for dish washing machines soap.  It probably took longer to go get the soap than it would have to manually wash the dishes.  Problem is, I do not like to wash dishes. It's just so easy to rack them in my dishwasher and turn it on.  I guess I waste water doing that.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you could

Saw a thing on Facebook the other day. It asked if you could send a message to aliens in outer space, what would you tell them?  That's easy.  Need a ride. Will chip in for gas.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What if

What if aliens aren't grey beings with eyes of coal? What if they look like shrimp--big giant shrimp. Do we  get our favorite sauces and invite them over to dinner?  Come see our kitchen.  Or do we ask them to play chess?  I think dinner plans are more likely.  Of course, I don't like shrimp.


I'm hard on tires.  I seem to have too many wear out early and  replace more for blowouts  Such was the case yesterday, I had to get a flat fixed  as I ran over something.  I guess the solution would b to stay at home.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Well, it wasn't horrible

I caught the debut of the 13th Doctor Who.  I stopped watching the last series as I found it silly--even for British sci fi.  So my expectations were low.  Well, it wasn't horrible.  I guess I'll have to watch another episode before I decide if I like it.  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Finally, the yard

The brutal heat of summer has finally faded off to Tucson's version of autumn.  It confuses trees.  They want to shed leaves, then discover they still have two more months of growing possible. This causes some trees to shed leaves twice  and others not to do it t all. My birch trees seem to dump leaves twice where my citrus trees don't even notice we don't really have winter  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Scare me?

Halloween is a coming.  What movies scare you?  It's easy for me. Only one movie ever scared me. I usually know what actors are going to say before they open their mouths and what they're going to do. That's why I go to so few movies.    

My movie. The Omen.  In many ways it's not all that scary-but there are certain scenes in that movie that scared the bejeebers out of me.     (The original. not the remake. )                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Uh oh

I painted my closet yesterday--the last remnant of my plumbing problems I had a while back. "It doesn't match," I was immediately told.

Really? Hmmm. Truth was, I knew that.  The paint I bought was on sale cheap. The paint they can match to the color was $16 more.  It's a closet. That's just good enough.

Book Stock

Some of our stuff from Science Fiction Trails went out of print at the end of September.  If you were planning on getting something that's no longer available  contact me and I may have a few copies. By quick as I'm taking most of my unsold stock to Mile Hi Con and hoping to sell it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


I've been tormenting myself about my upcoming trip to Denver.  It's not Denver that's the problem. It's getting there. One minute I want to drive, then next minute I want to fly.  . I really do not like flying, but driving takes a very long time. So I keep changing my mind.  Maybe I'll flip a coin.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Falling Star?

This has not been a good year for me as far as attending cons goes.  I was snubbed by quite a few of them.  I only ended up with two--Wild Wild West Con back in March and Mile Hi Con, which comes up later this month. I'm not sure what's behind my waning popularity.  And that certainly does not bode well for next year.

It's not all that clear attending these things does that much as far as promoting me the writer or selling my books.  Yes, I always sell a few books--but never enough to defray the costs involved.  

Mile Hi Con is one con I've attended for many years. I have friends I can catch up with and can usually find something interesting to do there. So, I'll go to Denver and try and figure out if I can find friendlier territory next year.  

On a related note, sales of my books have fallen sharply.  Alas, I don't have anything new out this year. The anthology I edited never came out and I haven't got any stories in any anthologies or magazines at all this year.

Maybe next year will be a little better. I just signed a contract for a new novella that will [hopefully] come put early next year.  It's my fist sale in quite a while.