Well, I got this great idea to get the authors of our new anthology Six Guns Straight From Hell 3 to do readings and we'd post them on the internet. Ha. We have one that's up but no one can find it and another that's up but no one can access it. My computer seems to have no sound and I have been unable to do one at all. Disaster. I just wanted a nice easy way to promote the book. That sure has not happened.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Because what few restaurants are open are running at 30% or so, takeout remains a part of the world of food. What I'm getting tired of is the incompetent idiots taking orders. This is so different than the tip=based world of eating in a restaurant. A good waiter will get my order right or pay dearly for it at checkout. But there are few tips in to go orders and the people handling these clearly do not give a crap. I tried to order supper last night and came to the conclusion the order taker was so stoned it was hopeless. I just walked out. And drive throughs are even worse. You ask for a taco and they type in Sprite and won't clear it out. You must've ordered a Sprite because that's what it says.
Stay home and cook seems the only solution. My boycott list of restaurants is getting so long it's darn near all of them.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
When you put out a new book, one way to promote it was the author would go around and do readings at various venues and radio stations and such. Well, a lot of these venues, like small bookstores, remain closed. This created a problem when we released Six Guns Straight From Hell 3. One thing we thought we'd try was video readings. So far we have two. One is from Sam Knight and the other is from Patrick Dorn. I don't know if this will do much to promote the book. I haven't recorded one as my computer just lacks a microphone and is so antiquated I don't think I'd be successful.
This is new territory for us. We'll have to see how it turns out.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Six Guns Straight From Hell 3,
Edited by David B. Riley & J. A. Campbell
Saddle up for a wild ride through the weird, weird west. As you ride our trails you’ll want to keep one eye on the path ahead and one over your shoulder cause there’s a bushwhacking monster creeping up behind you. If your horse gets eaten by a monster, you might be able to get a ride on the midnight train, as long as you don’t mind sitting with ghosts. If you don’t catch the train, maybe the devil can give you a lift back to town. Just be careful which place you head for, because the folks in one town are about to die. Staying on ranches ain’t much safer, especially at one girl’s birthday party. Then again, even going to outhouses can be deadly. If you happen to visit the local brothel, be sure and treat the ladies right or you’ll pay dearly. And Tombstone is no place to get your picture taken if you want to keep your skin.
Spine tingling horror and dark fantasy from Sam Knight, David Boop, Joel Jenkins, Matthew Hellman, Patrick Dorn, C. W. Blackwell, Ross Baxter, John Kiste, Krystal Stittle and more.
Friday, September 11, 2020
9/11 is one of those horrible things you remember where you were and what happened and you never forget it. I also remember the JFK assassination and I was a little kid when that happened. In the case of 9/11 I'd just gotten home from work [yes, I worked nights back then]. I turned on the news and an airplane had just hit the WTC. I noted it was a clear day and figured that had to be some sort of terrorism. As I was watching this, Wham, a second jet hit the building. Well that kind of removed all doubts. Anyway, you don't forget these kind of things.
I don't have anything to add.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Even in the digital world, there's still a lot of mail out there. One thing I can't figure out is why some companies just won't give up. they send me unwanted junk mail constantly and just will not stop. After years of ignoring them, you'd think they'd get the message I'm not interested. But they never do. One such outfit is a local health foods store. They send me their magazine every month. To my knowledge, I have never set foot in heir store and certainly never signed up for anything. But, there it comes every month.
It's not just small, local businesses either. Geico won't leave me alone. They bother me constantly with pitches for insurance. I am happy with my current insurance company, but don't tell them that. Dish thinks I want their service. I use a competitor and have no wish to change. You would thing that after four years, which is how long I've been at my current place, they'd figure out I'm not interested. But they just relentlessly keep sending me stuff.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Normally, the summer temperature starts to ease up around here by September. Not so this weekend. It had been extremely hot. The climate is screwed up and those who don't care to believe that should understand this: Earth may not sustain life much longer. Food won't grow and we'll try living underwater and then that will be like being boiled alive and we'll all be dead. That's what is coming. I'm not usually so gloomy, but I no longer see any other outcome.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
It seems Covid affects everything I do, one way or another. It killed my father. He reached a point where we had to put him in a care facility. He had to be quarantined for 2 weeks, which meant just sitting in his room. With his dementia it was hard to deal with this. He couldn't remember why we couldn't come see him. And he couldn't take the confinement. I'm not saying he died of the disease--he died from liver cancer. I'm just saying the conditions hospital and nursing home patients are being out under is hastening their deaths. I'm certain it did for my father. He wasn't that bad when he went in. A month later, he was dead.
There aren't any events involving groups. Not around here, anyway. My doctor won't actually see patients--only by computer. And so on.
I wonder how much our society has been altered. Our president says everything is fine and refuses to even be an example and wear a mask. People have died going to his rallies and he does not seem to care.
The homeless people wear masks as they push their carts and wagons along the sidewalk--god bless them.
I have a new anthology coming out. Most bookstores are still closed. Many probably will never reopen. There's no such thing as readings. Conventions, most are cancelled. A few are trying some sort of online variation. I think with limited success. A few of the writers appearing in Six Guns Straight From Hell 3 are going to do online readings. I do not know if that will help sell books, We've never tried this before. I'm certainly interested in hos it goes. We'll see.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Arizona has an abundant supply of snakes--particularly rattlers. In fact, there are 17 rattlesnake species. The most common one is the western diamondback. I had one in my yard this morning. It was doing snake stuff. I told it to head on home, before some of my neighbors tried to kill it.
My longstanding policy on wild animals is if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone. It has served me well and I've even lived in two national parks.. So the snake, a fairly small little guy scooted off to do whatever snakes do. The local fire district will relocate them. Some people try and kill them. The snake is just being a snake and I just let it go on its way. Our neighborhood has open desert on two sides. There's nothing to stop them from coming in. Strangely, this is the first one I have seen in my yard.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
In my neighborhood we have one garbage service. They have a deal with the local homeowners association and that's that. Now so two miles away where my brother lives. Their neighborhood is a garbage free-for-all. There are at least three companies they can subscribe to for residential service and another two for commercial service. So there are garbage trucks all over the place on Wednesdays.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Saturday, August 29, 2020
I am in the process of selling a house. It's amazing how much work goes into it. This wasn't my residence, but my father's. After dad passed away my brother and I decided to sell it. We briefly thought about renting it out, but neither of us wanted to go into property management at this point in our lives.
The place needed a little work. A gardening crew performed miracles with the yard and a very good cleaning person made it sparkle. Now, today, it's on the market and we'll see if anyone wants to buy it.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
My house has carpet. Over the years I've come to view carpeting as a dirt catcher and nothing more. My brother replaced their carpet with hardwood. When my dad bought his house it had tile floors throughout.
So, I'll get me a house without carpet, I thought. I went out looking for places and found none. I guess I could get minre replaced, but that isn't cheap. So, I had the carpet cleaned today. It has that dampness still, although they did a nice job. To be continued.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
I've been looking at various housing places. I have a perfectly good house, except I don't like it. But it is not easy to decide if I want to go through the hassles of selling the existing place and moving to a new place. It's not like I have to move. I just sort of want a nicer place. That's the nice ting about open houses--you can check a place out and not have to register with some Realtor.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
This will go down as the virtual year. We can't meet in person. The Democratic Convention pushes on. In some ways it's better as there seems less rattling on by blowhard politicians People seemed to like the little views of the states as they cast their delegate votes. However, some cons this fall are making the plunge into virtual reality. I won't be joining them.It just doesn't seem right somehow.
It's no just that my antiquated computer can't handle this. Heck my former doctor dumped me as a patient as he was only seeing people over computers. Sure, it's cheaper to go to Mile Hi Con if you don't have to drive to Denver. But isn't driving [or flying] half the point? What will they have but a couple of hours of chit chat on a computer screen and we call it a con now? I suppose so.
Monday, August 17, 2020
The last two times I've gone grocery shopping I've ordered online and tried to pick up stuff. It's been really hot and I just thought the convenience might be worth it. Sadly, both times I got home to find a full third of my order was missing. I'd put do not substitute in the instructions because of my poor experience with that. Damn. This was even worse. So I drove back to the store. The cookies I didn't get were right there on the shelf. The pasta I wanted--right there. Hell, the canned goods that were not available were right there.
Whyfore? I don't know for sure, but my impression is these people pulling the orders are so overworked they have to fly through the stores to keep up. Either that or they simply don't give a shit. Well, I'm not going to waste my time with online shopping nd it is time to switch stores.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
So, I was surprised to get a letter my home owners association. My front yard seems okay. I've been pretty busy with my dad dying and all. Yet another complaint about my yard. Surely they must be mistaken. Then I looked at the back yard. Yikes. How can so many weeds grow so fast. I decided to throw in the towel. I called a local company that does weed control. I decided to give up managing them myself. The weeds won.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
I don’t usually put politics on this blog, preferring to amaze my readers with my wit and such. Well, this is a different sort of amazement. Not long after Senator Kamilla Harris was declared the VP running mate, I noted a remarkable comment from a congressman from Mississippi or Alabama that simply astonished me. He was pointing pout that she isn’t a real Negro because she wasn’t from Africa, but Jamaica. Apparently, we’re still importing slaves from Africa and that’s only where Negroes come from. Her parents emigrated from Jamaica. I guess that was what he meant. Actually, the senator is from Oakland. That’s where she was born and that’s where she grew up.
Bigotry takes many forms. I found the remark so strange it left me speechless.
Friday, August 14, 2020
I sometimes eat at Cracker Barrel. They're one of very few restaurants that has green beans on the menu. I find I rather like fresh green beans. Beans that are frozen or out of a can just are not the same. But freshly cooked green beans with just a hint of bacon grease are pretty darn good eats.
Over the years I have found dogs go nuts for green beans. There's some kind of bias in thinking that dogs only eat meat. The truth is they're omnivores much like bears if they were out in the woods fending for themselves. And dogs go nuts for green beans. Cook fido some, let them cool a little, then try it. By the way, they tend to like other beans, too. But green beans is a dog's idea of heaven.
Now, over the years, I have come to appreciate that. I didn't like them much when I was a kid, but have come to appreciate them as a sort of comfort food.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
I was sitting in the shade yesterday and I felt woosey. I thought I was going to faint. Then I looked at an outdoor thermometer. Yikes. It was 110 degrees in the shade. I placed cold towel on the back of my neck and started feeling better right away. I have found that is the best way to rapidly cool somebody down. Welcome to Arizona in August.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
I've been trying to clean my house today. I hate cleaning, but it needs doing. One particular problem I always seem to have is mold in showers--the pink kind. It just follows me around everywhere I live and regardless of climate. I am always battling it. People say use this or use that. I think bleach and lots of it is the best mold cure. Now, as for toilets, I favor Pine Sol. The problem with Pine Sol is it kind of stinks. Right now my windows are open because of the strong smell of bleach and Pine Sol.
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Update: 48 hours later, the pizza box is still there. The coyotes opened it, but didn't take the pizza. That's a testament to Dominoes, I guess. I threw it in the trash.
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I shouldn't have made fun of the guy living in the bunker.
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Help wanted: Camouflage Expert. Must be able to design and install materials that will make underground bunkers and survival food storage sheds hidden from roving hoards and other thieves. Successful candidate will have experience with paint and construction materials. Must be able to fool hoards into thinking there is nothing of value on client's property. Salary can be in either gold or freeze dried food products. Submit resume to Mayhem Temporary Personnel Services.
Help wanted: Medical services provider. In anticipation for the coming end of days, a physician or nurse practitioner is desired to deliver and administer medical supplies to survival bunkers, including antibiotics and vaccines for preventing deadly outbreaks. Ability to treat bullet wounds would be a plus. Bullet proof vest and sidearm provided. Payment can be in gold or freeze dried food products. Submit resume to Mayhem Temporary Personnel Services.
Help wanted: Plague body remover. In anticipation of the coming end of days, a robust individual is required to go around to homes and businesses and collect dead bodies from plague ravaged neighborhoods and dispose of same. This can include digging graves or building home made crematoriums. Ability to evade roving hoards would be a plus. Experience with Ebola or Sars or similar outbreaks highly desirable. Payment can be in gold or freeze dried food products. Submit resume to Mayhem Temporary Personnel Services.
Monday, May 18, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
There is a new review out of the anthology Exchange Students. I have a story there called "The Pupil" about a Martian barrister who takes on a student from Earth. It also features my Sarah Meadows character.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Speaking of men hiding in the shower. Back in Colorado I had to come in to attend a meeting at the hotel I worked at. Normally I was just there at night. Well, the maid was yacking with another maid and I snuck inside the room she was cleaning and closed the shower curtain. A few minutes went by then she reached into the shower area and I yelled "Grrr." She went running out into the hall screaming. I went out a second door and vanished. The poor woman eventually got a supervisor to go back in and of course there was nobody hiding in the shower. I was a bad boy.
One Halloween I went over to a girlfriend's house and hid in her shower and put on a Ghillie suit. Those are the rugged outfits snipers use and sometimes are mistaken for Bigfoot. Hunters use them also. It was six am, that's how dedicated I was and how unprepared she was. So, she came into the bathroom buck naked and opened the shower door and I grabbed her wrist and yelled "Grrr!" And she went racing out of her apartment, sans clothing while screaming. And her barking mop dog, Toby, was right in front of her. Some hero he was at protecting his mistress. I took off out the kitchen door. Somehow she figured it was me. Well, she wasn't my girlfriend any longer. So, yes, some guy hiding in your shower really does happen. And it's probably poetic justice I now awaken convinced there's some guy in my shower.
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Saturday, April 25, 2020
So, little green men and ladies, if you buy my books I'm always happy to autograph them. Stop by any time. I have nowhere to go anymore since they won't let us travel or go to movies or anything. Just don't park your flying saucer out in the street. The homeowners association hates that.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
“Tell it I’m busy,” Howard said.
“It say it’s really important.”
“What virus is it?”
“Okay, I’ll be right there.” Claude put down the ledger and marched into the living room. “I told you not to contact me at home.”
“Bwetzedd glo oxach,” the virus said. Virus is tough to understand, but that’s what it sounded like.
“Yes, the toilet paper’s all at my warehouse.”
Gwen approached them. “Would you like some cake?”
“Virus’s don’t eat cake. Do you?”
“Eh ta uh si quee.”
“That’s what I thought.” He opened the door. “There is no vaccine and that malaria drug doesn’t work. Tell your friends to relax. Thanks for stopping by.”
“That virus, well it’s so much more polite than Ebolla. Those Ebolla were horrible. Let’s hope SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay,” Gwen said.
“You said it, darling.”
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Get one of those theatrical packets they use for fake blood pouring out of your mouth and go into a store and start coughing and then ask somebody if I'm coughing up blood.
Print up some official Department of Health Quarantine notices and put them on people's doors.
Print up some official CONTAMINATED: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK stickers and put them on pork products at the grocery store.
Put a barricade outside the local casino CLOSED AIR DUCT VIRUS CONTAMINATION. DO NOT ENTER CASINO. EXTREME VIRUS DANGER.
Maybe I have too much time on my hands.