Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, I Guess, Sort Of

"Happy Thanksgiving" is what I hear if I buy a candy bar or a quart of milk from any store.  The blasted holiday seems to run for the entire week.  You can't get a medical appointment.  The blasted grocery store already has empty shelves.  I'm starting to get in humbug mood and it is only Tuesday. And so-called Black Friday has been raging all week long as well.  At least people don't put up Thanksgiving lights on their houses--yet.  I'm kind of starting to dislike this holiday.

What am I thankful for?  Redheads.  I have a thing for redheads.  And that's about it.  And dogs. I like dogs.  And my house. I'm thankful I have a roof over my head. Living in your car sucks.  And my refrigerator. I really love my new refrigerator.  And that's about it.  I don't have a problem with people being thankful. But that's not what the stupid holiday has become. It's become an excuse for gluttony and drunkenness and football.

An amazing number of people will burn their houses down as they attempt to deep fry their turkeys. It's around 20 houses on average that burn to the ground each year.  Let's not forget that. 

There is one good thing about T Day. If you see your relatives, your get it over with. If you see them on T-Day you're not obligated to get together on Christmas. And that's something to be thankful for. A lot of people don't understand the T-Day exception to going to see relatives for Christmas. Hell of a deal.

Oh, my turkeys are the best in the world. No one cooks turkeys better than I do. Mesquite grill. Keep the   damned stuffing out of the bird and they'll cook much better.  The turkey I cook will be wonderful.

By the way, let the dog have a little bit of turkey.  They work hard all year keeping you from being murdered in your sleep. Give them a slice of turkey.

Please don't wish me a happy thanksgiving.  And that's about it.

Monday, November 20, 2017


I love my new refrigerator.  It keeps my food all nice and cold and it doesn't make strange noises in the middle of the night like the old one did.  In cleaning out the old one I found some salad dressing that expired a year ago. I threw it out. My brother thinks I should have used it. He says expiration dates are arbitrary. It's too late, I already tossed it out. It was thousand island dressing.  

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I'm hoping the publisher will post the guidelines to a new anthology I'm going to edit. So far, they're a little behind.  It's called Hotel Haunted. Along with co-editor Julie Campbell, we'll be putting together a collection of ghost stories set in haunted hotels.  Why haunted hotels? Why not? Actually, I've worked in haunted hotels and always wondered what the story was behind these entities. While I may never know the actual reason ghosts live in them, I thought it might be an interesting area for fiction. So, if  you're interested, check with Wolfsinger Publications for the guidelines for Hotel Haunted.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wrong Way Mail

I keep getting mail for someone who does not live at my address.  I've been here a year and a half. The house I bought when I moved to Tucson sat empty for at least half a year before I moved in. Ergo, the mail for this person is at least two years obsolete. Why won't these companies ever update their mailing lists?  I wish they had goons that would go around and work them over when they sent out mail to the wrong place. That would show 'em.  Almost as good would be if they'd just update their addresses. Neither seems likely.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SFT 13

Well the new writers guidelines are up at the Science Fiction Trails site for issue 13. I sure wish more people would buy the darned thing. It's not all that expensive and has some great stories in it.  It'll open up for submissions in January.  I'm hoping to see some stories about robots. Why robots? Well, we've never historically had many submissions about robots and I thought it would be something to focus on.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Con over

Well, Tuscon is over and done with. It's a little smaller con than most of those I go to. Frankly, I did not really connect with the programming. There was little I found interesting. The people were not particularly friendly. I doubt I'll ever go back.

And that concludes my con schedule for 2017..  I'm not sure what I'll attend in 2018.  I'll post it here later on, although I don't know why as it seems to make little difference if I list events or not.  Attendance at signings and cons has little to do with posting things here on this blog.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Refer Madness Part 2

I just love my new refrigerator. It was purchased at one of those big box stores that was having a sale. It's so quiet and it's laid out nice inside. In looking over refrigerators, I noticed that the simple refrigerators with the freezer on top are fairly cheap. You pay dearly for one with an ice maker. Side-by-sides and freezer on the bottom models cost a lot more. Mine is just  a simple refrigerator with a freezer on top and it doesn't sing to me or make ice or pour mixed drinks or nothin' except keep my food cold. I am so happy. And it doesn't beep all night long.

Note to the refrigerators out there who read my blog: if you want to go to  the scrap heap, just start beeping in the middle of the night. That'll do it real quick. It's not funny.