Monday, August 21, 2017

Science Fiction Trails

Well, I've got the new issue of Science Fiction Trails just about ready.  It's even got little green men from Mars.  You can't go wrong with little green men.  I always liked putting issues together and came to miss it back when we stopped production.  Well, it's back and will go on sale next month.  And I've even lowered the price of it.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


I don't usually get political. I wrote an entry for today that ripped our president.  It disappeared. Poof!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Follow Up

My surgery is healing nicely. I've got a damn good doctor who knows how to do surgery.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Off to doctor

Going to the dermatologist today for follow up on my surgery.  I have struggled with tumors on my nose for the past few years.  It's been awful.  They're not malignant, but they've been growing nonetheless--making my nose slowly change shape and become more and more the nose of some sort of troll or something.  Children would simply stare at it.  And I couldn't get a doctor to help me.  I'd go from one dermatologist to plastic surgeon than a few more dermatologists and all of them kissed it off and refused to remove it.  Finally, the nightmare ended when I found a dermatologist who was willing to remove them. The surgery only took an hour and it only hurt for about a day.  And, I hope this is the last visit and I can mark this chapter in my life as over.  I am so happy. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Once Upon A Time

I've mentioned I have a book coming out soon.  I have not given much detail because I do not have a release date and don't want to get the cart before the horse. But I can offer up a bit of a teaser. Here's part of an interview with Laura Givens that will be in the new issue of Science Fiction Trails.

We caught up with artist and author, Laura Givens, and asked her about her role as author in a new book, Legends of the Dragon Cowboys.

SFT: What the heck is a Dragon Cowboy?
LG: In the Old West there weren't a lot of complimentary terms for Chinese who came to this country to help build the railroads and new lives for themselves.  Dragons imply a certain strength of character and self determination that I hope my character, Chin Song Ping, embodies.  The west was full of Chinese men and they weren't all former Shaolin priests, coolies and cooks.  As Pete Townshend of the Who once noted, “All the best cowboys have Chinese eyes."

SFT: What's your story about?
LG: My half of the book is composed of short stories about the improbable life and crazy times of Chin Song Ping.  They are strung together by the narrative device of having his grandson relate the stories to his comrades on the eve of their execution.  The stories are humorous, and adventurous and meant to keep the reader, as well as his fellow prisoners, engaged at an impossible time.

SFT:  So, two stories in one book? What kind of deal is that?
LG: The novelette length used to be a lot more common and is great for telling stories not padded out to a thousand pages like modern readers have come to expect.  Ace Books used to put out "Ace Doubles" where you flipped the book over and got a whole new book in the back.  Since getting a printer to go along with such a format might cause troubles, Chin Song Ping sits upside down on our cover as a show of respect for the tradition.

SFT: Why a Chinese character?
LB: Why not?  I grew up in white bread western Michigan but I lived for a decade in San Francisco and came to love the weird hybrid that is Chinese/American culture.  The only way to truly know a subject is to come at it from as many perspectives as possible.  I love Westerns and this is a perspective not seen often.

SFT: Any more planned adventures for Chin Song Ping?

LG: The next time Ping's grandson relates a new adventure I'll be sure to pass it along to Science Fiction Trails readers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

corn dogs

Except for Weinerschnitzel, it's a rare fast food outlet that sells corn dogs.  I don't really know why we have to differ from that golden goodness, but the darned things are tough to find.  Yep, you can buy them at the store and cook them. But buying one ready to go is tough, excepting certain state fairs which sell them.  Since I rarely go to state fairs, that's an outlet that excludes me.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I guess I'm obsessed with the trees I've planted.  I worry about them. We've had a tremendous amount of wind, so I've put poles out there to shore them up. I put plant stakes in the soil for extra nutrition. And I look at the weather forecast and wonder when they'll need to be watered. Yesterday Mother Nature took care of the watering for me with some serious rain.

Why I am so obsessed with my trees stems from the fact I've never had my own yard before.  I owned a home in Colorado for about 10 years, but that was a condo and it didn't have a yard. A year ago I bought my present home in Tucson and it's the first yard I've actually owned.  Add to that there were no trees in the yard and Tucson is really hot.  I wanted some shade. I have visions of relaxing in the shade sipping lemonade some day. But I can only live out this fantasy if my trees grow. They're not big enough now to provide shade. And that's why I try so hard to keep them going.