Monday, September 28, 2015

 October Newsletter

About short stories, last month I said I hoped to get one out every month, because I love writing short stories, but the trouble with setting goals is that a goal can drive me to waste time on work that I end up tossing. I never print anything until it pleases me. So if I don’t have an idea I love, then there are going to be months without short stories.

I had a story in my files about a zombie and no, it is not a new story. It was first published in the Rotting Tales anthology, PillHill Press, and then used in a Podcast by UK’s Morgen Bailey. It is only 1000 words, a very quick read, much to short to print as a standalone, but it fits Halloween. The title is Lorna Doomed.

That didn’t solve the need for a new story. However, an authors’ group I belong to decided to have a contest among members to write the LEAST believable science fiction short story. Gotta tell ya, I won hands down. Now I have agreed (my friends are a pushy bunch) to embarrass myself by allowing it to be published. So Lorna is joined by The Mushroom Cloud and a cover I had fun creating with a new program. I put the book on KU to allow members to borrow it.

Actually, the Lorna Doomed story is so short, if you click on the cover to read the inside sample on Amazon, the complete first story is included. Happy Halloween.

About the paperback copies of Turning Vampire 1,2 and Turning Vampire 3,4, better late than never. We have been past late for a while and now, hurray, we are past never. The proofs arrived from the printer and are gorgeous (maybe I am a little prejudice) and so the paperbacks are available now from Amazon.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mail blues

So I finally connected with JPeterman and ordered a shirt that is way more beautiful than the ad - well, the ad is beautiful but it doesn't show the careful seams, the quality fabric, etc. My only problem was the envelope in which it came. Somewhere along the shipping line, something mysterious happened. So my friend Rosemary suggested I take a photo of the envelope and send it to the seller and to top that off, she wrote a letter for me to send with it. Here it is, for fellow lovers of the catalog:

"Peterman," I shouted over the roar of the engine, "I think we lost a couple of packages on the last turn."
With a squeal of brakes and grinding of gears, Peterman reversed back up the Casbah's alley. I leaned over the side and pulled the envelope out of the dust just as the jeep lurched forward. The package spun out of my hands and under the rear wheels.
"Sorry," muttered Peterman as he carefully pulled forward a foot so I could retrieve my order. "I was distracted by the blonde in the red silk veil."

Ah, that explained how the tire marks were on both sides of the envelope.
Fortunately, the shirt inside the package was the expected perfection.

Friday, December 12, 2014

How could I not know? Why did no one tell me? Today on another blog someone talked about amazingly fun ads with long, poetic, exciting descriptions, such as appeared in magazines back in the 1920s and 30s. And someone commented that this also occurred in J. Peterman, sob, it's gone, we all thought. And another commenter said, "Not so! They are back." I went on-line and sure enough, Peterman does do an online catalog and also an honest to gosh paper one. Took me a minute to find where to sign up and another horrified minute to realize I was actually ordering another catalog to be stuffed into my overcrowded mailbox. But hey, Peterman isn't a catalog, it is art and literature. And the items in the online are truly Peterman. The other great heartbreak of my life was the loss of Banana Republic. Well, yes, I know they still exist but under different ownership and all they have in common with the original is the name. So thank God I have found Peterman and the merchandise is recognizable as Peterman. I wait breathlessly to see if the catalog prose is as exciting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Squirreling away books for winter -


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hello? Anybody here?

The real mystery in this mystery book store is .....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Looking for vampires off season...

We took a quick trip to vampire country, the inspiration for the Turning Vampire series, ahead of vacation traffic. Didn't see any vampires but did have lunch at a favorite restaurant and  came home with an armload of treasures from one of our favorite antiquarian bookstores.

Now it is back to work on book 7 of the Mudflat Magic series. This is scheduled for an autumn release date. 

In the meantime, Good Dog?,  another three story collection featuring another of Rock's dogs and other Mudflat problems, is scheduled for midsummer. The first two short story collections in the dog series were Guard Dog? and Watch Dog?  Okay, this did not start out as a planned series. It just happened. Like everything else in Rock's life.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

What to do when it rains...

 Clean book shelves, discover missplaced books, read!

For collectors of children’s books, check out this site with its array of info and articles about book collecting. Now if I can clear another couple inches on a book shelf, maybe I can squeeze in another book. This month I have been rereading my way through the Mary Poppins books (yes, I have them all). And yes, I was inspired by the wonderful Saving Mr. Banks movie.