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The Oak Clan progress report #1

Despite several efforts over the years, I’ve been unable to offer my first novel, The Oak Clan, the proper rewrite it deserves, but these past few months have been most productive. I fully intend to soldier through to the end and then finish the sequel that was started so long ago. I’m currently re-working chapter […]

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Now, THAT is a Zucchini!

Now, THAT is a Zucchini!

This came out of the garden in the backyard. For my meme-happy friends, I challenge you to make something funny of this, but clean, because dirty would be too easy, lol. — And, of course, my friends never listen. This is from Adam J. Whitlatch: And there are plenty more coming in!

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Happy October!

Yay! It’s finally here, my favorite time of the year! The leaves are turning, the air is cooler, and everything just feels spookier. Time to pull out those scary movies and pumpkin-everything, lol. It’s certainly got me in the mood to stay in full gear for Oak Clan rewrites, which are coming along well. Old […]

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We had a nice visit with Robin Balzer

Yesterday, we took a trip down to Hannibal to see Robin. It was a gorgeous day and we got her out and about town for a few hours. It was great! She’d dyed her hair a pretty auburn color that looked nice on her. We took her shopping and stopped at a Chinese restaurant that […]

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Rape and abuse is big business – a Dr. Phil rant.

Rape and abuse is big business – a Dr. Phil rant.

*Rape and abuse trigger warning! In case the title didn’t give a hint* This is a rant post. You’ve been double warned. You know, I can appreciate it when shows like Dr. Phil bring on victims of rape and abuse to help them and bring about awareness, and especially encourage their phone apps for those […]

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Oh WOW! They found Jack the Ripper!

Hey, look here at how they found the shawl that Catherine Eddowes was murdered in by Jack the Ripper, then tested the DNA of blood samples to discover the identity of Jack the Ripper:  http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-scientist-how-solved-mystery-7732111 Or so they’d like to believe. Really, they just found some other guy’s blood, along with semen. She was so […]

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Finalizing – winding down – updates

Needless to say, it’s been a rough few months. I’m way too drained to get into tons of detail, but I’ll break things down into somewhat random updates: 1. Our dog, Nash, passed away in July. This was a heavy blow, especially with everything else going on. Robin kept thinking he was at the door, […]

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Response to Tim Lieder

Response to Tim Lieder

The #1 horror author stalker, Nickolaus Pacione, has been jumping on years-old blog posts over at Adam Whitlatch’s site and a few weeks back, they were pointed to on Adam’s Facebook and there was laughing with a good deal of head shaking. Tim Lieder decided to come on and attack Adam and me, specifically, for […]

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Robin Williams R.I.P.

Robin Williams R.I.P.

This is such terrible news. I grew up watching Robin Williams as Popeye over and over again, and also as Mork on Mork & Mindy. Later in Toys and in Hook. The list goes on, and his stand-up was always a hoot. Thank you, Robin Williams, for being part of my childhood and beyond. You […]

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How NOT to be a professional editor

How NOT to be a professional editor

The drama between Hachette and Amazon has got a lot of people in the publishing world in heated debates. I was recently in one where I was pretty much unable to express my opinion without being put under a microscope. Don’t you love those kinds of arguments? See, I have always been of the opinion […]

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Divorce papers filed

The paperwork is done and turned in. We only had to walk across the street. It was the same place where we picked up our marriage certificate on February 7, 2003. They’ll wait 30 days before they set a court date for the judge to grant it. Afterwards, we went to the Medicaid office to […]

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Terrible news – Robin and I are parting

This is such a difficult thing to write, so please bear with me. Robin and I have been together for over 15 years, married over 11. We weren’t together long before her alcoholism was made apparent, but she stopped it… for me. But that’s when the real problems became apparent. She’d been self-medicating her bipolar, […]

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Amazon is EVIL! And here’s why:

Amazon is EVIL! And here’s why:

Down on your luck? Blame Amazon! Things have been changing a lot these past few years as the digital revolution – or perhaps “evolution” is a better word – took over nearly every moment of our lives. As one would imagine during such a radical change in industry, many businesses have refused to adapt and were […]

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Spider-Man dream last light

Spider-Man dream last light

Last night, I dreamed about a very realistic Spider-Man costume. It was right after Christmas and I’d received a number of gifts that I was happy about, like a new surround sound system that Sony came out with, but there was some other thing that I didn’t want. That other thing had brought me to […]

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The Dead Island 2 trailer is so awesome!

I admit it, the Dead Island 2 trailer floored me. It’s not because I was expecting to be disappointed. I didn’t even know it was coming out. I may have heard some mention of it and thought they were referring to Dead Island: Riptide, the sequel to the original. Well, I’m excited now, for sure, […]

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The old digital eBook vs print book debate – my thoughts

The old digital eBook vs print book debate – my thoughts

Honestly, I think people should spend less time arguing about eBook vs print, and more time reading. That said, I’ll cover points I’ve heard way too many times and offer my opinion. If there are other points not covered, be sure to tell me in the comments and I’ll try to update to address them. […]

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S.D. Hintz takes on White Castle!

S.D. Hintz takes on White Castle!

It looks like somebody on Twitter had a craving: I love the things that come out of S.D. Hintz‘s brain! Even wilder, White Castle must have liked it because they retweeted it to their 57,000 followers. Nice one, buddy! In other news: I unfriended and unfollowed Facebook and Twitter last week, in case others have noticed […]

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My take on some recent events.

In 1983, a dark, disturbing Charles Bronson movie came out called 10 to Midnight. I was seven years old and believe it or not, my father took me to see it in the theater. I enjoyed it. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s about a college guy who gets sick of being rejected by all […]

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5-20 Recap

Well, I spent a good chunk of today traveling to see my cognitive behavior therapist, which went well. I got to brag about how I was able to stop a seizure on my own yesterday. It was after twenty minutes but still.. yay! The only problem is most of time, I can’t concentrate well enough […]

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An Argument at Wal-Mart

So I got into an argument the other day with a bread man at Wal-Mart. We were picking up several loaves of Great Value brand enriched wheat bread for the month. I love it! It’s just over a dollar a loaf; it’s a lot of bread in each; it’s soft, tasty, and if you look […]

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Nash vs Ash

Nash vs Ash

I’ve been slowly cleaning and organizing forever now. It’s pretty much never-ending, lol, especially since I can only do it for a few minutes at a time. But I have this area that’s especially messy because it’s where clutter goes while cleaning other areas. You know how it goes: sacrifice one spot for others. Anyway, […]

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