The Journal, Saturday, 12/31

Hey Folks, THIS JUST IN FROM KRISTINE KATHRYN RUSCH: If you have ANY books with All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit, read Kris’ post here: This is an advance look at her post from next week. Two other links that might help are these: All Romance Ebooks Closing All Romance Ebooks Suddenly Closing I hope none of you have books with ARE/OmniLit. So now back to the normal post: Happy new year’s eve. And I hope 2017 is … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 12/30

Hey Folks, December 30, 2016. Wow. And here I am, occasionally still wondering where 1978 went. I’m not sure why, but whenever I have to write a check, I still want to put 1978 in the Year block. I’m always shocked to realize (again) that isn’t only the wrong year, but the wrong century. I watched Secondhand Lions again yesterday, this time with my grandson. What a great film. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly … Read more

Ice Scream

Warning: This is a psychological-suspense horror story. It contains strong mental images. Susan Jordan jerked awake, naked and frantic and chilled. Her eyes were wide, her breath caught in her throat. But she was dizzy. Groggy. Like dreaming of being in a dream. She found her breath, and in it, relief. A nightmare. It was a nightmare. Only a nightmare. And it was vibrant. As she left the IGA, she looked over her shoulder. She smiled … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 12/29

Hey Folks, Rolled out a little before 3. I checked email and played on Facebook for about a half-hour, during which I was able to rouse considerable ire with a personal request of the person currently occupying the White House. Then, coffee in hand, cigar clenched firmly between teeth, I started working on the edit. I finished it around 8:45, then ran a final spell check in the track-changes version. Then I save it with another … Read more

Dare To Be Bad Revisited For 2017

Hi folks, Because Dean Wesley Smith gave me permission to post this, I rushed it but failed to add the category. But because I want you to see it now, before the new year, I’m reposting it on Wednesday morning. This is a guest post by professional long-term fiction writer Dean Wesley Smith. I encourage you to visit his website regularly at You will find a gold mine of information there. In the alternative, subscribe … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 12/28

Hey Folks, Ahh, first, thanks to those who responded re yesterday’s Journal entry. I didn’t mean to sound as if I’m complaining. I’m not. I’m thrilled at my current situation. I think my point was simply that it’s all right to “roll” with life rolls and keep on writing. In other news, I am constantly amazed by the level of ignorance on display these days. And the humor it spawns within my twisted soul. (grin) At … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 12/27

Hey Folks, Rolled out a little before 3 this morning, checked email and Facebook, coffee in hand. I also spent some time in thought. I wrote most of the stuff below between about 3:30 and 7, then worked on a friend’s website to create a new page. Then I made a horribly unhealthy (but delicious) breakfast for myself and my grandson, then came back to finish writing the stuff below. Now, at 10 a.m., I’m moving … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 12/26

Hey Folks, Well, probably another nonwriting day. I’ll get at least some editing done, but we’re still making adjustments due to the recent 1/3 increase in size to our family. (grin) Switching around some furniture and so on. Making everything as close to “normal” as we can for ourselves (Bryan, Mona, me) and for the kits and the pup. Indeed, another nonwriting day. But today I had stirrings of a story within me. It (the fiction … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 12/25

Hey Folks, Merry Christmas, everyone, and whatever you believe Him to be, God’s blessings on all of you. Topic: Blessings (in part, copied from a friend’s post on the Internet) I am thankful for my blessings: For the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else. For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she is at home, not on the … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 12/24

Hey Folks, Well, I now have a grandson living with me. He needs a little help, and I suspect it will help me as much as it helps him. I mention this only because my schedule will inevitably change. I will continue to write (and for now, edit), of course. And I will try to remember to post this Jounal each day. If I happen to miss a day now and then, just know I’ll be … Read more