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Writing when you ain’t feelin’ it

I’ll start with a confession: I don’t feel like writing a blog post today. I really want to work on my novel, but I haven’t done my second blog post for this week, and I know I need to maintain…

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September Status and the October Plan

Hi all! Sometime this weekend, the calendar gnomes pulled a fast one on me and changed the month to October. The weather up here dropped about ten points, we got a little rain, and my oldest boy got a job…

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Well, it looks like I’ll be getting a PS4…

I just saw this and I thought I’d share:   Oh, bloody hell. Like I didn’t have enough distractions. The 2010 game, Red Dead Redemption, caused quite a stir at the Thrakka Ranch. I love westerns, and I lusted for…

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The NFL Takes a Knee

Warning, some mild cursing may follow. The sentences that most consistently rouse me to to anger fit a particular form. If they were Mad Libs, they’d go, “As a <noun>, I find <noun> <adjective>.” For instance, “As a <turkey>, I…

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My Weekend and Random Thoughts

Hey folks, I attended my first writer’s conference this weekend. Such an interesting experience! Sadly, I didn’t get any photos, but let’s face it, pictures of a bunch of writers aren’t gonna catapult my blog to the top of the…

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Review – Death Note (The Netflix Version)

Who wouldn’t want consequence-free power of life and death? I don’t see a lot of you raising your hands. But, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, is there? No, my friends, there isn’t. Everything has consequences. In the…

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Book Review – The Deep Blue Good-by – John D McDonald

I don’t remember when I read my first Travis McGee novel. It was either while I was in the Navy or shortly after I got out. All I remember is how I got hooked on the things, inhaling them one…

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Another Harvest Post – Crabapples

So, we spent the afternoon picking apples from our orchard (which currently stands at one fruit-bearing tree). Here’s our haul: And that’s after the local elk herd took their share. I never knew a single tree produced this much fruit….

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Giving Well

Of all of humanity’s positive traits, and there are a few, charity might be the most important. Our ability to reach out and help, especially when we do so anonymously and without expectation of receiving something in return, is at…

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Why I quit reading comics – The Death of Superman

I still remember my first comic book. I think I was five or six years old. My grandparents came to visit from Nebraska and when it was time for them to leave my Dad got up early to take them…

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