Friday, April 28, 2017

I’ve typed The End

For the 250-odd of you who routinely stop in every day, each is invited to participate as a beta reader for this third volume in my Shadow series. Give me a couple weeks to get this edited so typos won’t be annoying, and I’ll get you an e-copy format of your choice. I just want to hear if you liked it; were there elements that turned you off; if you didn’t finish, where was that and why. Drop me a note. (Link above.)

This is the draft short description:

An anti-romance, suspense . . . Bea Ruud’s escape from victim-self-pity is in the toilet and she’s starting over, with a titanium hip, her running and skydiving days over. Her stalker remains a threat. Family skeletons loom with her uncle mulling a run for governor—until he disappears, with Bea’s father. There are threatening men with guns, and international intrigue. With all the chaos, she has gentlemen showing interest in her, something she’s not accustomed to. With her life a shambles, why now?

And if you don't beta read for me . . . well at least buy my masterpiece next month. I could use a paycheck. 

And of course, tell three friends how much you liked it. No. five friends.

You support your NBA/, right? They're worth millions. I could use a good word.

- The Hermit Writer

Clovenhoof – Goody & Grant

This book IS NOT for everyone. The reader has to have a bit of a twisted sense of humor, and can’t be overly sensitive to things like tact, decorum, religion, taboo . . . well, just about any social construct. But this book is funny. Think, dead-baby funny. Well, maybe not that bad . . . but almost.

So the thing is, God has left heaven to the archangels and a few pious saints to manage, and they aren’t doing such a great job. They have egos, and agendas . . . go figure. Satan of all people might have some good ideas.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Memoir Recommendation / Texas History

A recommendation for you memoir and history enthusiasts.

It is really interesting to hear this gentleman’s description of his life in the late 1800s, between the Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso triangle. The language changes are intriguing, as is the distinction in culture in less than two hundred years. He summarizes in a few pages the coming of age of the Southwest, the railroad age, the evolution from pre to post civil war South, the ‘elimination of the Indian’. Yes…some is socially prickly. I found it particularly interesting to read about the home down, (El Paso, TX) ala 1881. 99 cents. Very worth a few minutes reading every night for tons of historical insight.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Molly - In Celebration

Please help me celebrate today the long, happy life of the best friend I've ever had. 

I wish I'd gotten into photography a long time ago...but in wouldn't have mattered, because my sweet Molly, AKA Molly bin Laden, AKA the Mollinator, didn't really slow down enough to catch her in a frame until around 2014. Keep in mind, this pup was born December, 2000. 

She lived a good life. Ate lots of snacks, got lots of belly rubs.

She will be missed.

2001 Valentine's picture with Dina

2001 March - the puppy gettin' to be a bundle

2001 December - 1 year old

As I said, Molly didn't slow down much...most of my shots of her were a blur.

2012 - She spent half of her life in some body of water

2013 March - I dragged her to the Desert Southwest
See her booties?

2014 Starting to show a little gray
(With her bud Lucy, who we lost in April 2016)

2015 May

2014 June

2014 June

2014 July

2014 July

2014 Oct

2014 Nov - now with half a left ear, after her mast cell was removed

2014 December - Even with half an ear she was gorgeous

2015 Feb

2015 Mar

2016 April

2011 Dec

2016 September

2016 December

2017 January

Molly, you created so much joy, initiated so much laughter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Morning Walk

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. Walked down to the river with Sissy this morning. Weather is awesome.

Did you catch "Triv on Guard?"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Have a Cover

Greetings from the Hermit Writer. I have a cover for my work in process. Now I have to get busy and finish the thing...stop tweaking the art.

Cover image by Federico Carranza Carvaja

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My First Motorcycle Outing

Greetings from the recovering Hermit Writer.

Managed a short ride with Sissy this Temple Terrace Park on the Hillsborough River. The river is down about three feet. We need rain.

You up to reading a short little fantasy?
Triv on Guard

Friday, April 14, 2017

What I'm Up 2

The Hermit Writer, here. The torn bicep is improving. Yeah. May still be a week or so before I'm out carrying a camera around. So what have I been up to? Working on Book 3 of my Shadows series, and playing with possible covers. I thought I had one...then decided it didn't have the gravitas I needed. So right now I'm looking at these two possibilities. One is my image. So probably can't be very objective.

What do you think? (L or R)

Monday, April 10, 2017

J. A. Konrath - TIMECASTER

This guy is the best known Indie author in America, so he doesn't need the shout out, but since I finished the I am.

This novel IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. You have to love SF. And you can't have an issue with vulgarity, profanity, or sexual context my mom would consider way over the line.

But the action is five star, as is the humor.

I picked this up when it was $0.00. It's gone up to $4.99 now. Oh well. It's all timing.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hoodlums in Their Gang Colors

Greetings from the hurting, Hermit Writer

Teddy (AKA Butthead)

Miss Sissy

Chillin in the Sunday rays

I love that heron in flight on Butthead's chest

(AKA Goofy)

"Doh, what?"

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fishin' at Black Lake - An Audio Short Story

My lovely wife helped me create an audio version of one of my favorite chapters in EXPIRING COVENANT.

Not a perfect copy...but the process gave me an idea what it will take to create my own audio book.

I hope you'll visit and give it a listen.