Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Late Winter Special

Now through the end of March  get half off the ebook version of Six Guns Straight From Hell 2.  That's for the Smashwords edition and only from smashwords. Just go to the link below, then use coupon code   AH54S    Heck of a deal!!!


I note all of the spring products showing up in the stores, although they say there's less imported crap from China than usual due to the slowdown at west coast ports.  It's always funny looking at lawn chairs when there's a blizzard outside.  In the mountains of Colorado there is plenty of winter still to go. We had about a foot of snow just yesterday.  Kind of makes me wish I had one of those Hawaiian print shorts to run around in about now.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Taking inventory

People encounter various things in life.  Some people encounter various paranormal phenomena. In my own case, I've never seen a Sasquatch.  I've never seen a flying saucer.  I have encountered ghosts.  And I have seen ball lightning. There are still people who don't believe ball lightning exists.  In fact, I think there's more resistance to ball lightning than ghosts.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


I found a quarter yesterday.  Finding money, even modest amounts, always makes me happy.  What I can't seem to figure out is why I only find pennies  and quarters. I never find dimes or nickels--not ever.  I really don't understand why that is. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A funny thing happened on the

This blog has a certain number of regular viewers and a few intermittent ones. There's an average of about 50 views per day.  So, I was simply blown away yesterday when the views ran just shy of 500. I have no idea why it spiked like that. I was rattling on about boiler rooms.  I suspect most of the folks were looking for something else and will not likely be back.  Oh well, that's what I do. It's called "Rants & Raves" for a reason.  I rant and rave about stuff.   I've been doing this for some time.  This is my 890th blog post. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Boiler Rooms

I just did my taxes.  One development last year was there were no contributions to charity at all.  That was not entirely because I'm cheap.  No, it was the inevitable evolution of things.  Let me explain. I hate boiler rooms.  There's been a trend in recent years for more and more charities to use boiler rooms, as they're never content with what you give them. Thinking they can bludgeon more money out of you, they hire boiler rooms to call you and bother you.  Now, my practice has always been that any charity that calls me begging for money is forever banned from getting another dime.  And since it seems all charities I've had any interest in have resorted to hiring these obnoxious people to call me at all hours, well the inevitable has happened. There really aren't any charities in good favor with me anymore. These places calling me will never get another dime as long as I live. I'm not entirely sure how they get my phone number, but that's another story for another day. 

To ad insult to injury, they never stop calling, either.  It doesn't matter how many times you tell them to stop calling you, they just keep on calling.  The local public TV station burned their bridges about 4 years ago yet they still have some boiler room call me constantly.  They'll never stop.  They'll also never get any money.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fickle Fickle

As you all should know by now, I've done a few things in the genre of steampunk.  I've long considered steampunk to be a rather fickle market.  But it's a fun genre to work in.  I've been doing a few airship tales lately.  I found it interesting that very few of my coworkers have any idea what steampunk is--not even the rudimentary version of a bunch of people running around in goggles.  Anyway, I hope to soon announce a new steampunk airship novella.  I'm excited about it.