Saturday, October 10, 2015

weather gripes

Well, they're saying it's going to warm up over the next few days.  Around here the leaves have all turned color and it's been getting rather chilly at night. That's the nature of the seasons. Still, I kind of would like a few more warm days of summer.  

I've been getting my car ready for winter--new anti freeze and that sort of thing.  But the nice weather would let me get a little touch up painting done before the snow flies.  I really do wonder why I live in a ski resort.  We have such horribly long winters.  As I get older, I find winter just seems less agreeable that it once did.  I'm not ready to pack up for Florida just yet, but a little less brutal winter would be nice. Denver is actually much warmer than where I live up in the mountains.  So, if we get a slight reprieve from Mother Nature, I will relish in whatever warmth she allows us. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Anthology

Heat of the Midday Sun is a new anthology edited by yours truly.  It's now available on Amazon in print and the ebook should be out next week.

There are all kinds of heat. Heat searing down on a witch on the great plains. Heat as a Native American gunfighter takes on Chinese assassins with magical powers in an extraordinary supernatural gun fight. Heat as the ghosts in a haunted town enjoy hanging soldiers. Heat as Pinkerton men hunt down a fugitive on the Mexican border–but who's their client? Sizzling stories of the weird west by David Boop, Joel Jenkins, Lyn McConchie, John Howard, C. J. Killmer, Sam Kepfield, Laura Givens, J. A. Campbell & more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Well, what would happen if you got a card with a turkey on it and  Thanksgiving was scratched out and  Halloween was written instead in crayon?

I got such a card last year.  I was a bit baffled by it.  To me a homemade card would've been more to the occasion than an altered card because someone couldn't be bothered to send the correct card. No card at all might've even been preferable.

Of course, if something like the turkey below showed up at my door on Halloween, I'd actually be kind of scared.  It's all how you look at things, I guess.

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 5, 2015


Ah, autumn has arrived.  The yellow and orange leaves are everywhere.  They're all over my car.  They're piling up on my porch.  It seems they're just about everywhere.  I hate this time of year. Those damned leaves are driving me crazy.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

My posting at the Writers Association Halloween Haunts is up.

go to
click on Halloween at the top of the page

Friday, October 2, 2015

The case of the missing chocolate milk

I enjoy a cold glass of chocolate milk now and then.  That's not typically a geezer drink. Most folks think it's a kid drink.  I don't care.  My problem is not all chocolate milk is created equal--not by a long shot.  The local store used to have an organic chocolate milk that I took a liking to.  About a month ago this stuff vanished.  The store doesn't have it anymore.  Most of the available chocolate milk has corn sweeteners and other questionable additives that I don't want.  I'm a discriminating drinker of chocolate milk.  So I haven't had any for a while.  Today I'm going to the store. I'm sure I'll be looking at an empty shelf.  I don't really know what is going on, but there seems to be a shortage of organic milk products.  Maybe I'm not the only geezer who's buying the stuff.  Of course, I'm not buying it, but I sure want to be buying it.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Halloween Haunts 2015

Every year the Horror Writers Association runs Halloween Haunts on their blog and Facebook sites. Some of the members put up essays on Halloween or horror and you can even win free stuff.  It runs all through October and, best of all, it is completely FREE. Check it out--unless you're afraid.

My listing is slated for October 4th this year.
Halloween Haunts 2015