Tattoo Friday

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A couple weeks ago, Facebook was kind enough to remind me of a post from a few years back. (Thanks AI Overlord… I guess…) I saved the pics to my desktop and have been meaning to post them here for poops and giggles.

This was one day when I was napping on the couch or something. (Which I never do–who’s got time for that?!) I specifically told the artist I wanted my tattoo to look like “an old black-and-white monster movie,” but this day the fam decided it would look better in color.

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Please ignore the hairiness and other unsightly features. 🙂

In other news, does anyone know jack shit about all these modern author-oriented cyber gadgets out there? Automating email, setting up a landing page for free book downloads, stuff like that? I’m a bit of a luddite and a savage and all this cyber shit that’s making everyone else rich just confuses me. 😦

I’m also hoping to start revising the second draft on Deus Ex Machina so it can be out by Christmas or New Years. I have kind of decided that I can’t bother with trying to write any new words for the rest of the year in order to get all this other stuff done. Doesn’t help to have book two of a series in draft form if you never get around to finishing it off.

Plus I need to figure out this internet thingie, plus a bunch of other things around the house I sill haven’t gotten done in the last 5 months. But my four-day weekend is actually a two-day, ‘cuz I have Navy Reserves this Sat-Sun, and Friday is already about gone. And Monday I really need to study up on taking care of cardiac patients. Geez, these civilian hospitals are full of sick people! In the Navy, everyone is young and healthy. It’s a bit of a learning curve.

But we bought some lottery tickets that are sure to free me from the day job tonight! C’mon baby, no whammies, no whammies, no whammies…!

Okay, enough whining from me! Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

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Weekend Update

A quick recap on the limited time events happening right now:


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Are you a fan of the sci-fi show Firefly?

I actually missed the show when it was on TV. I was living on a ship in Japan at that time. I didn’t actually discover the show until 2006 or 2007 when I was back in living in a small apartment in Ohio while in nursing school.

You can throw your name into the hat to win all the fabulous prizes shown here, and discover some great new science fiction authors at the same time! Just click here to find out more and register.

And don’t be shy about sharing with your friends!

Oh, I know it could decrease your odds of winning, but if they win you can still go over to their house and enjoy all the goodies anyway! So really, you’re increasing your odds by sharing!

And hurry! Because this giveaway ends on October 10th!


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Yes, another box full of goodies for you! And it’s not even Christmas yet!

Crystal Watanabe over at Pikko’s House has a subscription service for book lovers. Every month, they (read: you) get a new virtual box full of novels and stories delivered to you on the ether. And every month, there’s a new theme.

The theme for October: You guessed it, spooks and ghouls!

Hope over there now to see what all the screaming is about. Just click here.  

Any Firefly Fans Out There?

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Win a date with Nathan Fillion!

Just kidding. Sorry, ladies.

I missed Firefly when it was live on TV. I was on the USS Cowpens floating about the Pacific at the time. I had heard good things but by the time I got hoe, those ying-yang executives at Fox had canned the show.

I think I actually saw the movie Serenity before I saw the series.

Years later, when I was in living in a tiny apartment in Columbus and going to nursing school, I landed the entire series in a box set and discovered what I’d been missing.

And right now, for the legions of fans out there, there’s an epic giveaway featuring a cargo hold full of shiny prizes! 

The catch? You’ll be signing up to receive updates from science fiction authors who produce books you might just love to read. Not too shabby, eh? And you can unsubscribe anytime you want from them, if you want to.

Meantime, take a chance at winning the grand prize by clicking here!

 

 

Book Lovers’ Box: October Creep-Fest

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You may have heard of subscription services where you get goodies in the mail every month. You may even be a member of such a service! All you do it sign up and every month, like clockwork, you get a nice package chock full of goodies, all related to that month’s theme.

I’d heard of these but never signed up for any.

And, to be honest, I still haven’t. But if you’re a book lover, there is a virtual service like this especially for you.

It’s a digital box stuffed with stories and novels, coming to you every month. This month being October, the box is naturally brimming over with rotten corpses and cursed heirlooms!

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I’m talking about the Pikko’s House Book Lovers Box. There are literally thousands of happy readers signed up for this service, and you can join them. Just check out https://www.pikkoshouse.com/box/  Past themes include a mythology box, end of the world, sci-fi box, fantasy, romance… You name it, it’s a theme. This month not your thing? That’s okay. Take the goodies, share them with someone else, and wait for next month, when you’ll get a dozen or so books you do like!

I’ll let the curator describe it herself; she’ll do a better job than I can:

What is a digital subscription box?

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what a digital subscription box is. Think one of those cool curated subscription boxes you get in the mail, only this one doesn’t come in the mail, it comes via email.

You see, the thing about real subscription boxes is, while they’re fun to open, in the end they essentially amount to clutter (except for the delicious snack ones, cause you just eat those).

So instead of a physical box, I’m offering a digital box of fun things for people who love to read. Free ebooks, ebook deals, tips for writers and freelancers, book giveaways, extended versions of my webcomic, SimpleMarkup, that sort of thing. It’s still got that bit of a mystery surrounding it that’s so attractive in subscription boxes but without any of the physical downsides.

By signing up, you get access to the current box. Soon, I’ll also add archive pages for book-cover puzzles and comics. Join the fun!

As I said, October is Halloween themed: “Spooks and Ghouls.” And there’s 16 authors with horrible relics for you to enjoy!

  • Wicked Innocents by S.H. Livernois (ARC, limited to 80 copies)
  • Blood and Chaos by Bob Williams (99-cent series)
  • Between Life and Death: Dead Woman’s Journal by Ann Christy (free book)
  • Ruin: Kano’s Necromantic Comedy by Karl Radle (free review copy)
  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Box Set by J.L. Bryan (set of 3 free books)
  • Must Love Ghosts, Season 1 by Charity Tahmaseb (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater (99 cents)
  • Vitaortus by Dea Schofield (free novel)
  • Black Candle by by H.P. Bayne (BookFunnel freebie)
  • The Blood Singer by Patrick McNulty (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson (free series starter)
  • Infection by Philip Harris (free series prequel)
  • The Raventree Society, Episode 1 by J.E. Purrazzi (BookFunnel freebie)
  • The Secret Diary of Helen Blackstone by Michele Pariza Wacek (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Hungry Gods by J.D. Brink (free novel)
  • Hawk Hallow by J.D. Oliva (BookFunnel freebie)

Yeah, one of mine is in there too. 🙂

If you’re interested, hop on over and check it out. Some of those goodies come in limited quantities, so it’s first come, first served. Enjoy!

 

Vacation Reading 2018

Planetary Defense Command reads at a rate I only wish I could. And his opinions are probably pretty damn close to yours and mine!

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My wife and I recently returned from a hiking trip to Patagonia and the Andes.  I’ll try to do a vacation post later (although I still haven’t posted about last year’s vacation…), but today’s post is about the books I read on the flights there and back.

This year, I decided to read books written by fellow bloggers who I’m friends with online.  Fortunately, they all ended up being entertaining — I believe I rated them all four stars out of five at goodreads.

I’ll give a brief description of each book, but I’m also going to strain my brain and try to come up with something that might have pushed each one into five star territory for me.  I think that’s the kind of feedback I’d like from my friends if I were publishing my own stories.

Here are the books, in the order I read them:

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Penguin Space Ships!

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My family and I went to the Toledo Zoo this weekend. (Which, believe it or not, is probably one of the best zoos in the country, right here in little ol’ Toledo, Ohio.) In the Aquarium, along the ceiling, they had these really cool penguin… trash sculptures. I don’t know what else to call them. They are all made from recycled and reused materials. Mostly clothes hangers and kitchen utensils, from what I can see.

And not only do they make really nice penguins, but I think they make pretty cool space ships!

Take a look and see for yourself.

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