Running From the ‘Rona

Running From the ‘Rona

It’s officially here. The Coronavirus has invaded our home like a bad house guest. It took up residence in my wife’s respiratory system and now she’s sequestered in our guest bedroom. I, on the other hand, am dodging it like a deadbeat trying to...
Pillow Fights and Couch Forts

Pillow Fights and Couch Forts

The world is stealing my ideas. Okay, technically I didn’t invent the Professional Pillow Fight League, but it does sound exactly like the sort of nonsense I would put in one of my stories, right? In previous novels, I came up with the Future Carnies of America,...
Death Cooties & Alluvial Deposits

Death Cooties & Alluvial Deposits

A while back, I proposed that we needed to rename COVID. I felt “Mandalorian Death Cooties” was a much better title. It sounds exotic and menacing. COVID sounds like either the rec center at a small private college or the answer to some calculus question I...
My Brain Has a Gremlin

My Brain Has a Gremlin

I think my brain has a gremlin. And that might not be a bad thing. It’s helped me come up with some good story ideas. One of those is available for the first time today! More on that in a moment. First, did you see the movie Gremlins? Every time one of the nice...
Traditions

Traditions

Are there any holiday traditions that you think are dumb? (I know I’m entering dangerous territory here, so if I offend you pretend this message came from John Grisham.) For me, it’s outdoor live nativity scenes. I was invited to be part of one once, and I can’t think...
Joy Mongering

Joy Mongering

Recently, in a moment of madness, I clicked on a headline for some political squabble. One side was accusing the other of fear-mongering. That got me thinking, is there a good kind of mongering?  Let’s face it, mongering gets associated with all the...