In Search of the Bottle Size Fairy

In Search of the Bottle Size Fairy

Last week I went to Phoenix for Spring Training. If you follow baseball, you'll know that there was no Spring Training due to the player/owner labor dispute. I offered to help them settle it by officiating a rock/paper/scissors contest, but the league office no longer...

The Price of Stuff

The Price of Stuff

Prices are going up on everything. Gas, food, flamethrowers (I'll get to that in a minute) all cost more than they did a year ago. Last night I went to an Italian restaurant and they charged $5 for bread. For bread!  Remember when Italian restaurants practically...

Conspicuous Perching

Conspicuous Perching

Bird watchers are positively giddy with the news that the first-ever bat falcon has been spotted in the United States. If you read that and had to do a double-take, so did I. Until about 10 minutes ago, I had never heard of a bat falcon.  At first, I thought it...

Critics And Soap

Critics And Soap

Critics can be tough. Particularly when it comes to friends and family. That's why I don't ask people if they've read my books. If they like it, they will tell me. If they didn't, I know they will avoid the topic. So, why make us both feel uncomfortable, right? I've...

I Have to Write Something Now

I Have to Write Something Now

It's Tuesday morning. I've got a blog post & newsletter to get out. What should I write about?  <checks Facebook> Nothing funny going on there. Lots of people complaining about snow removal.  <reads snow removal post anyway> 20 minutes...

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, Beer...