Look What I Found!

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My wife and I were doing some cleaning and reorganizing of things in the living room, and behind the couch was a box. My wife opened the box and said, “I’m guessing these are yours.” I asked what was in the box, and she machine gun tossed a group of books to me. Conan the Avenger, Conan the Buccaneer and Conan the Usurper, all by Robert E Howard. Also in the group was the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Conan Born on the Battlefield. Rounding out the pile of reading material was The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

This was a treasure trove find for me. For those who do not know, Robert E Howard is my all-time favorite author and The Road is the best novel I have as yet read, and that’s saying something.

After this discovery I’m in a writing mood!

Pending Upgrade

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Some of my blog readers have asked as to when I am going to post the stories I have promised. I have a handful ready to go and at least one that needs to be completed. All I’m waiting on is the opportunity to upgrade to a domain name, and that requires money. Hopefully, after my older son comes home from Australia and his religious mission, I’ll be able to afford the upgrade to my blog and be able to purchase the rights to said domain name.

If I post my tales before the domain name is secured, those stories will belong to WordPress, not me. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love WordPress, but I want to have claim over my stuff. So, please be patient. The stories will be posted soon enough.

By the way, I plan on creating a “shared universe” kind of thing with my stories. I have a handful of major players who will reluctantly share the spotlight, kind of in a “Game of Thrones” kind of way, for lack of a better description. I say reluctantly because none of these folks want to give up their time center stage.

Early Winter?

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Well, according the Farmer’s Almanac and some of the old timers I know, we just may experience a early, colder-than-normal winter.  I’m wondering if any of this will be brought on by the hurricane season?

Recently I posted on Facebook about the fact I’m ready for college football and the weather to go along with it.  A good friend and retired coworker told me I could stick that cold weather up my butt.  I had to explain I was ready for late-October temperatures, NOT winter weather.  She understood my sentiment after that.  Unfortunately, we may not have much of a Fall season this year.  Fall is my favorite time of the year, mainly because here in Texas we get to enjoy cooler temperatures after a usually hot summer, (American) football, Halloween, Thanksgiving and leaves turning colors.  I’m not a polar bear.  I’m not a fan of winter.  Old football and wrestling injuries come back to haunt me and I just generally don’t like being out-and-out cold.

I guess Ned Stark was right.  Winter IS coming.

Just Walk Away

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“Just walk away.” Yep, that’s what Humongous said to Mad Max and the rest of the good guys in The Road Warrior regarding the gasoline in the refinery.

For those who don’t remember or may not have seen the movie, there was a gas shortage that made the fuel one of the most precious commodities on the planet. Well, folks, according to FEMA, thanks to Hurry Harvey, Texas gas stations may experience fuel shortages this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Now, I’m not saying to grab your shotgun, strap on a set of football shoulder pads and you and your dog jump into the last of the V8 interceptors to live out next weekend as a post-apocalyptic survivor. What I am going to say is you might want to buy yourself a large fuel container and stock up on a few extra gallons of gas to get yourself and your loved ones through the potential rough patch.

Oh, and get yourself a box or two of shotgun shells while you’re at it if so behooves you.

Allegiance

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I was in my local Wal-Mart this morning to pick up some photos my younger son and I dropped off yesterday for developing and I was perusing the men’s t-shirt department and I got the bright idea to see what it would cost to create my own t-shirt design featuring the Chaos Star so I could visually pledge my allegiance to the Ruinous Powers.

I walked around adding up in my head what it would cost to get all the supplies and I eventually decided that with a blank shirt, paint, letter stencils and so on and so forth, I would only save $3 compared to what I would spend by ordering an already printed one off the internet. Granted, if I went ahead and created my own, it would quite likely be a one of a kind, but that’s not at the top of my priority list. There’s too many things to do right now before I take time to make a t-shirt I really don’t need.

In That Kind of Mood

 

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Ok, here’s the deal, y’all. I’m in a mood for some rain. I know, I know, if I really want rain, why don’t I just go to the Gulf Coast and get in on some of Hurricane Harvey’s action? Well, I’m only off for two days and I don’t want to die just yet.

Anyway, the reason I want some rain is to set the mood for some inspiration for a story I’ve been trying to write for a few months now. Imagine it’s raining. Hard. Late at night. You and your hombres are out there in it . . . waiting. Something is headed towards your position, but you don’t know quite what it is yet. All you can see is something, lots of somethings, darting just out of eyesight when the lightning flashes. You can’t hear any sounds save the rain and thunder. What are you going to do?

That, friends and neighbors, is the story I want to write and why I want a storm. If it doesn’t rain? Well, I’ll go to YouTube and pull up a rain video and turn it up loud. I also have some printed images of nighttime rain to look at.

Time to set the mood.