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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Ancient Dread Gazebo

Here's my take on this particular critter, inspired by a recent Twitter conversation with user @carl_vanderpool.

(For those out there not familiar with the story, here's a link to it.)

Apparently, the dread gazebo had already been statted but I decided to add a little something to the creature. Gazebos always conjured up images of small towns and Fourth of July celebrations for me so I figured this variant would somehow use barbershop quartets and marching bands.


The Ancient Dread Gazebo


The ancient dread gazebo resembles a ornamental wooden pavilion structure sometimes found in stately gardens. But the actual dread gazebo itself is a creature rumored to have evolved from the darker regions of the Feywild. One source claims the first dread gazebo was brought to life by a coven of green hags as a guardian for their secret garden.




Up next, the Death Salad.



(stat block created with D&D Monster Maker thanks to @Crit_Chat)

(photo: By TheCatalyst31, CC BY-SA 3.0, from Wikimedia Commons)


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cover Art Gun Follies #3


I would think a soldier oughta know better...

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sample Post

As you can see, this is a sample post.

Simple, really.

A simple sample post.

Simply that.

No, really. Don't try to read anything into it. Nothing between the lines. Except spaces.

I digress.

It's simple.

Really. 

Simple.

Really simple.

Let me just impress unto you how simple it is.

Only that.

Simple.

....

What's that over there...?






Thursday, June 7, 2018

Musicalities

Head over here to find a few fun ditties for your listening pleasure.

And keep an eye on the page for new ditties to come.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

On David Eddings

David Eddings passed away nine years ago today.

A day after he passed, I wrote this about the man and about the books he left behind. In particular the ten books known as the Belgariad and the Malloreon.

And then in 2014, I wrote this post about "comfort reading" and the book (or books) that term covers.

Yep. The Belgariad and the Malloreon.

I re-link to those two posts in honor of Mr. Eddings.

Thank you, sir, for your stories.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cover Art Gun Follies #2

Continuing with our little showcase...


Sorry, Holmes.

Keep your bloody finger off the bloody trigger unless you are ready to fire.

Don't be a wanker.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cover Art Gun Follies #1

I've written before about gun use in fiction, especially when they've really screwed it up (I'm looking at you, Stephen King).

The other day, whilst combing through my previous bloggerings, I came across these two posts from the mists of time, and that sparked an idea for a bloggy feature. I thought I'd point out all the stupid ways cover art will screw up gun use. Particularly, their obsession with fingers on triggers, an obsession which really bugs the hell out of me.

So here we'll begin a new blog feature I'll call Cover Art Gun Follies.

We begin with this little number...






Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Progress Notes: A Look In The Hopper


Okay, Gang. Here's how things look on the Projects Front...

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #401
Plotting stage.

Steampunk Pulp Adventure Yarn
Worldbuilding and background work as done as it'll get. Plotting stage. I already have fun bits partially worked out.

Bay City PD Story
Preliminary opening down. More plotting to do, possibly a bit more character background work.

Military SF Yarn
Taking another look-see. Possibly tweaking. Will have to go back to my stack of notes.


And there you go, Gang.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Women With Weapons Wednesday...Whaaaaat?

Oh, sure!

Women With Weapons Wednesday.

I wrote about doing this way waaay back, in this post about bloggy goings-on.

Basically the idea is this: Since I tend to write about ass-kicking women who wield a wide variety of lethal implements, I figured I'd showcase such women on the blog.

Ergo, the Women With Weapons Wednesday series.

And there you have it.

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Alex Danvers"

Alex Danvers - Supergirl

Monday, April 30, 2018

In Which We Update

Just some update-y things going on around here.

I've just reworked the header graphic and rejiggered my author photo.

The serial continues with Part 5 of "Showdown." Go check that out here.

I've also retooled the Patreon page to encompass ALL my writing. I hope you'll be able to join and support my work. There will be some really cool bonuses and behind-the-scenes stuff I'll be providing for patrons-only so go check it out.

With the retooling of the Patreon page I have added the Patreon Wall of Fame here at the blog. My Patreon supporters get to be featured here. You, too, can join their ranks by going to the Patreon page to sign up.

And I've gone ahead and set up a GoFundMe page after a recent Life Event kinda' kicked me in the groin. You can read about that at this link and perhaps, you might be able to kick in a few coins.

So lots of changes underfoot as well as some projects on the horizon. I've got a steampunk-style story and a NCIS-style story involving cyborg detectives both in the planning stages. Possibly one or two others that are, well, let's just say they're getting another look-see. And also the next episode of KAT AND MOUSE. Lots of things in the hopper. I'll be back to posting Progress Notes on those so follow along. It'll be a hoot.

At the same time (of course at the same time) I'll be trying to figure out what to do with my Author Facebook Page. I have one but it's been "unpublished" for a while since I hadn't done anything with it since 2015. I'll continue to ponder. If you have any ideas, of if you're a fellow author who has a Facebook page and have suggestions, feel free to pass them my way.

And don't forget, I'm on Twitter, too. You can see what kind of shenanigans I get to over yonder.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Patreon Redux

I have decided to revamp my Patreon campaign to encompass ALL my fictioneering.

Point your browsers thither. Or click the link over on the right-hand sidebar.

(Yes, thither is so a word.)

All the deets are on the new page.

Tell your friends. Boost the signal.

There will be sci-fi/fantasy pulp yarns to come.

Monday, April 23, 2018

ICYMI: The Ladies are back!

The Ladies returned on April 2nd for a new escapade. We are currently at part 4 of "Showdown."

Head on over to the serial site to read the latest installment.

And to catch up on the previous installments.

Monday, March 26, 2018

More Cyberpunk Pulp Goodness

The Ladies return on April 2nd for more cyberpunk pulp action.

Mark your calendars and "tune in" for all the fun.

You have a week to catch up if you're behind. Head over to the archives and start reading now.