Monday, June 22, 2015

 Faith, Hope, and Love can work wonders,

but ruby slippers never hurt, either.

Just got back from a trip to the land of Oz. Specifically, from Kansas and a visit to the Wizard of Oz museum in Wamego, KS. Go ahead. Look it up. Or I'll help:

This is an amazing collection of memorabilia that is a Must See for any Oz fan. Not just movie stuff, but interesting things about Frank Baum, the books (all of them, all 40 or so), those who wrote the "other" books (not the original 13 by Baum) -- in short, lots of interesting stuff.

And let's not forget the Oz Winery, just down the street. Also a good spot to stop. I scored some Flying Monkeys Wine and Can't Find My Way Home White (sampled and they were good).

So go ahead, click your heels and take a trip down the yellow brick road. You won't regret it!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Faith, Hope, and Love can work wonders

but ruby slippers never hurt, either.

You know, sometimes you need that little something to get you past the problem. Sometimes it's just a bit of a push, or maybe ruby slippers.

I decided this year to tackle the dreaded Promo beast. I'm doing a few things here and there to see if anything helps. I'm doing a GoodReads giveaway of my first Deadly Landscaping book. Details are here if you care to enter.

Will this be my "ruby slippers"? I'm not sure, but I'm really curious to find out!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Drive carefully --

-- it's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

{start winter peeve}

You there, you driving that big-ass monster SUV or truck or behemoth on the road. Quit tail-gating me. I'm doing a reasonable speed for the road conditions. There's not just a slight coating of snow, there's inches of snow. Trust me. It's slippery out here. I know this road and I know where it can turn to ice. So get off my butt. You have 4-wheel drive. You don't have 4-wheel stop.

{end winter peeve}

Enough said.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Everybody is ignorant ...

... only on different subjects.

This one seems so obvious until you really think about it. We all have a blind spot, a Thing We Don't Get.

Mine is popular culture. I have no idea who Kim Big Butt is or how she's related to whoever and why people care. The same is true for most music people unless they were born in the 1940s and 1950s.

But I can tell you about the history of comic books in America, and discuss American Realism and Naturalism in fiction, and also help you troubleshoot your computer.

Some people can tell you how to game the system and get something for nothing. A dubious talent, but a talent, nonetheless.

It's all in how you look at it, right? We're all ignorant, and we're all smart -- just in different spots.

But when I see pictures of Miss Big Butt, I do have to wonder, I admit....

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An optimist thinks this is the best possible world.

A pessimist fears this is true.

I prefer to be an optimist this year. I chose my yearly word -- a far more difficult thing than it should be, I suppose.

I wanted to aim for "positive", "enthusiastic", "easy-going" -- something to indicate (to me) that things just won't throw me for a loop.

I finally settled on "upbeat". ♪ Always look on the bright side of life ♪ That's what I'm going to do. The reason for this?

The Dreaded P word.

I'm spending 2015 on promotion. I vow to actively promote my books and see, once and for all, if it makes any damn difference in sales.

I shall report back in with my findings later. Hopefully, in one year.

Must stay upbeat. Must stay upbeat.....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

When she saw her first strands of gray hair

...  she thought she'd dye.

Sorry. Couldn't resist the pun.

I have a few strands (or more than a few) of gray, and I've never consider dying my hair. Mainly because it's a pain to keep up (constant re-application of chemicals), it's expensive, and who am I fooling anyway? I'm a Lady of a Certain Age. Why hide it?

Of course, I haven't really figured out a good hairstyle yet, and I'm in my Golden Years. So I guess that tells you my attitude toward personal beauty. It is what it is. I'm not going to sweat it too much.

Or at all.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I don't have a soluton...

... but I admire the problem.

Doesn't this happen sometimes? You see a problem, and are totally stumped about a solution. Like, oh, world peace. You think it should be easy. But then there are economic factors to consider. Let's face it, a large part of the economy is war-based. And cultural issues. Are people ready for peace?

That reminds me of Childhood's End, a great story by Arthur Clarke. The way to prepare a culture for a change is to start with the children. Of course, his solution was a bit draconian, but it really was an interesting way to consider alien takeover of earth.

It's a rather depressing book, but it's also thought-provoking. The best kind, I guess.

So yes, I admit there are problems. And some are so big we can't even start to chip away at them. But you know ... start small. There might be a solution there somewhere.