Friday, July 18, 2014

Seductive Murder: A Short Story

I published another short story on Smashwords and Amazon today. Called Seductive Murder: A Short Story, it is ten years - to the day - since I wrote the first draft. 

I was going to publish it under a pseudonym ... It isn't my normal genre, though it is the possible beginning of a novel - I have the rudimentary plot in my head for it (and have had that plot for ten years, obviously) but I don't know if it is substantial enough to expound upon.

Here's the pitch:

A business trip cut short in an intimate moment. Heart attack? Well, yes, but... 
This is a short story, intended for mature audiences. Others need not apply.

Go grab a copy and review it. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jabberwocky Sequended

Years ago the poem Jabberwocky by that nutty Lewis Carroll grabbed my attention and held it long enough for me to write a sequel, where the boy who slew the Jabberwock managed to defeat the Jubjub bird.

I posted that Jubjub bird addition to my blog in June of 2011, where it received scant (or no) attention.

As the years pass me by I now think it time to finish my personal salutation to the impeccably bizarre Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (who also suffered from migraines). I actually put some thought into the new parts, so the Jubjub bird stanzas differ from my draft version. The Bandersnatch portion is entirely new.

Unlike my previous attempt, I strove to maintain the same syllabic count used in the original Jabberwocky. That took some doing. I actually had to use a spreadsheet to see the stanzas side by side. (Yes, for you Word people, I could have used columns, but then I'd not have room for syllabic count also!)

Yeah, I love spreadsheets

I shall endeavor to do some drawings (of my own, perhaps) and publish it as a short book. In case that doesn't happen, here is the Addended, Intended Sequel. Enjoy and feel free to comment!

With great homagility* to the original!

Jabberwocky Sequended **

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogroves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So he rested by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh, Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogroves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


Bright 'Twillig, and the slithy coles
Did lang and yunnle by the shore:
And sliet were the burrotoles,
wherever Owlettes did floar.

"Beware the JubJub bird, my lad!
For though the Jabberwock you slew,
Serrated beak and Talons grad,
Awaits a boy brave as you!"

He strapped his vorpal blade on back,
Upon bright chain and greaves he wore --
With the bait inside a burlap sack,
Jaunt to the scrathy shore.

As in the shoreward sea he splashed
the JubJub bird with wings arove
Down through the misty air it flashed
and flabbered as it dove!

A razor beak, the sack did snatch,
the knifely talons raked him sore.
At once the vorpal blade did catch -
The JubJub was no more.

Then healing wounds and severed wings
Among the feasts and dances grand.
While still the kingdom minstrel sings
the fight throughout the land.

Bright 'Twillig, and the slithy coles
Did lang and yunnle by the shore:
And sliet were the burrotoles,
when the Owlettes did floar.


Quite shillig, and the briny soles
Did sply and swamble in the sturf
Amid the twily funneroles
where rapscid anchove emburf

"Beware the Bandersnatch, my son!
Though the Jubjub bird you sundered,
For all its battles it has won
When lightninged and athundered!"

With vorpal edge upon his belt,
Midst the chaos sky he wandered.
After endless blue he crossed the veldt,
Toward his doom unpondered.

Amidst the Tumtum trees he slept,
'til Earthquake 'neath him sundered.
Aroused from slumber he then leapt,
Death around him Thundered!

Lightning blinded and Thunder struck!
The vorpal blade smote and parried,
With boundless heart and gracious luck,
Its blind eyes he carried.

The Jabberwock, the Jubjub bird,
and great the frumious Bandersnatch --
Strange beasts exist in measured word
And in dreamscapes they hatch.

Quite shillig, and the briny soles
Did sply and swamble in the sturf
Amid the twily funneroles
where rapscid anchove emburf

* Why, homage and humility, of course!

** Sequel, yet Ended

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Publish Yourself using Word

I published my next book yesterday! Already it sold two copies!

Here's the description:

Ever want to be an author? Turn your Word document into a booklet without any added expense.

Take your Word document and turn it into a professional-looking booklet.
This book covers all you need to know.
How to set your document up.
How to review it.
How to manage pictures in your document so they appear properly in your booklet.
How to turn your booklet into a PDF file.
How to add those final touches to make your new booklet get the attention it deserves.

This is an easy step by step guide to teach anyone to make their own booklet.

If you ever wanted to publish your own work, this is a great way to start.

You can find it on Amazon and Smashwords.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


I am not a Congressman. Sometimes I wish I were, but I think something happens to the good men and women who are sent to Washington DC by the people of this great country. I am afraid something changes them and they forget where they came from and what they were hired to do.

We usually say "elected," don't we? But think about that for a minute. We, the people of the United States of America, essentially hold job interviews and hire our Congressmen/women. We pay them a salary and expect them to do the job we hired them for.

Now I don't know about you, but if I were a boss and had an employee that didn't do what they were supposed to - well, I'd find a different employee.

Imagine this for a second. You're now part of the body of Congress and you have the chance to speak to your fellow delegates (your fellow employees of the USA citizens). Wouldn't you say something like this? I would.

There is not a person here who does not want a better, stronger United States of America. 

There is not a person here who does not believe he or she is doing what is best for the American people.

We might disagree what and we might disagree how.

We do not disagree where - here in the United States of America.

We do not disagree for whom - the American people, and we are their servants, not their masters.

We do not disagree why - for the betterment of this country, the people of this country, and, ultimately, the people of the world that we can help in humanitarian ways.

Yes, the problems are difficult, but we were hired to do a job, and we promoted our abilities to do so. We can resolve the problems if we work together.

No more infighting. We must find a way to get past ourselves and look for a shining future.

It's time to make this country better, not bitter.

One final word, and I'll end this odd post. If our Congressmen/women aren't doing what we need, they need to be replaced. They make good money. They need to earn it.