Monday Musings: A Walk in the Park (Sort of), Back to School for Pups, and Some Writing Related Stuff

Continuing our weekend walks with Lambeau, this week we went to Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster MA. Did you know that a drumlin is an elongated hill in the shape of an inverted spoon or half-buried egg formed by glacial ice? And that the word comes from the Irish word droimnin, meaning “littlest ridge”? I didn’t. So, these walks are not only good for our health, but they are educational, too!

It was very pretty. The day was really nice, a bit warm but not overwhelming, and the rain we got on Saturday dropped the humidity to a reasonable level. It’s a nice, easy walk up and down the hill, and through a wildflower meadow. The area abuts some farmland and has very lovely views.  Lots of pretty flowers, and some butterflies and birds were flitting about. You can see some of the pictures I took here:

Dexter Drumlin

The video is of Lambeau walking with the BaldMan, dragging his leash. I’ve been working on some dropped leash walking with him lately, and this was the first time out in a really public place with lots of space where I let him go somewhat on his own. He did well, and we only had to step on the leash to keep him from getting too far ahead a couple times. He listened most of the time when he was told to wait or come back. That was progress.

Speaking of Lambeau, he starts his Beginner Attention class tonight. This should be interesting. He hasn’t been to a class of any sort in a while, but I want to get him into Agility and maybe some other dog sports, and he needs to be more focused before that can happen. This class and the next one, Advanced Attention, are the ones the training center requires before the Agility class, so that’s what we are doing. I just hope he’s not so over-excited that he is disruptive.

Out in the wilds of our, uh, deck and under-deck, the herbs are growing like, well, the weeds they are, and I have cucumbers and tomatoes on those plants. One of the mini bell peppers is nicely ripened to a pretty red and will be going into a salad this week. The flowers are all thriving pretty nicely, and add a nice touch of color around the porch and deck.

In the writing cave, I am getting into an almost complete rewrite of an old project, and trying to work on one flash or short story each week. I also need to sit down and map out some long and short-term goals. Not that they will all stay exactly as planned, but I like to think that Jon Bon Jovi hit the nail on the head when he said: “Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” It’s good to have things to shoot for, and to know where you want to go, but you also need to be flexible enough to let change happen when it must. Practically speaking, I also need to get some wheels turning on works in progress and in other areas, as well. So, I will set aside some time this week to do just that.

With that, does anyone have experience with bullet journalling? I am considering trying it for some of the things I want to do. It looks like it could be useful, but I’d love some opinions, tips, or ideas from anyone who uses it, or something else that you like. Thanks!

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tn_Circle Unbroken Cover (eBook)

After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Learn more here




tn_Six of One

A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.




tn_Survival of the Fittest (Front Cover)

A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.





In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
Feed My People is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free. Learn more here


Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?

Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor.  Learn more here


Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.

Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.