Monday Musings: New Toys, Spring Has Sprung (I Hope), and My Dumb Writing Mistake

We finally got some decent weather at the end of the week. Saturday was sunny and mid-50’s, and the week is supposed to be nice pretty much straight through. The raised garden box is out and full of dirt with the greenhouse cover over it. I put some of the started cool weather plants (still in their pots) in it for planting on Sunday. And I will get the seeds in that need to start now. We may see some greens and such yet!

I’m getting used to my new Pixel 2. I still have a little trouble typing on it sometimes, but it’s getting better. I basically like it. Still trying out versions some of the apps I needed to replace to find ones I like, but it’s only a few. Oh, and it works quite nicely as a phone, too! LOL

I also got a new computer. It’s a tiny thing and fits nicely on the back of my desk. I find it amazing that the little box up there at the top of this post is faster and better than my tower was!

Keeping with my long-time theme of naming my devices after characters from Katherine Kurta’s Deryni series, this on is Jebediah of Alcara, a good, noble fellow to have helping me out up here. It was pretty painless to set up and I was happy with that.

I had a little writing hiccup a week or so ago. I lost the current copy of my WIP. Still not sure what I did, but I didn’t have the revised copy I had been working on any more. I was about nine chapters in and had added almost 10K words. But I do work off a printed copy, so I did have all the notes and changes still there. I just needed to redo them. And then I found a text copy of a version that had a lot of the changes, and a few other things, already done. So, it has been just comparing the two, fixing what I needed to, and catching up. Which I did. And now, I am back to where I was before the dumb thing happened. Puts me behind a bit, yes, and I have had to redo the project schedules for the next few months, but, hey, stuff happens. Which I can say now. Then, it was a different story!

Wait, what’s that you ask? Backups? Oh, sure, those. Well, we do back stuff up on all the computers every night. So, why wasn’t that file in the current backups? As it turns out, you have to make the file (it’s on my Google drive) available to be backed up first. Heh. It is now, trust me. And is exported to a separate file on my computer and on a thumb drive every day when I quit working on it. Oh, yeah, it was dumb. I admit that. But I got things back on track, and I feel good about that much, anyway.

I have a Spring Sale going on at Smashwords for my short story collection. Now through May 6, you can get it for $1.00. Here are the details:

If you live anywhere near a pond or flooded area this time of year, you are probably hearing the peepers. Tiny frogs, gathering to sing and find mates, they are one of the earliest heralds of Spring. But what if those frogs are more than they seem? Their song might be more to some than just the courting ritual of common amphibians. Strange things are out there in the swamps, and Todd is about to find out just how different things are outside the city.

“Peepers” is just one of the stories in my collection, “Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy”, on sale for half price at Smashwords. Read about elves, wizards, imps, gangster angels, and, yes, frogs in this set of tales of magic and mischief.

Your coupon code will be deducted automatically when you buy at Smashwords. The sale runs for two weeks only, so get your copy now. And remember: the frogs are not what they seem.

Available now :

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. On sale now through May 6! 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.