Monday Musings: Animal House

No, not the movie. Just some random recent stuff from here at the Kropphold.

A new dog park opened up in the next town over. We took Mr. Lambeau there on Saturday. It’s nice. They did a good job planning and building it. There are a few things left to do, but it’s open and people are using it. When we got there, there were quite a few dogs in there. They all crowded the gate when the new guy arrived. It was amusing. About eight muzzles all lined up, waiting for us to come in. One couple was there with four American Eskimos- pretty dogs, and all very friendly. At one point, I thought one of the females was going to climb up in my lap! And there were also two huskies, including a big male. Also freindly, thought Diesel, the male, wasn’t quite as into playing as Lambeau is. Everyone had fun, even though it was hot. We didn’t stay too long because of the heat. Here’s a picture from play time:


That’s Lambeau, bringing up the rear!

And one more picture, from this morning. You see what I have to put up with?


Yeah, that’s our Siamese, Cookie, face down in my coffee mug. Rude.

Here’s to another nice summer week!

And remember, my books are all on sale until the end of the month at Smashwords. The shorts are free and the novel and short story collection are half price. Please enjoy, and write a review if you do!


Coming in December 2018: Two’s Company, a sci-fi novel in the space opera tradition. Artificial intelligence, corporate plots, spaceships, a heroine with an attitude. More details soon!

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



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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

Five and Daemonthumb

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.