Monday Musings: A Bit of This, A Dash of That

Nothing really major to report. The world is moving along, the days are longer, and we are having some very Spring-like weather. I have some garden plants starting in the basement on the new heat mats. They seem to be doing their job. It’s been about a week and I have a few seedlings poking up. I also set up the greenhouse cover on the 8×2 foot raised bed box under the deck, added more soil and a bit of peat to fill in what was lost last season, and planted some spinach seeds. Nothing sprouting yet, but they have only been there a couple days. It’s warming up nicely in there according to the temperature probe. A few more early cool weather seeds will get planted this week. Looking forward to having some home grown greens and such soon.

We are trying a modified keto low carbohydrate diet here. It’s mostly to help the BaldMan get his blood sugar back under control. It went all out of whack when he was in the hospital back a month or so. I am doing it, too, because it’s easier if we are both eating the same things and I doubt it will hurt me. I certainly can benefit from the healthier eating and the weight loss that is supposed to be part of this diet. It’s had a great effect on his blood sugar so far, so that’s a good thing. A bit hard to tell on the weight thing since it appears we may need a new scale. Ours has been all over the place with weights lately, including a four or so pound difference within twenty minutes or a half hour. That seems a bit odd. And it’s been happening to both of us. We have had that scale for a long time, so it may be time to retire it.

On the writing front, I am moving along with the flash collection, working on one new story per week. The draft of Yo-Yo Files 3 is moving forward. Slowly, but moving. And I am working on redesigning the covers for the first two because what is there now is pretty bad.  Once I have the third story mainly done, I will likely do a re-launch of the first two with new covers. And maybe a discount? Or a giveaway? Or both? Hmmm. That’s a bit of a way off yet, so there’s time to decide.

Oh, a question. I am thinking of trying bullet journaling. I need something to help me get all the branches of my life into some sort of order. Do any of you lovely folk do this? What do you use? My preference would be an app I could use on both computer and phone rather than a physical journal. I have found that keeping the “stuff” I carry around to a minimum is better overall, and I normally only carry my keys and phone. If you’ve tried the system and have any advice, please let me know. If you’ve tried and didn’t like it, I’d be interested in knowing that, too. Thanks!!

And that’s all the news there is for now. Have a lovely week.


Two's Company small thumbnailMedusa “Deuce” Grainger is smart, confident, and as good a pilot as she is a poker player. A freelance shuttle jockey working for an independent terraforming company, she’s left her former life, and her father, behind. Mostly.

Now, her AI has downloaded another Personality off a wrecked ship, and he’s acting oddly ever since. Someone wants to sabotage her friend’s company out of business, evidence of tampering is being corrupted, and people have died.  With an investigation looming that could shut down the company and cut off her main source of income, it’s up to Deuce to figure out what’s going on, and how all the pieces fit the puzzle. Along the way, she reconnects with an old friend and discovers someone is stalking her. Deuce will need to connect all the dots fast, because more lives are at stake than anyone suspects.

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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.




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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.
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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.