Monday Musings: Games, Poke, a Groundhog, Writing, and a Book for You

(Those of you not in the USA or who are not football fans can skip the first paragraph.)

This was kind of a weird weekend. We didn’t watch any football on Sunday. It was the Pro Bowl, and honestly, we gave up watching that one a few years ago. It’s just a big media foofra (yes, I made that up. I think.), and there is not much actual football watching. A lot of interviews and nonsense that gets shown over the game. Made for an odd sort of day since Sundays have been filled with football for months now. Superbowl is next weekend, so there is one last game (and commercials!) to watch, then we go into limbo until next season starts. I hope there are some good commercials this year. The past few have been a bit disappointing.

We have a new food obsession: poke. Yeah, the Hawaiian seafood thing. We went to OkiPoke before we saw the latest Star Wars movie a couple weeks ago, and wow, was it ever good. We’ve made our own here at home, have done takeout from OkiPoke, and are planning another poke meal this week. It all just tastes so fresh and light. Yummy!

Otherwise, the week has been slow. I did a bit of writing, some editing, and worked on rewriting some of the blurbs for my published stories. I am planning on doing some rewriting on all of them. I think they need a little work. Next thing in the pipeline is a collection of flash fiction. Twenty-four stories, half sci-fi, half fantasy, all under 2500 words. Yes, I know- that’s not really flash by strict definition, but work with me a bit here. They are all short, some are under 1000 words. A few have been published here on the blog, but most are new. I am thinking perhaps mid or late summer, but that depends on my actually finishing writing all twenty-four!

Oh, hey, Groundhog Day is next Sunday! You all know that the only groundhog that counts is Punxsutawney Phil, right? Hoping the sleepy rodent says early Spring this year. Whatever he shows, I am sure we are not completely done with Winter just yet.

And finally, a book recommendation for you: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig. I will be posting my full review on Friday, but if you like big, post-apocalyptic stories with some real-world aspects that are actually a little too close for comfort, this is one you should read. It’s huge, running about 800 pages, but it’s really good. It gets classed as horror a lot, and there are some gruesome parts but I am not sure I’d call it true horror. More sci-fi, I think. Supervirus, intelligent AI, bad guys with guns and bad attitudes, and some ordinary people who get swept up in what could be the end of the world. I really liked it.


The Demon’s in the Details, the third story in my urban fantasy series the Yo-Yo Files is now available.

Urban fantasy like the above not your thing? Well, I have science fiction and more traditional fantasy stories available, as well. Look here for all the deets on the above series and the rest of my published stories.