Tag: news and views



Whenever I’m alone I’m thinking,
there’s a part missing from my life.
Wonder where I’d be without your love
holding me together now I’m
watching the time tick, tick away.

Jet City Woman.
Got to find my way home to her.
Jet City Woman.
I see her face everywhere I look!
Jet City Woman.
Just a thousand miles and I’ll be there
Jet City Woman, to make the clouds go away.
Time for some blue sky!

–Queensryche, Jet City Woman (video below)

I’m flying again in the morning.  Not a terribly early start, but it will still put a slight dent in my Saturday.  :)

We’re headed for Pristina, Kosovo.  This kind of flight is what we call an “out & in”, which means I’ll be home again tomorrow evening–unless we run into weather like we did on Wednesday.

But you know it’s hard for me to complain.  I enjoy flying, and I know I’ll miss it when this good deal finally ends.  The person who really gets left holding the bag when I have to leave–on the weekend especially–is my better half, Furnacegirl.  She’s often on her own to take care of the kids and housework and a thousand little chores.  What with my writing and the daydreaming and the constant distractions, it’s a wonder she puts up with me!

But she truly is one in a million, and even though it feeds a part of my soul to fly away over the horizon, or feeds another part of my soul to detach myself from reality for awhile to dream up a fictional world, I’ve found that there’s always a part left behind, no matter how distant I am.

Needless to say, I couldn’t go do my job (at least without losing my mind) if I didn’t know there was someone I trusted implicitly keeping the home fires burning.  For every crazy writing idea she listens to, for every wild anecdote I have to share just this minute, for every raving lunatic scheme I conjure about our future, she’s there with a smile and a steady hand on the wheel.  And I love her for it.

Furnacegirl, I love ya babe! You’re my Jet City Woman!

Sorry.  πŸ˜€  Got carried away.  How ’bout we say enough of the dime-store romanticity (yes it’s a word!) and get down to business?  πŸ˜€ 

I had a relatively good week on the writing front.  After my long lay off, my unused writing muscles are starting to flex back into shape.  I banged out some #REN3 work, and I have a few flash fiction pieces to throw up next week and get your thoughts on.  And it’s a bit of a race against time since we head for Paris on Friday, but I think I can get it all done.  πŸ˜›

So, perhaps I should get off Blogger and go do some writing?  Waddaya think?  Well, here’s some News & Views that have been piling up to keep you entertained in the meantime.  And a nice video to follow…




Finally, to ready you for the weekend, some groovy 80’s Rock to usher in the good times!  Have a rockin’ weekend!

Boy, this weekend flew by!  And today too!  So much to do, so much to do.

How you doin’?  πŸ˜€  Have you been writing?  I’ve been doing some–and happy with where I’m headed.  We’ll see how long that lasts.  πŸ˜€

So, without further adieu, your



Have a fine writer’s day!  πŸ˜€

Dateline: September 22nd, 2011

I, for one, welcome our new typewriter-looking-robot overlords…:D

As I continue to consider the place of my blog in the world, I am arriving at a few conclusions.  The overall gameplan–both for my fiction production and for this blog–is still taking shape.  But one feature I think I’m going to add is a “News & Views” post, several times a week, posting significant fiction, publishing news–and contests!

I’m starting small, with a few links to get the ball rolling.  Eventually, I’ll probably add a sidebar listing significant items–but more to follow on that.  Suggestions and comments are encouraged.  Enjoy!




  • Sixth International Aeon Award 2011 (Short Fiction.  Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. Wordcount: any).  Submit by September 30th.
  • The Bland to Grand Flash Fiction Contest (Genre: any. Wordcount: ~500 max). Submit by September 30th.
  • Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction (Genre. any. Wordcount: 6000 max).  Submit by October 31st. 
  • 16th Annual Oklahoma Literary Arts Festival Flash Fiction Contest (Genre: topic-driven, see link.  Wordcount: 150-300).  Submit by November 3rd.

Have a groovy groovy day!