Back to the Pot

No, despite the lack of anything resembling a social life these days, I haven’t yet resorted to that. I’m still perhaps the squarest guy on the planet, and admittedly, thought someone was talking about cash when he offered to trade “Some green,” for tee shirts back in the comic book days. (True story.) Instead…

Welcome to the newest member of the arboreal family, an as-yet unnamed Key Lime tree that, according to multiple YouTube garden experts with a following, should actually fruit in a couple of years. Which, unlike other fruiting trees that would probably drive me crazy (I do not need a front yard full of rotting mangos or oranges), we’d be able to take advantage of.

Key Lime tree - a baby planted in a large pot.

Not that lime juice is terribly expensive, but…if I get this thing in shape and it starts fruiting the way other gardeners have shown with minimal effort? Yeah, be nice to be able to squeeze a bunch and have truly fresh lime juice for mixing with cherry flavor for the SodaStream.

Plus, another tree? More leaves? Just means that much more air cleansing going on here at Beagleville Manor. 

Supposedly, Florida will offer year-round lime production, and even though Key limes aren’t as big as ordinary limes  when ripe…they’ll be free freaking limes. No chemicals in the ground, no pesticides, natural fertilizer from scraps (and various foods Pam’s let spoil in the fridge…or on the counter. Ugh.). Yeah, I’ll take whatever comes. Well, not so much the thorns, that’ll be a bitch, but should do all right if I can get it to about 6 feet tall and just keep feeding the soil naturally.

I don’t mind having to drop an occasional bit of concentrated organic fertilizer (it’s saved the bamboo tree twice now), but the bigger up side is simply the lack of chemicals. Whatever we may get out of the fruit? I’ll be happy. It’s better’n nothing. Once he settles in, there should be a decent amount of growth to post pics of, so there’ll be updates in the not-too-distant future.

What about you guys? Anyone got new plantings going? Feel free to share pics, I’ll get Pam to describe ‘em to me.

Outpost 31 Says Farewell

Left: Cover to No Playtime for Amy; Right: Wilford Brimley in The Thing (1982)
Wilford Brimley in The Thing (1982)

No one associated with The Thing (1982) is in any way endorsing my ebook, let me make that clear. The reasons for the link, screen cap & clip are to show you why I patterned a character after Wilford Brimley. This film, and his performance, resonated when I first saw it at the Sunrise Multiplex with James Capo in 1982, and it still resonates with me today. In honor of that, I created the character in No Playtime For Amy, another grim tale of ‘survival’. Thank you, John Carpenter for one of my fave films of all time and thank you, Wilford Brimley for stealing all the scenes you did.

Wilford Brimley
Sept 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020

I threw the emergency brake on this week’s ebook release due to the sad death of actor Wilford Brimley at 85. I decided we’d hype the ebook with the Wilford character I created based on his performance in The Thing, and to announce the impending pull of that book from my Kindle page for a while. No, I’m not trying to capitalize on the guy’s death. This book has been out a while. If you have a copy, awesome, ignore this and wait 2 weeks and the next one’ll be up as promised.

If not… If you haven’t seen John Carpenter’s The Thing, go on Netflix or Hulu or wherever you stream your movies from, and even if you have to pay a couple of bucks, rent it. Make a big bucket of popcorn, turn the A/C on HIGH for a half hour, and then kill the lights and sit down for a great horror/sci-fi classic. If you want to read my ebook after that, I’m certainly not gonna complain. If you do, though, you’ll know why this character had to be Wilford Brimley. His look, his voice, his attitude. He’s Blair, that’s all there is to it.

Rest well, Wilford, thanks for many a great role and never disappointing in anything I caught you in.

No Playtime for Amy (via Amazon / Kindle)

Wilford Brimley, Blair, The Thing:

I have no idea how many services offer The Thing, but here’s a link. Enjoy the watch. (You’re welcome.): Amazon Prime

How Busy’s it Been Lately?

Already know the answer? If not, here’s a hint: That bag of incense cones wasn’t open until mid-June, and only because I was going through incense sticks in that same scent like they had an expiration date.

Also, my backup-backup office chair (yup, I’m the kind of writer who understands the need for two such pieces of furniture) is in trouble, and tomorrow I’m going to WalMart and Target to try and hunt down a stadium cushion—one of those squares you can bring with you to the ball game, in the hopes it’ll extend the life of this chair. I’ve known for almost 2 years that I need a new chair. My last one collapsed under me mid-keystroke. Pam learned it had been recalled, though we never got any notification (sure glad we always register our new office products, huh?), but now? Now it’s time, and all because in the las months, I’ve written a novella (I stopped guessing how much time I’d spent on it after the 300 hour mark) 2 original short stories, a couple of articles for Medium, and 2 reworks of older stories that had previously been published, but required some updates.  (Stories written prior to the existence of smartphones? Yeah, that’s a biggie…) So, roughly 50K words on those efforts, and currently another 4K into a new project that looked like it could be a short, but may fit better as a longer piece. Who knows? In pieces, may work as several short stories better than chapters, but, no rush. Pam’s already got plenty to edit and do cover designs for.  😊

If you didn’t know, ASHES, one of the pieces mentioned above, is currently available exclusively on Kindle, and centers on Walt, an elderly Navy vet, content living out his days in a nursing home, when a chance thrift store purchase provides him an opportunity to right a wrong that took his best friend decades earlier. But, can he really turn back the clock? Can he reach that far away port-of-call in the Pacific? And if he makes it, can he deliver the payback he’s been dreaming about all these years? Cover illo by Mike Koneful (Zacherley’s Midnight Terrors, Gory Lori) w/a cameo by the blind guy.

Ashes is here!



ASHES, the new ebook, is LIVE, folks, and waitin’ for you to click on thru. And, yup, that’s a combination photo/illo cover. Mike Koneful provides the part requiring the ink-slinging, yours truly cameos, and so do the shelves in my garage. Shoot would have been much more fun had it not been 90 degrees out with no fan going, but hey, that’s the life of a struggling artist, right? Here’s the Golden Ticket, c’mon back & leave a comment if you get a chance to check it out. It’s the weekend after all…

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Thrift store shelves filled with random items. An old man's hand reaches for a bronze capsule of some sort.