Five-Thing Thursday: July 29th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: I am composing this early because, Today, I am travelling. Makes me a little anxious to be sure. But I’m looking forward to the downtime

Thing #2:  Apparently, when I’m anxious, my skill at typing plummets and I’ll misspell even the most basic words because my mind is racing so far ahead of my fingers.

Thing #3: In the above entry, I misspelled and had to correct no less than four words. One of them was, “Misspell”

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? When Night Falls by Grave Digger

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: I’m still trying to figure out where I can fit in my walks, and this week has been hectic, so I didn’t get any walking done.

So I’m still 235.86 miles from my starting point at Bag End. As the Nazgul Flies, I am still approximately within hissing distance from The Last Bridge. One step at a time…

*Not the actual Last Bridge.

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What am  I reading this week?

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

To be honest, I haven’t been doing much of that lately. I’m hoping this weekend will be a kind of reset.

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Five-Thing Thursday: July 22nd.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: The newest release from Helloween (Titled: Helloween) is pretty good. This is my first album from them and I’m going to look back into the discography and see what’s there.

Thing #2:  Never stop looking for new music to listen to. You never know what you might find.

Thing #3: In spite of all the recent change. I’m somehow still managing to get some writing done.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Best Time by Helloween
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a Mystery.”

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: Last week, I mentioned that I started going back into the office for work and that it was a massive disruption. One of the things that have been most severely impacted has been my walks. Not that I haven’t been doing *any* walking, but I’m only counting specific, focused walks. This past week I’ve walked 6.51 miles.

That brings me to about 235.86 miles from my starting point at Bag End. As the Nazgul Flies, I am still approximately within hissing distance from The Last Bridge. One step at a time…

*Not the actual Last Bridge.

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What am  I reading this week?

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Lately, I’ve been going back to old habits and losing myself in books and movies and music.

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Weird Wild West

Trials

Predators in Petticoats

Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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In the Grip of the Hands of TIme

I do one of these posts every week. Ok, maybe not *Every* week, as I seem to recall actually missing one, but that ties into this post perfectly.

Normally, I like to get these posts up early in the day. But today didn’t have that on the agenda. And, as it got later and later, there was a part of me that was all, like: “You missed your window. Why bother to post now?”

Well, there are two reasons:

The first is that I enjoy doing this. The second is that, it’s not about the time-slot, it’s about the post.

“Oh, I’ll do that when I’ve got the time.”

Sound familiar?

If you’re paying attention, you’ll see that the time is there. It’s always there. It may not be in huge chunks, it may only come to you in drips and drabs – life is like that sometimes (Case in point: Today’s late post). But it’s there.

Now, having said that, you also need to have the energy to commit to that time. Here’s where your mileage may (and probably will) vary. It might be that when you’ve got the time, you don’t have the spoons left. And that’s ok. Tomorrow is another day. Try again.

And I know that you’ve heard about how certain times of day are “Peak” times for you and, if you can work your schedule that way, then good on ya.

But remember: It’s not about the time you get the work done. The output from 4-5 “off-Peak” days is better than no output at all.

Thanks for reading.

Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: July 15th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Yesterday was my 51st birthday. I had a good time. Thanks to everyone who sent Birthday wishes!

Thing #2:  Had a bit of a scare with the laptop yesterday (Yes, on my birthday – adding insult to injury). Back up your data, folks.

Thing #3: Watched Man of Steel for the first time last night. Henry Cavil is one of my favorite Supermen.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? True by Amaranthe

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: Last week, I mentioned that I started going back into the office for work and that it was a massive disruption. One of the things that have been most severely impacted has been my walks. Not that I haven’t been doing *any* walking, but I’m only counting specific, focused walks. This past week has seen me try and get my feet back under me adjusting to the new “Normal” and I haven’t done any walking this week.

I am still about 229.35 miles from my starting point at Bag End. As the Nazgul Flies, I am still approximately within hissing distance from The Last Bridge. Fortunately, the campsite is comfy.

*Not the actual Last Bridge.

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What am  I reading this week?

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Lately, I’ve been going back to old habits and losing myself in books and movies and music.

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Weird Wild West

Trials

Predators in Petticoats

Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Special Guest Post: The Art of the Decoy Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone, Today I’ve got the great pleasure to host my friend, Trish Esden!

If you’ve been following Trish on Twitter (This is a good idea. You can find her here) then you know that Trish has a new book coming out soon: The Art of the Decoy. What you might not know is what her new cover looks like.

Not yet…

What I’ve got for you today, is the reveal of Trish’s cover for The Art of the Decoy. Have a look at this:

Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy – Which is available for pre-order.

For more info about Trish and her books, you can check out her website here.

You can pre-order The Art of the Decoy from Trish’s website, or you can find it at the links Below:

Amazon

Barnes&Noble

Kobo

About Trish

Trish Esden loves museums, gardens, wilderness, dogs and birds, in various orders depending on the day. She lives in Northern Vermont where she deals antiques with her husband, a profession she’s been involved with since her teens. Don’t ask what her favorite type of antique is. She enjoys hunting down old bottles and rusty barn junk as much as she loves fine art and furnishings. Trish is the author of the Scandal Mountain Antique Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books.

As Pat Esden, she writes contemporary fantasy that’s a touch dark and a bit sexy.

Huge thanks to Trish for stopping by this week. The Art of the Decoy is available for Pre-Order right now!

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Five-Thing Thursday: July 8th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Yesterday was my first day back in the office since March of 2020. I’m composing this on Tuesday afternoon, because this return to “Normal” is a massive disruption. I hope that’s as far reaching as it gets.

Thing #2:  The Road Commission graded (added rocks, etc.) the roads that I use for walking. Can’t say I’m a fan – while I’m walking. Passing cars raise a hell of a lot of dust, the road surface can be shifty underfoot, and I’m much more likely to get stones in my shoes.

Thing #3: The Breeze that is coming through my window right now is amazing.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Best Time by Helloween

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: I have indeed started tentatively walking again. This Week, I’ve walked for a distance of 18.59 Miles. Little over last week’s numbers. Still, I’m being careful, testing boundaries and listening closely to what my body tells me.

This brings me to about 229.35 miles from my starting point at Bag End. As the Nazgul Flies, I am still approximately within hissing distance from The Last Bridge.

*Not the actual Last Bridge.

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What am  I reading this week?

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Weather permitting, I’ve been getting out to walk more. International Rugby is kicking off soon, as is the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa. I’m hoping to be able to catch a match or two. My Birthday is coming up, so I’m looking into doing fun stuff.

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Weird Wild West

Trials

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Independence Day

As Luck would have it, today’s post falls on what (in the US) is a national holiday.

And here I am, standing on the edge of a long and slippery slope. I’m not going to get into any of the work we still need to do, not only as a country, but as a society, to get to that place where everyone in this country can experience today as the same holiday.

Instead I’m going to focus on this:

We come together, today, in groups of varying sizes. From large public celebrations to intimate personal get togethers. Why?

Because we need each other. All of us. Maybe not all of the time, and maybe the term “Independent” as it’s used today should be more like a sliding scale, rather than an On/Off switch.

Think about that while you’re waiting for the grill to warm up.

Thanks for reading.

Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: July 1st.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1:    Begin. The rest might not be easy, but once you start, you’ve made it past the hardest part.

Thing #2:  A doe and her two babies have taken up residence around the property somewhere. I see her just about daily. The babies? Occasionally. Those things are like Ninja.

Thing #3: I’m late on looking over my personal/career goals. Sure, I could call extenuating circumstances but, if I’m being honest with myself, those extenuating circumstances kicked off at the end of March (You know, I never really looked at the elapsed time from start to finish – so far. It’s pretty sobering) and I could have done it before hand. But, you know…It’s a brand new day.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Apex by Unleash the Archers

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: I have indeed started tentatively walking again. This Week, I’ve walked for a distance of 14.98 Miles. Just over double of last week’s total. Don’t worry. I’m being careful, testing boundaries and listening closely to what my body tells me.

This brings me to about 210.76 miles from my starting point at Bag End. As the Nazgul Flies, I am approximately within hissing distance from The Last Bridge.

*Not the actual Last Bridge.

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What am  I reading this week?

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Weather permitting, I’ve been getting out to walk more. International Rugby is kicking off soon, as is the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa. I’m hoping to be able to catch a match or two.

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Be sure to check out the Freebies Page for story Excerpts.

If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Weird Wild West

Trials

Predators in Petticoats

Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Thanking Past Me

I ran across this idea from a Twitter post from Alethia Kontis and it’s all about showing gratitude toward your past self.

That’s right: actually realizing when Past You has done Present You a solid and thanking them for it.

No this post isn’t about Time Travel – although that would be pretty cool, initially.

I say, “Initially” because, as it turns out, I’d be doing it a lot – to the point where if I hopped back to Past Me and thanked them, every time, I’d get annoyed with myself.

And that’s what I want to focus on. I can sometimes get pretty down on Present Me when things aren’t going (or I *Think* things aren’t going) so well. So this week, I’m going to not leave any room for that and focus on acknowledging all of the things that Past Me got right.

And I want to get granular about this. I don’t want to simply focus on the major stuff (Thank you, Past Me, for making the hard call to choose to undergo surgery. We wouldn’t have known we had cancer until much later…) but also the not-quite-so-major stuff (Thank you, Past Me, for taking the time to wash the French Press yesterday, so that I didn’t have to do it this morning.)

So what’s the point of all this?

Well there are a couple of them. One is, simply, to realize – and to recognize – that you’re doing all right.

If you’re anything like me, you tend to focus on the stuff that Past Me (or Past You) got wrong – and Past Me is going to mess up. We’re human, but if I can say to Past Me, “Yes, you got this one decision wrong, but you did these five other things that really helped me out, so Thank You!” It puts things into perspective and I’m less likely to get stuck on that one thing.

Additionally, making the effort to thank “Past Me” will help Present Me get stuff done for Future Me, knowing that, in the future, I will truly appreciate the effort now.

So that’s this week’s project: Giving Past Me their due whenever I can.

I wonder what Future Me will think…

Thanks for reading.

Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: June 24th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1:   I This morning, I noticed that I spend a lot of time talking to myself where the conversations begins with, “You’ve got to…”

Thing #2:  I’ve missed my daily walks.

Thing #3: I’m still not walking – like distance walking – daily. There’s a lot of things that factor into that – especially sleep – but it’s coming along.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Mordred’s Song by Blind Guardian

Thing #5: Simply walking to Mordor: As I alluded to in Things 2 and 3, I have indeed started tentatively walking again. This Week, I’ve walked for a distance of 6.21 Miles. Nearly a 10k walk this week, so I’m gingerly testing boundaries and listening closely to what my body tells me.

This brings me to about 195.78 miles from my starting point at Bag End.

Amon Sul is still on the horizon if I look back. Which I’ll occasionally do. It’s been a hell of a month. But The Road goes ever on and on – and my feet are still eager.

The great watchtower of Amon Sul

The view from behind…

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What am  I reading this week?

Grave Memory by Kalayna Price

Agent Zero by Janet Walden-West

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

To be honest, I’m starting to feel a bit tight around the edges from all the relaxing. Yes, it’s been necessary, even crucial, for my recovery, but I’m starting to feel a bit lumpish.

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Weird Wild West

Trials

Predators in Petticoats

Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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