Monday, July 08, 2013

Puppet: Agent!

I have published another short story in the Puppet universe called Puppet: Agent.  As usual, it is available from Smashwords by clicking the image or you can go directly there via

A very serious secret agent

The cover image is Cover photo “Secret Agent Man” by Jack Zalium.  His site is and you can find the image at

It only took three tries to get things (mostly) correct and since I had a cold at the time I am claiming a new record.

Share and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Puppet: Defender!

Yes after endless nanoseconds of waiting the sequel to the incredible Puppet is finally here!  You can pick up a copy of this free book at smashwords:

You can also visit my author page here

Note the amazing cover image by Noah Katz.  You can find more of his work at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Smashing Words

This is a shameless plug for a short story I just wrote and published on called "Puppet."  You can check it out via  My author page is The primary reason for my using smashwords is that you get several different formats: PDF, kindle, etc. when you publish via that outlet.

Also, smashwords is free.  Not that I'm cheap or anything.  OK, so I am cheap but smashwords is still a great place to find good e-books.

The story itself is about an alien invasion by a race of critters that look like blobs of mercury and that have the ability to "possess" human beings by attaching to their backs.  The book is free and is intended to be the first in a series of two or three more books detailing the story of a boy and his blob.  The book is based on Robert A. Heinlein's book The Puppet Masters.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

BYBS: The Gregory Brothers

There are definite advantages to being shallow.

One of them is that you are easily amused.

For example, some people might consider a video that was created by taking another video where a girl discusses how much she loves cats and set to a pop song to be rather pointless.  But then, none of these people read this blog.  On the other hand, very few people read this blog period.

At any rate, I thought this video was the best thing since sliced bread: between the trippy music and the hilarious videos of cats doing silly things.  And then the girl starts crying because she can't hug every cat.  The part where I'm easily amused comes in here.

Then there is the Charlie Sheen video.  The man talks about how he is on a quest.  But he moves on to other, more serious matters:

  • "Chicken McNuggets...winning!"
  • "Bubble gum...winning!"
nuff said.

To round out the bunch is one of Obama singing rap music to congress.  If the man could sing like that why did he take a job like being the president?!!

These incredible acts of art come to you by way of an outfit called "The Gregory Brothers," who have many other fine videos for your perusal.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

BYBS: Cheeseburger

Image from TheCulinaryGeek Flickr
In keeping with a simple "things in life" theme (read, out of ideas), this posting is about the joy of eating Gelato while watching the river.  Hmmm.  OK, so I don't read my own titles.  This post is actually about the joy of eating a cheeseburger while looking at the river.

Image by Angela de Março
Well, I really did have some Gelato (strawberry, and yes I realize that this is not straberry) while watching a river, but I also had a cheeseburger before that.  So the cheeseburger comes first.  Before desert.  Because I have to finish my dinner before I can have desert.

Yes, no high moral ideas or secret messages in this posting.  Unless you count the gnome that's hiding behind the gelato...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

BYBS: Cat Rambo/Fantasy Magazine

Image from Fantasy Magazine

This week's BYBS goes to (wait for it!) Fantasy Magazine and in particular a short story called the "Immortality Game" by Cat Rambo.  Yes, that's the name that she apparently goes by.  No, don't ask me.  What does someone who calls themselves "Cat Rambo" look like, you ask?  Well, here is a pic from her site:

Image from Cat Rambo's site.

Hair color aside, I am a fan of Cat Rambo's work. "The Immortality Game" is about a group of sorta-immortals who...well, I don't want to ruin it for you.  Rest assured that the story is worth listening to.  And contains a really cool idea.  Which I thought of first.  Well, actually I didn't, but if I had the powers that the characters in the story did, then I could actually go back in time and come up with the idea first.  But now I'm giving too much of the story away.

Cat (do you mind if I call you "Cat?") manages to write about topics that are anti-PC and yet remain interesting.  Another example of her work includes "I'll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said" (and no, I'm not sure where to put the quotes for a quote withing a title).

Fantasy Magazine is another podcast I listen to - specializing in (you guess it!) the fantasy genre.  "The Devil in Gaylord's Creek" was the month before and was also a good story.  So check em out.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


They make such a cute couple (image from

Smosh, specifically, is a couple of guys who make hilarious videos such as "Vader and Me."  The first video of theirs that I saw was "Mortal Kombat," a strange and yet silly spoof of an old video game.  My all time favorite is probably their "Pokemon" video which spoofs (you guessed it) Pokemon.

But their skill does not end there - they also do just plain silly videos.  For example: "That Damn Yard Sale."  To top things off they also have a funny and yet strange commentary on the rest of site "Smosh Pit Weekly" featuring "Mari Atari."

Mari Atari pic from her Twitter feed.
A Yoda hat?!  Be still my beating heart!

The humor is a bit on the crude side, but for me that's a bonus.  Check it out.