Closing one door

T-1 day. To quote my favorite leather-jacketed, baseball bat-wielding antihero, it’s a big day. Today is my last day at North Coast Brewing Company. I never thought I would work there as long as I have; it was a job when I needed a job. It’s a world class company that makes a world class

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The Saga of the Rat Warrior

Originally published in the April 2019 issue of The Scramasaex, the Shire of Ravenshore’s newsletter Beneath the dark depths of an ancient keepA façade near impregnable to allToiled the valkyric norvegicusIn mistrusted work by tooth and gall One by one the sisters crept intoThe night, driven by hungry stomaches’ growlInto the home of the twisted

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A prince among cats

T-3 days. Still no Mickey. I really hadn’t anticipated that this would be a “Mickey watch” blog. I was more looking forward to writing through some anxiety, some excitement, and a touch of grief related to moving away from the town I’ve lived in for 22 years. I didn’t think I would have to write

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Just a little heartache before the move

Mickey the cat peeking

T-5 days. Yesterday was, objectively, a pretty decent day. It was a bit chilly, but not as cold as it has been the last couple of nights. Managed to get the Honda jumpstarted and up to the gas station; the battery didn’t hold a charge, however, and I sat waiting for a tow truck for

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Book review: Falling (ARC) by T.J. Nelson

Falling by TJ Newman

Falling is a brand-new thriller and debut novel by T.J. Nelson. Set on a commercial airliner that’s been taken hostage, this is a well-written novel. It’s as polished as novels by journeyman writers. If it wasn’t being marketed so intensely as a debut novel by a former airline attendant, I’d have never guessed it was

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Book review: The Stars, Like Dust by Issac Asimov

The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov

Today, I’m going to talk about a space adventure story! There’re blasters! There’s faster-than-light travel! There’s an heir whose father is accused of treason by an evil space empire. A princess of another planet who runs from an arranged marriage. There’s a treacherous friend and a stalwart supporter. The hero gets the girl and then

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Book review (ARC): Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

To be released on May 4, Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (ISBN: 978-0062872623) is excellent fantasy adventure. In the best tradition of Raymond E. Feist or David Eddings, Aveyard creates a vibrant world with larger-than-life characters and lots of swords and sorcery, if you’re into that kind of thing (which I am). The pacing is

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