Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I live in a gated community. I'm new here inTucson and this will be my first Halloween around these parts. I've noticed some folks are decorating their houses to a level that's equal to Christmas with orange and purple lights and skeletons and tombstones, etc. Didn't see much of that in the mountains of Colorado. I doubt my house will see much action, as there just aren't any kids around. So, I went to my father, who also lives in Tucson and asked him to let me decorate his house. To my surprise, he agreed. So, I've spent the weekend putting up lights and spider webs and ghosts and getting the jack o'lanterns just so. Damn, it was like I was ten again. It was really fun. I thought the place looked wonderful. On my way home, I noticed one of his neighbors had done a much better job that I had. Their house was amazing. It was beautiful and scary at the same time. Argh!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I've been away from the internet the past three days as I went on a fishing trip. "How was your trip?" My neighbor asked upon my return. "Awful," said I. It was cold and windy and I didn't catch any fish.
Not much stranger than my contradictory theory that fish actually know it's a lure they're going after and do so anyway--fish suicide, I've written about it before.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
I've mentioned Halloween Haunts before. Members of the Horror Writers Association post essays and stories about Halloween. Mine appears today. Just click on the picture and you should be directed there. If that doesn't work for some reason the actual link is;
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Colorado author J. A. Campbell stops by this blog for a short interview about her new collection of stories in Brown: Ghost Hunting Dog volume 2.
DBR Brown, she’s not from around here is she? What time period does she live in?
JAC Brown’s stories come to us from the early 1900’s and take place predominantly in the American west, but occasionally she ventures east.
DBR What made you want to do another Brown collection?
JAC Honestly, I kept getting asked for one by fans. They come to my table at conventions and ask for another collection, so I figured I should oblige.
DBR Why ghosts? Why not zombies or criminals?
JAC Brown has a way with ghosts, and enjoys fighting them. It’s that border collie eye. Also the first anthology invite that inspired her stories was a ghost story anthology. However, she’s helped put a few criminals away too, usually at a ghost’s request. Zombies . . . well . . . she hasn’t encountered them yet, but maybe someday.
DBR What does it take to make a dog character believable?
JAC You have to do just enough humanization that people can relate with the character, but also add in enough dog, that the character is believable. Think about how dogs experience the world . . . through their noses. Scents are super important to include if you’re writing from a dog’s POV, along with keeping in mind that they will understand some things quite well, perhaps better than a human would, and others not very well at all.
DBR Brown’s one weakness is Elliott, her human. Do we learn anything new about him this time around?
JAC I feel like Elliott has grown a bit as a character through the stories. He’s more confident in his abilities and he and Brown’s reputation. However, I don’t feel like there are any startling revelations about his character in this book, other than that he’s turned into an all around decent guy. He used to be something of a con artist.
DBR What’s your favorite Brown tale?
JAC That’s a tough one. Even though there aren’t ghosts in it, I think Brown vs. the Martians is my favorite published tale. My other favorite is Brown in Allosaurus Wrecks. It has a ghost in it. A very large one. This story isn’t in the upcoming collection. It’s due to be published in a weird western anthology in July.
DBR Did Brown really save earth from Martian invaders in vol 1? Any other take offs from ghosts in volume 2?
JAC Yes, Brown really saved earth from the Martians. She even went to space to rescue her human and a Plutonian. In this collection, along with ghosts, Brown and her half-plutonian puppies battle mechanical sheep gone bad, con artists, sheep-rustlers, and a whole host of new ghosts, including plant ghosts.
DBR Who’s going to like Brown? Is this a YA book or does it go for an older market?JAC While this book is YA friendly, it’s designed for all ages of ghost and dog story lovers. The first collection has fans of all ages, and I think this one will appeal to a wide audience as well.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Ghost-Hunting-Dog-2/dp/1539180867
Monday, October 10, 2016
I don't normally review restaurants. I went by Olive Garden just after 11 am today, Monday Oct 10th., while I was doing some other shopping at the Spectrum Mall in Tucson. Since the parking lot was nearly empty I naively assumed I could grab a quick lunch. I was seated promptly by the hostess--right next to a big group of very loud women. And there I sat and sat and sat. No one ever came by and offered beverages and acknowledged me, let alone actually take my order At 25 minutes I got up and walked out the door. I wonder if they ever noticed I'd left.
When a restaurant is getting slammed I understand a customer might get lost in the crossfire. And, as I was by myself, I know I'm a low priority for servers since I'm not as likely to generate much in the way of tips. But this place was not busy. Except for the group and a few other tables, the place was empty. And still I was ignored. I seriously doubt I'll ever go back there again. Too bad, as I really like their soup.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
I noted some guy was selling hangman's nooses all tied up and ready to go for 35 [approx] bucks. Well, I went down to the local hardware store and bought a dollars worth of rope and tied up my hangman's noose in a couple of minutes. I'm not going to go into the hangman's biz, but I think that guy seems a tad bit high on his prices. That knot is simply not that difficult to tie. I'm ready to go with Halloween decorations.