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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Free and Scheming, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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1st-Jun-2015 11:59 pm - Cool weather!
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This weekend, it was 89 degrees and about that in humidity. Thunderstorms rolled through. Humidity’s still high, but with temps in the 60s and low 70s, I can deal.

What are you grateful for this week?

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29th-May-2015 05:59 pm - Guest post up today
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SFWA has been around for 50 years now, and they’re doing a 50th Anniversary Blog Tour, wherein various members talk about why they joined SFWA, what they get out of it, their visions for it, and so forth. My post evidently went up yesterday. The organizer asked for a cover photo, a headshot, and a bio. I sent him all three, and none of them are the ones included in the post. I can only conclude that my e-mail to him went astray on the Internet, as it must have been much more work for him to track the information down on his own than to use what I provided. (Pretty sure the headshot’s from Twitter.)

Anyway, the post: A Big Tent Philosophy

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Glad Conversation, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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25th-May-2015 11:03 pm - An enjoyable afternoon 
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Today, we got together with friends to play D&D. We managed to get through two battles, and my paladin only fell below 0 hp once! The younger kids alternated between playing outside in the sprinkler and being on electronics inside while the adults and the teenager played Let’s Pretend and fought boneshard skeletons, a flying zombie, and some creepy creatures from the Far Realms that confused the paladin enough to take a swing at the wizard. In other words, a good time was had by all.

Today, I am grateful for friends and family and time to enjoy them both. What are you grateful for this Monday?

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Questions at the Station, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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18th-May-2015 10:27 pm - It’s fixed!
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Last year, I dropped my iPad mini on the concrete floor of a praking garage. Yes, the screen cracked. For the record, you can use a cracked screen just fine for the most part.

However, there came a point when pieces actually started falling out, and I was concerned with getting slivers of glass in my fingers. So last week, I took it in to get fixed.

The first place i went, which is pretty close by and focuses on Apple products (Double Click Computers) couldn’t help me, but they suggested a place in downtown Bethlehem called iMobile.

iMobile quoted me 1-3 days to get it done. Today (3 business later), they called me to say it was done.

It looked so nice, I hesitated to get fingerprints on the pretty screen!

So that’s what I’m grateful for this Monday. What are you grateful for this week?

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Bailing Out a Friend, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Dirt Exposed, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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2nd-May-2015 08:43 pm - Always the same, always growing
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I don’t remember when I first discovered the work of Terry Pratchett. I’m fairly certain that it was Rincewind I found first; I remember laughing when reading Sourcery — eighth son of an eighth son indeed! And the Luggage! And the Librarian! It didn’t take me too long to find the Witches, but Captain Carrot and the Watch of Ankh-Morpork were later in my reading.

I devoured every Pratchett I came across, and I eagerly anticipated running into old favorites among the characters, especially Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, who could turn up almost anywhere (although not in Ptah). I loved Going Postal, but somehow, Making Money didn’t grab me quite as much. I think, as I got older, the bitter truths that he was satirizing had become too real for me, and I found it harder to laugh at some of the things he depicted.

However, his work for younger readers? Tiffany Aching is amazing! There’s a lot of honesty there, too, and it’s hard, but sweet as well. I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to hand those to.

Naturally, I was heartbroken when he died, although we’d all known it was coming.

This weekend, I’ve been reading some of his earliest work — Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales, which is stories he sold to newspapers when he was in his teens. The writing, the voice — unmistakably his, as is the whimsy (the Friday Knight?). It’s a delightful collection, released last year, and if you have fond memories of reading Pratchett’s work, if you long for something new, pick it up. It’s a lot of fun, and it shows that although he honed his writing over the years, his core was always there.
Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett


Today’s post was inspired by the topic “In Memoriam” — May’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour — an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out the next posts in the series, by Sandra Barret and D. M. Bonanno.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and find out their thoughts on first stories, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. You can find links to all of the posts on the tour by checking out the group site. Read and enjoy!


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