My Dog is Suddenly Terrified of Flies, a Life Lesson

We noticed that Lucky has been cowering and hiding behind our legs recently. This happened once before when the guys came to stain the deck. Their pressure washers freaked him out.

Anyway, a couple days ago he goes all scaredy-dog on us. The pic below is him sheltering under my chair. I was writing all day, and that’s where he hung out. We think he might have gotten stung by a bee and now thinks all buzzies are bad guys.

The dog teaches. Most fear is irrational. Harmless things often look scary. The trick is to stop oneself from cowering long enough to see what is truly there. Most of the time, it isn’t anything at all.

Lucky is scared of flies :(

Amazed Rabbits

So my wife JJ and I are watching The Big Bang Theory these days. We’re on season three now.

Last night we saw an episode that really tickled my weird sense of humor. This bit in particular: “If I could speak the language of rabbits, they would be amazed and I would be their king. I would be kind to my rabbit subjects…at first.” —Raj Koothrappali

What’s funny about this bit—aside from the ridiculousness of the whole notion—is the phrase “they would be amazed.” For me, that amazed bit is the real heart of the joke, not the overtly humorous “at first” that ends it.

I’ve been thinking about this “amazed” bit on and off all day. Why is that so funny to me? Maybe it’s the image of these slack-jawed, wide-eyed bunnies, stopping mid-chew to stare at Raj as he spoke to them. They’re thinking, “holy crap, that human can talk.”

But I wasn’t picturing that when I first saw the scene. I think “they would be amazed” is inherently funny, but I don’t know why.

Amazed rabbits. Sounds like a great name for a band.

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Sister of Shadows (The Scion Chronicles Book Three)

Sister of Shadows (The Scion Chronicles Book Three)

Series: The Scion Chronicles, Book 3
Genres: Dystopian, SF, Young Adult
Escape. That is all Jacey cares about as the riveting story of the Scions continues. Escape is in their grasp. The Scions now have a way off the island—a ship—but they have no place to go. With an enemy hiding in their midst, and shaken by murder, kidnapping, and an impending military invasion, time for escape is running out. A fast-paced rollercoaster of a novel, Sister of Shadows will keep you breathless all the way to the shocking finale. More info →
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Scion Chronicles Book 3 Update

Hello, everyone. If you’re just finishing up Child of lies, you’re wondering when the next book will be out.

If you finished a while ago, you’re probably going “oh, yeah, where the #$#! is that 3rd book? I’m dying to know what happens with Jacey, Humphrey, Belle, Livy, and Dr. Carlhagen.”

I get messages every day about it, so I thought I’d post an update here where you will find it.

A few people were worried that because I just posted the short story “Pinkie Beauty” to Amazon and other retailers that I was wasting time on non-Scion Chronicles stuff. Fear not! That was a story I wrote last year. I decided to post it because I wanted readers to have something new while they waited for the next Scions book.

Okay, so where is book 3? I’m working on it. I really am. At the beginning of April I made a huuuuuuggggggeeee (i.e. big) change to the beginning of the book. This had a ripple effect through every chapter that came after it. That meant I had about 75,000 words that I had to go through (several times) to make adjustments and fixes.

I have now gotten to where I left off and am writing new words and trying to get to the ending, which I hope to find by the end of this month. After that, more revisions.

1952 Olivetti-Underwood Studio 44

The 1952 date is based on info from My Studio 44 is S#: 480xxx

I found this beauty languishing in its filthy (I mean filthy) carrying case at a local antique shop. It looked cleaner there than it did when I got it home. But that’s always how it is. Well, it’s clean now and the sticky A and Q keys are working smoothly now thanks to this Typewriter Heaven post. I never would have figured it out otherwise.

I shoulda taken a before and after photo of the case. It was just grody.

Typing on this is a bit firmer than on my Smith Corona Silent or the Royal Quiet De Luxe, but it’s satisfying. The platen has turned into something a bit harder than granite, so I think that’s part of why it’s a bit on the loud side.

O-U Studio 44