Sunday morning music

Time to ring the changes again.  How many of you remember the movie “The Last Valley“? It was made in 1971, and tells of a valley invaded and occupied by mercenary soldiers during the Thirty Years War in Germany.  Despite superb acting performances, particularly from Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, it was a box office failure, probably because it reflected (accurately) the nihilism, confusion and pointlessness of those nightmare years across Europe.  Wikipedia quotes George MacDonald Fraser, one of my favorite writers, as saying of it: “The plot left me bewildered – in fact the whole bloody business is probably an excellent

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What a carry on!

I’m running around doing far too many things this morning, so blog posting will be a little sparse.  To keep you entertained, here’s a scene from the 1966 British comedy, “Don’t Lose Your Head“.  It’s the thirteenth in the “Carry On” movie series, and is a spoof on the Scarlet Pimpernel stories by Baroness Orczy, dating back to 1905, concerning an English nobleman who sets out to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution.  Needless to say, things go hilariously wrong on all levels, almost all the time. I grew up on a diet of the “Carry On” movies.  I suspect

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Quite so

This XKCD cartoon caught my eye. Go to the original to read the mouseover text. I’ve never understood why horror films exist at all.  When one’s seen enough real-life horror, the movie imitation thereof is merely a reminder of things one would much rather forget – in fact, which one would much rather never have seen at all. Comedy horror, on the other hand, is a horse of a different color.  Who can forget “Love At First Bite“? And then there’s the famous thread on The Firing Line, started by our own Lawdog, titled “Lines I’d like to hear in a horror movie someday“. 

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Sunday morning music

In a comment to a blog post about the Royal Gorge earlier this week, reader Stephen Bayliss reminded me of the English folk duo Show of Hands and their song ‘Cousin Jack’ about the diaspora of Cornish miners.  I knew of it, having enjoyed their music for many years.  For those of you who don’t know it, here it is. And, for those who don’t know their music at all, here’s an hour-long live performance from the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in 2016. Definitely one of the most innovative folk groups out there today. Peter

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Lessons learned from my latest trilogy

Over at Mad Genius Club, I’ve written a fairly long article outlining some of the lessons learned (so far) from the publication of my latest trilogy, “Cochrane’s Company“, at approximately 30-day intervals.   The article is oriented towards writers more than readers, but if the subject interests you, click over there to get a feel for the state of the independent author market today. While on the subject of the trilogy, may I once again ask those of you who’ve read it to please leave a review of each book on Amazon.com?  Reviews are the life-blood of independent authors, as

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“The Pride of the Damned”

The third and final book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned“, is now available on Amazon.   It’s the climax of everything that has gone before.  The blurb reads: The shadow war started as a simple contract to defend a system against asteroid thieves. The harder Andrew Cochrane and Hawkwood Security fought, the worse things became. Now they find themselves embroiled in an interstellar war with an entire mafia! Worse yet, the proceedings are so profitable – not to mention bloody – that they’ve attracted the attention of some of the worst criminal organizations in the

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LibertyCon is outdoing – and outgrowing – itself

As you know, Miss D. and I just returned from LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN last weekend.  We’re tired, but getting over it, and picking up the threads of normal life once again.  (Miss D.’s after-action report is here.  We came home with a couple of lovely paintings by Melissa Gay from the Con’s art exhibition.  My wife picked out this one for the lounge, and I bought this one to go over our fireplace.) It was a great weekend.  We enjoyed the company of old friends, made some new ones, gave seminars, took in others, learned a lot, and hopefully helped others learn. 

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