Forthcoming books: I’d appreciate your input, please

As regular readers will know, I suffered a heart attack (my second) late last year.  I’m recovering fairly well from it, but with one ongoing problem.  The extra medication I’ve been prescribed in the short term (added to the other pills I take for other, long-term problems) is messing with my creative mind.  I’m finding it very hard to produce fiction of a quality acceptable to me (let alone my readers).  I hope that’ll solve itself after mid-year, when I stop taking the problem medication, but until then it’s a pain in the proverbial. I need the income I derive from

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Vignettes from Wichita Falls this morning

I drove into our nearby “big city”, Wichita Falls, this morning to do some shopping and fill my vehicle with gasoline.  I took the opportunity to speak with folks I know there.  This is what they told me. Sams Club has been overrun with anxious shoppers buying everything they can get their hands on.  This morning, the queue of full carts and shoppers waiting to pay for their purchases stretched from the tills all the way to the back of the store.  It was taking up to an hour to pay and get out.  I didn’t want to wait that

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Kidney stones: a follow-up report

In May last year, I wrote about two over-the-counter, non-prescription “remedies” for kidney stones that I’d been trying out.  I reported considerable success with them at the time, and I’ve continued to use them since then.  I’ve also experimented with different dosages. I’m pleased to report that for the past eight months, I’ve been kidney-stone-free.  That’s a huge improvement for me compared to earlier, when I was passing a kidney stone every two to three months, and experiencing considerable pain associated with them.  In particular, I’ve narrowed down my dosage to two capsules every morning (half the recommended dose of two capsules morning

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Recovery is not as easy as I’d hoped

Following my adventures in hospital last week, I’ve been trying to get back on an even keel.  Progress has been in fits and starts, with a few more fits than I’d have preferred!  Still, I’m alive to work at it, which is a very good start. I’m on a new-fangled anticoagulant medication, because apparently the danger of blood clots in a newly-installed stent is very serious.  I’ll be on it for at least a year, and perhaps longer, depending on what my cardiologist decides.  (Affording it is going to be a problem;  it’s going to cost me hundreds of dollars a month, even

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Well, that was fun (NOT!)

In October 2009, I suffered a heart attack, that led to quadruple bypass surgery.  Since then, I’ve had other medical issues, but my heart has behaved itself. On Tuesday morning (November 5th, which is, perhaps appropriately in this case, Guy Fawkes Day), I had brunch about 10 a.m., carried on with my morning’s work, and took a brief nap during the early afternoon.  When I woke up, I had a tight feeling in my chest, not unlike indigestion, but it grew in intensity, centered over my heart, and I began to get radiated pain in my left arm.  Sounds familiar, no? I

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Unexpected absence

For reasons I won’t go into right now, I find myself unable to keep a regular blogging schedule today. Please amuse yourselves with the blogs in my sidebar, and forgive my absence.  I hope regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing. Thanks. Peter

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This and that

Just a few things I’d like to ask my readers, please. 1.  Please don’t spam comments on this blog by putting in links to fundraisers, Patreon pages, and other monetized Web sites.  Links to a news article, or another blog, are generally OK;  but if it involves money, or monetary support, I simply have no way of knowing whether it’s kosher or not.  Therefore, as a general policy, I’ll delete and/or mark as SPAM any comments containing such links.  I’m sorry if you don’t think that’s fair, but it’s the best way I can think of to stop my readers

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Saturday snippet

I’m going to try to post more of my writing from time to time, as many of you seem to enjoy reading it.  It’ll be drawn from work(s) in progress, to give you something to anticipate. This morning’s snippet is from the sixth volume of the Maxwell Saga, to be titled “Venom Strike”.  The protagonist in this chapter is a former Spacer and Warrant Officer in the Bureau of Security of the Lancastrian Commonwealth Fleet, now a private detective.  He’ll later work with Steve Maxwell on what he discovers. The rain grew steadily heavier as the autobus moved out into the

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Book news and updates – and please vote for a cover

After publishing or participating in three books over the past two months, I’m catching my breath and assessing the situation.  So far, so good! “Gold on the Hoof“, my latest Western novel, is doing well after its first week on sale. It’s attracted nine reviews at the time of writing, all of them 5-star, which is very gratifying.  I’m glad you like it.  Westerns are by no means my biggest “earner”, because that genre is a lot smaller than science fiction or fantasy.  With fewer readers, one gets fewer sales by default.  Even so, I enjoy writing Westerns, so I

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“Gold on the Hoof” is published!

My latest Western novel, “Gold on the Hoof“, third in the Ames Archives series, has been published in e-book format on Amazon.  A print edition will follow soon. I previously published an excerpt from the book on this blog, to whet your appetite. The blurb reads: The Comanche and Kiowa are painting for war in the Texas Panhandle. The US Army is preparing to stop them – but it needs horses to do so. Lots of horses. Walt Ames knows where to find them, and breeding stock for his horse ranch, too. All he has to do is ride down to Mexico, buy them,

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