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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Oh, all right! I know when I’m beaten

I’d initially planned my latest fantasy novel, “Taghri’s Prize“, to be a stand-alone work, without sequels.  However, a large proportion of the reviews on Amazon.com have hinted, suggested, or plain outright demanded that I write more in Taghri’s universe.  I know when I’m beaten!  If I want to be a successful writer, earning a living, I have to give my readers what they want – and you clearly want more Taghri. I’ve begun working out a plot for Taghri 2.  It’s going to involve theft, plots against a King, skullduggery on the high seas, and city-states competing against each other

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“Taghri’s Prize” is now available in a print edition

My latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, is now available in a paperback edition, as well as an e-book. It was not fun getting it ready.  Amazon uploaded my text file, then sent me a template for the right cover size based on page count.  I had my cover designer prepare the print cover to that specification, which he did very precisely;  then I submitted the cover for approval.  It was rejected because its dimensions were wrong – even though they conformed exactly to what Amazon had specified!  That was very frustrating, for both my cover designer and myself.  Fortunately, he was able to adapt the

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A big “Thank you!” to all my readers

I honestly wasn’t expecting great things from the launch of my latest book, “Taghri’s Prize“, yesterday. It had been almost a year since I’d last published anything, thanks to a prolonged bout of ill-health fighting kidney stones.  (My creative muse goes on strike when pain levels get too high.  It’s no fun.)  I was expecting to have to rebuild my “name recognition” on Amazon, and build up a new readership cadre. I suppose that’s still a requirement;  but my existing readers clearly haven’t forgotten or abandoned me, for which I’m very grateful.  After just one day on sale, my book’s

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