Quick road trip

Miss D. and I are heading out for a couple of days, doing a quick writing research trip while she has a couple of days off work.  Blogging will be light for three to four days.  I’ll try to put up something every day, as time allows. Please say a prayer for traveling mercies for us, if you’re so inclined:  and we’ll do the same for all of you traveling this Thanksgiving.  Stay safe out there! Peter

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A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy

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Wincing in anticipation . . .

I’m scheduling this post before leaving the house, on the way to a podiatrist to follow up on the foot problem I wrote about some weeks ago.  That led to four toenails being removed.  Unfortunately, they’ve not been healing very well, and a minor infection has caused more issues. The podiatrist told me last week that the problem seems to be something called a “pyogenic granuloma“, a sort of lump or growth in and around the site of the former nail(s), where the flesh isn’t healing properly.  If my toes haven’t sorted themselves out, he’ll have to cut it/them out and

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OWWW!!!

This morning, as mentioned in my last post, the podiatrist cut a granuloma out of my big toe, where the nail used to be, and cauterized it.  Even with three injections of local anesthetic, it still hurt like a sum*****, particularly when he cauterized the nail bed to control bleeding. I’m under orders to stay off my feet for a while, and not do anything interesting, exciting or energetic involving my tootsies.  I’ll catch up with blogging again tomorrow morning. Peter

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Looks like I can tell you about this book now

I have been, and am, involved in a number of writing projects that can’t be discussed until they’re formally announced.  The first of these was Mike Williamson’s short story collection “Forged in Blood“, which has turned out to be enormously successful and very popular.  I’m proud and honored to have been one of the authors Mike invited to contribute to it. Another project has been a short story collection by Tom Kratman, titled “Terra Nova”.  It’s set in his “Carreraverse” on the fictional planet of Terra Nova (there are currently six books in the series, with a seventh novel to be published shortly).

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Sometimes I hate my muse

Many writers and other creators speak of their “muse” – the nameless, faceless being who inspires us with ideas, spurs us on to translate them from thought to action, and encourages us when we’re staring at the metaphorical blank wall.  I’m here to tell you, my muse can be a fickle bitch. My first published book, “Take the Star Road”, involved a protagonist named Steve Maxwell.  It’s grown into a five-book series, which I titled the Maxwell Saga.  A few months ago, I asked my readers for their views on suspending that series, because I’ve gained a lot of experience, and the limitations

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A treat for liqueur connoisseurs in Texas

I’ve mentioned Van Der Hum in these pages before.  It’s a South African liqueur, made from local herbs, naartjie peel (like a slightly bitter tangerine) and honey, all steeped in brandy.  It’s a warm, mellow, smooth (very smooth) drink, and is one of Miss D.’s and my favorite tipples.  We’re very light drinkers – a case of Van Der Hum that I bought back in 2011 lasted us (and several friends) until 2017.  When it ran out, we tried to find more, but it’s not normally imported into this country, so we gave up and tried making our own (recipes are available on the Internet). 

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Some exciting blog and Web site news

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a consultant and his team working on setting up a dedicated Web site for me, and for the publishing company I set up earlier this year.  We hope to go live by the end of this month, although it may happen a little sooner than that, if all goes well. The new Web site will incorporate this blog, plus more detailed pages for my books, by genre, by series, and by individual title.  I won’t do direct sales from it, due to all the complications of sales taxes and other regulations for fifty

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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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Halfway home, and another great restaurant discovery

Miss D., Alma and I are overnighting just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, halfway home to Texas after a fun experience at LibertyCon last weekend.  We’ll hit the road again tomorrow morning, and be home by early evening, God willing. We asked Alma to choose a promising restaurant for dinner this evening, after we’d checked into our hotel.  She found The Pantry Eatery, a Czech restaurant which has three branches in the Little Rock region.  We chose the one nearest to our hotel, The Pantry West, and we headed there with eager anticipation.  We were not disappointed.  The service was great,

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