Release Day for the Illustrated Bad, Dad, And Dangerous Novellas!

Today is Release Day for the Illustrated edition of Wolf at First Sight by Rhys Ford! Now available on Amazon and other online bookstores! 10 illustrations by Emily Y. Chan.

Grab the “sibling” releases…
Elf Shot by TA Moore

And Monster Hall Pass by Bru Baker

Probes. Tests. More Slicing and Dicing.

Back from hospital.
So, the original issue apparently wasn’t fully fixed but was sneaky and presented in a different way.
This means another surgery.
I am tired. Hungry. Lacking coffee. And very very sore. There was a lot of exploring done with cameras and some tests. I’ll talk to the doc tomorrow and we’ll see what the plan is.
And so we go on.

The Final Borking Report…

Angus Missouri Blue aka The Potato has joined his brothers living across the Bifröst. He was the best of puppers and a delight to love. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, please know he carried you in his heart and never forgot you. Literally remembered everyone he ever met and was glad to see them.

Thank you for celebrating his life with me and I am so glad you all got to know him. He was a very beloved good pupper.

A Potato Update

The Potato is not doing well. He’s gone to the vets and there were a lot of tests but he is 15 and well, he’s tired. Right now, he’s resting comfortably and he’s had some dinner. I don’t know what this weekend will be like but we’ll see.

Love you all. I’m going to step back for a bit and get centred.

Not Dead. :D

I keep promising that I will post more often and then I get carried away into doing things or life just ask everything in close for a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting or rather a kind of sad time this past couple of weeks because the Potato is definitely slowing down and sleeping a lot. And I know that he is 15 which is ancient for his breed but it is still hard to know that you are reaching the twilight of your dog’s life. We have reached the you can eat anything you want to stage and he still gets excited to see company come through the front door. The weather is warming up so I know that will help with his joints and is Auntie Paige will be here this Friday to see if he is up for a walk. He still got doggie ice cream and his dinners are turkey burger and mashed potatoes which he does eat.

I am looking forward to writing this week because I have been some flashes of what I need to do so it’s important to focus and get that down.

I have been slowly watching a YouTuber who does “historical breakdowns” of foods and time periods. He just posted a one about Hawaiian luaus and I will admit to not wanting to watch it because my people have been done dirty by so many people. I didn’t want to get turned off his channel because he disparaged away or added sugar to it. I just read some of the comments on that particular episode and other Hawaiian people seem to be okay with what he presented so I might go take a look. I have had to stop reading certain authors and watching certain YouTube personalities because of how they presented my people’s food. Mind you there is also a chef who disrespected Sam Choy on a cooking show so as far as I am concerned, that person is dead to me and I hope sand mites burrow up into their sinuses.

Max Miller does do a good job and I wanted to continue to watch him so… Here is one of his videos that explores what ancient Egyptians ate and I really enjoy watching them re-create these foods and every single one of his videos. So if you’re into that, go take a look.


Rambling about being “Too Pale”…

It goes both ways… colorism. I’ve been told I’m too “pale” to be Hawaiian, despite very Hawaiian. Enough to attend and graduate Kamehameha Schools. But yes, I also agree Nani shouldn’t be scrubbed lighter. She is kanaka. And looks it.

But we as Hawaiians also need to have those hard discussions about gatekeeping, color, and what is cultural appropriation vs appreciation. The US overthrow of our Kingdom threatened our people’s language and culture, leading to things like grass skirt costumes and Elvis’ movies.

And even knowing all that, my own mother asked a friend I’d brought with me to visit the Big Island if he’d met a Hawaiian before he’d met my Dad 2.0. He replied; just the one that brought me. And my own mother said, Doesn’t count. Doesn’t look Hawaiian enough.

She isn’t the first one to say that. We code switch, pidgin to “proper English” both are valid. We need to fight for our culture, language and people. All of them. But yeah, Nani should be as she is drawn because she IS who we are. I’m still wondering why David wasn’t Kawika.