Fried Chicken and Sunday.

I’m not exactly feeling on top of the world today but I oddly enough wanted fried chicken. Not the outer part necessarily but the inner tender part. There’s a “Southern” fried chicken place inside of a Chinese supermarket here called 99 Ranch. They have great fried chicken. Not as good as Jollibee’s but pretty decent. The key is that it doesn’t get soaked in grease. So that’s going to get picked at for a bit.

I don’t like greasy fried chicken. And honestly, I just want a little bit of it. I am sure as soon as Goji the Eternal Stomach realizes there’s food in the house, she’ll be here telling us all about how she’s been starving her entire life and woe is her.

This cat is NOT starving.

She DOES eat like she is. She unhinges her jaw like a moray eel and bites down viciously into the dry food. I think she’s almost at her year mark but she’s still growing and learning what it means to be a cat, including being loved. She DOES have a bathroom fetish but only for me. I cannot go to the bathroom without her supervision and right before I go to bed, she comes in to demand a bit of snuff… catnip… onto the carpeted stairs leading to the window table they lounge on. She’s settling in and doing the whole kitten thing but man she loves her brother, Badger. Which is good to see.

Now, let’s see if I can eat some dinner before I get a striped stalker sitting beneath my laptop table.

Boom Boom

There’s something about the blues. Dunno why. Dunno how. But they hook in deep and hit something inside of me. I’m not the first person who’s felt that way. And I sure as hell won’t be the last.

Now while the Blues Brothers movie is awesome and truly sparked a renewed interest in the blues, the music itself had a long and storied history in American culture. It’s given us so much and well, has served as the pulse of so many of our loves, hates, wars and peace. Countless authors are inspired by the grittiness of the music and well, we can’t even begin to list the number of musicians who have embraced the blues not only as their specific form of music but also built upon it, adding twists and turns to its hooks and slides.

I’m sharing one of my faves. John Lee Hooker. Man knew his way around a tune.

Warm Summer Days and Badger

Badger joined our household a couple of years and well, he was a handful. Found on the street with a serious back and leg wound, he didn’t like to be touched and had opinions about how he wanted to interact. He played too rough with Harley and someone at some point taught him that jumping at someone’s face was a good idea.

That was quickly discouraged and he settled into the household, still with his opinions and an attitude. He was a young, large not-quite-cat who needed to be taught that being loved was okay.

And he has learned that. Over the past few months, he’s turned into a very snuggly yet demanding cat who loves scritches and will paw at you if he wants attention. He enjoys going out into his catio so he can sit in the fresh air and watch birds as well as finding a lot of joy and delight in chasing his youngest sister, Goji around. Since Goji joined the household, he’s had a playmate who plays as rough as he does since Harley is a bit of a delicate thug. Harley likes playing but after a little bit, she’d rather go snuggle up to the dog or get her belly rub.

The Toxic Twins, however, rough-house about until I’m sure the walls are shaking.

He still only eats dry food but he’s settled in. And he knows he’s home. That’s always the best feeling… when the cat you bring in from the kind of shitty outside realizes he is loved and that he has a very significant place in your world.

Wow. So much happens yet so little…

Summer is here in San Diego and well, I wasn’t ready for it. We’ve gotten the backyard kind of summer ready with an above ground pool, patio furniture, rainbow lights and as alway, there’s a little blond Potato cairn terrorist more than happy to roll around in the sun.

I’ve returned to working the day job in the building today and it’s rather surreal. I don’t think I can even type on this keyboard anymore. I’m so used to my laptop. 😀 We’re all still distancing and wearing masks when leaving our offices but the majority of us are in place for a few days a week. It’s all rather strange.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big Marvel fan… well mostly the secondary characters like Bucky and Loki so I’m very excited about the Loki series. Watched the first one and man, I’m ready for the rest of it. CANNOT WAIT>

And I want to share this link abou the Top 10 Amazing “Secret” History notes about some famous places. These kinds of things are like a rabbit hole for me. I get started on one link and then… I’m falling in. This one is not exception:
https://listverse.com/2021/06/15/top-10-amazing-hidden-histories-from-the-worlds-most-famous-places/

And I also wanna leave you with three of the best Burger Masters there are… most notably…. a hack for the In-N-Out Burger, which is my fave burger of all time.

Oh yeah and some others.

I’m going to try to stop in more and chat. Just to keep things going and well, fire up my brains and the words / characters I’ve got brewing. Very exciting.

Now available in PDF and Audiobook file… Nothing Else Matters (A McGinnis/Kim Wedding Invitation)

For those who missed it… like me who’d forgotten I’d written it (it’s been a long year!)… Andi Van thankfully collected up the bits and pieces into one location. So, it is with great pleasure I present to you…
Nothing Else Matters (A McGinnis and Kim Wedding Invitation)
Not only do you get the story and a downloadable PDF, you also can hear Greg Tremblay‘s sublime narration of the story as well as download the combined audiobook file.
Hope you enjoy.
 

BookMarkit and Paperbacks Good News!

SUCH EXCITING NEWS!
BookMarkIt bought a huge number of Dreamspinner paperbacks, including some out of print left-over stock and are selling them on Amazon at deep discount. Don’t know how long this sale will be or if it’s geo-restricted but if you’re looking for paperbacks…
If you notice the tab at the top says BookMarkIt. This is a set marketplace in Amazon so it’s rather cool for authors to have this platform. Fill out your bookshelves if there’s something you’re missing or have always wanted to get!
 

No GRL 2021 but DEFINITELY GRL 2022!

Okay. I wrestled with this for a long time and there’s been a lot of back and forth. Sadly, I came to the decision that I’m not going to be able to attend GRL this year.
And God knows, I want to. I want to see all of you. I just don’t know if I’ll be in a good headspace to do that. I’ve got some healing to do after losing friends and family this past year and well, just general brain fuckery.
I will definitely aim to be there in 2022 … what’s the saying? God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise. Which I guess means as long as I can make it across the river, I’ll be there.
I want to thank the GRL organizers for doing such an incredible job with GRL and for letting us all be a part of such a fantastic event. I hope you all have the opportunity to attend one and truly enjoy a unique and joyous gathering.
See you at GRL 2022!

‘Nother Sip of Gin Audiobook is Ready for your Listening Pleasure

I am so delighted  ‘Nother Sip of Gin Audiobook was out.
Check out Kale Williams bringing the Sinners (and 415 Ink) boys to life! Because it’s a nice weekend to have another Sip of Gin!
Honestly, listening to Kale work through these stories is like coming home to good friends. I was so excited to hear his work and couldn’t be happier to have him onboard. It’s sooo good.
For Crossroads Gin rock stars Miki, Damien, Rafe, and Forest, life is a Möbius strip of music, mayhem, and murder. Through it all, the sweet, hot moments between tours with lovers, friends, and family keep them sane, healthy, and happy. This Sinners collection features short stories spanning the entire series, from before the first note to after the lights go out.

Being an Aspie… And Masking.

I am an Aspie… (Aspergers). I spend most of my energy and time masking. Masking is when you’re not neurotypical and fight to align your behaviours to “normal” to blend in. It takes a lot of effort and I’m exhausted by the end of a few hours. Sometimes I can’t even do it. Sometimes I’m okay. No one makes allowances for people who mask to survive society. We get this. We know there won’t be slack given. We’ve gone through that kind of thing since school. It’s easier to shunt aside someone on the spectrum who is struggling to learn masking and other coping mechanisms, especially in a crowd or school environment.
 
I’m sorry that it has to be that way but that’s the way it is. It doesn’t mean spectrum-typical people aren’t assholes, manipulative or any of that. We’re human. The first thing we do as babies is learn that crying manipulates our environment and can even learn to lie-cry to be picked up. It’s our first humaning skill.
 
But there’s no one who “teaches” you how to mask successfully. You just have to try your best and learn how to manage the energy depletion. We’re not introverts per se (although some are), mostly we’re trying to mirror the people around us and fit in because we know we don’t. Trust me. We KNOW. We FEEL wrong. We don’t FIT into the lines around us. What we do when we mask is try to keep our colouring inside of the lines, and those colours are actually ourselves.