General Blog

General Blog

May 26, 2012

Slow day at the con

Slow day at the sci-fi convention. 10am to 6pm, sold three books. Other sellers are making about the same rate of sales. Good point – well, besides those few sales, watching a guy manning a booth across from me read Early ReTyrement all day. Every now and then he’d laugh out loud, or call over to tell me what Mason was up to. This helped to get through the thanklessness of convention doldrums. Had a fan I didn’t even know stop by and tell me how much he liked it. Worth more than money. Also, got some leads on some […]
May 22, 2012

OASIS 25 appearance!

I’ll be at OASIS 25, the Orlando scifi convention at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown this weekend (May 25-27). Come by and get a book signed. If you don’t have a book, come by and buy a book and get it signed. If you have a signed copy, just come by and say hi! Looking forward to seeing all the crazy geeks all dressed up. Should be wacky and fun and interesting. Book review fans – the book will be in a little late sunday evening (but I’ll still get it to you). Got an interesting little indie one to look […]
May 20, 2012

Echos of my speech

Saturday was the day of my speech at the local downtown library. I’ll admit that I’m a horrible speaker. That I hadn’t done a public speech since college and was not looking forward to this. But I took my speech and focused on it like it was a hard-punching chapter of a book, adding wit and twists and all that. And at a friend’s recomendation, I worked on a delievery more atuned to role-playing reffing (as I once did). And I practiced it, tuning it tight. I even stood on the back porch while the rain came down, giving it […]
May 5, 2012

Fuckitnügen II

Here we go again. Wednesday at the club, I noticed that the car seemed sluggish to start. Today, when we wanted to go to lunch, it seemed inert. Dead battery. So we jumped it (what a circus that was – I had to push the car, the wife steered, and she put it into the hedge). Anyway, got it running, went out to lunch at a nearby Wendy’s. Came out and found it dead again. So home we walked, 100 degrees but lots of shade, so not bad. Brought the wife’s car out with the jumpers and started it again. […]
May 3, 2012


Okay, as promised, here is my picture of me as a carney barker. Did three hours in the hot sun, heckling some 200 people through our concrete carnival. So that’s a new career path for me…
April 29, 2012

Meet the Author

Looks like I’ll be downtown at the local library, giving a speech on the 19th? With my usual timing, my employers are offering Dale-Carnegie courses for free at work, but they will be moving too slowly for me to have them under by belt by the time I hit the podium. But I’ve got an idea of what I’m going to say, so I’ll just work at polishing it up this week and getting it all ready for live-time. And any of you locals, if you have the time and want to watch your pal in action, come down and […]
April 27, 2012

Look, A**hole – a medical proceedure

Had to go to my colonoscopy today. I’d mentioned my concerns/dreads/exasperations HERE. No, it’s not done for fun. We’d picked up the big gallon jug of laxitive mixer over the weekend. I decided to add in the lemon-lime flavor pack – yeah, it’s a flavor, all right. Tuesday I added water and mixed it all up. And Thursday, I had to drink it. Knowing I would be short-term-renting food for the day, I only had a muffin for breakfast. Then, starting at 1pm and continuing every 30 minutes, I had to drink a full glass of the stuff until it […]
April 24, 2012

Aft torpedos!

Well, I’ve got to do what old guys occasionally do. Buy a sportscar? No. Get a mistress? No. I’ve got to get a colonoscopy. Had one a few years back and they found enough polyps (good luck with that word, Mr. Spellchecker) that I had to go back. Gads. And there is no backing out of this (pun intended) – my sister is a Colonoscop-doc, and has been keeping her gloved finger firmly on the pulse of my calendar. So in I go this Friday (or in it goes this Friday). For those who’ve never had one, it’s not so […]
April 11, 2012


I’ve absolutely had it. Look, I’ve only owned three cars in my life, a 73 Superbeetle (which I drove until it was wrecked in ’84), a ’79 280Z and, in 2000, a newly purchased NewBeetle. The NewBeetle I got in the exact same colors as my old one. Even had the grey seats swapped for black ones as part of the purchase deal. And I loved that car. How amazing, the technological changes twenty years make. The car seemed to drive itself. It was fun, it had a sun roof, it was a joy to drive. I even took it […]
April 9, 2012

Product placement

So how about THIS for a little nifty product placement? At work, we have this tree on the wall for the march of dimes. Buy a leaf, have it posted on the tree along with a name of the person it represents. After the first few days, nobody had bought a leaf. Then I got a great idea – purchased a leaf for a dollar and dedicated it to “Mason Trellis”, hero of Early ReTyrement. And now everyone at work who’s read the book is in on the joke, and maybe the buzz will bring out a few more sales. […]