The holidays are (mostly) over and I hope you have survived. I had a few random thoughts that have strung together somewhat in a common theme.
Holidays are stressful for many different reasons. Like many others I had a few moments of frustration that had me doing the silent scream thing. I then came in to work this morning and read some stuff that made my holidays look like sugar and spice. It reinforced that whole be happy with what you have thing for me.
One good thing that was a nice little pre-Christmas gift to me from the universe was the news that a new short story I submitted to a contest a few months ago came in second and got published in an anthology titled Seasonal, Sweet, and Suspenseful: A collection of Holiday, Romance and Mystery Short Stories. It's available on Amazon for $2.99. Be sure to check it out and leave a review! I should have Visitor up as a stand alone short in the next few weeks.
Along those same lines, a few of my photos were selected for publication in the Tiny Tale edition of The Book Nymph's December edition. Be sure to check it out, The Book Nymph always has interesting new authors for you to discover.
Another nice thing from my holiday break has been time for one of my favorite activities - heading out into the desert with my camera in tow. On this particular trip I spent some quality time with some power poles.
Some of these shots can be purchased on my pixels.com page.
Lastly, is the subject of new years resolutions. Many years ago I resolved to no longer make new years resolutions and so far have a perfect track record. I have no plans to sully such a winning streak. :)
Enjoy the rest of your holidays, and thanks for your support!
One of the things that has me turning off the radio lately has been a rather stupid trend I have noticed in the advertising on one of the stations I listen to. Mostly I listen to what is now called "classic rock". I have taken to calling the local classic rock station the station for old perverted cheap farts that can't get it up any more.
Seriously. Every other add is either some used car guy screaming about low cost cars or doctors telling me that Viagra (trade mark, copyright and whatever else I need to keep from getting sued) is not the only answer to a floppy ding-a-ling. In between the adds the DJ's keep telling me to go on line and look at the "Babe of the Month". It's rather easy to see the demographic this station is after.
This manliness has been expanding over the last few months and many of the adds are now started to focus on whether or not I am a man. I guess it's good that the advertisers are trying to help me out with this question because I was starting to wonder. Well, not so much as wonder, as never really thought about it. Perhaps my manliness outweighs the need to question my manliness. Na. That can't be it. I must have someone else tell me.
Unfortunately I am failing on these tests. I don't get my hair cut at the right place, don't drink the right beer, and being happily married I'm not checking out the babe of the month. Whatever will I do?!
But as the song says - "He can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me!"
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