Posted in Nature, Painting

Let the earth bring forth…the fruit tree

DickBlick Premium Tempera on canvas, 6″x8″

In an effort to become more social, I visited an open painting group at the Senior Center in my home town today. My nervousness was 100% unwarranted! The ladies in the group were immensely welcoming (and hilarious to boot).

They warned me the staff often comes down the hall and shuts the door to the small room “with a flourish,” because of all the laughter. I guess, as my throat was feeling a bit rough from my contribution to the noise level, I’d have taken pride at contributing to such a door-shutting today.

It never happened. There’s always next Wednesday…Lord willing.


NOTE: the painting is based on this photo, from Paint My Photo, a terrific free site for photographers AND painters. This is my “gallery,” to which I’ll need to add this picture.


And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Genesis 1:11)

 

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Posted in Education, Food/Cooking

Not everything #Hippie is bad…

My latest bread machine started giving me problems in early March of this year. This lead to pulling an old, hardly used cookbook off the shelf.

For the pictured loaf, I cut the “Basic Yeasted Bread” down to a 1/4-recipe. This yields a single 1-pound loaf which can be devoured easily by two adults before going stale.

Behold!

The Tassajara Bread Book, Edward Espe Brown, 1970, Shambala Books, Boulder.

Now, in warm summer months, it rises super efficiently, whereas at the start of my old-school bread making adventure I actually set it on a heating pad!

Wish you could smell it!


Here’s a second hippie cookbook I’ve just started using again:

“Laurel’s Kitchen,” Laurel Robertson, C. Flinders, B. Godfrey, Bantam Books, 1978.

Found I had a 5-pound vacumbag of whole wheat, so wanted to try some bread made with sprouts.

In the past I haven’t had good luck with sprouts, other than lentils. (I think because once they sprout they are basically ready-to-eat.)

“We shall see.”

Posted in "Humor", anti-White, Big Sis, Border Security, Cartoons, feminism, free speech, Graphic Design, Immigration, Political Correctness, Trump-Derangement-Syndrome

The Broad Squad

Imagine these overlord-lites stomping on your remaining Liberties for the rest of their lives, because…

  1. They possess no otherwise-marketable skills.
  2. They have grown accustomed to the luxury and prestige of their suddenly-6-figure salaries (not to mention all the golden perks).
  3. They feed like Vampires off the annoyance/angst/anger of any who are forced to submit to their demands, like congressional-committee questioning.
  4. Now hooked on the legislator’s Power-to-Command and Control we commoners, there is no going back to the real-world for these creatures.
  5. Nothing – save Death – could possibly substitute for nor satisfactorily satiate their Swampborn addiction to demanding obedience.

 

Posted in Fairytales, Faith, free speech, Graphic Design, Islam, Muslim Correctness, Politics, Writing

Available now: a FREE! Sci-fi fairytale

UPDATED 8 March 2019: Available on Smashwords, now. Short blurb:

Sometimes space-aliens really are out to get you, so don’t judge a space-rock by its stony exterior. The matrix might be hiding something truly mind-boggling which you (and your brain) should steer clear of. Um-m-m…NOW!

Is there a sci-fi fairytale genre? Well, there needs to be. This one will be about 9500 words and posits the actual origins of the Religion-of-Peace® (HT to Richard Dawkins). As you might imagine, I’m struggling on the final edits. (Also working to tie it into – as backstory – one of the passengers on the fictional Stratos A-29 flight in the FREE! short story called No Respect.)

I should have it up here over the weekend. It’s HERE!

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p.s. If you drool over new fonts as much as I do (you poor thing), the two used on this cover (and likely on others of mine) are from the awesome FREE! font site, fontsquirrel. (Bahia & DayPosterBlack)

Posted in "Humor", Big Sis, Education, Fairytales, feminism, Guns, Liberty, Political Correctness, Politics, progressives, Writing

A politically-progressive fairytale for free…of course!

The Smashword’s blurb for “Questionable Character”:

Of course college senior Hester Primm was aware that she had a “Permanent Record.” She had been told, as had countless other school kids all their lives, to keep it clean…or suffer some vague future Consequences. Well, who’d’ve thunk that that very same P-R-scam would be pulled on her as a graduating senior in the home stretch? Not Hester, that’s for sure and all for trying to NOT do what she thought was the wrong thing. Go figure…

Trying to work-within-the-system, might-makes-right, and good-guys rush in all collide in this sober-yet-satirical look at campus politics in the 21st century.

On a side note, campus life will probably only get worse.

This one’s not humorous for sure, but still, I hope it’s as enjoyable. Let me know!

Also, none of the characters in QC are recognizable from – or clearly connected to – any of the characters in my other recent stories. Perhaps that will change in the future. 🙂

Posted in Diversity, Economics, Fairytales, feminism, Fiction, Humor, Immigration, Islam, Political Correctness, Politics, Writing

Happy “Presidential-aspirations Day!” Celebrate by reading a short-story

Smashwords’ Blurb for “No Respect”:

In the not-too-distant-Future…a snarky power-mad gender-bending Senator (with Presidential aspirations, of course) is having trouble getting respect even in the D.C. Swamp. “They” unexpectedly meet a second soulmate, in the form of a race-bending bodyguard of all people, on a history making supersonic flight back home to Texas.

Short stories as “backstory”

I’m sure I’m not the first writer to figure this out, but it’s becoming clear that the short stories I’ve written since deciding to finally work on my “response” to The Handmaid’s Tale are functioning as backstory of sorts. (Two years ago I gave mine the clunky title, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Sabayas.”*)

Have a favorite in No Respect? Stay tuned

My plan at the moment is to make the crew and passengers on the supersonic-flight in “No Respect” the main cast in my book. The short stories I’ll do over the next few weeks will, therefore, pick up on one or a pair of these folks, to fill in some Life details and show the perspective they are bringing** to a (totalitarian) Future under Islamic rule, which I see as much more realistic than any future ruled by a fundamental-Christian theocracy that Margaret Atwood’s fifty-shades-of-red-feminist fantasy novel drones on about (or pines for?).


“Dev” from Killer Fries is in this story…

…along with one other from “Killer,” because I realized I could effectively use them in the new novel I’m planning. To accomplish this I amended KF by adding a scene-setting paragraph at the beginning and a new one at the end.

The uploaded story file now includes them. Here’s the updated Smashword’s blurb:

Killer Fries…In which a recurring nightmare leaves a tough man’s man wondering, once again, which really would be scarier: settling down and having a bunch of headstrong kids, or routinely dealing with political monsters that never seem to get their comeuppance soon enough

Thanks for reading my stories!


*Sabaya is the term used by ISIS, at least, for “sex slave”

**insight into Islam and an Islamic theocracy, or total naivte

Posted in Big Sis, Diversity, Fairytales, Guns, Humor, Writing

A free short-story for your reading pleasure

Inspired by real politicians 🙂

I haven’t written any fiction for two years so I figured the best way to ease into another book project would be by getting some short stories out. This one is less than 2000 words. Now that’s short.

Please let me know if it made you chuckle at least.



UPDATE: 18 feb 2019

In order to re-cast several characters…

I realized I could effectively use the main character, Dev, in the new novel I’m planning. To accomplish this I added a scene-setting paragraph at the beginning and a new one at the end.

The story now includes them, so here’s the updated Smashword’s blurb:

Killer Fries…In which a recurring nightmare leaves a tough man’s man wondering, once again, which really would be scarier: settling down and having a bunch of headstrong kids, or routinely dealing with political monsters that never seem to get their comeuppance soon enough


UPDATE: 11 feb 2019

Teespring Shirts and more

Yup. I did it. You can get a Direct-to-Garment printed KILLER FRIES shirt from my shop over there, for as little as $14.99 (not including shipping); the mug above for $9.99. I set the prices super low compared to all their “suggested” mark-ups.

Posted in Graphic Design, Politics, T-shirts, Trump

2018: A Space (-Force) Odyessy

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Space-Force Academy shirt is a Bella+Canvas 3001 “Navy” Large. Actual printed-crests shown.

Order the shirt HERE.

Of course the United States Space Force (much less it having an actual “Academy”) will never happen. Honestly I don’t care. The fact that on June 18th, 2018, President Trump dared declare such a thing it at all is what makes it so amazing and so logical (as Spock would say).

I came-of-age seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” on a Cinerama screen in 1968 in West Hartford, Connecticut, so Trump certainly saw that same mind-blowing, feels like you are riding in an earth-to-moon shuttle flick, too, just that he was somewhere near his New York City home. And while I sat mesmerized in front of a modest black & white TV for the original Star Trek episodes as they aired, forced to practice Patience, week by week, Trump likely watched them all, too, only in brilliant color on a luxury-model TV. (I’ve gotta Thank God the only network my family’s aerial could pick up just “happened” to be NBC.)

Like me, as the 70’s became the 80’s, then the 90’s, Trump probably assumed the U.S. would get back to sending men to the moon until we had some sort of “colony” there, before at least making a vow to go beyond our moon. It was enormously disappointing when we didn’t, so I think this “Space Force” fiction is Trump’s attempt to inject life into and turn the 20th century’s version of The American Space-Conquering Dream into a 21st century Space-Warrior dream.

We badly need a Dream.