Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

If We Were Having Coffee on the 16th of February, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of very strong French/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  Actually, it is approaching lunch time, so something else may be in order.  It is a sunny day and beginning to warm up. And where are we?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from Cape Cod.

This is one of those weeks that I have a hard time coming up with things that I did.  We had a winter storm and so I spent some time on Wednesday shoveling wet, heavy snow.  I also had a haircut on Wednesday and drove to the Cape in the evening.  I did some writing, but for the most time, after finishing the drafting work of the two novellas and finishing writing the serial story I’ve been posting these last few weeks, I have been uninspired.  Or maybe it is just tired since I haven’t slept well.

I have done a little bit of preliminary stuff on the new house.  Not a lot, but we have to start some place. Continue reading


If We Were Having Coffee on the 9th of February, 2019


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice hot mug of a very strong French Roast/Sumatra Roast blend! Or how about a cuppa tea or hot cocoa? It is cold and the wind is awful.  Not as bad as last night – I thought the house was going to come down!  And where are we this weekend?  Some my recognize this picture (though relatively new) as being in New Hampshire.

A big part of this week was about (warning, adult content) paying bills and doing banking and finance stuff. Cleaning up around the house (old one in NH). Taking responsibility and those types of things. (Adult content for mature audiences over ;) )

The weather has been very strange, as it has everywhere.  Most of the week was far above normal, but we had an ice storm. And today is cold, if sunny, and won’t get above freezing.  I mean, it is winter in NH, despite the fact that the ground is bare!  I often have several feet on the ground this time of year (over a meter). Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of February, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  It is still a little chilly out there, but much warmer than it was earlier today!  It was down right frigid. So I can get you a mug of strong coffee, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage. It is sunny, windy and still just a bit below freezing.  And where are we?  Some of you may know that the Beatles’ mug collection is on Cape Cod.

A few quick things – yes, we had a bit of “Polar Vortex” here, but it wasn’t as bad as in New Hampshire, which wasn’t as bad as Chicago.  Frigid, but livable. First thing Thursday, when it was just a smidge above 0 F, I took this photo, asking if i should go kayaking (too windy ;) ) Continue reading

The Halley Branch by Trent P. McDonald

Solveig Werner just posted a review of my book “The Halley Branch”. She was someone who read the original rough draft when I posted it on line so can compare the draft with the finished product.

Solveig Werner

Trevor, a young scientist, suddenly finds himself facing an evil so big, that for a person like you and I it would be impossible to grasp.

After a yearly family reunion, a distant cousin is under the curse of a long-deceased ancestor and memories, super-human powers and dangers come crashing down on Trevor.

Why is his girlfriend trying to kill him? How come he is seeing ghosts and talking with them? Why is he living the last moments of someone else? Why does everyone around him seem to know and remember things that he is completely oblivious to?

Almost against his will (willpower is something that he hadn’t had for year) Trevor is fighting off deamons.

The Halley Branch is a page-turner and the second full-length novel by Trent P. McDonald. Initially published on his blog over a few weeks, the story of supernatural and difficult family relations was turned…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 26th of January, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice mug of a super strong French Roast/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other warm beverage.  You’ll need it as it is cold.  At least it is sunny and the wind isn’t strong.  Where are we?  Some may recognize that photo at the top of the post as being on Cape Cod.

First I need to say that the “secret” I was going to talk about this week didn’t happen and hasn’t been rescheduled yet, so I won’t say anything except it does not have to do with health, work, art/writing or anything else like that.

Thinking work, I’ll be heading back to work on Monday.  I am not looking forward to catching up! Continue reading

Winter – #tanka


Frigid winter day
A blizzard freezes my soul
Distant stares are harsh
An icy word from your mouth
Causes the tempest to rage


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week the key words were “Cold” and “Storm” This week I decided to try a tanka.


In ways these words were appropriate this week as we just had our first major storm of the season followed by our coldest day so far.  I know, the first storm in late January in New Hampshire?  Unheard of!  But it has been a frigid winter!  And don’t worry too much about my storm damaged heart – this is pure fiction :)  Photo from a short hike on Saturday, before the storm.

If We Were Having Coffee on the 19th of January, 2019

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of very strong French/Sumatra Roast blend, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other warm berverage!  You’ll need something ht, though today is the warm day of the weekend – the high on Monday is supposed to be somewhere around 5F/ -15C.  That’s the high temperature!!  And we are supposed to get 18″ to 24″ (46 cm – 61 cm) of snow starting tonight.  So my question is, why in the world are you here?  And why am I here?  No, I guess I won’t get into philosophy, but I will say what I am talking about (in a non-philosophical way) by “here” – I am back to using my original New Hampshire photo.

Not a lot to say about the week.  I did some work around the house, I wrote a new 14,000 word novella, I wrote a couple of short stories and did some editing, I exercised/ran/weights/etc., I played with dogs, I had a super important appointment (finally!), and set up another appointment (which hopefully I’ll be able to tell you about next Saturday).  Other than that, well, I know I never stopped, but can’t say what I did. Continue reading

Imagination, Part 1 – A Tribute #writephoto


Photo by Sue Vincent

Picture yourself on a boat on a river. When out of the psychedelic landscape, she calls you quite softly, you answer quite slowly, misunderstanding all you see as you are taken to Strawberry fields to pour paint on the piano.  She said, she said that tomorrow never knows. Goo goo g’joob.

Imagine that war is over and peace has been given a chance.  Imagine, if you can, living lives in peace.  Imagine.

Well, we all shine on.  Better get yourself together, darling, join the human race, as you make your way across the Universe.  And we are all together – Imagine a brotherhood of man.  Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the January 12, 2019


Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the cold!  It is frigid out there today.  Yes, a pretty day, full of polar sunshine, but also polar air!  I’ll get you a steaming mug of coffee or a cuppa tea, a mug of hot cocoa or other warm beverage.  Brrrr, you’ll need it!  And where is it so cold?  The photo at the top is pretty new, but some of you may recognize the McDonald’s Pub mug and so know that it is in New Hampshire, and so are we.

An odd week.  I do not talk about work much, except to say that I am kept very busy and that (one of my roles) I am a program manager for a web hosting environment that gets many millions of hits a day.  I might say in my “about page”, I’m not sure, but I rarely say where I work.  For very good reason.  I am not going to say now, except to say that when I return it will take weeks to catch up…

I have been doing work around the house.  Continue reading