Category Archives: General Thoughts

General thoughts and random ramblings

Cover Reveal – The Halley Branch!

The Halley Branch Cover - front

It is still several months out, but I thought you all might like to see what the cover for The Halley Branch will look like.

What do you think?  Like it?

Here is a rough draft of the front and back together.  This is subject to change.  (I will have a second post with some conversation about the cover later): Continue reading


If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of March, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome.  Come in out of the cold and I’ll get you a nice steaming mug of very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa piping hot tea or perhaps some hot cocoa.  It seems that winter has returned.  Actually, it was cold last night and won’t get very warm today, but it will be the next few days that will be the return of January.  I’m talking 8 F/ -13 C.  The good news is that they have removed the next Nor’easter, set for Wednesday, off of the forecast.  I hope it stays gone!  So where are we?  Some of you may realize by the photo that we are in New Hampshire again today.

So we had another storm on Tuesday.  Yep, another 18 inches of snow.  There was a dusting over night into Thursday.  I think we’ve had more snow in March than the rest of the winter combined.  Hopefully that’s the end.

Work was pretty busy.  A lot going on as usual. Continue reading

Mystery Solved! (Maybe…)


A few weeks back I wrote a post about something I saw as I walked my dogs in the dark.  I had no idea what it could be.  It was fast and silent.  After discarding the usual suspects (rabbit and deer)I had thought “falcon” because of the speed, but it was flying silently after sundown in the winter.  So my next thought was “owl”.  In the week before I saw the mystery object, I had seen or heard at least three different owl species in the neighborhood.  They were around.

I was back down there last weekend.  I was walking the dogs on Saturday afternoon in pretty much the same area.  Close – the sitting a few weeks back was a few hundred yards/meters farther along in the walk.  This is a slow residential area were i don’t worry about cars and so was walking in the middle of the right lane with the dogs sniffing along the edge of the road.

For no reason at all I spun around.  A smallish bird (compared to an eagle, red tailed hawk or osprey) was flying down the left lane at about knee height.  It was moving fast, if not quite as fast as the mystery object.  It started to rise just before it reached me and continued the slow climb. It was about waist height when it passed me and started the climb described below at about shoulder height. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 10th of March, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a nice large much of Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea, hot cocoa or other beverage.  Actually, it is afternoon now, not morning.  I almost always have you over early, but I’m running behind today.   It’s an odd day, sunny, cold but not frigid (above freezing) and the sun is shining brightly off of the snow.  Yeah snow…  More about that later.  Anyway, just in case you didn’t know where we are by the mug and synthesizer at the top of the page, we are in New Hampshire today.

I guess I need to start with weather.  Last week I told you a bit about the riding out of the Weather Bomb on Cape Cod.  I told you about power outages and generator issues.  I drove back to New Hampshire on Sunday and had thought about going back to Cape Cod on Wednesday, but then they changed the forecast.  Also, luckily, they decided to put a lot more resources on the power issue, so I received a text that they were planning on having my power back by Monday morning.  So on Monday I took a drive down there after work.  The power was back, as was Internet, so I was bale to work down there on Tuesday.  I drove back to New Hampshire on Tuesday evening.  So yes, I did that drive three days in a row.

A new storm came in Wednesday.  This one was a snow event.  We received over a foot (just under 35 cm) of very wet, heavy snow into Thursday.  So I had the fun of cleaning up.  It was supposed to be warm and sunny and so the snow should have gone away, as is typical for March, but yesterday was cloudy and cool.  There have been snow showers off and on and we had almost an inch of snow over night last night.  And now they are saying more for Tuesday.  Perhaps a lot more. Continue reading

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 2018 AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT GUEST POSTS: Meet Elliot, from “The Fire Born” by Trent P. McDonald

Today I did a guest post over at Colleen Chesebro’s blog. OK, I really didn’t do it, I let Elliot, the protagonist of The Fireborn write it. Well, I meant to, but… ;) Enjoy!

Colleen Chesebro - The Fairy Whisperer

fairies,myths& magic header

Welcome to my author spotlight guest posts where I introduce you to independent authors from various genres from around the globe. You never know. You might meet your new favorite author!


Today, my guest is Trent P. McDonald. I met Trent through his participation in my weekly poetry challenge. He is an avid poet and quite the artist. I always enjoy his humor, and he takes some great photos!


Author, Poet, Artist, Trent P. McDonald

Meet Trent McDonald

I never decided what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I compose and play music, draw and paint, take a lot of pictures, and yes, I write.  I’ve written a couple of books that are sitting on my shelf waiting to go out. I write a new short story almost every week, which I often post on my blog at

I also like to eat, so I work…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 4th of March, 2018

Coffee Time on Cape Cod

Hello and Welcome!  It’s early afternoon.  Actually, early Sunday afternoon.  I usually do coffee on Saturday morning.  I mean, we can still have coffee, but I haven’t made any in a few days.  Now comes the confusing part – As you know, I always say something about where I am, but today I am going say “so where were we?”  Because, truthfully, I just got home New Hampshire, but I was on Cape Cod all weekend, and I want to talk about The Cape, so I’m using a Cape Cod Coffee Share photo, not a New Hampshire one.  Got it?

I went down to Cape Cod on Wednesday evening.  I had already asked for Friday off work, so it was supposed to be a bit of a vacation.

Thursday was beautiful, feeling almost like April.  I took a long walk after work.  There were insects, bugs out!  That was on the 1st of March.  Bugs.  Wow, strange.  And more birds than I’d seen on a single walk.  All types, even some I usually don’t see until April or May.

And then the Weather Bomb hit.

It rained all night Thursday and all day Friday.  The wind was strong, very strong.  And then it got worse.

Sometime around 5:30 or 6 the wind really kicked in.  At about 6 the power went out.  We have a generator, but it didn’t come on.  I went out a few times to see if I could figure it out, but I decided, seeing things fly past, that being outside was stupid.

Later, the wind died down a bit and I saw the tree across the power lines. Continue reading

Lessons Well Learned


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

I remember it well. I was 15.

“Girls don’t box,” Mom said.  “She’s a math nerd who doesn’t weigh 90 pounds, soaking wet.”

“Yeah, and when some jerk tries to manhandle her, I want her to hit back,” Dad said.

And so I boxed, and was good, very good.  Even Mom was proud.  In college I entered the martial arts with a boxer’s reflexes.

There was no escape, I had to face the three knife men barehanded.  They were grinning evil grins.

I smiled back.  They were in for a surprise.

“Thank you, Dad,” I said, letting reflexes take over.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © J Hardy Carroll.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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On the Run – Part 3

Coffee on the Road

This is a continuation.  See Part 1 and Part 2

Breakfast was good, despite the lack of coffee.  Sure, the hot chocolate was tasty, but I was looking forward to a time when I’d no longer have to be a 13-year-old and could have some java instead of cocoa to get me moving.

A woman came up to the table just after the waitress dropped off the check.

“Mr. Cann?” she asked.

“Yes ma’am.”  Ben was using an accent that I couldn’t quite place.  It had broad, flat vowels, like smiling when he talked.  That was mixed with distinct, crisp consonants.  Was it upstate New York?

“Hi, I’m Jen Stevens.  You know, from Uber?  I hear you’re looking for a ride.”

“Yes, ma’am, we are.  Down to Kingston, to the airport.”

“That’s pretty easy.  Take your time finishing up.”

“Thank you, but we’re done.  Right Billy?”  I nodded.  “Hold on and I’ll settle up the bill.” Continue reading

The Fireborn: A book Review

A new review of The Fireborn. Thanks Irene!

Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

51LtZHzfgzL._SY346_ photo courtesy Amazon kindle

A cruise allowed me to catch up on a few of the many books on my reading list and I have to say I’m happy I had the opportunity to read fellow blogger, Trent McDonald’s The Fireborn. Although the genre is not my normal choice of reading I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastical tale that took the mediaeval legend of Arthur and the celtic warriors, found their modern day counterparts and continued the battle through America and the UK .

Elliot, the main character,  is a revisionist historian. I love that concept of re-examining history from a different angle and putting new perspectives on it.  His brother is an archaeologist who has found a cauldron that takes us back to the time of King Arthur. As a personality he is more scientific and treats Elliot with some disdain, particularly some of his…

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