And let the heat arrive

Well, it had to happen some time, sooner or later, the early summer heat is rolling on in.  Happily, the gardens are all set up and ready for the growing season.  My next gardening experiment will be the hanging strawberry garden.  I have everything set up and planted.  I just need a better support system.  There is a lot of dirt to be supported.  However a quick trip to Lowes in the morning should supply everything I need.

The ponds look good and the catfish is waiting on me each evening for dinner to get tossed into the water.  It is amazing how much everything in there likes really cheap dog food.

Some days, the fates decide to smile a bit.  I needed to match up a few projects with the right people and by nightfall everything lined up nicely.  I have lots to finish and we should have some great new releases coming up very quickly.

The Desk Of Endless Tasks is clearing up a little bit.  I love hitting the “Done State”.  We are both trying to trim down for the season.

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Waxing Gibbous …

No, I am not doing hair removal on some poor person named Gibbous.  This is the current stage of the moon.  I know that you are shocked that I keep up with the stages of the moon.  Today on GTR (www.geektankradio.com) we got to chat about how bright the moon is going to be over the next few days.  Star gazing won’t be so great, but it is time to get a nice pair of binoculars and head to the backyard and rediscover just how spectacular looking at the moon really is.  It really is a perfect not for a moon dance.

While it is has been a massively busy week, it has been a very productive week.  I have been getting a lot of stuff done.  While a lot of it has been in the dredge category, we all know that it has to get done so you can move on the sexier stuff.  There are numerous projects closing in on done.  I love being a founding member of the Fabulous Cult of Done.  There is just such a wonderful feeling to look at a wrapped up task or project using the most powerful of arcane and magical words, done.

Sea Monkey update; my lovely little bits of flamingo chow are doing rather well.  Their tank and they seem to hit that biological equilibrium and the colony seems to be doing just fine.

The temperate Bananas of Over Achieving are sprouting back up after a brutal winter.  The horse radish is already back up.  The ginger had to be replaced, but the grape vines are looking pretty good.  The blueberries are about to be in full bloom.  As a bonus round, I have five gallons of blackberry wine in the making jug.  I will keep you posted on the progress.

Back at The Desk Of Endless Tasks, after a few minor setbacks, we are plowing ahead.  Hopefully, there will be announcements soon.

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Now that the rain has gone …

I have reached the age when my memories are clouding up the modern day.  For instance, I do remember numerous serious thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even the occasional hurricane, however, I also remember that most of the time, rain was just that, a nice rain for a few hours. Everything got watered, the creeks and streams rose a little bit, and the plants all looked really perky.  Now, it seems that most rain events are now storms absolutely dumping inches of water as fast as possible.  Of course, I could be wrong, but it certainly feels like I am right.

Been getting a lot of editing and pagination done.  We have numerous new projects coming up very quickly.  I am excited about both our books and media works.  If you haven’t checked out the new YouTube channel, dive in and enjoy.  Of course the more subscribers we get, the more stuff we can do. https://youtu.be/SOUhsMPdRBA

Sadly for Geek Tank Radio, Jessie has traded up jobs and has moved over to the TV world.  We will miss our defacto mum/Harley Quinn.

This coming Thursday night on Apr 19th at 7:00 pm the Writers Around Town will be at the Germantown Community Library.  The topic for the night is “Writing Series And Keeping It Fresh”.  I am having a blast with these seminars.

I am also happy to mention that our Pyrate Blades performance group keeps getting better.  Who knows, the pirate fight club may show up at a convention near you.

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Full Moon Motivation …

It has been a wonderful full moon weekend.  The weather has been pretty good and the night sky has been spectacular. The best part is that I can watch the moon rise from my desk chair.

I am prepping for another convention appearance next weekend in Tupelo, MS. at Tupelo Titan Con ( http://tupelotitancon.com/ ).  Not only do I get to be a writer/radio host I also get to be there with Pyrate Blades.  Yes, there will some live sword fighting.  I am very excited.  This is going to a lot of fun.

This weekend a lot of video rendering and editing also got done.  The Desk of Endless Tasks has had a steady stream of projects coming and going.  I just love the sounds of productivity in the evening.

Geek Tank Radio ( http://www.geektankradio.com ) has continued to grow.  If you have been keeping with the show, you already know all about geek eats, science news, and shower thoughts.  If not, dive in and catch the madness 🙂

This weekend would not have been complete without the annual first yard beat down.  It is shocking just how rough the yard gets over the winter.  Now, the yard is beat into submission for a few days, the beds have been cleared and planted, and the blueberries are already blooming.  No bad at all.

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Fixin to get ready

I am fond of saying, “So much mischief and so little time.”  Well, 2018 is becoming a perfect example of time being fleeting.  Honestly, March is nearly over and there is still so much to do it is amazing.  It is not like we have been sleeping or goofing off in the secret super villain lair.  On the contrary, the machinations have been working overtime.  I had been steadily clearing projects from the lovely surface of The Desk Of Endless Tasks.  However, the nice people on the other end are all getting their parts done at the same time so here comes the return wave.  Happily, this means we are getting closer to fulfilling the demands of The Amazing Society of Done.  I do like the sound of that.

Once the current work load is done, it shall be my turn to return to keyboard in the name of my own efforts.  Just so much mischief to get out of my head and onto the pages.

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Living on Convention Time

MidSouthCon 36 (http://www.midsouthcon.org) was this weekend.  This just so happens to be the first convention I ever attended and I have actually made it to 35 of the 36 shows.  During those years, I have also attended hundreds of conventions across the country.  Some are better than others and a few are truly in the extreme category.   My point here is that if you are a fan of anything in geek culture from hard science to animated fantasy stories, you really should go and support your local conventions.  When I am doing appearances at venues other than conventions, I always get asked what the conventions are like as a guest.  Okay- here we go.

As a performing guest, you get a schedule of events  that the convention wants you to do.  Normally, I get one or two big events coupled with several panel appearances.  This normally shows up in the email before the event.  If the event is out of town, There is the joy of loading up all the goodies you are going to need for the weekend.  In my case, this includes books, freebies, postcards, flyers, and occasionally props like werewolf teeth or magic wands.  It is important to make sure you are ready for odd panels.  Normally, I arrive at the convention after a nice drive of about six hours or so and dash in for my first panel just in the nick of time.  The rest of my weekend is a  mix of meeting with fans both old and new, hurried conferences with other performers, and the well-practiced  art of dashing into my next panel just in time.

There a few things to keep in mind at a convention.  If you like art, chances are that the actual artist is sitting there at their booth and will chat with you and sign their art piece.  That writer you wanted to meet might be at the writers table and happy to share a story or two time allowing.  You will find someone willing to have a conversation about nearly any topic under the stars.  You will make great new friends that can’t wait to see you at the next convention.  Attend one convention and you may even find yourself thinking up your cos-play for the next one.  The point is that you should go and enjoy yourself.

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Such a lovely full moon …

After another couple of days of complete downpours, the skies finally cleared and this evening we had one the best rising full moons I have seen in years.  Such a wonderful evening after so much rain.

Don’t forget MidSouthCon (www.midsouthcon.org) next weekend (March  9-11) at the Hilton off Poplar and I-240.  Come out and join the madness.  If you have never been to a fandom convention before, this is a great place to come out and find out what it is all about.  If nothing else make to “Dark and Stormy Night”  on Sunday afternoon, I promise it is worth it.

I had a wonderful time with a couple of friends from Grace Healthcare chatting about medical science and levels of care.  Listen in:
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