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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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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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Don’t forget the new Dark Oak Press and Media YouTube channel.  We are adding content as fast we can get out there and shoot it.
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Is it the monsoon season already?

I ask because it is still raining.  Now, it is not some kind of wild thunder blizzard, it is just raining – raining – raining – did I mention still raining ….  We can safely say the the Mid-South is well watered in.  Even though I know better, and yes, there will be another cold spell, I have started my spring planting.  Maybe I could consider a rice paddy section in the yard?

My tank of tiny minions is doing quite well.  The new food seems to be doing the trick and the little swimming dots are starting to look like brine shrimp.  Hopefully, they will be big enough to photograph next week.

The Desk of Endless Tasks and I are making some pretty progress in editing and pagination.  This means new stuff coming.

My dear friends at Malice in Memphis have decided what they really want to do right now is hold a writing contest with yours truly as a final judge.  I feel my inner Simon bubbling to the surface.  Check it out here:
https://www.maliceinmemphis.com/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-contest.html

If you haven’t seen the new stuff at the Dark Oak Press and Media YouTube channel, do check it out and Subscribe.  We got more cool stuff coming.
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Here is one the new shows from Haunted New Orleans.  I love the legends down there!

Inch by Inch

Inch by Inch, I am clearing the backlog on The Desk of Endless Tasks.  With all the bad weather over the last few weeks, I have gotten just a little behind.  The Desk and I still have to sit down and pick out new merchandise.  Happily, I have a little time to find some new stuff. https://www.cafepress.com/gtrmerchandise/14488659

Editing is going well.  Several books are now in various stages of the process.  Yes, please keep buying books and we can afford to make more.

Video editing has finally managed to claw its way up the top of The Desk of Endless Tasks.  So much stuff to do and so little time.  Hopefully, this means I will have a lot more projects wrapped up.
Here is a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9ME5xWtuk4

Please go check out the Dark Oak Press – Vampires For Valentines selection.  I have a couple of books in the line up for those of you who haven’t read them yet.
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Writing events are booking up fast.  We have just about got a full year’s schedule laid out.  If you are in the Mid-South, come out and have a little fun with us.
https://darkoakpress.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/events-for-writers/

Last but certainly not least – the brine shrimp are doing fine.  They are getting bigger every day and starting to swim like tiny brine shrimp are supposed to.

Welcome to the Tundra …

Or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof.  The Intergalactic Truck of Hauling and I have rolled more than 350 miles in the last two days through this freezing mess.  People had to be picked up and dropped off – everywhere.  I am fairly certain I have seen at least on Yeti lurking around the house.  Okay, it might have been a neighbor’s cat, but it was dark, I was tired and cold – so in my mind – Yeti.  You get the picture.  I also got around to refilling the bird feeder after knocking all the ice off of it and let’s just say my lovely forest of banana trees is in the “not so much” department.  However, sooner or later, we will thaw out and move on with the weather.

Thanks to everyone listening to the Geek Tank Radio show.  We have achieved true international status with more people listening  in every day and from all over the world.  http://www.geektankradio.com

At Dark Oak Press, we have several new releases in the works.  I will be posting more about them as we get closer to done on the projects.  Happily, I am closing in on being done with the portable (and downloadable) murder mystery party game.  Look for more details on that coming very soon.  Seminar – we got a lot of seminars coming up all over the Mid-South.  Check out the Dark Oak Press Blog for more information.
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Sea Monkey Update – the baby brine shrimp are doing fine.  You can almost make them out with the naked eye, but they are in there swimming around living the brine shrimp version of the good life.

and a brand new pair of Battle Axes

It is amazing what can make you smile.  Currently, a favorable turn of events has gifted me with a couple of extra days to prep for the MCFC convention in Memphis this weekend.  This year, my main role besides being a generally entertaining pain in the neck to Brandon in programming is to be the voice of the arch villain The Diaper Destroyer in this year’s living cartoon.  I am looking forward to playing a character that looks like the Sith version of Captain Underpants.

The Desk of Endless Tasks and I have some very big plans for this week.  I am going to be a bit vague, but more books and video are on the way.

I love being a writer and a performer.  It means you can have the weirdest assortment of junk in your truck and you have a nearly reasonable story as to why the stuff is there.  For instance, I do commercial building repair so it is  perfectly reasonable for me to have Joker 101 kit of duct tape, rope, moving blankets, drop cloths, crowbars, et al …  I teach stage sword fighting so I need the assortment of unbreakable, painted to look real, polycarbonate swords and battle axes.  The full sized papisan cushion is for prat falls in acting.  The electronics testing equipment is for when I work on computer systems for clients.  The infrared camcorders are for when I go out on a paranormal or cryptid investigation.  The machetes are for when I do any land clearing work.  The extra large nitrile hospital gloves are for when my client is a medical facility.  Everyone has a can of WD40.  The mini compressors are for when people get flats on the job sites.   The wood chisels are for hanging doors the right way.  The portable propane torch is for loosening stuck metal nuts.  The fishing pole with line is for the rare chance I might get to sneak off.

See, all perfectly explainable.  I am merely a well-rounded person with lots of interests and not an international double naught man of mystery …..

Upcoming Appearances:

November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
http://www.memphiscfc.com/

Seminars:

Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?

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