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January 10, 2017

By: Mike Jan 9, 2017

There's an fantasy art blog called Muddy Colors that I follow. It's run by a diverse group of super-talented professional artists. In case you haven't heard, it's tough to make a living as an artist. That's a road paved with dashed hopes, broken dreams, and bitter tears. The folks on Muddy Colors are the success stories, the ones who actually make a living in illustration, sculpture or whatever. They are the Navy Seals of fantasy art: veterans of dozens or hundreds of co...

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Published on January 10, 2017 00:03 • 358 views
By: Mike Jan 9, 2017

Our little town doesn't always get much of a winter. Being a desert, even when it's cold we don't always get much snow. Quite often the ground is bare for the holidays, and we've always liked a white Christmas.

This year we had a skiff of snow for the holidays, but we've had snow every couple of days for the last couple of weeks. As soon as we get a nice batch of pretty snow, we'll have a day with 50 winds, and it all makes mud. However, for the past few days it's built...

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Published on January 10, 2017 00:03 • 129 views

December 13, 2016

By: Mike Nov 29, 2016

First of all, we'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. So far, 2016 has been a depressing year. Injuries, financial reversals, health problems, and far too many funerals — Edsel Murphy has been working epic amounts of overtime. And then, suddenly, Christmas is upon us, and it all sort of fades away.

I've heard several wonderful stories of Purple Avengers setting the world on a better course. In our own small way, we've tried to be more compassionate. Even the...

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Published on December 13, 2016 00:03 • 395 views

Christmas is also a time of reflection, and the new year brings thoughts of change. This year, I've seen one particular change that is . . . interesting.

It's no secret that I consider Patty to be a paragon of virtues. It's been my privilege to be her companion for thirty-one years, and she continues to amaze with grace and beauty. It is, perhaps, not surprising that other men envy me and would attempt to woo her. The phrase over my dead body comes to mind, but I can certainly understand the...

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Published on December 13, 2016 00:03 • 283 views

November 30, 2016

By: Mike Nov 29, 2016

A couple of days ago I was in a very dark place, and posted when I should probably have just unplugged my keyboard. Wisdom comes slowly to some of us, and I still have much to learn. Mea Culpa.

I'm in a better place today. Still sad, still disappointed in humanity, but the sun is bright, the air is crisp and clean, and this too shall pass. I'm back in my happy place, even if I'm still a little wobbley. We had a huge outpouring of support to my whiny post, and I spent a...

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Published on November 30, 2016 00:04 • 456 views

November 28, 2016

By: Mike Nov 27, 2016

It's 4:00 AM, and I should be sleeping. The house is quiet, and I am left alone with my thoughts, which today are dark. This is more than just the worries of a bad day or a spot of bad luck, I'm wresting with a sea-change in how I view my fellow man.

I generally try to be optimistic. I believe that people are mostly good, with a few bad bad apples here and there. I wasn't born yesterday, and I've met my share of grifters, thieves, thugs and bullies. But they're a small...

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Published on November 28, 2016 00:04 • 770 views

November 17, 2016

By: Mike Nov 16, 2016

We live between worlds. Patty and I are both reasonably well educated. We are moderately intelligent, and well read (well, OK, Patty is well-read). I know more than one knot for a necktie, and can even tie a bow-tie respectably. We can, generally speaking, successfully infiltrate polite society and navigate with a reasonable degree of confidence.

Now, I'm not saying that we regularly attend the governor's ball, or can name a classical concerto from the opening stanza. I...

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Published on November 17, 2016 00:06 • 423 views

November 13, 2016

By: Patty and Mike Nov 12, 2016

Patty recently taught a class on writing for authors. The class was completely sold out, and in my completely unbiased opinion, Patty did a fine job. So, I've stolen her class notes, and I'll try to summarize the class on the website.

Introductory Remarks

Writing is a bit like wine-making. Picture a famous sommelier holding aloft a crystal decanter and nattering on about notes of citrus and nutmeg and a smooth yet perky finish (whatever that means). Now, imag...

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Published on November 13, 2016 00:07 • 329 views

October 14, 2016

By: MikeOct 13, 2016

Somehow summer has slipped away and fall ambushed me while my back was turned. I'm not sure where the time goes. We're always busy, and always running behind. How is this possible?

I was looking at my feet, pensively pondering this perpetually-perturbing puzzle, when I remembered some sage advice: To see what has eluded you, look beyond your current focus. Well, something like that anyway. Since I was currently looking at my feet, I squinted a little (my eyes are older t...

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Published on October 14, 2016 00:04 • 839 views

August 13, 2016

By: Ann PetersAug 11, 2016

Home, sweet home! Germany was lovely, but the trip was very much less so. I have determined that I am under a curse, and am seeking a nice Catholic priest who will bless me and drench me with holy water, even though I am a Protestant. And maybe a smudge stick or two wouldn't hurt, either.

My luggage was lost on my last trip to Germany. You wouldn't think it would happen again, would you? No such luck. I had to collect my suitcase and recheck it in Frankfurt after g...

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Published on August 13, 2016 00:05 • 937 views

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