Avoid Licking Strange People

The days are getting shorter and colder. It’s that time of year again.

Daycare pestilence season.

Those of you with little ones staying in the illness incubator will know what I’m talking about. Expect a fun new contagion every few weeks. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a simple case of the sniffles. If not, good luck with the fun case of hand, foot and mouth disease.

And, of course, you’ll be able to share in the misery too! Usually increased by a factor of ten.

As I type this, my nose is stuffed up (and you don’t want to know what’s coming out of it when I blow it), I’ve got a slight fever, and every muscle in my body feels like they’ve been put through a wringer. Last night, I felt so drained that I went to sleep immediately after putting our toddler to bed.

The kid, on the other hand, had a little bit of a runny nose earlier this week, but seems okay now.

Fun times.

Slow Men At Work

Boo!

Just kidding. I’m not really a ghost.

Seriously. I’m not actually dead. I promise.

I know updates have been reaaaally long in coming, but I’m going to make a concerted effort to keep this site as active as possible.

Which brings me to the next point – the site is currently being renovated to make it a little more professional looking. There’s going to be menu changes, placeholder images, etc.

So, if you see any weird stuff over the next little bit, please bear with me.

Now, why the need for a more professional look? For Episode Four’s launch, of course. ;)

Current intentions are to have Episodes Four and Five out by year’s end. Now, as much as I’d like to, I can’t give a firm promise on Episode Five. Not currently, at least. More updates on that within the next few weeks.

Stuff From My Folks’ Basement, Episode Four

Here it is, everyone.

The long overdue update on the migration of various crap from my folks’ basement to my place continues.

Backstory: When my wife and I got married and moved to our new place, I left behind a lot of stuff stored away in my parents’ basement. My wife was, for some odd reason, a little hesitant about having her semi-packrat husband bring all that stuff over to her nice, new clean basement. (Un?)Fortunately, my parents want their basement back. So, I’ve managed to sell her on the idea that this can be a fun series of blog posts for you guys and gals to enjoy. Wish me luck.

Main Course: Keeping this update to just books to avoid incurring the wrath of my wife right off the bat.

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Let’s start off with a bang. Here we have an almost complete set of the original Dune series by the late, great Frank Herbert. If you’re a fan of sci-fi and haven’t read read these yet, I’m sure you’ll be in for a real treat when you decide to give them a shot. If you’ve been avoiding the series because of that David Lynch movie (which I  thought still had its charms), you’ve been doing yourself an injustice. Continue reading

Facelift

Me again.

Some of you may have noticed the new look of the site. Hopefully it’s  for the better. Doesn’t seem to be acting weird or anything like that (so far…).

However, I’ll be doing some testing and tweaking over the next few days to make sure everything is displaying properly for everyone – but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Right now, I need some sleep.

‘Night, everyone.

[Quick edit: Forgot to add that there's now a "Like" thingy on the left side for Facebook. I'd greatly appreciate it if I can get that number higher than 14.]  :)

All Thawed Out And Nowhere To Go

Hi folks,

Not to worry. I’m still alive.

Looks I made it through the Canadian winter (and didn’t lose a single sled-dog!), and I can finally hang up the snow shovel and break out the garden tools again. Maybe I’ll pop up some pictures later in the season.

Now, for the weird news. As many of you know, I have a policy of giving out free copies of Episode Three to anyone who’s in a tough spot. Last Sunday, I received a Google Alert directing me to a page containing the following forum post:

1aThat’s basically a request for a pirated copy of my book. Whoever fulfills this quest is apparently rewarded with forum funny-money.

Could have handled that a few ways, ranging from a “How dare you?!” to just shrugging my shoulders and ignoring it. I chose this route: replyI figured I’d at least offer an olive branch and see what happens. After all, perhaps this person didn’t know about my policy, and is in a genuine tough spot?

Now, I’d love to make up a Hollywood ending to this story, but the truth is that that entire thread was deleted a few hours later.

Well, that was pretty anti-climactic, wasn’t it? Was it removed by a moderator or the poster? I don’t know. Either way, I haven’t been contacted by anyone recently.

However, the offer still stands. Mr [redacted, you know who you are], please email me if you want a copy.

Also, I know everyone is getting a touch antsy waiting for Episode Four. Rest assured, it’s in the works. I’m also working on getting Episodes Five and Six out in short order (i.e. this year), but we’ll see how that works out. More details to follow next week.

Until next time, folks.

Daylight S***** Time

Hey folks,

Hope everyone’s been keeping warm and cozy. Been a crazy winter in terms of low temperatures and snow up here.

Sorry for the lack of recent updates, but end-of-January and the whole month of February were just ridiculous at the day job. In fact, it just slowed down from “insane” to “slightly nuts”. Sad to say I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked on Episode Four, but I’ll see if I can still get it out in a reasonable timeframe for everyone.

I’ve got a bunch of posts queued up, including a few “Stuff from my Folks’ Basement” ones for those of you that enjoyed seeing my collection of weird junk, so stay tuned for that.

Well, the phone just started ringing again at my desk, so looks like my impromptu break is over.

Catch you later, folks.