The annoying war against vermin has resumed…

I should have known that while I was trying to keep things cleaner in the house and fixing the holes that animals could exploit in my sandy foundation pad the past few days, I would find myself confronting an old creepy menace: mice. As usual, it started with wings flapping and my birds freaking out … Continue reading The annoying war against vermin has resumed…

Bringing out the big guns; or, my dog’s REALLY gonna hate me in the morning…

I've talked about my "escape artist retriever mix" before. He's broken his collar three times in the past year and I finally buckled down after the last time and got him fitted for a harness. He's gotten used to it, but I can tell lately he's gotten more annoyed and perturbed. Mostly because he can't … Continue reading Bringing out the big guns; or, my dog’s REALLY gonna hate me in the morning…

#023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

I guess this weekend's events are still taking up space in my noggin (see yesterday's post), because I know I had other questions I could've asked today. But damn it--with our everyday lives being forced online, how the hell are we realistically supposed to be protected and protect ourselves? Now, some might be of the … Continue reading #023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

#010–What’s in a (pen) name? How do you find a good one & keep your privacy…sort of?

I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.