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Review of Hank Schwaeble’s Angel of the Abyss

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Hank Schwaeble’s Jake Hatcher is back in his third novel, The Angel of the Abyss. As always, and just like his short fiction, Schwaeble crafts a rollicking good tale that will keep you turning the pages.

The beginning of this tale has Hatcher facing a demon, although it’s more complicated than that, giving Hatcher time to exercise his sarcastic wit. Fans of Supernatural and Ash vs. the Evil Dead will definitely appreciate the humor.

The mood becomes more serious and dire in the second act. The middle of the book, unlike many writers who get bogged down at this point, is where Schwaeble really shines. He does a great job writing from the perspective of Amy, Jake’s true love, who is also a former cop. I actually enjoyed Amy’s scenes even more than Hatcher’s. The two of them fight like the proverbial married couple, of which, I’m sure, many readers will be able to relate.

Schweable also does a fine job of taking on the perspective of a young boy. We meet the boy while he’s in a precarious situation, and we know from the beginning that the boy will converge with Hatcher and Amy at some point in the story. I won’t spoil it for you, but I think you’ll be racing to the end to find out what happens.

Hatcher’s past is constantly catching up with him, complicating things, and fans of the series will get some closure on events that were set up in the previous volumes. New readers can start here; Hank does a great job of bringing you into Hatcher’s world. You won’t feel left out or confused.

The last third of the book builds up to a hellish crescendo leaving this reader wanting more. There are questions left unanswered, promising a fourth book in this popular series. The Angel of the Abyss has it all: likable characters, demons, black magic, possession, secret military installations, cults, and lots of action. If you want a story to get you in the mood for Halloween and beyond, pick up The Angel of the Abyss. You won’t be disappointed. Highly recommended.

Review: Caesar’s Ghost by Reb MacRath

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Caesar’s Ghost is a well-written mystery or mhistory (mystery + history—-do you see what MacRath did there?) with a splash of the speculative. What would happen if Julius Cesar returned—-could live again in our current time? A man with that type of ambition and cunning would surely set his sights on some amazing conquest, wouldn’t he?

Along the way, Caesar is reunited with Cleopatra (Cleo), and teams up with some colorful characters, including a college professor, a private investigator, and even a mob boss. Yes, as you will see, they all become very close as Caesar works out a grand scheme to the benefit of all… Well, maybe not all. But—-at least—-to some!

I’m being a little cryptic here. I don’t want to spoil it for you. This is such a unique book, and it has something for the mystery lover, the lover of noir, and for those who have an interest in history.

No one else would have dared to write this book. No one else could have written this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Go on… Grab it! I know you want to. Quickly now. Adventure awaits.

Meeting Larry Correia and Getting Ideas!

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I had the pleasure of attending Larry Correia’s signing at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, Massachusetts. Best known for his Monster Hunter International (MHI) series, Larry was promoting Son of the Black Sword, the first in a series of new fantasy novels. Larry is very passionate at what he does, and loves his fans. He’s become a very controversial figure in certain circles, but if you get the chance to meet him, even if you don’t agree with his politics, you’ll find that he’s a very nice guy, and very down to earth.

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In meeting him I got to thinking about the MHI series, and Weston Ochse’s Seal Team 666 series (soon to be a major motion picture staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). There are similarities between these two properties, and with my character Captain Amanda Rann, and her paranormal Special Forces team featured in my novel Wolves of Vengeance. I think anyone who enjoys MHI or Seal Team 666 would also love to read about Amanda and her team as she hunts horrid wolf like creatures that devour the cursed.

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If you haven’t tried these successful series, follow the links and check them out.

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Amanda’s team isn’t a knockoff of either of these two groups. I conceived of Amanda and her paranormal SF team back in 2006 while writing the first draft of Wolves of Vengeance. In 2011, while having the novel professionally critiqued, Grandmaster of Horror, Ray Garton, told me that he thought Amanda would make a great series character. I’ve had the idea on the backburner for a while now. I published Wolves of Vengeance in 2013 and then went back to working on other novels and short stories.

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Is this blog post just a way for me to “borrow” the fans of these two very successful series? Absolutely! If you’re a fan of Correia or Ochse, I would love for you to try out my novel. In it I mix SF&F with military fiction. If there were enough interest, I would be more than happy to bring back Amanda Rann and her team (I’ll come up with a cool name—I promise!) with my own unique brand of dark, fast-paced thrillers.

If you give Wolves of Vengeance a shot, and like the idea of more adventures featuring Captain Amanda Rann, let me know in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.

My Review of MonsterTime by Reb MacRath

I picked up the original edition of MonsterTime when it first came out in 1991. By that time, I was slowing wandering away from horror, so popular in the 1980s (for the ‘90s were upon us!), but was intrigued by Dell Publishing’s new Abyss horror line. The back cover blurb also promised something more than the usual horror fair, and small town secrets. Curious, I picked it up from the shelf of my local bookstore. I’m glad I did. The novel delivered in spades.

MonsterTime is a strong and delightfully eclectic novel of horror, time travel, dark fantasy, and historical fiction. With a pulp fiction meets literary writing style, the story is always energetic, sometimes scary, at other times funny, with enough forward momentum to keep the story moving, and enough twists to keep the reader guessing.

MacRath has tightened the prose to great affect and tamed down some of the taboo subjects, at least as I remember them, but that’s not to say that you won’t find your share of controversial scenes in this book. They’re just handled now with a little more eloquence, by the deft hand of a writer who has 25 more years of skill under his belt.

MacRath would later reexamine some of the themes and elements presented in this book in his more recent novels: trains, time travel, Alcatraz (The Rock), and martial arts, all appear and are important to the plot, along with the man on the run, and man out of time/without a country motif. His non-horror books Red Champagne and (his semi-autobiographical) The Vanishing Magic of Snow immediately come to mind. I believe MonsterTime is heavily autobiographical; no matter how far out some of the scenes might seem to be. I even noticed at least one possible revenge killing in this book. Yes—don’t anger an author. You will be killed off in his book in some horrible, horrible way!

MonsterTime was ahead of its time when it came out, and I think it will remain so even now, and for many years to come. If you haven’t read it, you’re in for a treat, and if you have, it’s well worth the effort to read again. I can safely say you will read nothing quite like it in your lifetime. It’s an underrated masterpiece that’s impossible to pigeonhole, hard to put down, and not easily forgotten.

Get MonsterTime here!

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April and May in Review

April was a challenging month to say the least. Had to use much time and energy to deal with some issues. May was a much better month, but very busy on the positive side.

Challenges

  • My insurance company billed incorrectly for an ER visit last year. This led to the hospital trying to bill me for the difference, and before I could get it resolved they sent it to a collections agency. Many phone calls, letters, and much stress later, it now seems to be resolved. It only took a month and a half.
  • A family member had a work challenge that continues. I can’t divulge much, but suffice it to say that it has taken time and stress to get it resolved.
  • We had a neighborhood issue that required phone calls and letters to resolve, and we’re still monitoring the situation.
  • Patty contracted and got over a bronchial infection.
  • We had to resolve a wireless network issue in May.
  • The sun was in my eyes!

Writing

Short Fiction

  • Halloween’s Child Redux continues slowly, now clocking in at 3,500 words or 14 pages.
  • Wrote a 30 word bio for AnthoCon.
  • Here’s the official cover reveal for Wicked Tales, an anthology that includes my short SF/Horror story, “Sat Down Inside Her.”

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Novels

  • The Tower (Paranormal Haunting/Woman in Jeopardy Crime Thriller) Now at 106 pages or 26,250 words. I’ve had to hunker back to move forward, requiring some fun research into Wing Chun Kung Fu as well as significant research into the nursing profession.
  • Year of the Demon (Conspiracy/Crime Thriller) I polish edited approximately twenty scenes, and I like how it’s all coming together. The actual editing is a tedious slog, however. This is the part I like the least. The only thing more tedious is the final proofread where I work thorough the book fixing typos and commas.

Non-Fiction

  • I began work on a non-fiction project that I may write under a pseudonym. I wrote 2,389 words or 9 pages.

Reading

  • Completed the Indy Author’s Pack.
  • Became a backer of Editor Rick Schober’s The Whole Shot: Interviews with Beat Poet Gregory Corso.
  • Purchased the Signed & Numbered Limited Edition novella (#18) of Baby’s Breath by Sydney Leigh.

Family

  • Called my Mom & Dad approx 1x per week.
  • Brought Patty to her dentist appointment and yearly physical.
  • Got haircuts.
  • Took care of Patty while she had a bronchial infection.
  • Visited my Mom & Dad in Webster for a Mother’s Day breakfast.
  • Spent a couple days at Mohegan Sun while my wife was in a seminar.
  • Made a 20th Wedding Anniversary trip to Kittery, ME. I figured some retail therapy was in order after dealing with me all these years.

Martial Arts

  • After Patty felt better we resumed the Filipino punching and kicking drills. We also worked in some basic boxing drills on focus mitts.
  • Purchased a new set of Hayabusa Ikusa focus mitts.
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  • I practiced footwork drills.
  • Practiced sinawali stick drills.

Health

  • Lost 2 pounds of fat. I continue to move in the right direction, and now I’m at the lowest weight that I have been in years.
  • Resumed physical therapy leg exercises.
  • Worked with Tufts to resolve a billing issue.
  • Weened off of Protonix.

 

Financial

  • Leveraged taxes to a tax preparer.
  • Made tax payments.

Charity & Community Service

  • Relay for life.
  • Nepal Relief Efforts .

Cars

  • Went to the dealer for C service and to replace the driver’s side headlight on Patty’s car.
  • Washed my car including undercarriage.
  • Washed Patty’s car including undercarriage.

House

  • Spent a significant amount of time Spring cleaning our townhouse.
  • Cleaned and polished kitchen cabinets.
  • Fixed scuff on kitchen table with wood markers.
  • Fixed scuff on floor with wood markers.
  • Rearranged living room and reappropriated organizing furniture from other rooms to cut down on clutter.
  • Changed HVAC filter.
  • Cleaned foyer.
  • Pulled everything out of the spare room and cleaned.
  • Prepped HVAC Vents for summer.
  • Resolved neighborhood issues.

Fun

  • Julio’s liquors.
  • New York Deli in Westboro.
  • Researched trips for May.

May

  • We ate at Juniors NY Deli at Foxwoods and then went to see The Tenderloins/Tru TV Impractical Jokers at the Foxwoods Grand Theater. We had center balcony seats. Great seats and a great show.

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  • Visited the new Cabelas in Berlin, MA.
  • Went to Mohegan Sun with Patty. We stayed in a Deluxe King Room, ate at Summer Shack. Then while Patty was in her seminar I had the breakfast Buffet, then a Starbucks iced Cold Brew with soy milk. Then I played some video poker and quit while I was ahead. The rest of the day I used the room as my writing retreat. After Patty got out of the seminar we had dinner at the buffet then played video poker and slots. The next day found me at the buffet. After Patty finished her seminar we played some more video poker. I won $10.00 in slot play, turned it into $36.00 and then cashed out. Haha! A win is a win! Then we poked around Brookstone, avoiding the sales girl. Another round of Starbucks and we were homeward bound.

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  • Stayed overnight at the Coachman Inn in Kittery, ME. Shopped at the outlets and then had a nice dinner at Weathervane. The Inn provided breakfast the next morning. Then we shopped more and went to Kittery Trading Post. Back to Weathervane for lunch, and then some Starbucks Cold Brew to fortify us as we fought the Memorial Day traffic home.

Movies

Ender’s Game ** 1/2 I found this movie fun but it lacked an indefinable something.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ** After all the hype surrounding this film, I was left disappointed. I found it vapid and cliche.

Personal Development

  • To get myself back on track I began listening to the Anthony Robbins audio program Get the Edge again.
  • Completed the goal setting workshop to fine tune my life’s direction.

Wicked Tales: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers Volume III

I’m pleased to pass on this announcement from the newsletter of the New England Horror Writers:

NEHW ANNOUNCEMENT!

The New England Horror Writers (NEHW) are pleased to announce their third anthology! Submissions are now Closed!
Wicked Tales will debut at Anthocon (www.anthocon.com) during the annual convention in Portsmouth, NH on 6/6/15.
The book will be an open themed anthology, edited by Scott Goudsward, Daniel Keohane and David Price.
Cover Art by Ogmios

Here’s the Table of Contents:

Introduction by Chet Williamson

Kristin Dearborn Somebody’s Darling

Rob Smales Keepsakes

Christopher Golden The Hiss of Escaping Air

Howard Odentz Handsome

E. A. Black Fog Over Mons

Paul McMahon Bitemarks

Trisha J. Wooldridge Crocodile Below

Bracken MacLeod The Blood and the Body

K. H. Vaughn The Opacity of Saints

Holly Newstein Live With It

Rick Hautala Love on the Rocks

Peter Dudar & L.L. Soares Baby’s Breath

Sam Gafford My Brother’s Keeper

T.T. Zuma The Pawnshop

Matthew Barlett Master of Worms

David North-Martino Sat Down Inside her

John Goodrich Odd Grimson

Timothy P. Flynn A Rythmatic Creation of the Damned (poem)

Michael J. Arruda Created Woman

John Mclveen Eve

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Year In Review 2014

Each year I create a list of goals for every area in my life. Throughout the year I work on these goals, track my progress and my challenges. Then, to keep myself honest, I commit to posting a list of some of my top accomplishments and challenges, and some of my smaller ones as well.

I challenge you to create a list of goals, keep track of them during the year, and then celebrate and post your accomplishments at year end. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to look at your list.

Writing Career

This year I spent most of my time writing long fiction. I’ll expound on the consequences to my short fictions sales in that section. I finished the 2nd draft of an 90,000 word crime thriller, Year of the Demon, continued my Amazon experiment by  marketing Wolves of Vengeance, and began writing a ghost/suspense thriller and a science fiction thriller. I’m considering all my publishing options with Year of the Demon, and hope to be ready to forge ahead, on whatever that decision may be, by the end of 1st quarter 2015.

Novels/Novellas

YEAR OF THE DEMON (Crime Thriller)

  • Completed the second draft of Year of the Demon.
  • Prepped manuscript for 1st readers.
  • Secured first readers (beta readers) 
  • Allowed manuscript to “cool” to allow enough distance from the material to look at it as objectively as possible.
  • Read through the whole manuscript to get a feel for the structure.
  • Received first 50 pages of edits with only minor mechanical issues to be corrected.

WOLVES OF VENGEANCE (Supernatural Thriller)

I returned to marketing Wolves of Vengeance after reallocating that time to complete Year of the Demon. I changed the fiction categories the book is listed in on Amazon, changed the books description, joined Kindle Unlimited and even ran a free promotion. I also received a few more nice reviews. All of these actions helped to return the book to the public eye and it began selling more and getting more borrows.

  • Updated and refined Wolves of Vengeance book description.
  • Received this blurb from one of my writing heroes: “Wolves of Vengeance by David North-Martino. A paranormal wolf novel with real teeth, plus theme, strong plotting, rich characterization…and style to spare. If you like horror, check it out. The fact that it’s an ebook should be all the proof you need that traditional publishing’s in a bad way. North-Martino’s a writer to watch for.”-Reb MacRath, Author of Red Champagne.
  • The 0.99 cent sale ended and price returned to normal.
  • Signed up for Kindle Select/Unlimited
  • Researched promotional opportunities.
  • Set up Kindle free promotion for Halloween Eve and Halloween.
  • Advertised Free promotion and Unlimited status on social media
  • Submitted and paid for Ebook Booster
  • Updated Kboard’s book post
  • gave away 98 books for free peaking at #3,077 in free Kindle, #3 in free Psychic Suspense and #12 in free Horror Suspense.
  • Dipped back to 1 million (paid) then to #100,642 (paid) #53 in paid psychic suspense (3rd page) #26 in Suspense Horror. #404 of 2,673 results.
  • Had my first Kindle Unlimited borrows.
  • Changed fiction categories and noticed and upswing in sales.
  • Created a Bitly link for Wolves.

THE TOWER (Ghost/Suspense Thriller) Working Title

  • Began first draft of The Tower. In a burst of inspiration I wrote 16 pages in 6 hours completing most of the first chapter in one sitting.
  • Began research for the novel. I tend to do research while I’m writing.
  • The manuscript is currently just over the 10,000 word mark.

PROXY MATE (Distopian Science Fiction)

  • Began first draft of Proxy Mate.
  • Began research.
  • The manuscript is currently just under the 9,000 word mark.

Short Stories

All the momentum I created during 2011 and 2012 culminated in 2013 being a banner year for  short fiction sales. Fortunately and unfortunately, everything purchased in 2013 was also published that same year. This left me with a lag in my momentum at a time when I wanted to spend more time on novels. I decided to put the majority of my time working on long fiction, but did squeeze in some time to write, rework, and submit stories for publication. I also ended up on the shortlist of one anthology, but won’t know if I have an acceptance until early next year. I’m competing with a group of highly talented writers who always bring their A-game. So, we will see what happens.

  • Wrote 2 new short stories and reworked others to hopefully make them salable.
  • Submitted six stories to various markets. This was about half of what I planned, but I decided to spend more time writing long fiction.
  • Received payment for “The Interloper.” This story appears in: ANTHOLOGY: YEAR TWO: INNER DEMONS OUT
  • Created a list of upcoming submission deadlines for magazine and anthology markets.
  • Won a free book from the fine people at Villapede Press: DOUBLE FEATURE 1
  • Cellar Door received a nice review from Hellnotes: CELLAR DOOR REVIEWS
  • Invited by editor, after receiving high marks from associate editors, to submit to new anthology.
  • Ended up on the shortlist for an anthology that is scheduled to be published next year.

Networking

  • Wrote reviews and gave ratings for novels that I enjoyed.
  • Shared and exchanged Web links with other authors.
  • Kept up with author friends on social media.
  • Read and critiqued the beginning of a novel for an author friend.

Marketing

  • Invited to write answers to the Usual Questions for Festivale Online Magazine  (Interestingly enough, after I stated that I wanted to spend more time on mainstream thrillers, I ended up begining a ghost/suspense novel and a science fiction novella). THE USUAL QUESTIONS
  • Updated WordPress to a professional URL.

Reading

Reading is probably the most important thing any writer can do to improve their craft. The impulse to write usually comes from a love of reading. That’s certainly where mine came from. I don’t like to make a list of the books I read a year because, compared to some, my list would be pathetically small. I tend to read slowly. My pace has slowed considerably since I began writing because now I’m trying to read like a writer and absorb the nuances within the fiction, and learn how different writers aproach their craft. Still, I feel that the depth of the reading is as important and how much reading is accomplished.

Author Hank Schwaeble challenged me, and many other writers, to read some fiction classics this year. We were supposed to pick out some that we hadn’t read from Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels.  I only got to one that I had picked out: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre. I really enjoyed that book, and can see how it has influenced American thriller writers. I will read more on that list as time allows.

Family/Friends

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  • Called my parents on average once per week.
  • Attended a belated holiday gathering with my family in January.
  • Celebrated our birthdays.
  • Took down tree in January.
  • Called my Aunt Margie to wish her a Happy New Year.
  • Lit a candle for my Sister on the anniversary of her death.
  • Attended a wake for a friend’s father.
  • Mailed cards to nieces and nephews.
  • Celebrated 19 years of marriage.
  • Sent Cousin Thorny a card for his 90th birthday.
  • Visited my family for Mother’s Day.
  • Attended my God-daughter’s graduation party.
  • Exhanged emails with my friend and former Professor.
  • Helped my parents with the logistics of picking up their new car.
  • Attended Patty’s Dad’s BBQ a couple of days after Independence Day.
  • Attended a seafood boil at a friends house. Videos of me dancing and playing the spoons.
  • Had a writing friend offer to introduce me to one of my martial arts heroes.
  • Visited my Mom & Dad for lunch at Cedars Steak House.
  • Celebrated the anniverary of our first date.
  • Enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner for two at home.
  • Visited Mom & Dad for an after Thanksgiving breakfast.
  • Reminisced with a high school friend about another school we attended together.
  • Celebrated Christmas and my Father-In-Law’s 80th birthday.
  • Enjoyed an after holiday breakfast with my parents.
  • Made a Valentine’s video for my FB friends. Hahaha!

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Martial Arts

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Last year I trained mostly solo and worked with some private students as I assessed the direction I wanted to take my own training. This year I made it a point to bring my training in a new direction.  I decided to add some Filipino Kali (stick and knife training) and Jeet Kune Do to my training. I had the opportunity to work with full and associate instructors of Guro Dan Innosanto and attended a seminar with legendary Sigung Taky Kimura. I trained with some old martial friends, and made some amazing new ones. Although I will continue to practice what I’ve learned in my previous arts, I now know what direction my training will go for at least the next five years.

  • Celebrated 27 years of martial arts training.
  • Researched Krav Maga and combatives curriculums.
  • Purchases a Krav Maga curriculum workbook.
  • Switched Patty to a Krav style curriculum for our fighting & fitness training until Patty injured her knee outside of training.
  • Continued my solo training.
  • Created a new training log book to reflect my new goals.
  • Renewed our membership at the range.
  • Challenge: I nursed a shoulder injury.
  • Contacted my friend Tony and arranged to meet him and his wife at a Kali seminar.
  • Purchased a Jeet Kune Do book.
  • Attended a Kali seminar with Instructor Raffi Derderian Academy of Martial Arts and began my introduction to filipino stick and knife trianing. Reconected with my friend Tony and his wife, received training from an amazing instructor,  trained with a great partner who helped me with the new material, and met some all around great people from the Metrowest Academy of Jiu Jitsu . I highly recommend both of these schools.
  • Bought rattan sticks and foam covered training sticks.
  • Began working on what I learned at the seminar including Heaven Six, Heaven and Earth, and other sinawali and sambrata.
  • Taught Patty some of these basics so that we could train together.
  • Learned basic JKD/Wing Chung Pak Sao and Lop Sao and others.
  • After an interesting synchronicity, I reconnected to my traditional TKD (Tang Soo Do) training.
  • Posted my 1992 black belt test on youtube.
  • Research Shotokan Kata to compare and contrast with Tang Soo Do.
  • Returned to modified P90X training
  • Focused on Naihanchi Sam Dan
  • Made three Youtube martial arts videos for fun: Kali, Karate punching, and boxing workout.
  • Attended Raffi’s New England Martial Arts Camp for the Taky Kimura seminar. I met tons of great people and leaned lots. Practiced Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Jung Ki Hapkido with Master LaCava, Kali with Sifu Kevin Seaman (he also taught BJJ), studied various styles of Kung Fu with Sifu Mark Cardona. I wasn’t able to attend Coach Jeff Burger‘s Muay Thai class, but I did have the privilege of working with him briefly. I highly recommend all of these instructors. If you live nearby, check them out.
  • Trained at the range regularly.
  • Challange: I tore my MCL in my knee had had to put training on hold for a period of time.

Health

  • For fun I played PS3 Move for extra physical activity.
  • I cut down on Zyrtec and Flonase.
  • Began eye pressure at 14-15.
  • Began using Pataday for allergies.
  • Changed dentist and went to appointments for cleaning.
  • Got a flu shot.
  • Had my sunglasses repaired.
  • Visted my doctor for a mild MCL tear. Stopped training while it healed and preforemed leg lifts with weights to strengthen knee
  • Began a series of new eye drops as my eye pressure increased to 19.
  • Had side effects from new eye drop medication and got checked out at the ER.
  • Went for an appointment with an opthalmologist and glaucoma specialist. Made appointments for next year for a follow up.
  • Began reducing sodium in our diets.

Cars

  • Had cars inspected.
  • Ordered new driver’s license online and recieved it.
  • Detailed interior of cars.
  • Oil change and bushings for my car.
  • Oil change and replaced censor on airbag light on Patty’s car. Heat Shield adjusted for free. It was creating engine grininding noises. Some rattle caused by the exhaust, but we were told it wasn’t worth fixing and posed no safety problem.
  • Updated my registration.
  • Washed cars.
  • Had cars serviced for recalls.
  • Bought new tires for Patty’s car.
  • Someone hit my bumper and left four white scratches that I still need to paint.
  • Bought a new battery for Patty’s car after it died overnight and wouldn’t take a charge.

Financial

  • Had taxes prepared.
  • Patty won a product gift basket from Serene-Scape.

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  • Received a Tax form from Amazon with my royalty statement for book sales.
  • Patty met with the company’s 401k advisor and reallocated funds.
  • Reduced our phone data plan.
  • Dental bill paid in full by insurance company.
  • Saved money by fixing our toilet myself. I’m not mechanical. So, this is a big deal.
  • Had to dispute charges a couple times with credit cards because of fraud.
  • Patty had her eye glass lenses replaced under warrantee.
  • Began reading Anthony Robbin’s Wealth Book 

Charity/Community Service

  • Gave to assorted charities.
  • Gave charity in my sister’s name.
  • Made a video for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Contacted by ABC News to use footage. Not sure if it aired. We also donated.
  • Sent letters to my representatives.
  • Voted in elections.

Things

  • We accomplished many thing goals, but I’m not going to list them publicly.
  • Upgraded to iPhone 5c from iPhone 4s.

House

  • Tested a brita filter but it didn’t work well with our sink.
  • Took down the tree.
  • Cleaned the house regularly.
  • Cleaned out the fabric softner well and dispenser after I realized that it had grown mold.
  • Replaced floater in toilet.
  • Replaced tourcher lamp in living room.
  • Installed new 10 year smoke detector in upstairs hall.
  • Association removed hedges.
  • Association provided a dumpster which helped with spring cleaning.

Fun & Travel

Vacationed at Niagara Falls in Upstate New York by way of Syracuse

  • Stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, Syracuse.
  • Cantina Lerado at Destiny USA, Syracuse. Fresh guacamole made right at our table with diced tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. Casa Rita, Dos Equis Amber, and steak fajitas.
  • The Seneca Hotel & Casino, Niagara. Room with a view of Canada and fireworks.
  • Played Video Poker.
  • Received $40.00 in free slot play.
  • Thunderfalls Buffett.
  • Fireworks: watched from the window Sunday and Wednesday night at 10 pm.
  • Hard Rock Café, Niagara.
  • Smokin Joes Native Center.
  • Three Sister’s Café.
  • Niagara Falls.
  • Horseshoe Falls.
  • Top of the Falls Restaurant.
  • Cave of the Winds and Hurricane Deck.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Suite, Syracuse included a large whirlpool tub.
  • Tully’s Good Times Restaurant Syracuse.
  • Went to Chipolite for the first time.
  • Watched Independence day fireworks on TV, and out of our home window.

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  • Had frozen yogurt at Menchies.
  • Watched Rhonda Rousey win by TKO with a knee to the liver (liver shot)!
  • Watched UFC: Rousey wins in 16 seconds.
  • Tried ice cream at Chevy’s in Woonsocket.
  • Went to a friend’s seafood boil in RI.
  • Went to the new Showcase XPlus Cinema, watched The Expendables III, and got a free T-shirt.
  • Watched Guardians of the Galaxy at the IMAX.
  • Ate at the Blue Fin Lounge for the first time.

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That’s about it for 2014. On to 2015…  Happy New Year!

Anthology: Year Two: Inner Demons Out

Last week I spent a fun filled weekend hanging out with creative people, attending readings and panels, and networking at AnthoCon in Portsmouth New Hampshire.

Here I am reading a portion of my story “The Interloper,” which appears in the annual AnthoCon anthology-Anthology: Year Two: Inner Demons Out.

“From the minds of guests of ANTHOLOGY (AnthoCon), Northern New England’s only Multi Genre Literature and Arts Convention, comes a compendium of imaginative prose, poetry, and arts.”

Featuring Works From…

Meghan Arcuri, T.G. Arsenault, Michael Bailey, David Bernstein, Tracy L. Carbone, Scott Christian Carr, Victorya Chase, Robert Davies, Mandy DeGeit, Timothy P. Flynn, John Goodrich, Scott T. Goudsward, Marianne Halbert, Stacey Longo, Kevin Lucia, Bracken MacLeod, Michaelle Mixell, G. Elmer Munson, Holly Newstein, David North-Martino, Errick A. Nunnally, Craig D.B. Patton, Susan Scofield, B.E Scully, Julie Stipes, Andrew Wolter, K. Allen Wood, Richard Wright, Candace Yost, T.T. Zuma

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