There will be BBQs. Smiling, happy people will gather on this holiday enjoying each other's company, catching up on things, and making future plans. All of this is good. It's wonderful. And it's important to remember brave men and women fought and died so that such free and spirited interactions are ours to enjoy.
This Memorial Day, I thank all those who've made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
I'm glad to shine the spotlight on M. Pax's latest fantastic release, PRECIPICE!
In the far future,
humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a
harsh universe. This is the sixth book in the science fiction series, The
Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
hang by a Quantum string, a thread about to snap. Annihilation is coming if
Craze can’t stop it.
alien he had trapped breaks free, destroying a ship belonging to the
Backworlds’ oldest enemy, the Fo’wo’s. The murderous alien wants to overtake
the galaxy. The Fo’wo’s want another war.
best chance to survive is to overcome a century of hate and forge an alliance
with the Fo’wo’s. Because of his history with the alien, Craze is recruited to
represent his people. Now he’s the most hated man in the galaxy.
The looming war
will be a holocaust unless Craze can stop it, knowing salvation comes at a
- The main character in the Backworlds series is a bartender
named Craze. What is the number one thing needed to survive in the Backworlds?
- Craze: Wit. Ha! Bet
you thought I’d say a gun or chips, but I didn’t.
tapped an icon on her tab and jabbed it in Craze’s face. “You really want to
say no to this?”
The screen was too close.
He grabbed the device from her manly fingers and brought the image into focus.
A brand new, state-of-the-art, mini city docking facility. Pardeep Station had
never seen finer and probably never would. Better protection from the dust
storms was a necessity, and folks had to get out of the cold. Craze tired of
the stench of the sick. “How much is it goin’ to cost? Everyone on this moon
barely has three chips to jangle in their holey pockets.”
“No chips.” She smiled.
Her wide mouth contained a lot of very white teeth.
Three good sucks on his
air hose and Craze knew he wasn’t dreaming. He narrowed his eyes. “There’s still
About M. Pax
Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and
she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine
Mountain Observatory in the summers, and one of her cats has a crush on Mr.
Spock. You can find out more by visiting her website: mpaxauthor.com
First Wednesday of the month is a chance for IWSGers to visit one another, encourage, enlighten and/or help a bud understand they are not alone in their struggle. I'm glad for this group because it's far more helpful than I can express.
I saw something the other day that made me glad for the author but worked like a lance of irritation in my gut. They shared about some fantastic sales numbers they got in one month. I felt myself slip into the "comparison zone." This is a dangerous place to be, especially when things aren't going so well. After a brief "I'm doing this whole frigging thing wrong!" moment, I yanked myself from there (with the help of some delicious rainbow sherbet) and back on the solid ground that is my path.
That's what I had to remember, what is important to bear in mind: My path is my own.
Someone else may seem like positive results are coming easily for them. For a handful, it is, but not for most that have success coming out of their ears. Overnight success usually takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, rejection, and sacrifice... and not simply overnight.
My path has been filled with some interesting twists and turns, particularly this year. But it's mine. I've got to make the best of the highs and the lows.
Have you ever slipped into "comparison zone?" If so, what are some things you do to deal?
I love reading and writing. Both are things I'm really passionate about. When I'm not reading, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading. If I'm not doing one of those (or the required 8 hours at work, being a mom, or keeper of the home), I'm catching up on a TV series or a movie I meant to watch when it first came out or premeired.
I've added Molly to the mix.
Meet Molly :-)
She's a chihuaua Chipmunk and I recently, well, adopted. Not like a visit the shelter kind of adoption. But rather this:
Coworker: You still looking for a dog?
Me: Er, um, sorta yeah maybe. (still not in a home with a backyard and fence so feeling iffy for a few reasons)
Coworker: Well, there's a dog that needs a home that can't move in with me b/c we got two already.
Me: Weeeeeeelllll...how about you send me a picture. I'll show it to my daughter and see what she thinks.
And that's how Molly ended up in the backseat of my car relaxing under a blanket. She's affectionate and loves to cuddle so she's fitting right on in with me and Chipmunk.
Hilarious moment: My ex comes to pick up Chipmunk for regular visits, you know, maintain a healthy father/daughter relationship. Molly happens to be territorial. So when the ex comes into our home, Molly gives him her best bark and growl. She sniffs his Timberland boots and follows him, barking here and there to express her "I don't like you yet." With her being all of nine pounds (and at a year and a half old, not set to grow anymore), and the ex somewhere close to three hundred pounds spread over six feet and four inches of height, you just had to laugh at the sight lol!
Do you have a pet (or pets)? What do you have? Any hilarious moments stand out for you? If you don't have one now, have you had a pet before?