Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. It is a warm day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 85% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, or: Ho Hum, Just Another $#*&&% Day in Paradise!”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, April 24, 2022, or: Plan A Didn’t Pan Out, So Here’s Plan B

Hi, there, Dear Reader. Today I was going to write another post about Crusade in Europe, one of my favorite games from when I owned my first home computer, an Apple IIe with a color monitor and an Imagewriter dot-matrix printer. That was a gift I received from my Uncle Sixto Diaz-Granados 35 years agoContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, April 24, 2022, or: Plan A Didn’t Pan Out, So Here’s Plan B”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger

Hi, there, Dear Reader. I am still trying to take what I call a mental health break, so today’s post won’t be about anything substantial. So if you were hoping for another serious essay about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a review, an update on my creative writing endeavors, or the usual stories I tellContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, April 13, 2022, or: A Hump Day Update from a Weary Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 23, 2022, or: Notes on a Cold ‘Lazy Sunday’ Afternoon in Florida

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is a chilly, gray wintry afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Currently, the temperature is 48˚F (9˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 91% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the wind-chill factor is 42˚F (6˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partlyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 23, 2022, or: Notes on a Cold ‘Lazy Sunday’ Afternoon in Florida”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 27, 2021, or: Sleep Deprivation 1, Review Writer 0

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in lovely Lithia, Florida on Monday, December 27, 2021. It is a mild winter day. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 2 MPH (3 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 75˚F (24˚C).Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, December 27, 2021, or: Sleep Deprivation 1, Review Writer 0”

A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?

“Yeah, I know what your English Professor tried to tell you. But if your English Professor could make a living writing fiction, they would have been doing it.” ― Dean Wesley Smith Where do you get your ideas from? All writers of fiction, from Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Harris,Continue reading “A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?”

On Books & Reading: What? Another Trump-themed Book in My TBR Stack? Yep!

Greetings, Dear Reader. It is early afternoon in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, August 12, 2021. It is, typically, a hot, muggy day on the Florida Gulf Coast. The current temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 54% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), theContinue reading “On Books & Reading: What? Another Trump-themed Book in My TBR Stack? Yep!”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 6, 2021, or: ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’ Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s Tuesday, April 6, 2021, and as I write this it is late morning in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, it is a bit chilly (by Florida standards, at least); the temperature is 56˚F (13˚C) under sunny skies. With a gentle breeze blowing at 1 MPH (2 KM/H) from the east-northeast andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 6, 2021, or: ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’ Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 7, 2020: My Day in New Hometown, Florida…So Far

Hello there, Dear Reader. It’s Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (what, already?) and in New Hometown, Florida, it’s late morning. It looks as though today will be hot and muggy; according to my phone’s AccuWeather app, it’s 80˚F under mostly cloudy skies; with 88% humidity and a slight 3 MPH breeze (with gusts of 8 MPH)Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 7, 2020: My Day in New Hometown, Florida…So Far”

Fiction Break: Excerpt from ‘The Best Years of Our Lives…Supposedly’

In August 2018, a few weeks after I self-published Reunion: A Story via Amazon in paperback and Kindle e-book editions, I flirted with the notion of writing a sequel in which the main character (and narrator) of that story is confronting some of the challenges that many fifty-somethings face as they go through middle ageContinue reading “Fiction Break: Excerpt from ‘The Best Years of Our Lives…Supposedly’”