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Masks 11 Published!

By coincidence (it was a surprise to me last night) Doppler Press has released the eleventh Masks story just after I finished posting the preliminary version of the twenty-third:
As always, the "official" version was rewritten and has additional material added. Some of the changes were in response to reader comments on the first version. 
This story opens with one of my favorite sequences: Template flying with her baby. It has several other sequences I am proud of, as well as one of the best Masks plots overall.
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    "Fly Me to the Moon" by Bart Howard.
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry oodellieoop!

Spoiler Warning for an episode of the old Dick Van Dyke Show! (Yes, for a comedy from the early Sixties. Of course, I only saw the episode once, decades ago, so could have some of the details wrong.)


Dick has to work late at the office for a holiday special. He hears a strange noise. Oodellieoop! He realizes it's coming from outside the skyscraper. He looks out the window and sees a flying saucer go by!

The next day no-one at the office believes him.

That night the same thing happens. This time he sees the flying saucer go in a window of the building. He locates the office, and finds two guys in lab coats working on a radio-controlled toy flying saucer intended for a special holiday display at one of the big stores. They are a bit upset at being found out, but once Dick agrees to keep it secret they are actually glad to have someone to show off to. They even let him fly it around their lab. One says, enthustiastically "Push that button!"

The saucer proudly proclaims "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry oodellieoop!"

There's still a few bugs. :-)
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Rod2Wolf

Feeling Better

I got almost eleven hours of sleep last night and feel vastly better this morning. I don't know whether there was something else involved (sometimes my first - and maybe only - symptom of a low-grade bug is a physical irritability which makes sleeping difficult) or I simply felt bad due to lack of sleep. I do know that the body goes through a process during proper sleep which aids immune system function.
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    "Solace: A Mexican Serenade" by Scott Joplin
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Oog?

Got to bed late last night. Then was kept up by strange noises from the house downhill from me, which is within spitting distance of my bedroom windows. Then I woke about an hour before I normally rise, due to a full bladder!

I went to the john, fed the cats and opened the cat door, then went back to bed. Tossed and turned for a while, dozed for a bit... then I heard what sounded like a cat fight not far from my windows. I looked outside from several vantage points, in the basement under my bedroom, even put my slippers on and went out back. Nothing. Shrugged, went back inside and back to bed.

I was just starting to get comfortable again when the workers arrived to put a new roof on the duplex uphill from me. (I can understand wanting to get a jump on the heat of the day, but this is Sparta Saturday!)

So sleepy...

Having a sketchy breakfast of granola bar and large mug of strong coffee. Right now don't feel competent to operate heavy machinery, so no driving until and unless I can get some (about two hours of) sleep.
  • Current Music
    "I'm So Tired" by The Beatles.
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Masks 9 Published!

Masks 9 Published!
Doppler Press has brought out my ninth Masks story as a Kindle e-book through Amazon, as of June 23, 2019!
It's at:
An attack on a school is a horrible thing. However, this is a specialized place of learning for superhuman children. The government which is supposed to be protecting the school is actually spying on it. Worse, some members of that government believe that those at the school shouldn't be allowed to exist in the first place. The Pine Island Academy therefore has to call on the worldwide superhuman community for protection... and justice.
Oh, and Template is... WHAT? How did that happen? Well, besides the usual way...
You can also still buy the previous Masks stories as a set at the link below!
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Rod2Wolf

MarCon

I am more and more thinking of skipping MarCon. Partly due to health, partly due to still not knowing what the repairs on my main computer will cost. (Typing this on my MacBook.) I'm also keeping an eye on the weather, though right now the forecast is fair for Friday and Sunday. Argh. I missed the past two years and this year they're at a new hotel and convention center. I just don't know if I'm ready for a four hour drive each way by myself. Will decide later today.
  • Current Music
    "I'm So Tired" by The Beatles.