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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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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.
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Helping Others

For those who want to help with disaster relief around the world, besides such organizations as Red Cross/Crescent and Doctors Without Borders, I recommend Shelter Box:

https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

They emphasize providing such things as shelter, cooking equipment and tools for rebuilding.
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Warning! Star Trek Fan Theory




I have read - though I was unable to confirm for this post - that when the transporter for the _Enterprise D_ was designed that they made the upper part resemble the platform of the transporter from the original series. It may even have used some of the parts, placed in the ceiling to prevent wear from walking on them.
Note that in _First Contact_ the Vulcans arrive by shuttlecraft, rather than transporting down. (The only transporting done in the movie was by folks from the future.)
So, here's the theory. At the time of _First Contact_ even the Vulcans didn't have transporters. That humans - going where Vulcans didn't have a reason to look - found a broken one in a derelict ship of unknown origin. They made repairs and through the decades some improvements, but were still feeling their way along.
Therefore, the reason they had so much trouble with the transporter in the original series was that they didn't have a full understanding of how it worked. That, in fact, every Federation transporter from that era had the beaming chamber installed *upside down*! :-)
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Masks 8 Published

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The eighth Masks story has been published:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MWSTVZ8

When the opportunity arises for Lawrence Hawthorne to investigate accusations
against his long dead mentor, detective Mack Risk, he recruits several other
friends of Mack to help. This results in a group of superhumans in late middle
age - and older - going on an expedition into the Rockies near the Canadian
border.

If the police knew about this there'd be a manhunt. If their life insurance
companies knew they would cancel their policies. There's life in these aging
men, yet. As well as super powers. They're engaged in serious business, but
there's no reason not to have fun while doing it.


This is shorter and has more sex than most Masks stories.


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Incoherent Brain

Been sleeping well all week. Been exercising. Feeling good for the first time in weeks. Was looking forward to going to gaming tonight, for our last session before Christmas.

Phone rang at 7:15. I have an 86 year old mother with health problems. I jumped out of bed, fearing the worst. I realized it wasn't when I saw the caller ID was INVALID NUMBER. Sure enough, the caller hung up without saying anything when the answering machine picked up.

I fed the cats and opened the cat door, then went back to bed. But not to sleep. I managed to doze, but finally gave up around 9:15. A few minutes later my mother _did_ call, but to finalize family holiday meal and present opening plans. *Sigh*.

I'm so sleepy right now I'm having trouble remembering words (and I mean more trouble than usual). If I can't get a good, long nap this afternoon I'm just staying home.

Argh.


Update: Yeah. Tooooooo sleepy. When I heard a radio announcer talking about the partial government shutdown saying "The Grand Canyon is open" I laughed out loud.
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Best Laid Plans


I was supposed to go in this morning for my six month fasting blood test. Unfortunately, shortly after getting into bed last night I began several hours of a major irritable bowel attack. I finally just turned the alarm off and instead slept in this morning.

I'll go next week. A few extra days out of six months won't make much difference.
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