Saturday, July 20, 2019

Cover Reveal for This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things During the Zombie Apocalypse

I owe the title and the concept to my daughter Maddy. Every time I made a dad joke, or me or the dogs did something stupid, my daughter would shake her head and say, "This is why we can't have nice things." The idea slowly came to me of how would a typical lower middle class family fare during the zombie apocalypse. Better than expected, but not as suave as in the movies.

I'll publish an excerpt from the novella next weekend. The scheduled release date is 1 August. I'll let you know when it's available for pre-order.

The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

Fifty years ago today one of the most incredible events in history occurred, a moment many people had only dreamed about and many more thought could never be achieved. And they did it with computers that generated less capacity than an average cell phone. The three heroes who undertook this dangerous adventure -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins -- did so knowing that one mistake could strand them in space forever. With that first step, race, religion, politics, and sexual orientation no longer mattered. In that moment, we were all citizens of the planet Earth.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Remembering Those Who Gave All for Our Country

All gave some, some gave all.
Some stood through for the red, white, and blue
And some had to fall.
And if you ever think of me,
Think of all your liberties and recall,
Some gave all
         -- Billy Ray Cyrus

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Zombie Easter

From my short story "Cruise of the Living Dead":

     "Maybe this is not an infectious outbreak after all.” Reverend Stiles advanced toward the captain, summoning his courage. “Perhaps we’re witnessing some sort of miracle, a divine retribution to punish us for our sins.”
      “You can’t be serious?”
      “Doubt if you want,” Reverend Stiles responded accusatorily. “But if you’ve read the Bible, you’d realize resurrection is a common theme. Lazarus was brought back to life. And Jesus himself rose from the dead on the third day.”
      "I do read the Bible.  I just don’t recall Jesus rising from the dead and then eating his disciples.” 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Photos of Roswell

As promised, here are the photos from my day in Roswell, New Mexico. Half the city is an alien tourist trap (but still fun) and the other half are the historical sites related to the Roswell incident of July 1947. Before anyone asks, I don't know where the alien bodies are located (we lost control of them when extraterrestrial issues were transferred to the authority of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002).

The entrance to the former Roswell AFB, now the Roswell Air Center -- a commercial and residential area.

Hanger 18, where whatever was discovered at the Foster ranch was stored before being shipped to Wright-Patterson AFB.

The foundation of the base hospital where the alien corpses were brought for examination.

The former KGFL Radio Station which broadcast the official Army Air Force "crashed disk" release and made the incident famous.

The former Roswell AFB guest house where Mark Brazel, the Foster ranch worker who found and reported the crash of a UFO and the discovery of alien corpses, was held for five days before he agreed to recant his original story.

The UFO Museum in downtown Roswell is tacky but fun.

This representation of the alien autopsy looks so authentic.

Klatuu barata nicto.