Sunday, November 29, 2015

From Thanksgiving...

Ho, ho, ho...and a bottle of Christmas cheer...
...to Christmas, all in one weekend...also got the big ornaments on the tree in our front yard:
pretty humble at the moment, but they perk up when the snow flies...
...a bit more festive with the white stuff...
So we've plowed through Black Friday and the weekend...tomorrow is Cyber Monday, also known as D-day around work due to the massive amounts of ecom orders that pour in...it's going to be a little bit of (I hope) controlled chaos tomorrow and for a few days following...if we've prepared as well as we think we have, by Friday we should be seeing daylight again.

I finally got my Qwerkywriter...a Kickstarter project I backed over a year ago...it's everything I hoped it would be, and I am really looking forward to using it with the new tablet I ordered...as I continue writing, I will use my QW almost exclusively...love the old school look, feel, and sound of this keyboard:
totally cool, retro, keyboard...connects via bluetooth...

And speaking of writing, I've got a couple of proofs of my novel, TAT, coming to me...
tentative cover...will check the proof when it gets here and see what I think...
I put it on Createspace so readers can have hardcopy if they'd prefer that over the e-reader version.  I corresponded just this morning with a newspaper columnist who much prefers paperbacks to e-readers...he's old school and does the dog ear thing to mark where he's at, loves the smell and feel of a book in his hands, etc.

That's about it for now...hope to still be standing this time tomorrow on the other side of Cyber Monday.

Later, mcm fans...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy...

Mr. Turkey, the inedible kind
...Thanksgiving, 2015...as with every year A) the holiday has rushed upon us like a runaway freight train, and B) we have much for which to be thankful.

re: A...it's mostly a work related thing, as we are in a frenzy trying to prepare for the storm about to descend upon us known as Black Friday / Cyber Monday.  Not sure why I chose an industry that effectively manages to suck all the joy and happiness right out of the holiday season, but I did...it's seven days a week from now until the Big Day, and I'm so happy I could spit.

but re: B...in spite of that little bit of unpleasantness, we do indeed have many blessings...from the freedoms we enjoy living in this once great country, to the God given abundance we experience, to the relationships we are blessed with in our every day lives.  I'm employed, healthy, and living indoors and eating...praise God in heaven for His mercy and grace.

In spite of feeling slow and a step behind, I did make an attempt at decorating early this morning while Karen was working on meal prep:
the welcome banner for the swarm of two people we were expecting...

a seasonally appropriate message
almost ready to eat...
Once the bird was in the oven, I did take Mr. T out for a spin...it was in the 50's today, actually quite agreeable tooling around the neighborhood.  For as daunting as learning to drive a T seemed originally, I'm happily surprised how easy it has become with practice...like almost anything, I suppose.

a repeat pic, I admit...today was grey and overcast, no leaves left on the trees, but I had as much fun driving Mr. T today as I did back when this pic was taken.

And now a shameless, self-serving ad for my new book, TAT:
come on, you know you want to give it a read...

Available from all fine booksellers everywhere, as long as it's Kindle...you can see it here:
TAT by A.D. Liada

Later, mcm fans...

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Snow...

...way too early...
...and I'm so happy I could spit.  I did take Mr. T out for a spin, just so I could say I've driven a Model T in the snow:
...chilly, but fun...
Finally have my book, TAT, up on Amazon for Kindle e-readers.

To see it, go here:
TAT by A.D. Liada

I enjoyed writing it...hope you enjoy reading it...all feedback is welcome, of course.

later, mcm fans...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Trails...

sitting around the fire pit for the last time...
...to us...sadly we've arrived at the last day of vacation and we're traveling back to chilly Michigan in a few hours.

But it was a great week here in sunny Palm Springs, and we made the most of our last full day (yesterday).

Since I'm planning a cross country writing trip on Amtrak sometime in the hopefully not too distant future, we checked out the humble station just outside of Palm Springs:
it's just a small structure with no lobby, unattended, but it does have the mid century modern look and feel.
...and it does have a spectacular view of the mountains...
...plus a cool sign...
...and apparently is still in use...this train rumbled by while we were checking it out.
...I have no idea what I was doing at this moment...looks like I was just about to break into a song and dance routine...
On our way back we stopped at the visitor center:
this started life as a gas station back in 1965...very cool structure and lots of useful information about things to do and see in and around Palm Springs...
We also stopped by a vintage car dealership that's preparing for an upcoming auction...
...1957 Bel Air...
...best vehicle on the lot was a 1959 Cadillac...
...beautiful...and only $195,000...maybe for my birthday?
We also trekked over to Palm Desert and visited their version of Rodeo Drive...
...the view of some high priced retail real estate...
...stopping at Tommy Bahamas for lunch.
...beautiful view of the mountains from the restaurant...
The rest of the day was chillin' at the Desert Riviera Hotel...
...really going to miss the palm trees and beautiful landscaping...
...relaxing in the pool...

...and by the fire pit...

...and hanging by the pool at night...
Rick and Martha snapped a couple of pics of us before we left for the airport...
...in front of our room...
...and the pool...
Then it was time to leave...one last shot of sunny Palm Springs...
this is in the airport, right outside the gates where you board, believe it or not...
Looking forward to our next visit...

Later, mcm fans...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy...

Benjamin in Afghanistan
...Veteran's Day, 2015...officially, tomorrow, November 11th...but I shan't be blogging then so I'm highlighting it today...

...and thank you to all who have served and are serving now for protecting our nation.  As the Declaration of Independence correctly affirms, we have God given rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  The men and women of the military have been safeguarding those God given rights for centuries, and today, especially, we remember them and give thanks for their service.  It is an old saying but a true one: Freedom isn't free.  It's bought and paid for with the blood of our soldiers.  Say thank you; you owe your life to them.

Our vacation at the Desert Riviera Hotel continues...
towering palm trees...
...clouds over the San Jacinto mountains this morning...

...beautifully landscaped grounds...
...things to do...
...including relaxing in the jacuzzi...
...or maybe find your new ride...I wish...a 1968 Cadillac DeVille...
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some hedonistic pursuits that are calling me...

Later, mcm fans...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

From This...

late fall in Michigan...
...to this...
...the Desert Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs...
Arrived in Palm Springs today, at the Desert Riviera Hotel...one of our favorite places.  It's truly an oasis, beautifully landscaped, a peaceful, friendly, fun escape from the regular routine of everyday life.  Plus, they were happy to have us back:
Why not go someplace where you're wanted?
you know you want to be that guy...
the gorgeous pool at night...
one of the views from the beautiful Palm Springs airport...
We're staying room #1...
...which just happens to be the Marilyn Room...
How apropos...

More tomorrow...long travel day, and time to turn in.

Later, mcm fans...



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy...

...All Hallows E'en...already come and gone....apparently we're approaching warp drive speed again as we do each year at this time.  A couple of eye blinks and we'll have raced past Thanksgiving and be staring into the maw of another Christmas season.

So this year's October 31 celebration...keeping with recent meteorological tradition, the day before and after Halloween are ok weather-wise...but the day itself, not so much.  Pretty steady rain all day and only in the 40's, so our trick or treater count was low again...between 50 and 60...even so, we gave them a little bit of an old fashioned, spooky thrill...
Mr. Bolts photo-bombed Franky...he's never quite gotten over being a Franky clone instead of the real thing.  Think tall, green, and formerly deceased.

It's kind of funny to watch the trick or treaters when Franky shows up...our routine is the bride of Frankenstein opens the door, looking a little bit like Cher...
the not so evil eye...

...and then Franky steps out of the shadows with the candy bowl in hand...

...it's a gas watching their eyes go wide and seeing them take an involuntary step back...but then they get a treat bag filled with candy and a gospel tract, and all is well.

Earlier in the afternoon most of my grandkids came over for a party...
Marcellus, Quinn, Isaac, Isaiah, Miriam, Tionna, Simeon, and Silas
They weren't the only guests...
the count made an appearance...
...as did the Tall Witch with her bubbling cauldron...
hard to tell, but that's a blues harp playing skeleton...providing background music for It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown...

fortunately, I happened to have a silver bullet in hand when the werewolf attacked...
it was a skeleton crew in the living room when the creature from the black lagoon arrived...

my jack-o-lantern was savaged by the squirrels about 10 minutes after I set him out...

there was plenty of good food...

green franky cake....
...and drinks all around...
I think a good time was had by all...and now to put all that stuff away for another year...heavy sigh.

On the writing front, just waiting on some cover art, hopefully this week, and then I'll make my initial foray into the world of Kindle publishing...joining the thousands of other writers with stories to offer and no sales.  Guess we'll see what kind of marketer I can be.  Bring on the women in string bikinis doing various and sundry physical activities that have nothing to do with my story.  Seems to work for beer and cars.

Later, mcm fans...