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Water, Water Everywhere…and There Seems to be Quite a Bit to Drink

6782242-cool-mountain-stream-wallpaperAs a writer constantly looking for ideas, especially in nature, God gave us a beautiful world to enjoy and in the case of an author, a plethora of ideas to explore when writing a story.

I am a great believer in the fact that we are to be stewards of this God-given gift which includes conservation of our natural resources.

Now don’t misunderstand what I am about to say, but I have always wondered about conserving water. In the case of a drought, I believe that conservation is a necessary action, but only on a temporary basis.

Let me explain. Water is something we all need to survive, but when water is used does it really go away never to be seen again?

Water is cyclical (by that I mean it gathers in lakes, oceans, rivers…you get the idea). The sun causes it to evaporate; it falls again as rain, keeping ground water and aquafers full. The water drains through the ground filtering as it flows through sand, rocks and other formations. We dig wells to access this clean H2O while most of it travels once again into the lakes, oceans and so forth, beginning where it left off.

So the water we use actually never leaves the Earth; it just travels around seeking new adventures, new bodies of water to explore until it ends up back into a glass quenching our thirst once again.

Kind’a makes me want to take a shower. Maybe it’ll be the same water Hemmingway slurped down after eating a conch in Key West.

Talk about a load of ideas for a novel. I think I just hit a gold mine.

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Eden’s Wake Book Giveaway!

See this amazing Amazon Giveaway for a chance to win my book Eden’s Wake: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/037dccc196e2f913

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 25, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules: http://amzn.to/GArules.

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One Bug in the Hand is Worth Two in the Mouth…Or Something Like That

june bugI know in an earlier blog, I outlined a children’s book I was writing for my grandson. In this book, my grandson was a caterpillar and I was a granddaddy long legs. In other words, bugs. Although one was technically an arachnid, it’s still a bug.

Now these here bugs in many cases seem intelligent especially when you look at ants, bees and the like. They turn what seems to be chaos into a fully functional existence. This lifestyle operates without a glitch as smooth as silk.

This is actually more of an instinctual function and is present throughout the insect world. Then there comes the few six legged creatures that missed the bus when the gray matter was handed out. These poor individuals would travel the earth in blissful ignorance.

I’m only going to pick on one and that will be the June bug. It’s a large green beetle that flies around during the summer months seemingly going nowhere or doing nothing. In fact, watching one coming in for a landing is something akin to a brick attempting to perch on a clothes line while moving forty miles an hour.

All the information I am offering I have seen firsthand and is not cluttered with other people’s thoughts.

As a lad, I began calling the June bug the stupid bug when I saw one hovering around my house’s foundation. He seemed to want to go forward but didn’t know exactly how. He bumped into the cinderblock, moved a foot or so higher, bumped into the siding, then continued upward driving his head into the siding once again. He continued this pattern until he reached the top of the wall and flew over the roof.

Now if this bug wasn’t stupid when it started this journey, he certainly had mental issues by the time he finished.

If I think really hard (and you can take hard with a grain of salt) the most useful thing I’ve seen a June bug do is hover about a foot off the ground and allow a chicken to scarf him up. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner the chicken didn’t seem to care.

I guess that shows to go ya, stupid is as stupid does and if stupid eats stupid it can still be tasty on both ends. I’ve ragged the insect and poultry world enough for one day and besides it’s time for Suzie to leave.

So, I’m officially done.

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Eden’s Wake Book Giveaway!

See this amazing Amazon Giveaway for a chance to win my book Eden’s Wake: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/037dccc196e2f913 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Mar 25, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules: http://amzn.to/GArules.

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If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It and If You’re Gonna Eat It, Then Make It the Real Thing; No Imitations Please…Just Saying.

jakeswaybackburgerHave you ever been curious about old wives tales, clichés, and repetitive sayings? I have the same interests coursing through my veins. In fact, I have formed a blue ribbon fact finding commission to investigate these series of adages. My main objective is to find the story behind these mottoes, be it fact or fiction.

I am an investigator caring not on which side this search ends but only that the truth be accurately told. On a side annotation, I will be noting my findings and turning them into what will most assuredly be a bestseller.

My first contribution to this list is the notion that rainy days are good days for ducks, when in fact ducks hate rain. Hold onto your britches.

Do you recall the misnomer that flew around for years, “blind as a bat?” Bats actually have excellent vision along with their sonar. Their sonar is so finely tuned that a bat placed in a room with an open window containing a box fan set on low was able to time the fan and escape between the moving blades.

The same bat was able to perform the identical maneuver with the fan turned to medium. With the fan on high the bat could not accomplish this feat, but how amazing that this small creation of God could slip between the fan blades moving as they were.

Have you ever heard someone say (in person or on television), “You can cut the fat and not the flavor?” Well, that’s about the biggest whopper I believe I’ve ever heard. (And I don’t mean with cheese.)

Why would anyone want to cut the fat? You know that fat equals flavor. Don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to say. I eat healthy the majority of the time, but every now and again I want a greasy, fat laden, cheese covered burger, sausage sandwich or a pizza with grease running down my forearm. We mustn’t forget a slice of cheesecake or a bowl of full fat ice cream.

This of course is all my opinion, but also my blog, so by all means adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle, but take
time to enjoy an occasional guilty pleasure, preferably one that’s full of all the truly good stuff.

See ya next week and wipe that grease off your face.

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Terminal Core: To be Released Soon.

TERMINALCORE FCIn “Terminal Core” I’ve taken a break from the “Rising Tide” series and produced a stand alone sci-fi adventure. It was a pleasure and a real bear to write, but so rewarding to watch the pieces fall into place with the painstaking work of my editor and publisher Soul Fire Press. I will re-post  as soon as the  release date becomes available.

Aon, a solid core planet made from the priceless and most dense element in the galaxy (caladium) is under silent attack. Plans are made by off-worlders to dissolve the unbreakable core using crude oil obtained from 19th century earth. Once the oil is refined the byproduct, gasoline will soften the caladium, allowing it to be collected. It is soon discovered the core is made from living beings created from caladium itself. The off-worlders employ a band of corrupt inhabitant’s to carry on this work. They find themselves in a constant struggle with a small coalition of Aonians bent on saving their home world. Both factions clash with the indestructible core creatures. With horrendous beast’s one step behind and deadly pitfalls ahead, the coalition struggle to finish their journey insuring their races survival.

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