Wednesday Warnings: Google Earth Fails, The Known Universe, Beautiful Buildings, and Dance of the Planets

Google Earth is a wonderful tool, but occasionally, they do get things a bit, um, wrong:

http://www.viralnova.com/when-google-earth-screws-up/2/

A digital tour of the entire known universe, starting in the Himalayas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U The Known Universe

Some truly beautiful examples of unusual architecture:

http://news.distractify.com/alex-scola/breaking-conventions

Dances of the Planets make intricate designs:

http://ensign.editme.com/t43dances

Those last remind me of the designs we used to make with a Spyrograph!

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

Monday Musings: Computer Woes, Garden News. Autumn, and Thanksgiving Changes

I got a new computer a few months ago. My old laptop was just that- old. It was getting slow and cranky, and hadn’t been happy with a second monitor attached for a long, long time. I have gotten very used to working with two monitors, so it was not an ideal situation. I got a nice, shiny, new HP desktop system. Of course, along with all the fun, and bells and whistles of a new system comes the not-so-fun work of having to install all the programs, apps, and other bits and bobs that I use. I thought I’d gotten it all. Then, on Sunday, I was on the netbook in the living room, and wanted to work on a particular story. I have been putting a lot of the current, in-progress stuff on Google Drive just so that I can work on it wherever and whenever. Open Google Drive—- and that folder is not there! I go to my desktop, open the Google Drive folder, and there it is! What?? Took a bit of puzzling, but the BaldMan noticed that the Google Drive folder on my desktop did not have the Google Dirve icon on it. Yep, you have probably figured it out- I never installed Google Drive on the desktop! All those files I thought were being synced? Yeah, no. It is now installed, thank you. And the funny thing? All those files now show up everywhere! *headdesk* I can be an idiot sometimes.

We’ve had a run of nice, warm, a tad too humid weather lately, with some rain. The pepeprs in the garden are still doing fine, I picked a very few beans today, the carrots are thriving. I dug up and brought in oregano, thyme, and sage for indoor growing. I still have to bring in some chives. I should look at the parsley and see if any of that is worth saving, but I do have seeds, so I may just start new. The asparagus bed is just about ready to be cut back, mulched and covered for the season. I plan on expanding it next year.

Fall foliage is in full swing now, although I must say, it is not as vibrant as it has been in past years. The colors seem a bit dull. I have read it is due to the amount of early rain we had this year. Perhaps, but I like my trees to be bright and pretty in Autumn, not dull and meh. I would like to put in an order for good Autumn color next year, please.

This year, for the first time in a very long time, Thanksgiving will not be at our house. Nor will it be on Thanksgiving. Due to scheduling conflicts and whatnot, we will be celebrating our family meal on November 30. We will also be at Jill and John’s in MA. It will be weird not having everyone here, but I must admit to a bit of extra thankfulness for that. Since I am one of those crazy folk who participate in National Novel Writing Month in November, I will have the entire month to work on those 50,000 words. It will be an odd thing. I don’t plan on changing my approach to the month. I have planned in the past to hit the 50K by November 25, and that will still be the goal. I will just have a tiny bit more breathing room. I shall endeavor to stick to my plan, and still have a few days rest at the end of the month.

What is the foliage like where you are? Are you enjoying the crisp Autumn days? And how much pumpkin spice everything have you consumed? (Me? Hardly any.)

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

Friday Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Dresden Files series has been recommended to me many times over the past few years, and it turns out to be one I am very sorry I did not follow those recommendations much sooner. “You don’t know what you are missing” turned out to be all too true with this one.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard. He works out of a fifth floor office in downtown Chicago, helping people with investigations that are rather out of the scope of the police department, specifically, those that involve magic. He also, on occasion, consults for the police on cases that cross over into Harry’s unique field of expertise.

In Storm Front, Harry is called by the police to help out with a particularly nasty murder investigation that looks like it involves dark magic. As Harry digs further into the case, he runs afoul of not only the Chicago mob, and the wizard’s White Council, which already has Harry on a sort of probation, but also of a mysterious dark wizard who targets Harry for his next grisly victim. In order to sort it all out, Harry must use every scrap of wit and skill he owns, as well as his connections to some otherworldly allies.

The story takes the hard-boiled detective tale and adds the twist of magic. Harry fits perfectly into the private detective role. He’s tough, skilled, tenacious, has a biting wit, and a dark past. He also has a strong moral sense that drives him to right whatever wrong is facing him.

The setting is modern day, and the magic fits in deftly, without being overwhelming or out of place. The idea that there might be magic-weilding folk among the populace of our world doesn’t seem strange or forced. The tone is dark and edgy, which also fits the genre.

Characters are rounded and believable, each with their own strengths and flaws. Harry himself is not quite an anti-hero, but he isn’t completely noble, either. The supporting cast is varied, from Detective Karrin Murphy, who believes in Harry up to a point, to Bob, Harry’s spirit assistant with an over-active libibo who lives in a human skull.

The story is fast-paced and full of action, both magical and real world. Once it gets going, there is almost no time to catch a breath, especially for Harry. It is a well-crafted mystery that pulls you in and nevr lets go.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It blends some of my favorite things into a rollercoaster ride of danger, magic, and mystery.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

Wednesday Wanderings: Abandoned Mansions, Weird Stuff Happening on Earth, Old School Classy, and Owl Camouflage

Some of these abandoned mansions are quite lovely. There are more pictures in the comments:

http://io9.com/9-of-the-most-fascinating-abandoned-mansions-from-aroun-471010619

Some very odd things that are actually happening somewhere in the world:

http://www.metaspoon.com/weird-things-happening-earth/

Those were the days. When classy really meant something:

http://news.distractify.com/people/old-school-cool/?variant=3&v=1

Owls are pretty good at camouflage:

http://news.distractify.com/people/old-school-cool/?variant=3&v=1

 

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Monday Musings: Garden’s End, Puppy Days, Italian Markets, and Football

It has gotten decidedly chilly lately. Not quite freezing yet, but the overnight temps have dropped into the thirties a few times. The tomato plants in the garden have pretty much given up, along with the cucumbers and squash. I have a few beans on the vines, and the carrots are still going. The peppers are hanging in there, but I do have to harvest what’s out there. And pot up and bring in the herbs I want to save. It is time to start cleaning up, and getting it all set for winter, I suppose. I keep putting it off, because once the garden is cleaned out and covered up, it means Summer is really over and, well, to borrow a catch phrase, Winter is coming. I also want to start some planning for next year.

On the puppy front, Lambeau will be one year old in just seventeen days! Wow. It’s hard to believe we’ve had him that long. Seems just a short time ago that we brought that wee pup home from the shelter. Then, I look at him, and see how big he’s gotten, and, yeah, it’s more believable. I keep trying to find new things to teach him, because he is smart and active, and he needs stuff to do to keep occupied. Right now, we are working on a few tricks. We continue to work and reinforce his calm, good dog behavior, also. His big area of need is still other dogs. He still feels that every dog he sees is fair game for playtime. He’s better, and sometimes is even really good, but that’s our biggest issue right now. Patience, persistence, patience, repitition, and more patience, right?

A new Italian market opened just up the road a bit. We stopped in on Saturday. Looks like they are still stocking a lot of the shelves, but they have some nice meat, fresh and cured sausages, olive oils, and other things. We picked up few things. The place used to be just another convenience store with the usual sandwiches and stuff. Nice to see something a little nicer move in.

I got involved in a Fantasy Football league this season. It’s a family thing, just for fun. And we started late, so it will be a short season. I usually didn’t much care about most of the games every week, unless it was Green Bay or Oakland. Now, I pay attention to a lot more, since my players are all over the league. I have no idea what I’m actually doing, but hopefully by next season, I’ll have some of it figured out!

I hope everyone is enjoying this season of pumpkins, hoodies, and boots!

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Wednesday Wanderings: Sustainable Noah’s Ark City, Exercise to Make Your Day Better, Writer’s Have the Advantage, and French Postman Builds Castle from Stones

This was an honorable mention in the 2012 Skyscraper comptetion, which (from their website) “recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.” A pretty cool idea here:

http://www.evolo.us/competition/noah%E2%80%99s-ark-sustainable-city/

It seems moderate aerobic exercise early in the day can lift your mood for hours. Worth getting up early for? Hmmmm…..:

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/20-minutes-guaranteed-to-make-your-whole-day-better-tues.html?utm_content=bufferd1207

Maybe I’ll just stick with writing:

http://mic.com/articles/98348/science-shows-writers-have-a-serious-advantage-over-the-rest-of-us

This is just astounding. 33 years, stone by stone, and this French postman has an architectural wonder:

http://www.awesomeinventions.com/postman-takes-33-years-to-build-palace/

Need Some Incentive to Enter the Book Giveaway?

Six of One

How about a little excerpt from one of the stories? Like this one:

“I’m Gabe,” he answered. Well, that explains the horn. And the cheeks.

“Pleased,” I said. “I’m Ish.” We waited a while longer. I was beginning to get fidgety again, when he was just- there.

We’ve all heard about Mike, but seeing him right there behind the Gate was something. Big as Lucky, all muscle and tan, he’s wearing white, also, but his shirt is open at the collar and he’s got bling. Big gold chain with a fancy cross hanging around his neck. Hanging off his belt is a white scabbard with the gold hilt of a sword sticking out of it. Didn’t quite go with the outfit, but I wasn’t in any position to criticize. His big baby blues are all storm clouds and thunder as he’s looking at me. His right hand is resting on the hilt of that famous sword. I held up my hands.

“Hey, look,” I said, backing up a step. He just stood there, staring at me, like I was something the hell hounds dragged in. “I don’t want any trouble. This is Lucky’ s idea of a joke. All I want is to get home. Okay?”

“Lucky always did think he was funny.” Mike’s voice was like the rest of him: big and deep. It rolled over me like a tsunami.

“Yeah, yeah,” I said. “But let’s forget all that and just send me back. Just point me in the direction of the staircase.” He pulled the sword out of its scabbard with a metallic sliding sound. The blade was shiny steel and it looked sharp. Like hot knife through butter sharp. The hilt and cross thingies were gold and inlaid with jewels. Little flashes of lightning rode up and down the blade. Mike gripped it in both hands and leveled it at my chest through the Gate’s bars.

“I should smite you where you stand, minion of evil!” His voice boomed out like breaking the sound barrier. Even Lucky didn’t get that dramatic sounding.

“Hey, hey, now,” I said, trying to buy time while I thought. “No need for any smiting. No need at all. It’s not like I came here on my own or anything. I didn’t have a choice. All’s I want is to get out. Let’s not be hasty, okay, Mike?”

He considered me for a long moment. I held my breath. I wasn’t particularly fond of the idea of getting smitten. Or smited. Or smote. Or whatever it was. Mike took a half step forward and pressed the blade against my chest. It burned, let me tell you. Demons are kind of allergic to stuff like that.

“Or perhaps, you are the one who took it,” he mused, his voice back to its normal roar. He pressed a little harder. I started to smoke, and I don’t mean a Cuban. I winced and took a step back.

“Took it? Took what?” I managed to get out. “If something’s missing, I don’t know anything about it. I just got here, remember? I haven’t had time to take anything.” I was thinking fast now. Maybe there was a way out of this yet. Not that I liked where that train of thought was going, but it was better than a burning sword in the chest.

“If something’s missing, you might want to talk to me about it. Not that I know anything, but finding things, see that’s kind of my specialty. Lost that soul you were about to steal? Someone lifted your pitchfork? I’m the guy to call. So why don’t we discuss your problem. Maybe I can help.” I looked down. The thing left a nice burn hole in my good suit. Great. I looked across at Mike. He’d let the sword point drop, but I could tell he was ready to slice and dice at any second. Again, I get the long, slow look. I raised an eyebrow and tried to look like I didn’t care.

“He’s got a point, Mike,” Gabe said. I jumped. I’d forgotten about him. Mike glanced at him.

“He did just get here,” he continued. “I was right there. And it’s been gone a while now. I’m not saying we should let him nose around on his own, but your guys haven’t had much luck.” I could see the wheels turning in Mike’s head. He seemed a bit more of the intellectual type than Lucky.

“Look, can it hurt to tell me what’s missing?” I asked. “You can always get back to the smiting later if it doesn’t pan out. Tell you what? I won’t even charge you my usual fee, how’s that?” He slid the sword back into the scabbard. That alone did my mood a world of good. “So what are we looking for?”

“The scales.” He said it quietly, for him. I didn’t get it at first.

“Scales? You’re all tensed up because some scales are missing?” Mike looked at me like I was nuts. Maybe I was. Gabe spoke up.

“The ones he uses to weigh the souls,” he explained. The light dawned. Those scales. Not something you misplaced lightly up here. I mean, even where I come from, we all know about the scales. Every soul who wants in at the Gate has to take its turn on the scales. If you don’t weigh up right, you get cast down to us. I whistled.

“Helluva thing to lose, pardon the language,” I said. “So what’s it look like?” Mike glared.

“A scale, dummy,” he says. Now, I’m getting insulted.

“Hey, no need to get personal,” I groused. “I’ve never seen them, so it might be easier to find them if I know what I’m looking for.” Gabe moved over to stand next to Mike. He was shorter by a head.

“The scale is pretty standard issue,” Gabe went on. “Two pans suspended from a post with chains. Gold, with curlicues and stuff on it. Stands about yay high.” He held his hands apart about 24 inches. I raised both eyebrows at that.

“That small? And you can weigh a whole soul on that?” I was impressed.

“A soul is not a body,” Mike says. “It is ephemeral. It can dance on the head of a pin.” I held up a hand.

“Okay, okay, I get it,” I said. “Where was it last?” Gabe looked at Mike, who nodded. Gabe reached out and opened the Gate, letting me in. Never figured I’d be getting an invite inside, but here we were. Gabe showed me a box carved out of the one of the side posts of the gate. It had gold plated doors that swung open behind a pure white curtain. He opened the doors and I stepped forward to peer inside. It was empty except for a single white feather. I reached in to pick it up, but Mike’s hand grabbed my wrist like iron shackles.

“Do not touch that!” There was the rolling thunder roar again. My hearing was never going to be the same.

“That is the feather by which the soul is weighed,” he went on. “If it is lighter than the angel’s feather, it is acceptable. If not…” He spread his hands. Yeah, I know, cast to the depths. Which aren’t so bad, if I do say so myself.

“How long’s it been gone?” I asked. Mike glanced at Gabe, who shrugged.

“Time is irrelevant here,” Mike said. I grinned.

“So, a while then,” I answered my own question. “What have you been doing with all the souls in the meantime? I mean, they haven’t stopped coming, right?”

“They go to the waiting room,” Gabe said. “That’s why I’m here. I meet them and send them to wait.” Waiting room. Cute. Purgatory, he means. Limbo, where you don’t know up from down. Not a place I’d want to be stuck for long.

“Huh,” I said. “You said you had someone working on this, right? Maybe I should talk to them. See what they know.” Mike nodded, and spoke to Gabe.

“You go with him,” he said. He sounded tired, not something I’d expect from the Right Hand. “Don’t leave him alone.” Back to me. “If you can find it, I will see that you get what you want.” I nodded.

Excerpt from Where Angels Tread, “Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy” by M.A. Kropp

Want to read more? I’m doing a giveaway of paperback copies of the book. It ends Tuesday, September 30. There are two ways to enter-

You can post a comment at the following blog post to win one of five copies (odds are really good there right now):

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Or enter on Goodreads for one of ten copies:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

Either way, time is running out!

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Friday Review: Mainspring by Jay Lake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The story is interesting. It revolves around Hethor, apprentice to a New Haven CT clockmaker in an alternate Earth steampunk society. The Earth here rotates around the sun on a gigantic brass gear system. Hethor is visited by an entity claiming to be the Angel Gabriel and is told the mainspring of the world is running down and Hethor must find the Key Perilous and rewind it.

It’s a different take on the classic quest story. The steampunk elements are done well, with air ships and many other things you would expect in a story of this type. The problem I had with it was that the style made the book read slowly to me. It was a bit stilted and stiff, which I think was meant to evoke the strict Puritan-like upbringing Hethor has had until his visitation. But I found it awkward and slow going.

One of the problems I had with the story is that there seemed to be a real lack of tension. Despite running into roadblocks and malicious opponents, it never really felt like Hethor was in true danger or that he would not, in the end, fulfill his quest. That left the second half of the book feeling a bit flat.

There are some original ideas here, and the world-saving quest is a tried-and-true story foundation, but the language and some pacing problems left me a little disappointed in the end.

 

Finally, a reminder- you have 4 more days to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Wednesday Wanderings: Typewriter Art, Solid Light, Creepy GIFs, and What Ladies Love about Fall

What this man does with a typewriter is just amazing:

http://themetapicture.com/paints-masterpieces-typewriter/

Solid light? These scientists may be on the way to doing just that:

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/crystallized-light-reveals-potential

These gifs made from old black and white photos are creepy:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/a-designer-has-made-the-most-terrifying-ghostly-gifs-on-the#1mm3c6z

I can relate to most of these. Others, not so much:

http://elitedaily.com/women/25-things-ladies-love-fall/746905/

 

One week left to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

Apple iTunes Bookstore

Barnes and Noble:

Monday Musings: Chili Weekend, Visiting Family, and Cooling Down

We were in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday for the CT State Chili Cook Off. This was the 22nd annual CT State, and, as always, it was a great event. It benefits the Community Action Agency of New Haven so that they can continue their Meals on Wheels program. It was a beautiful day, and we had both cooks and public turn out in large numbers. We had to have two preliminary tables and a final table in Red chili because of the number of cooks. We advanced three very good cooks to the World’s Championship in late October.

We stayed both Friday and Saturday with Jill, John, and Carter in Norton, MA. It was about two hours to New Haven from there, so not too bad a drive. Carter just turned three, so it was nice to spend some time with him, and his parents. He just got glasses, due to astigmatism in both eyes. He’s not very fond of wearing them right now, but he will get used to them, and they cetainly will help his vision.

He’s a typical three year old. Even though he wasn’t feeling very well, he still is non-stop energy. Like all toddlers, he has no patience. He knew there were presents to open, but was told he had to wait until Daddy got home from work, which, of course, took way too long. Once he did get to open them, he was pretty happy. Naturally, all the toys had to be opened NOW, and books read by everyone. It really was a good time.

The weather definitely has been cooling down, despite some return of warmth and humidity yesterday. There is color in many trees and leaves are falling more and more rapidly. I have not had to keep the air conditioner on during the day most of the time. That means it is getting to be time to start cleaning up in the garden. I’ll start that this weekend. The tomato plants are starting to get more and more brown branches, although there are a lot of tomatoes out there yet. I have some herbs I want to pot up and bring inside. Of course, there is the never-ending fall chore of leaf clean-up. I hope the vacuum/shredder thing works this year. It makes it easier to compost the leaves since it shreds them as it vacuums.

It will also be time to start pulling out the Halloween decorations, won’t it? I don’t have a lot of stuff for Halloween, but there is enough. I also have a few ideas for new things this year. Then, it’s on to Thanksgiving. Thinking about those things means summer is just about over, doesn’t it? Ah, well, the seasons turn, as always.

And a reminder- you 8 more days to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

 

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

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