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Bainstorming May 21 to May 29, 2016
Subjects in this issue:
Book Sale. Samantha’s Talent and Coming of Age. The Apertures Series. Rain And More Rain. My Back Doesn’t Like Me. Memorial Day.
Many of my books published by Twilight Times, including Samantha’s Talent, Alien Infection, Medics Wild, Strange Valley, Robyn’s Rock, Postwar Dinosaur Blues, and Bigfoot Crazy are currently on sale for $0.99 to $2.99. The sale runs through June 5th so hurry! Don’t miss out on these low prices!
Samantha’s Talent and Coming of Age
I have gotten to where I really like to write coming of age novels, sometimes male, sometimes female. I try to construct the plot and characters so that the book may be read as a stand alone novel but I also like to leave the ending at a point where it will satisfy my fans and new readers, yet may easily be continued as a sequel and/or a series. Samantha’s Talent is a bit different in that it began as a short story, then was extended when I included it in one of my three short story collections (Robyn’s Rock, Around The Bend and Back From The Bend). At this point I even commented in the collection, Robyn’s Rock, that it would probably make a good novel. I sat on that thought for several years then one day began writing…and writing, becoming more enthused each time I brought it up for more work. I believe my instincts were correct because the result is that the current novel, Samantha’s Talent, is right on the verge of becoming a Kindle best seller in the categories for Coming of Age, Science Fiction and Adult/Young Adult and is receiving very good reviews. Thank you all for reading and especially for the reviews. I truly appreciate it.
The Apertures Series books are among my very favorites. They are temporarily out of print but are in the process of being re-edited by a new publisher and should be available in the not too distant future. I’m glad. I’m also pretty far along on a fourth book, turning The Apertures Trilogy into a series. One reason I like the Aperture Series so much is that I came up with an original twist (so far as I know) to the alternate world concept. As soon as the first book has been edited and re-published, with a new cover, it will be announced in this blog and on my web site www.darrellbain.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Rain and More Rain
I know that sometime this summer I will be gritching about the lack of rain, but we certainly aren’t suffering any deficit at the present time. We got another six inches last night. Houston has already had two floods this year. We got water in the house from this one. We’ll be having to repair the master bathroom flooring, the guest bedroom flooring, and the inside/outside carpet in my combination office and library, dern it. Always something when you own your home. We’re hoping the insurance company will pay for the damage but it is looking kind of doubtful at this point.
My Back Doesn’t Like Me
My poor old back is extracting revenge for all the years I abused it by taking on tasks that it wasn’t made for. I have a slender build and don’t weigh much more now than I did as a young man or when Betty and I married more than 38 years ago and I was in my late thirties then. The latest MRI and X-Rays were taken more than ten years ago. They revealed my spinal vertebrae, which looked something like one of those train derailments where the cars are piled every which way. Both times I’ve been to orthopedic surgeons, they recommended a total Laminectomy (that’s a complete repair of the spinal vertebrae, in my case the ones from my mid back to lower back). Since the recovery period for a man of my age is six months or so, I’ve turned them down and gotten along on pain pills. But…four days ago I woke up and could barely walk. Any sudden move brought excruciating pain, and just taking baby steps with a cane hurts really bad. I see my doctor Tuesday, two days from now, and I’m almost positive he will want to see another MRI. When he does, I’m even more certain he’s going to recommend that I see an orthopedic surgeon, who will certainly tell me I need a complete laminectomy. I’ll probably have to have it done this time. Dern, damn, hell, kitty mess and other bad words. I’ve been good. Why me? Actually, I know why. The universe is implacably impartial. It is neither fair nor unfair. It just happened that this time my number came up.
Tomorrow, May 30 is Memorial Day. This is a special day for me and millions of other Americans who served in the military. It is also special for those whose loved ones served. All too many failed to come home, or managed to return but with grievous wounds. Please, let’s all remember them and their sacrifices, both the ones who, like me, volunteered and the ones who were drafted and went when they were called. We all did our duty or had loved ones who supported us. I wish I could personally thank them all, each and every one, but since that is impossible I will simply say: Thank you. The citizens of a grateful nation thank you for all you have done. We remember.