The Return of Feral Pig Friday, with Video Evidence

If you’ve been reading my blog long, you’ll know that 1) living on Hawaii Island isn’t like living in most places, and 2) it probably also isn’t what you expected. Although beautiful in its own way, there is a conspicuous absence of white sand beaches (at least on the windward side), and a conspicuous absence of me sitting on them, with or without umbrella drinks. Instead life here tends to be grittier, what with living off the grid and lava drama and rats and fire ants and hurricanes and… where was I?  Oh, yeah—you may recall a few posts ago, Read more…

Help Create Syd #7, and Win a Sanctuary for Homeless Smoothies!

I was going to do this a little later in the month, but things are moving, people! Tech things in the background that wait for no mere human. I’ll tell you more about those soon. But first… I need your help. I’m editing the Sydney #7 manuscript now. Well, now-ish obviously. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll be back at it. Syd #7 will be a door-stopper of a novel, and those of you on my List, you’ll learn the title in the June Newsletter. Mwah-ha-hah! Barring anything crazy, you should all have it in your hands (or Read more…

Raking is Hard, and Other Grief Confessions

Thank you to everyone for the warm wishes on the passing of poor Fritz. It’s an experience many of us have shared, so the Humans get hugs (virtual or otherwise), but we tend to forget about the effects on the rest of the pack. I’m certain animals have their own grieving processes. Ninja Kitty has been ridiculously affectionate, always wanting love, but is beginning to transition back toward his default state of obnoxiousness. Travis and Fred seem more subdued generally, especially Fred. Of course, it’s easy to project our own feelings onto our pets, so I try not to read too Read more…

Checking In, After Checking Out

I missed the blog post last week—for reasons I’ll share below—and I’ve been mostly off email and social media lately, so I wanted to at least do a quick check-in today. How is everybody? Between the ridiculous cold in the United States and the ridiculous heat in Australia, I’m guessing a decent number of responses would be, “Fairly shitty, but thanks for asking.” Or at least, fairly uncomfortable. I can’t complain about comfort. Here in East Hawaii, we’ve had nothing extraordinary temperature- or precipitation-wise (although we could use some rain as our roads and catchment tanks are feeling parched). But Read more…

Ring in the New Year with a Freshly Filled E-reader!

I mentioned last week that I’ve been swamped by a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff. Pssstt… guess who’ll be featured by BookBub tomorrow. 😳 Scary cool, huh? Cross your fingers that I have a good run. And if you have not yet picked up the first Sydney Brennan Mystery Back to Lazarus for free, do so now because I will be making it a paid (albeit modestly so) book soon after the BookBub runs. I’ll share more on that and some other changes in a future blog post. But today, I have something fun! Speaking of free things, let me spin Read more…