Eclectic Life Orchestra in surround sound

Dec 14, 2022 11:06 pm

First, I must say, I've finished the

imagefinal edit of Truth in Flames, Book 5 in the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire Series. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Get started with book one in the series for only 99 cents. You might as well treat yourself and get the whole series so far.

Anyone who has read all of my novels can see that I'm something of an eclectic who writes in multiple genres. Isn't everyone eclectic? I enjoy and am influenced by science fiction, fantasy, law, philosophy, the American west, dystopian fiction, satire, noir books and movies, American, European, and Middle Eastern history, and more. I suspect most readers enjoy stories across multiple genres as well.

What makes you eclectic?

My video and musical tastes are likewise diverse. With a hat tip to my fondness for the music of ELO, I live the Eclectic Life Orchestrated in surround sound. My favorite playlist includes country, classical, rock, 40s and 50s songs, swing, and more. -- Which reminds me, what the heck is Amazon doing to my playlists? I contacted the big river behemoth to remedy the situation and received the standard great new feature felgarcarb. I told them that was not satisfactory and did not provide an answer to my question about how to correct the problem. It was straight up Darth Vader: "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further." So that app has become practically useless to me.


I've finished reading A Man Called Intrepid. I loved this book. What an eye-opener on the battle against the pervasive Nazi influence throughout Europe and the Americas. The Nazi leadership was really more ruthless than we commonly imagine. The British and American leadership -- largely Churchill and Roosevelt had to make countless decisions of immense consequence while the US still had its hands tied because it had not yet entered the war. I can't recommend this book enough. I wish that I had read it sooner. When I look at what's happening in the US and around the world after reading this book, I'm not comforted.

I'm listening to Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it by Chris Voss. I have to say I'm loving it. It had a couple negative reviews that made me hesitate, but I smelled something off about them and got the audio book anyway.

I've finished watching Sons of Liberty. You can reference the blog if you care about my thoughts on that show. I included a dialog excerpt from Truth in Flames as well. And my rant from the last newsletter spilled over into the blog, so be warned.

I did get some positive feedback on putting in links to some short stories. I'll aim for January to make that happen.

I've finished watching the first season of Wild Frontier. It's about mountain men like Jim Beckworth, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, etc. The information was great, although the presentation was repetitive. I'm working up a scenario in my skirmish game based on Boone's rescue of his daughters from their Indian captors. I give the show four flintlocks out of five.

In a completely different category, I'm most of the way through season one of Stargate Universe. It was confusing at first, but I decided to stick with it, and it has held my attention. Someone I know recommended it to me.


This little fantasy giveaway promotion is still going on: It isn't a big list, but you'll want to give these books a look if fantasy or adventure interests you.

Merry Christmas


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Lois for her stunning review and heroic defense of The Shrinking Zone.

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