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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Mental Floss

cj Sez: For the first time in a very long time, I spent most of last weekend reading best-selling author Susan Yawn Tanner’s Storm Out of Texas, book 3 of her Bellamys of Texas series.

   It’s free on kindle unlimited if you’ve a mind to join me… 
   I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I promise a review when I’m finished.


   One of the things about Facebook that drives me batty is when the FB algorithm gets an earworm of a subject, and I wind up getting several iterations of “suggested for you” posts on the same subject, yet all from different sources. The subject might be football, college sports, movies from the 50s and 60s, etc. Today it’s Placido Domingo, whose amazing tenor voice I love, but … Today I’ve hidden about twelve of those FB posts. Hiding them “forever” is never forever. You?


No reason for procrastination news item:

   All of my local TV meteorologists report that Arlene, the first named storm of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, is struggling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

   I can now testify that the system poses no threat to my home here on the Gulf Coast because it's drifting South. The downside of that news is that now I have no preparations to attend to and no excuse not to get back to editing the story that should have been done aeons* ago. 

  This story has had me bumfuzzled, and I’ve changed the story line and title dozens of times. It’s like, “Oh, look. Maybe I should do that.” I need to discard all 45K words but can’t because I keep thinking there’s a nugget in there somewhere.

(* “Aeon” definition: A period of immeasurable duration.)


Blatant self- promotion:

  Released in April of 2021, THE DAWGSTAR is a suspense/thriller novel with a touch of romance. And I find that its international intrigue premise is still timely and relevant. I bet you will, too. 

   Amateur astronomer Mirabel Campbell happens upon a mysterious point of light in the night sky and unexpectedly becomes enmeshed in a covert world of international political intrigue where deception and lies are the norm. 

  When friends are murdered, she and the CIA ex-husband she still loves must race to uncover the clandestine threat behind The Dawgstar before she becomes the next to die at the hands of a psychopath.


   I didn’t find this special YouTube song in time to post it last week. It’s a sentiment I fervently support.


  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe summer…with lots of time for reading!


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