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Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Recap

We had a nice quiet weekend. Friday night after my son’s basketball practice, we just hung out and took turns playing Guitar Hero. That game is oddly addictive and the entire family enjoys it.

Saturday we did our morning workout before heading off to watch my son’s B-ball game. They lost, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. I was really proud of all of them. For the rest of the day, we alternated between playing Guitar Hero and watching movies.

Sunday we spent a little time in the hot tub, but other than that we just stayed indoors, playing games and watching football.

The next two days are going to be spent preparing for a trip. My wife and I are taking part in Cruise with your Muse. Well, to be more precise, I’m participating and she is just there for moral support. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Other than that, I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things in the near future. What have you all been up to lately?


Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the exercise is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

Want to play along? Let me know if you do so that I can come read your entries.

Slipping, sliding, unsure movements, awkward moments, yet you press on. The desire to indulge overrides the fear of appearing foolish in your inexperience. You’re getting closer. Your breaths come faster. Your grip tightens. You reposition yourself. With a mighty jump, you fly down the mountain with nothing between you and the snow but a board.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Book Review: The Not Quite Right Reverend

I recently had the pleasure of reading The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs and the Currently Accepted Habits of Nature by David Niall Wilson. Mr. Wilson has outdone himself with this one. Excellent pacing, memorable characters and a creation (or re-creation?) of environment so three dimensional, it almost had me checking for ticks as we left the swamp.


When Cletus J. Diggs gets a visit from his buddy Jasper and learns about the dead man sticking boot-first out of the fishing hole, he has no idea what it will lead to. How could he?

Old Mill is famous for a lot of things, good fishing, barbecue, over-sized satellite dishes and disappearing beer; it is not known for genetic research, ancient rituals, or alien abduction. From the moment Cletus and Sheriff Bob drag the corpse from the fishing hole to the final moments of terror, the action is non-stop, tense, and filled with surprises.

Between the Reverend Dozier and his church, the swamp witch, the albino twins, and the local lodge's well-hidden secrets, the strange events in Old Mill, NC are pretty much out of control. Only Cletus, ordained minister, common law attorney, journalist, private investigator and jack of all trades can draw together the people and resources necessary to set things right. The question is, can he do it before it's too late?

This book has something for everyone, comedy, horror, adventure, action, but most of all, it is brimming with intrigue and the promise of things to come. David Niall Wilson delivers. I highly recommend it to one and all.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Friday, January 02, 2009

And the Winner is...

We had a blast at the party and I think everyone else did as well. Why do I think that? It didn’t end until nearly six the next morning. Between the pool games, darts, cards and various other activities, I suppose we all just lost track of time. I may just have to make this an annual event.

And now on to more pressing matters, who won the contest? Well, you did. I just couldn’t bring myself to pick one recipe over the other, so I went through all of them and used the common ingredients as well as my favorite additions from some of the others. It turned out great and everyone wanted me to thank you all for helping me out.

Wait, if I used a little of all of the recipes, how am I going to decide who gets the free e-book? Were you not paying attention? I said you all won. : D So, here is what I propose:

If you sent in a recipe, then shoot me an email at jgoodman@goodysworld.com. Please put “Chili Award Winner” in the subject line and in the body of the email, tell me whether you want a book or to see your name appear in my next book. If you choose the free book, please list any other of my titles that you have already read, so I don’t duplicate anything in your library.

So, congratulations to one and all. Give yourselves a big round of applause. Thanks for playing.

May you all have an amazing 2009.

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