Haiku – 2/10/2016

Sun through the window

Puddles of warmth on the floor

This cold frozen day

Haiku – 2/9/2016

Burst of snow flurries

White flakes falling from the sky

Disappearing quick

Haiku – Deep Night

Soft golden silence

 Basking in a noiseless world

Free from distractions

Haiku – 2/8/2016

Spring fast approaching

Robins dancing and prancing

Looking for warm days


For more prompts like “fast” go here: Haiku Horizons

4 Quick Movie Reviews

Movie 1: The Lazarus Effect


1 and a half stars out of 5

The first hour of this movie was solid. It had a couple of creepy moments and it looked to be building to something grand. After that hour mark the movie just took a turn towards crap. It kept turning until the movie was just plain crap. In the end what promised to be a decent horror movie turned out to be just another movie with a great idea that was never fully brought to potential. It is streaming on Netflix if you want to see how bad it gets.

Movie 2: 50 Shades of Grey


2 Stars out of 5

How about 50 Shades of Dull? This movie really had nothing going for it. There was no chemistry between the leads, no romance, no real story, and the taboo stuff was so watered down that it felt like they were really holding back. It also seemed rushed. It could have been a lot better, but I guess a book like this will always have trouble getting made right without someone willing to take chances.

Movie 3: Stage Fright


2 and a half stars out of 5

A Slasher Musical. Yes, please? This was better than I thought it would, and could have been great with a better budget. The songs are at times catchy and there are some funny unexpected moments as well. It is streaming on Netflix if you want to see it.

Movie 4: Burying the Ex


3 stars out of 5

The best of the bunch, and much better than I thought it would be. It had a solid story and direction, great cast and gore, and it also had Joe Dante behind the lens. It is entertaining from start to finish. It is also streaming on Netflix. If you like goofy horror comedy’s then this is your movie.

So, have you seen any of these? Thoughts about them.

Haiku – 2/7/2016

The trees drenched in black

Waiting on the morning sun

Hoping for the warmth


Since we are talking trees.

Here’s one of my favorite RUSH songs.


Happy Sunday.

Go Panthers!

Free to Read Today (2/6/2016) – Need to Feed


Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight, and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?


5 out of 5 Stars – Kudos for a new spin

4 out of 5 Stars – Pretty good…



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The tall sheriff stood on skinny legs that equaled the rest of his lanky frame. He was dressed in dark blue from his hat to his boots. He believed in the uniformity of color, and he liked the way one solid color looked when it ran together like it did on him.

He kicked his boots against the legs of the desk one time for each boot (habit or for luck, at this point not even the sheriff knew), and his pure silver spurs jingled each time he did it. He put on his gun belt, and let the guns hang low on his sides. He found this position best for a quick draw.

He walked over to the door and stopped. He looked at his pet parrot perched on a ledge beside the door. This bird’s normal color was red, but when it was scared or frightened, like now, it would change color, rapidly. It was currently running through a rainbow of colors, flipping to green, to yellow, to blue, to black, to white, and then back to red. When it reached red, it ran back through the colors again.

“Easy there, Fellow.” The sheriff tried to calm the bird with his voice, but today it wasn’t working. The bird just kept flipping its color. It was scared for its master, and it couldn’t hide it no matter if it wanted to or not. “I’ll be okay. Just like all the times before. These guys are just as dumb as the rest of the ones I’ve laid to rest.”

Fellow kept flipping colors. The words didn’t help, so the sheriff let him be and stepped up to the peep-hole.

The sheriff looked outside, and then back to his bird. “It’s them all right.”

Outside the jail, the Lizard Brothers who were notorious criminals, murderers, bank robbers, and all around bad dudes continued to pace back and forth as they waited on the sheriff to show his face. They were dressed in identical black jeans; long sleeve black shirts, and black boots. They had scaly bald heads and faces along with squinty yellow eyes and lizard like noses.

“You in there, sheriff?” The oldest brother asked, the leader of the group, the one who had called the sheriff yellow when the brothers had first arrived in town.

“Yeah,” the sheriff replied.

“Are you coming out or what? We said High Noon!”

“I’ll honor my bargain. That I promise.”

“Then come out and show me that promise.”

The sheriff looked at the bird still changing color. He turned from the bird to the door. He adjusted his eyes to represent the brightness of the day, black this time, a lot darker than his normal shade of blue.

He opened the door, stepped outside into the California sun, and into a town now filled with ghosts, because everyone who lived here was tucked away safely inside, watching from behind their windows, watching to see if the sheriff would meet his maker this time.

Liebster Blogger Award

Cathie at charmstrongbooks.com has nominated me for this award and I am honored to try to take a crack at the question she presented to me.

Here’s the question: Do you have a quote or motto that is meaningful to you in some way, or by which you lead your life? If so, can you tell us what it is and why?

First – let’s get biblical for a second.

Mathew 6:34 has been a go to for inspiration for me.

Holman Christian Standard BibleTherefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I am not a great Christian (who is), but I try to be. I found this quote some years back and it just sang to me. It (to me anyways) just reminds me to deal with one day at a time. Tomorrow is tomorrow and today is today. Spend your current time trying to enjoy it as much as you can.

Second – Jimmy Buffett

The song “No Plane on Sunday” speaks volumes to me. It’s all about making the best of a bad situation by not getting too strung out about things that are out of our control. So, if I get in a long line at the store or face countless rejection letters I just let this song ring in my ears. No use getting upset. Just roll with it and move on.

I want to nominate Laura, Kim, and Sherry for this award. All three of them have been a great supporter of mine and each of them have been such a positive force in my life that I wrote three character roles for them in my short story Need to Feed. It is a small way to honor each of them, but I thought it was the best way to do it. So, Laura, Kim, and Sherry. Here are your two questions.

Why do you love to read?

What is your favorite book?

Check out Laura’s site here: fuonlyknew.com.

Check out Kim’s site here: klling.wordpress.com.

Check out Sherry’s site here: www.fundinmental.com.

Featured Friday: Paperback Cover Reveal: Need to Feed

Need to Feed PB



Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight, and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?


5 out of 5 Stars – Kudos for a new spin

4 out of 5 Stars – Pretty good…

A solid cover if I do say so myself. This is another short story of mine turned into a tiny paperback. Some people just can’t get into ebooks, and I get that. I hope that by having extra reading options people might want to take a chance on my work. Fingers crossed.

Okay, you can grab your paperback copy or the ebook by clicking the links above. I am running this one free on  2/5 and 2/6 in case you want to read it before you buy it in paperback. I have also included with this paperback and ebook A Vampire at Christmas as a bonus short story. Two short stories more bang for your buck.

That’s it. Have a great weekend. :)



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Do you like short stories? Here’s a link to all of my horror short stories: Short Story. Enjoy.

Haiku – Cold Blank Stare

Face in the window

Stares at me on a grey day

From an empty house

Haiku – Airplane

Across the blue sky

Soaring through the clouds above

Like a giant bird


I watched these videos on YouTube last night.

Thought I would share.

Crazy stuff.



Would you want to take off or land on any of these runways?

Haiku – 2/3/2016

Dreary rainy skies

Water droplets dense and thick

Washing out the day

Haiku – 2/2/2016

Branches on the trees

Swaying gently back and forth

In a winter breeze

Haiku – Take a Pause

Slow down for a bit

Life flies like a bullet train

Each day is a blur


For more prompts like “slow” go here: Haiku Horizons

Haiku – Above

Night sky full of stars

Billions of tiny white lights

Twinkle far away


Astronomers estimate that the observable universe has more than 100 billion galaxies. Our own Milky Way is home to around 300 billion stars, but it’s not representative of galaxies in general. Source: How many stars are there in the universe? – Sky & Telescope



Haiku – Hope for Green

Naked tree branches

Stripped bare by winter’s harsh grasp

Waiting on the spring

Featured Friday: Holy Diver


Metal Music Archives

I thought this week I might feature a classic album from the Metal community. I’m also thinking that I might do this more often and focus in on some truly outstanding album art like this album cover. It just screams metal with the colors and the imagery. If you haven’t heard Holy Diver then shame on you. It is a truly outstanding album from start to finish. Dio was just an amazing vocalist who will be truly missed. If you have ROKU go to the MULLET Channel and look up Dio’s concert featured on there. Amazing performance to watch. How about you? Dio fan or not.


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Haiku – 1/28/2016

A brilliant sunrise

Day takes over for the night

Sun and moon change shifts

Haiku – 1/27/2016

Soft light rain falling

Lingering white ice and snow

Fading slowly out

Movie Review Haiku: The Martian

Suspenseful drama

Will he or won’t he survive?

On the red planet


This was a really good movie from start to finish. Gripping on the edge of your seat kind of entertainment. It had a great cast, script, effects, and direction. My only beef was that they could have made the lead character’s struggle on Mars a little more of a struggle like they did in Castaway. When Hank’s character was on that island they left you on that island with him and rarely cut away. That made you, the audience, feel as stranded as him. In The Martian they didn’t do this instead they cut-away often to focus on other parts of the story. I do think it would have been more gripping to just leave us on Mars with minimal cut-aways. They also skipped ahead 7 months towards the end, which also kind of hurt the survival aspect of it. With all that said, this was still a great movie to watch and I have few complaints about it. It really does come highly recommended by me. You won’t be disappointed when you watch it.


During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Source: The Martian (2015) – IMDb

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars