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Had the pleasure of planning an upcoming virtual author event with a talented author this afternoon. She is incredibly sweet, and I encourage all of you to support her work. She writes children’s literature, but she is currently working on a cookbook and will write a novel in the near future. I believe she’s one to follow, so please check out her work. I’ve posted a purchase link below.

Stay tuned for more on the virtual event. When details have been finalized, I will let you know. It should be fun!

Post-apocalyptic electricity

It’s a pet peeve of mine when reading post-apocalyptic fiction that somehow the grid still works. Either it’s only a small area or it’s unreliable, but it works.

I worked for my city’s power company for a while, and it was mandatory for all employees to go on a power plant tour. That meant that we all understood what was involved in creating that power and maintaining the grid. Just getting the coal refined and maintaining that plant takes hundreds of employees, not counting the actual power plant itself. There are many, many things that can go wrong from a blown relay station to a power line down to cause interruptions in service or even knock the whole grid out. It takes many employees watching a digital display to determine what caused the interruption and where it was located and to send repair crews to the right location. It takes many just to keep the lines up. It’s a wonder it’s as reliable as it is with how many things that could go wrong.

In a smaller metropolitan area, this would be just as difficult, as the power plants wouldn’t necessarily be nearby. There would be more work in getting the electricity to the populated areas. It just isn’t realistic to expect a reduced population post-apocalypse to be able to figure out how to operate the equipment, refine the fuel used, and operate the power plant, way stations, maintain the lines, etc. And that’s not taking into consideration that fossil fuels will degrade over time. Gasoline has a shelf-life of only a couple of years before it becomes too unreliable and doesn’t burn cleanly. The people would need to be able to refine more. That requires hundreds of people, at least.

So there won’t be roving vehicles to rely on. There won’t be electricity. There won’t be fuel to burn for heat. It would be a nightmare. So please, keep that in mind. Our modern world and conveniences are fragile. We need renewable energy before we run out of fossil fuels. We need something that won’t poison our planet further. Take care of each other and our world.

That’s it for now. Take care, peeps!

#badasswriters Podcast

My Upcoming Appearances page has been updated with a podcast interview with the #badasswriters Podcast in August! It will be August 10, 2023 (Thursday) starting at 2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central. Looking forward to it!

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Happy release day!

Happy release day to Descent of the Vile! I can’t thank you enough for your support the past year. It’s been amazing. I hope you enjoy the book, and if you do, please leave a good review. It helps immensely.

Updated trailer for Descent of the Vile

Tea versus coffee

On another forum, someone asked about politicizing food debates previous to modern times and if it had happened before. The obvious example that comes to mind was the debate over tea versus coffee during the American Revolution.

People still drank tea, but as there were hefty tariffs on tea among other things, it was becoming more common to drink coffee. When the British government needed more money, they would raise taxes on the American colonies, and the colonies began to resent that as they had no representation in Parliament. Although it wasn’t the sole reason, that was one of the catalysts for the Declaration of Independence and the subsequent war.

One of the solutions was to build support for the war by also building a sense of nationalism in the fledgling country, which meant forging a new American identity separate from the British. Coffee became more and more popular, backed by propaganda stating that tea was “British” whereas coffee was “American “. Another effort was made by Webster’s Dictionary which gave legitimacy to spelling and grammatical conventions that were prevalent at the time.

Of course, there is a lot more to this subject, but coffee was a hotly debated in other times as well, and it was seen as patriotic to drink coffee during WWII even after the Revolution.

I’m sure there are other examples also, but that was the first one to come to mind, being that a shipment of tea was destroyed early on and thrown into Boston harbor as a symbolic act of defiance. There were other shipments, but the damage was done. The aftermath of the Boston Tea Party led to a debate on what it meant to be American, and paved the way for a war that would inspire the French to gift the new country the Statue of Liberty. That statue in turn inspired many people around the world to seek to become Americans and make sometimes dangerous journeys to get here.

But that’s another subject for another time. Later, peeps!


The book signing at the Twig Bookshop is now scheduled for April 15, 2023 as the date I previously gave turned out to be unavailable. I apologize for any confusion, but I have updated my upcoming appearances page with the correct information. Mark your calendars! See you then!

Book signing?

Just as a heads up that I’ve updated my Upcoming Appearances page with a tentative date for a book signing at The Twig Bookshop at the Pearl in San Antonio. It’s set (again, tentatively) for April 8, 2023 from 11 am – 1 pm. If you’re in the area, please stop by. I’ll personalize your copies of Descent of the Vile and The House of Wynne Lift, and I’ll bring copies for purchase. There may be more in the works, but this is the first one to get a date. Hope to see you there!

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