Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
"The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby. "Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional."
Friday, December 13, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Not since Heath Ledger have I felt like this: heartbroken over a celebrity's death.
I woke up this morning and discovered that Paul Walker had been killed in a car accident yesterday.
What a loss.
I've loved Paul Walker for a long time. Set aside the ridiculously good looks, his movies are fun. Joy Ride, Into the Blue, Eight Below, and of course, The Fast and The Furious. We even watched him catch great white sharks on the National Geographic Channel.
It seems we don't have many "legendary" movie stars of our time. Not like there used to be. Too many are leaving us too soon.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
On the eve of Thanksgiving, my mind is racing with so many things I'm thankful for.
I'm thankful for my wonderful husband.
I'm thankful for the last twenty-two years he shared with me.
I'm thankful we have such a great dog in Buster.
I'm thankful for the fact that I have just over a year left at my day job until I retire, we move to Colorado, and I will be a full-time writer.
But while we're still here in Austin . . .
I'm so thankful for our house. On some level we wish we didn't love this house as much as we do, since we won't be here long, it would make it easier when we have to leave.
And I'm thankful that Steve and I have great neighbors around our house.
I'm thankful for my health and Steve's and Buster's and so many others. That may sound cliche' but, I've registered death records for the city of Austin for the past twenty-four years, there's a lot of uncertainty out there.
I'm also thankful to my readers. This year has been my most successful year to date, and it's all because of you.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I know, and knew going in, that part of the struggle I would have with the success of the Serpenteens series, is the large number of people who have an aversion to snakes. That's okay, I understand. I have the same fear of spiders (If I see one in my house, my respect for all living creatures flies out the window).
But, aside from the snakes in the Serpenteens series being demigod teenagers who are trying to save humanity and are not in the same class, snakes shouldn't really be feared. In fact, they get an undeserved bad rap.
Most people who fear snakes, fear them because of the fact that they have no legs, and need to maneuver around by slinking and sliding along the ground or other surfaces. That serpentine motion immediately sets some people off.
But, have you ever taken time to think about the fact that snakes are very beneficial to the environment? Without them, we would be overrun by rodents and insects. One rodent-eating snake can decimate a family of rats in weeks. And several small snakes can annihilate a grasshopper population in a confined area in one summer. Farmers appreciate that.
And snakes do all of this without harming the environment. The don't dig holes, they don't chew leaves off plants, and they don't contribute one bit to noise pollution. Most snakes would rather hide from humans than attack them. And the majority of snakes are non-venomous. A snake is less likely to bite someone, even when handled, than the majority of wild animals. I'd never try to pick up a raccoon or a squirrel or chicken hawk.
And snakes are clean animals and carry very few diseases. They don't get fleas, or rabies, or mange. And they leave very little in the way of droppings (also good fertilizer, since their prey is so well digested).
The next time you see a snake in your garden or your yard, if it's a harmless garter snake or something, shoo it away, don't kill it. Obviously, snakes like our friend Kurt in Serpenteens, the rattlesnake, should be avoided. But even they won't attack unless they feel threatened.
So give snakes a chance. We'd be a lot worse off without them.
And don't forget to read the Serpenteens series! The planet will thank you, and so will I.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
We've been very excited to have Squish released to the world. We've had a tender spot for that hairy beast for years.
Yes, Squish-Squash is another of my books, like Luthor, and Inanimate Objects, that I wrote many years ago. But as was the way of the writing/publishing world years ago, nothing happened with the book. The great story would sit untold.
In an effort to get someone interested, I tried another avenue: I taught myself how to write screenplays and turned the book into a screenplay. I almost got it made, too, but in the end, nope.
But there's a time for everything.
The story's lead characters are two males. Two males in a relationship. Yikes! But they're great guys. And the story of those great guys was written more than fifteen years ago. Even in that brief time, the acceptance level of that kind of story is so much better now than it was then.
But even back then, as I struggled to get the book and screenplay out there, I knew I wanted these characters to be who they were, and always feared that I would sell the script to someone would want to change the gay thing and I would have to walk away. And I would have. May sound like a bonehead move, but ya gotta stick to ya guns on some things.
But there was also that fantasy cast that every writer has. If all the stars aligned. My cast was the same from when I wrote the book originally.
Remember, "fantasy" cast. It would have been the "Brokeback" film of the time.
But, now, as we sit toward the end of 2013, the book is finally out and the possibility for some cool casting in that fantasy movie is a bit more attainable.
Everything happens when it's supposed to.
See ya in the swamps!
Don't forget to get a copy!
Monday, September 2, 2013
Steve and I have always had a soft spot for this hairy beast. Here's hoping you do, too.
Listen to the swamp . . .
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Thrills and Chills
"The time has come and the Devil has arrived in Thunder, Texas. Inanimate Objects is an amazing and exhilarating dark fiction novel written by Pol McShane. This haunting tale will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to end and will even haunt you while you sleep. So, if you're looking for a thrilling ride and a new chilling erotic way to be scared, Inanimate Objects will be the gripping novel you are looking for."
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It was nothing life altering, just those little annoyances and problems that complicate your day. And there were many today.
I received a text from Steve and he said his day was pretty much the same. So, no writing tonight, just going home and Steve and I are gonna have wine until we feel all better!