The beginning of the end

Well, it’s still not 100% certain, but things aren’t looking good for Princess Ana. There are probably some hard decisions ahead. So here she is, looking perfect as usual: Update: The decision to put her to sleep has been made. We’ll tell the kids in the morning. Update: Ana died peacefully at the vet lastContinue reading “The beginning of the end”

The Amazing Reverse-Goldilocks Belly

So. Last post I wrote about how the surgeon I saw about the gap in my abdominal muscles was probably too small to be covered through the public health system. “My hands are tied,” he said. “Although you certainly need the surgery.” I had a CT scan that revealed (among other things) the gap inContinue reading “The Amazing Reverse-Goldilocks Belly”

Diverting power to the main grid

I seem to be strangely busy these days*so I’ve decided to cut down on blogging a teensy bit. Those readers who’ve been around for a while (or who noticed that I still blogged while on my honeymoon/in labour/etc) will be stunned at this development, while the rest of you will be left wondering, “And theContinue reading “Diverting power to the main grid”

“The Captain’s Daughter” full story

1 I curled my toes around the narrow foot-rope, and dug my nails into the knot tying up the sail. No good; I bite my nails too much. On the up side, my teeth are good. I leaned into the wind and pulled at the knot with my teeth. Spitting fibers, I pulled the ropeContinue reading ““The Captain’s Daughter” full story”

“Zeppelin Jack and the Deadly Dueller” full tale

For those waiting for the diet coke and mentos rocket entry. . . it’s coming. I’m going and putting it together right now. “The Captain’s Daughter” tale begins tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s the full tale of this month: 1 Marm grabbed both of us boys by the collars, but Nip wriggled away. I trudgedContinue reading ““Zeppelin Jack and the Deadly Dueller” full tale”

How much do YOU love the internet?

Ubergeeks John Scalzi and Wil Weaton have done something wonderful. This: Other than writing stuff themselves, they had various other (in)famous people contribute, plus they ran a competition (based on the picture). Which I didn’t win. The book itself is, technically, free. You can go read it at But since the whole point ofContinue reading “How much do YOU love the internet?”

“Peace Hostage” complete tale

The next story, “Killer Robot Cat”, begins September 1. Yay for springtime and naughty fluffy robots! PEACE HOSTAGE 1 The boar was so close I could taste the stench of it. I pressed the butt of my spear into the rocky ground and shouted a challenge. The bleeding pig squealed and charged right onto myContinue reading ““Peace Hostage” complete tale”

When Good Libraries Go Bad (complete tale)

1 A tentacle circled my neck, squeezing the life out of me with agonizing skill. “Steve!” came Terry’s voice. “Steve! Wake up!” * I opened my eyes to Terry, leaning over me. He looked scruffy without his mind-mage robes on. “Your cthulhu nightmares suck.” “Sorry.” * We got up for breakfast. As the mind-mage, TerryContinue reading “When Good Libraries Go Bad (complete tale)”