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Who Was That Crazy Swordsman? (Hint: Me)

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My neighbor Jay suggested I share this story with you. Well, we can all use a laugh.

Years ago, I embarked on an intensive training regime with the bokken, the wooden sword. My workouts were long and grueling. And once upon a winter night, with deep snow on the ground, and the air as cold as anyone could wish, I was outside on the sidewalk, plying my sword.

It was hard work, and it made me hotter and hotter. So first I took off my jacket. Then my shirt. And finally my T-shirt.

As I continued, someone pulled up to the curb and stopped, probably waiting to pick up someone else. As he waited, he played real loud crummy awful stupid music. It shot my concentration. But rather than abort my session, I walked up to the car and tapped on the door with my bokken.

“Excuse me, sir, but could you turn the music down a bit?”

The guy stared at me goggle-eyed. Stammered, “Sure, man, sure! Anything you say, man!” And he turned off the music and drove away. Fast.

Well, he didn’t have to go that far, I thought, as I walked back up the sidewalk. And then I saw my shadow.

My hair was all over the place, and there was a ton of steam coming off my body. That’s what the guy in the car saw–not forgetting that I had a sword in my hand. Heck, I only saw the shadow, and it gave me a turn. The guy’s sitting there in his car on a winter night, and out of the snow comes this steaming apparition with a sword. Adios, muchacho.

If we could see ourselves as other see us…

I Feel Better!

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Thanks to all of you for your prayers yesterday, and I want you to know they did me good.

Not that any of the problems has gone away. But my power to hope has been refreshed, and for that I give thanks.

Even got my Newswithviews column done today, which I absolutely couldn’t do yesterday, couldn’t focus at all.

‘Our God is an Awesome God’ (and I Need Him!)

Things are not going at all well with my family, lately. And as much as I would like to give you the details–and that’s very much indeed–I am not at liberty to do so. You’ll just have to take my word for it–and pray that the Lord helps us, and soon. I don’t know what to do, and there’s no one to go to… but God Himself and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, all I can do for now is to follow the old advice: pray harder, sing louder. And hope God hears me, and comes to our aid. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And We Have a Winner!

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Rejoice, “Unknowable,” for you have won the comment contest! By posting Comment No. 25,000 on this blog, you have won an autographed copy of The Silver Trumpet.

What? What’s that? The confounded thing’s still at the printer’s? Well, that’s embarrassing!

Okay, look, tell you what I’ll do. You can either wait for The Silver Trumpet, which should’ve been ready by now, or you can choose one of the earlier books in the series. Can’t say fairer than that, can I? Let me know via email.

About That Experiment

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See, I thought I might be able to create a post in the evening that would be published in the morning–like, in case I expected to be pressed for time that morning. But no. WordPress lets you pick the day, but you’re stuck with whatever time you happen to be using when you create the post. So the experiment didn’t work; and Mr. Horny Toad is very unhappy about that, even a little miffed, as you can see by his expression.

An Experiment

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If this shows up tomorrow morning, the experiment has worked.

Why Is This Lizard Smiling?

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The gecko is grinning because he’s heard there are less than 200 comments to go in the race to post Comment No. 25,000 on this blog and win an autographed copy of The Silver Trumpet, Book No. 10 in my Bell Mountain series. Which is still at the printer’s, it seems.

Anyone can win, so what’re you waiting for? Make a comment! All comments are eligible, except for those which abuse anyone else on this blog, contain blasphemy or profanity, are really just thinly-disguised ads and an insult to everyone’s intelligence, or remarks just too inane to bother with.

Sorry, but I have not been able to guarantee that any countries will be re-named after the winner of this contest.

This Day So Far (Ugh)

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Bear with me if I seem a bit off my game this morning. The toilet was on the fritz this morning, but we were lucky to get Mr. Rooter and he has just left, having fixed the thing. I mean, really, if your toilet won’t work, you might as well be living under socialism.

Peep the Cat threw up all over the place.

And we have to take Patty’s car to the shop.

And buy our weekend’s supply of groceries.

So why the picture of the scowling frog? Ah, well, it was just too good to pass up.


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So I’m reading The Temptation today, so I can remember the story that I told… and imagine my confusion when suddenly there’s a brand-new character in it, talking and interacting with the other characters–and no indication how she got there.

Well, okay, I know who she is and why she’s there, but no one else will. At first I thought I had somehow dropped a scene. Uh, no–more like a whole chapter. Chapter VII, to wit. Like what is this–Oy, Rodney? But yeah, Chapter VII’s missing.

I cannot explain why the chapter isn’t there. Just saying I forgot to type it in doesn’t really answer the question. And nobody caught it, first time around.

Happily the chapter is still on my hand-written legal pad, so I can type it up and plug it in. Now that I’ve done that, the book makes sense again.

But suddenly a thought: “Hey, wouldn’t that make a cool premise for a story? A writer finds a character in his book that he never thought of before–and he’s sure he didn’t put her in…”

Comment Contest: Less than 300 to Go

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The comments keep coming, and we are approaching the fantastically exciting climax of our latest comment contest. Whoever posts Comment No. 25,000 wins an autographed copy of The Silver Trumpet, if we can ever get it printed–and there are fewer than 300 comments to go.

Everyone can play, and just about any comment is eligible, except for: comments abusive to another reader, blasphemy, profanity, ads disguised as comments, or remarks simply too inane to bother with.

I don’t know how long it will take to reach No. 25,000, but at the rate we’re going, it won’t be long at all.

The winner will probably become rich and famous, although I can’t quite guarantee that.

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