School’s out!

In honor of my daughters successfully completing their school year (1st grade for oldest, Kindergarten for youngest), it’s time to rattle the roofs a bit…..


(This blog entry brought to you by the Committee to Elect Dayton Responsible Daddy of the Year.)


Active, former or retired military? You should be reading The Duffel Blog.

Several months ago, friend and fellow word-pusher David Mack turned me on to a fairly new website, The Duffel Blog. What’s it about? Well, allow me to let them sell themselves:

A Brief History
Since 1797, The Duffel Blog has been serving the men and women of the American military with insightful commentary and hard-hitting journalism. While other agencies have sometimes run from possibly scandalous stories, TDB has been known to be edgy and ahead of its time, almost as if they could see into the  future. After reporting on President John Adams’ $200 per week cocaine habit in March 1799, TDB was named The American Military’s Most-Trusted News Source by  the Columbia Journalism Review and the nickname stuck.

Hopefully, savvy folks by now will realize that The Duffel Blog is not a real news site. At least, it’s very up front about not being a real news site, unlike some other “real” news sites we all know are full of shit.

Basically, The Duffel Blog is The Onion for the military set.

And it’s hysterical.

Granted, those with a military background or who are familiar with its culture will probably gain greater amusement from reading the various articles. Still, most pieces are written with a broad audience in mind. Some of my recent favorites:

Marine Corps Establishes ‘Service Utilities’ For More Professional Look
Military Quietly Phasing Out Horse Meat MREs
Marine Officer’s Wife Emotionally Disturbed After Being Denied Salute
Department Of Defense To Award Purple Heart For Butthurt

As funny as the articles can be, it’s the comments where the humor often lives, particularly when somebody thinks the article in question is FOR REALZ. Oh, and somebody almost always thinks an article is FOR REALZ. Some pieces even transcend the site itself and stir up trouble elsewhere. For example, a constituent in Senator Mitch McConnell’s district wrote his office to complain about this gem, resulting in the senator firing off correspondence to the Pentagon in order to ask “WTF?”

Guantanamo Prisoners To Receive GI Bill Benefits

How can you not love when something like that happens?

So, military folks and aficionados: You should be reading The Duffel Blog. BECAUSE.

Miscellaneous happenings on a Saturday.

Sort of an uneventful Saturday…a welcome change from past weeks, let me tell you.

The highlight of the day was — believe it or not — pictures! With Addy’s first birthday approaching (really? SHIT!), we employed the services of a professional photographer to take family photos and whatnot. With luck, they’ll be ready in time for my mother’s visit in a couple of weeks.

I didn’t mention this before, but last Saturday we moved a jacuzzi from my mother-in-law’s place to our house. It’s practically brand new and has been sitting unused in her garage for months, and she wanted it out, so it looks like Wardo has a new hot tub! We’ve got a guy coming by tomorrow to wire it up, and by this time tomorrow night I should be sitting in my spa on my back patio, looking out over the undeveloped land that borders my back yard, and wondering why the hell I hadn’t gotten around to this years ago.

Came home today to find my subscriber’s copy of the new Star Trek Magazine (#7) in my mailbox. This issue begins the magazine’s coverage of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 20th anniversary. Included among the various articles are features by friends and fellow writers Keith DeCandido ( kradical), terri_osborne, David McIntee (lonemagpie), Bob Jeschonek (bob_j), and Jeff Ayers. Good stuff all around, so you be sure to pick up four or five copies.

I can also report that my flash fiction short story “Stayin’ In Vegas,” which originally appeared at DZ Allen’s Muzzle Flash, has been selected for inclusion in the third issue of the print zine Out of the Gutter, due out sometime toward the end of the year. Sweet!

Tomorrow looks to be busy, writing-wise. In addition to writing out a pitch for a forthcoming tie-in project, I’m hoping to get a jump on our next article for Star Trek Magazine as well as continue with the short story that’s sort of stalled on my hard drive for the past week or so.