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Back From Loscon

Just got back from Loscon and unpacked the car.  Full review next week. Going to bed, now… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…   Dennis   139th blog completed. First Steampunk novel:  72,193 words.  Need to expand to about 80,000 words. ß Didn’t work on it.  Catching up on critiques and working on Blood Drive […]

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Get Those Needles Ready

The Loscon Blood Drive is now two weeks away.  And while the Red Cross is sharpening their needles, I have my own preparations to make.  The flyer on the cover picture, for example. I also had to make the raffle tickets and the raffle ticket drop box.  It’s actually the […]

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Getting Ready to Bleed Them Dry

With Loscon about a month away (Thanksgiving weekend), it’s time to start prepping for the Blood Drive.  This weekend, I sent the sign-up information to the Loscon press info. I also signed up myself.  I’ll be one of the first to donate at 10:00 am. Next, I had to check […]

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So Long and Thanks for all the Platelets

Aside from the Writer’s Conference last week, Kris and I attended a memorial for Charles (Karl) Lembke.  I wrote about him a few weeks ago when I donated blood at the American Red Cross in Woodland Hills, California. Karl had donated platelets 997 times (the updated plaque was off by […]

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Busy Weekend

It started Saturday morning at 6:00 am.  I was on kitchen staff at church making breakfast burritos for the woman’s conference the way we make them at the men’s monthly breakfasts.  Hey, women need burritos, too.  Luckily, I’m ¼ Mexican, so I know how to wrap a burrito. After getting […]

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An Emotional Blood Letting

I’ve been nervous to give blood, light-headed a few times, but I had never gotten emotional until yesterday.  First, the blood center in the West Hills moved.  I went to the old location only to find the doors locked and a sign with their new location at 21333 Oxnard St, […]

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The Birds and the Bugs

It was a quiet weekend.  With the exception of a Zoom critique group meeting, I was pretty free, so we decided to do a little nature walking. We’ve been seeing dragonflies around, so on Saturday, we went to our favorite Dragonfly pond at the California State University in Northridge, CSUN.  […]

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I’m Special – And Now I Have Scientific Proof

It’s been a while since I gave blood.  Thanksgiving weekend to be precise.  I was going to give in January, but then, well, Covid. I am O Negative, the universal donor.  I am also CMV Negative.  CMV is a bacterium that is harmless in adults, but it can kill infants.  […]

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Loscon Day Three

Day Three of Loscon was Sunday, the last day of the con.  Kris and I started the day at 10:00 am with our panel, “I Got the Music in Me”.  This was mostly Kris’ panel.  It was about how music can invoke certain moods and how that inspires her writing.  […]

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Loscon Day Two

Saturday at Loscon is always our busiest day – it’s Blood Drive Day!  Unfortunately, because it’s such a busy day, I didn’t take a lot of pictures.  The day started at about eight in the morning when we met the Red Cross truck and started setting up.  They had all […]

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