Just Quickly

Yes, I owe you vignettes and promo, but guys, I’m up to my neck in underlayment.

This is 99c to midnight the 26th.

Dragon Blood: A Collection of Short Stories


From the trenches of WWI where the Red Baron just can’t help turning into a dragon, to the desert sands of a future world where humans have become something else, from a coffee shop between worlds where magicians gather, to a place where your worst nightmare can love you, let Dragon Blood take you on a series of fantastic adventures.

With an introduction by Pam Uphoff

This collection contains the stories: Rising Above, From Out The Fire, Yellow Tide Foam,
Hot, The Blood Like Wine,The Least Of These Little Ones,
Scraps Of Fog,Something Worse Hereafter,The Littlest Nightmare,Dragon Blood

Note that I’m not absolutely sure whether to do Red Baron to the future of Dragon Red Baron first.  Suggestions accepted.

28 thoughts on “Just Quickly

    1. Oh, I had imagined the children of the characters of Magical British Empire (not Witchfinder) meeting Dragon Red Baron. 😉

  1. This is a very nice collection of shorts covering a broad range of disparate realities. One of those times where I forgot I was supposed to be the copy editor.

    1. I find it’s easier to copy edit writing I really like. Read it once through at normal greyhound so led for fun, then immediately re-read at slug speed for the copy-edit. Not a lot of stuff that works for.

      1. When revising your own, greyhound speed is prudent, so you can pick up issues that stem ten chapters apart.

  2. May the underlayment go down smoothly, and you have a beautiful new set of floors that will be easy to care for by the new year!

  3. I would think that anything deeper than up to the ankles in underlayment would be a serious problem. I hope things improve soon.

  4. I guess it depends on whether, by nationalist, you mean one who defends his country against all enemies, foreign and domestic, who would imperil the Constitution and the rights it was enacted to conserve … or whether, by nationalist, you mean one who seeks t use his nation to oppress others and deny them use of their Creator-endowed rights.

    Nationalist and Proud
    By Sarah Hoyt
    I am a nationalist.

    There it is, naked in black and white, and my younger self who believed all the lies about nationalism leading to war is cringing a little in the back of my brain.

    But actually, the important thing here is: why wouldn’t I be a nationalist? Or if you prefer it spun another way: why would someone who has left her place of birth and the family and connections there, had to acculturate to a new land, and finally became a citizen of that land not be a nationalist? What sense does that even make?

    And what is one a “nationalist” in opposition to? Internationalists? And what is internationalism, precisely?

    I know what it used to be. It used to be another word for Russian (disguised as Soviet) nationalism. The same people who hated their own lands of birth and residence were mad in love with Russia and its “accomplishments.” Often learned Russian and would talk your ear off about the glories of the Russian people. Only instead of moving to the place they had a crush on, like normal human beings, they wanted to bring it to you.

    Since the Soviet Union fell and Russia became the scapegoat for 2016, what is internationalism really? …

        1. I dunno – the Dems seem to think that only government by Dems deserves loyalty. Assuredly they do not determine adherence to Rule of Law or to the Constitution merits their loyalty. As one of their presidential candidates has said, “Dissent* is the highest form of patriotism!”

          *from a Republican administration; dissent from a Democrat administration is racism or sexism or something equally as bad.

    1. “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
      ― Theodore Roosevelt

    2. “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
      ― Theodore Roosevelt

    3. “The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
      ― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

    4. “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
      ― H.L. Mencken

  5. Those opposing nationalism have been around a long time as seen in “As Someday it May Happen” (AKA the List song or I’ve got a little list)

    Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
    All centuries but this, and every country but his own;

    However, in 1865 when the Mikado was first performed such persons were on those who “They’d none of them be missed”. It probably got a chuckle if not a raucous laugh out of the audience. Folks of that opinion now seem to represent most of the alleged intelligentsia. Honestly I think Mr. Gilbert was right. I still don’t think they’d be missed.

    1. I still don’t think they’d be missed.

      But – without them, where would we get all of our outstandingly bad ideas?

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