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INTO THE FIRE available pretty much everywhere!

INTO THE FIRE available pretty much everywhere!

Samantha Kane: Into the Fire, my new Urban Fantasy Novel, is now available pretty much everywhere! I’m excited you can download the eBook or order the paperback of my new book, published by WordFire Press, by...

Where have I been?
Where have I been?

So… I’ve been distracted by life and haven’t done much around the ol’ blog. Sorry about that. I’m working on fixing it and plan to be here more with updates and interesting things.  Slowly at first and then we’ll see how things go. At this point, I don’t want to But to the point of where

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Welcome back to My Brain
Welcome back to My Brain

Well. It’s been a while. Far too long, actually. Been dealing with life, stuff and things – which I’ll endeavor to explain a little in another post. Still am dealing with those things, actually, but I want to get back to being here and writing posts if for no other reason than to get some

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Live and in person – MileHiCon 51 Schedule
Live and in person – MileHiCon 51 Schedule

I mentioned a few times on the podcast I am attending MileHiCon in October. IT’S MY FAVORITE CONVENTION AND IT’S LOCAL – OMG! I’ve got my Schedule and thought I would share it here to entice any of you thinking about coming to show up and harass me! Bonus: The 18th is my birthday! Double

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Quarantine Ramblings
Quarantine Ramblings

It’s been an interesting couple of months. Understatement of the century? We’re all cooking more, reading more, playing more games, watching more things online. Adapting. For the most part. For me, I’ve definitely been cooking more. I post most of it on social media. Cooking provides a bit of control in a situation that feels

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Quarantine Readings – Or Not
Quarantine Readings – Or Not

I’m rather proud of the fact I read 49 books last year. Like everyone else in the world, with the exception of a few folks who follow the spread of viruses, I had no idea we’d be playing a real-life version of Pandemic and figured I’d be on track to read another 49 this year.

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Quirks, Habits & Tradition
Quirks, Habits & Tradition

To say I was a finicky eater growing up is like saying the sky is blue. My family will tell you stories. Lots and lots of stories. I’ll break it down to just a couple things. I would only eat cheese pizza. Spinach juice (the liquid left over from cooking canned spinach) was a favorite

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Wild Colorado
Photo Tuesday-Frozen Falls
Photo Tuesday-Frozen Falls

Idaho Springs Colorado is a little town nestled in the Clear Creek Vally about thirty miles West of Denver on I70.  At an elevation of 7, 526 feet, it can get pretty cold there in the winter (I went white water rafting there a couple summers ago!).  You have to pass through one of the

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Photo Friday: A Stream By Any Other Name
Photo Friday: A Stream By Any Other Name

Here is the photo: Here was the conversation (mostly paraphrased from memory): “There’s a stream!” “Stream or creek?” “Creek?” “Crick?” “Babbling brook.” “Brook.” “Tributary.” This was taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, July 2014.

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Photo Friday: Portrait in Stupidity
Photo Friday: Portrait in Stupidity

On a recent trip to Estes Park / Rocky Mountain National Park / Trail Ridge Road, I was able to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes – photographing Colorado.  I’m gonna be sharing those photos with you in the weeks to come, but before I do, I wanted to start with one I am

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Photo Tuesday: Uncles
Photo Tuesday: Uncles

I have three uncles, two of whom have been large parts of my life at different times.  When we moved to California, it was my mom, older brother, aunt, uncle, cousin and grandmother all in the same house.  I always thought he looked like Elwood Blues.  I remember the smell of his lighter, a zippo,

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Photo Tuesday-Rattlesnakes
Photo Tuesday-Rattlesnakes

The way we read things isn’t always the way an author intended. Take, for example, this sign from Red Rocks Park, elevation 6,400 ft. It makes me wonder – when is the rattlesnakes area open…? ~P

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Photo Tuesday-Pride Rock
Photo Tuesday-Pride Rock

Last weekend, I had the chance to hang out with Karen & Curtis, who were in town for Thanksgiving. Karen is Karen Burnham of SF Signal, Spiral Galaxy & Locus fame. She’s been coming on the SF Signal podcast since the beginning and I got the chance to meet her and her husband at World Fantasy. When they called to say they would be in Denver I was thrilled they thought to contact me to hang out. When I suggested we might do some mountain type stuff, they were thrilled…

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Photo Gallery
  • Homemade chimichanga
    Quarantine Ramblings
  • Pandemic - The Game
    Quarantine Readings - Or Not
  • Friday Flick: Colossal
  • Egg Foo Young
    Quirks, Habits & Tradition
  • Venom Movie
    Friday Flick: Venom
  • Sign - Pavement ends in 500 feet
    Where have I been?
  • Corned beef as far as the eye can see
    Coronavirus and me - no, I’m not sick
  • CBS All Access is a terrible app
  • Welcome back to My Brain
  • MileHiCon Memory
    Live and in person - MileHiCon 51 Schedule
  • MileHiCon 50 Logo
    MileHiCon 50 and where I’ll be
  • Goliath - Amazon Prime Original
    Streaming Consciousness: Goliath
  • Highlander Season 1
    Streaming Consciousness: Highlander Season 1
  • The Cloverfield Paradox
    Friday Flick: The Cloverfield Paradox
  • The Flash Season 4
    Streaming Consciousness: The Flash Season 4
  • Batman vs Two-Face
    Friday Flick: Batman vs. Two-Face
  • Lost In Space Netflix
    Streaming Consciousness: Lost in Space
  • Braven - Jason Momoa
    Friday Flick: Braven
  • The Toys That Made Us Netflix
    Streaming Consciousness: The Toys That Made Us
  • Batman and Harley Quinn
    Friday Flick: Batman and Harley Quinn