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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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ATFMB
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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Coronavirus and me – no, I’m not sick
Coronavirus and me – no, I’m not sick

Well, everyone is talking about coronavirus / covid-19. And rightly so. But in all of it, there’s good and bad. People are focusing on the crazy. Wait – did I mention there’s also crazy? There’s a lot of crazy. For me, it really hit home, so to speak, last week when I went to the

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CBS All Access is a terrible app
CBS All Access is a terrible app

Against all that is good and decent in the world, I signed up for a second go with CBS All Access so I could watch Picard. I have thoughts on Picard for another post. For this one, I want to talk about the CBS App for my PS4. Because it’s terrible.  This is my PS4

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Wild Colorado
Photo Tuesday-Artsy Fartsy
Photo Tuesday-Artsy Fartsy

I don’t know what these are.  I only know that they caught my eye and I had to get close and snap a photo. I saw these on a trail.  The tree was covered in them.  Are they buds?  Are they berries?  I don’t know. All I knew for sure was that I wanted to

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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: Rocky Mountain National Park 1
Photo Friday: Rocky Mountain National Park 1

I thought I’d start us out with a nice shot pretty close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. I was -thrilled- to see so much green up there compared to a couple years back when the beetle damage was so rampant and you could see these brown veins pulsing through the trees. The

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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 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: 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 Gallery
  • 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
  • Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown
    Streaming Consciousness: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • Transformers The Last Knight
    Friday Flick: Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Black Lightning
    Streaming Consciousness: Black Lightning