Monday Musings 6/29

Back after a break from musings, school in the fall, making monsters, living with GERD, and book releases.

  1. Well, it has been a little while since I’ve been able to do an actual Monday Musing, mostly because our podcast, Hidden Oaks, I’m co-writing and co-producing with Owen Swerkstrom and Robert Daun is an immense project, the biggest that I’ve ever done. It takes a lot of writing, which makes me super happy, but it is time consuming nonetheless. I’ve been scrambling to get ramblings done on here to sort of update things. I mean, I’m not sure what I need to update. I’m surprised by how many people read these things, and I feel uncomfortable talking about myself because of my Midwest upbringing, even though I’m sort of fused to them like that space slug in Invader Zim.
  2. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with schools in the fall. I’m sure there will be at least distance learning, but judging by how easily spreading occurs in social environments, I would be surprised if my kids are at school for more than a few days per week. I’m sad for my five-year-old twins who are starting kindergarten. They’re ready for school. They’re ready to learn, make friends, and have that experience. Sadly it’ll be restrained at best. Still, having a restricted experience is better than spreading illness or being unsafe. As a parent, it is one of those things I’m struggling with as time goes on.
  3. My monster in Hidden Oaks has grown exponentially more awesome as people have worked on it. This makes me very happy. It is nice when you think that writing about monsters gives you joy, then you go out in the world and do it with others, and it proves to be true. I had the idea for this monster years ago, but it took a better part of a decade to make it a reality. The first time anyone work-shopped one of my stories with a monster in it was in a fairy tale writing course back at the University of Minnesota. I remember having an incredible feeling when it occurred. In a very hippy sort of way, it felt like what I was supposed to be doing, it was emotional fixture for my identity.
  4. Recently, I developed GERD, which has given me a dry cough (worse time in the world to have that symptom and I did test negative for COVID-19) and it also gave me the hiccups for 12 hours (pure, unfettered torture). It has forced me to change my diet and eat better, which I’ve done in waves throughout my life. It has never really stuck though, because I’m an emotional eater who uses to food to quell traumatic emotional damage that I’ve never confronted. Besides being miserable from it, GERD has taken away this coping mechanism, which is sort of a good thing. At the very least, it has helped me identify it, which is helpful.
  5. I don’t know what I’m going to do for book releases in the next year. My plan was to write the fifth Greenland Diaries book, but there will not be any conventions for the next year, so financially it’s difficult to get it out there. There are only two books left in the series. Wow, hard to believe it’ll be coming to an end soon. At the very least, I might do one of my little short story collections for release. That is more probable than anything else. I’ve got some unseen content that people might enjoy, especially with The Greenland Diaries.


  • RIP David Stegora. He was a friend of my mine through the conventions here in Minnesota, and he published some of my work on his literary magazine Dark Futures. He also contributed to Calamities Press when it was still around. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but I respected you and you’ll be missed.
  • Played some Sonic Mania this last week on my Switch. Just like how Mario is for me, Sonic is meditative. I don’t have to think, just react, which makes it sort of relaxing.
  • Finished Watchmen last week, then we did What We Do in the Shadows Season 2, which is probably the funniest show on television right now. Regina King is the best hero I’ve watched in anything for quite some time.
  • Today, my first short story anthology Seven Monsters is free today on Kindle.
  • Currently watching The Great right now on Hulu with my wife. Brutal show. Super dark comedy. It makes Fargo look like a kid’s show.
  • At my current rate for playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is an hour a day, I should be done with it by the time the next part is out.
  • I really need to compile a reading list on here.
  • Felt initially daunting to do Monday Musings again, but happy to get it done.
  • Thank you all for reading. Have a great day and stay healthy!

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