A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Mike Staton
Post written by Mike Staton.

As I sit down to write this WW&W post, I face a dilemma. I have several subjects I can write about, except I can’t make up my mind. What’s a fella to do? Well, that’s obvious… write about all of them, but keep the words to a minimum. Do you think I can? We’ll see.

First off, I just finished writing my short story Christmas series for this year. I’m hopeful the tales will be popular. I wrote thirteen new ones, and am using 13 old ones from previous years. I started writing the short stories in 2014. Now I can get back to the second book of my Civil War series. This one is called Deepening Homefront Shadows, and I have just a few more chapters to write and the first draft will be done (except for editing).

Christmas meal
This painting from the 1950s or the 1960s reminds me of the Christmas meals we had at the grandparents.

In regard to the first Civil War book, Blessed Shadows Dark And Deep, my publisher cleared up the problems with CreateSpace and now the print edition of the novel is available for purchase. Yea! I’ve ordered nearly $200 in books for myself. I have people I know personally who want a signed copy of the novel, including a friend from my Ohio days when we were both reporters at a Central Ohio newspaper. Anne says she will gift wrap her copy of the novel and place it under the Christmas tree.

Originally, I intended to write about the LA Dodgers playing in the World Series, but then they lost the seventh and final game to the Houston Astros. That burst my balloon. But on reflection, I’m glad the Boys In Blue made it to the World Series. They took it to seven games, and made it an exciting series for fans everywhere. The Dodgers hadn’t been in a World Series since 1988, and I started to think I might have to watch their next one from my mansion in Heaven. Hey, I’m kidding.

Books for author signings
This is artwork I created for a Sunday Facebook post. I have friends who want signed copies of my Civil War novel and I wanted to give them an update on my book order.

I have a birthday coming up on November 20. I noticed earlier today that Bo Derrick was also born on November 20, five years after me. Terrible acting prowess, but a great… no, I won’t say it, but I will say God gave her some lovely attributes. That’s enough on Bo… I don’t want to get myself in trouble with all my women friends.

Nothing more to write about in this blog post. Are you glad I’m walking away from my keyboard?

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I’m an author with three published fantasy novels – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin and Assassins’ Lair. The books make up a trilogy titled Larenia’s Shadow. A fourth novel, this one a historical romance set during the Civil War, is scheduled for publication in October. It’s called Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep. I’ve begun writing my second Civil War novel – Deepening Homefront Shadows. All my novels can be purchased via the website of my publisher, Wings ePress, as well as the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.