scott nicholson blog tour kindle dx give away


Author Scott Nicholson and are giving away two Kindles as part of his fall book blog tour from September through November. A Kindle DX will be given away through the participating blogs, and a Kindle 3 will be given away through the tour newsletter at A Pandora’s Box of free ebooks will be given away through Nicholson’s hauntedcomputer Twitter account.

Nicholson is author of twelve novels, including The Skull Ring and Speed Dating with the Dead, as well as five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A freelance editor and journalist, he lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

As a bonus, if Nicholson hits the Top 100 in the U.S. or U.K. Kindle Store during the tour between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, he will give away an extra Kindle 3 through the blogs.

No purchase necessary, and the contest is international. Co-sponsored by Kindle Nation Daily and Dellaster Design. Details at


remembering hugo

I was showing Thomas satellite images of hurricane earl (we’d been talking about the typhoon Tayler is experiencing in Okinawa right now) and was telling him how similar it is to hurricane Hugo the month before he was born. Earl is shaping up to be a monster and is on a similar track as Hugo – although they’re saying because of a high pressure system moving onto the Atlantic coast, earl will brush the coast on Friday morning instead of making landfall like Hugo did. This remains to be seen, of course. Patterns shift, etc, etc.

I was telling Thomas, too, about Sandhi calling after she got telephone service restored. She said, “We’re just fine.” They had a few trees down. But she also said that, “All the pecans that were on the trees in the front yard are now all over the ground in the backyard.” When she came in to see Thomas that November, she brought bags and bags of fresh pecans.

People like to tell me that hurricanes never affect Kentucky. This always makes me laugh. Hurricane Gustav brought us rain from Texas and hurricane Ivan two weeks later brought northern Kentucky and southern Ohio a world of hurt. I lost the pictures i took of the rains and winds we got from Katrina (this makes me very sad!). We had flash floods and winds from Opal in September 1995; and I remember that as being some of the coldest rain this side of Hugo that I’d ever been in (Katrina was much colder than Opal).

Hugo was a monster. I remember him so readily because he did so much damage and because I was so close to having Thomas at the time — in fact, when the rains came through Corbin, I went and stayed at Mommy’s for two days just to be safe and so forth. That and it’s not every day that Corbin, Kentucky, gets hurricane force winds and rain! (although we did get our share of tornadoes and the place still does) Pike County (in the v at the far-eastern edge of Kentucky) got the worst of it. I remember at the time they weren’t real sure just how far Hugo was going to come inland. But he managed to find a pass in the Appalachians and moved on through east of us.

please meet humphrey

humphrey the betta

I went into Pet Supermarket to buy two goldfish and four neon tetras. I came out with this gorgeous lavender betta and two black neon tetras – and a betta bowl and betta food. I’ve got to remove the greenery from the betta bowl though. Little ijit is swimming behind them and getting stuck.



1. The study of literature-based artifacts left by the authors and editors of Apex Publications, particularly dark or horrific stories.
2. An anthology of horror containing disturbing, dark imagery and twisted fiction.

Contained within are twenty-one stories to showcase the unique talents that Apex has published and employed in the past five years. Apexology: Horror contains work from two Campbell Award winners, a Hollywood screenwriter, a NYT Bestselling Author, Nebula and Hugo nominees, Stoker Award winners, and Mari Adkins!

Get a taste of some of the best Apex has to offer. Study Apexology: Horror.

This is a digital only release!

Introduction: Five Years and Counting by Jason Sizemore
“It Tasted Like the Sea” by Paul Jessup
“Summon, Bind, Banish” by Nick Mamatas
“To Every Thing There is a Season” by Dru Pagliassotti
“Life’s a Beach” by Alethea Kontis and Ariell Branson
“Kusatenda Uroyi” by Gill Ainsworth
“Lottery” by Gene O’Neill
“Cerbo en Vitra ujo” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Spider in the Hairdo” by Michael A. Burstein
“The Dark Side” by Guy Hasson
“With the Beating of their Wings” by Martel Sardina
“Enough to Make a Devil” by R. Thomas Riley
“Flash of Light” by Jason Sizemore
“Transylvania Mission” by Lavie Tidhar
“Inside Looking Out (or: Falling Through the Worlds)” by Mari Adkins
“Powered” by Deb Taber
“Disturbing Things” by B.J. Burrow
“Eulogy for Muffin” by Jennifer Brozek
“Hands of Heritage” by Elizabeth Engstrom
“The Junkyard God” by M. Zak Anwar and O.M.R. Anwar
“Bessie Green’s Thumb” by Fran Friel
“Big Sister/Little Sister” by Jennifer Pelland

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wordpress ugh

I like that I can automagically update many things within the software now. What I don’t like is that when I update a theme, it eats all of my settings. Afterward, I have to redo my header and reupload my sidebar. Pain in my ass.

personal update: how i’m doing on the meds

Many people have asked how I’ve been doing. And I’m here to report that I’m doing very good, thank you very much!

My strong recommendation, though, is that she doesn’t up the dose to 30mg when I go back on the 24th. I think I’m just fine where I am. This has been great. It’s really helped me be able to sit and work on the lessons, charts, and notes I took in panic disorder therapy – and work on developing that “Teflon mind”.

The Trazadone was too strong. I’ve had to take the 50s and quarter them – much better – so I don’t wake up with “medication hangover”. I need to talk to her about all of that. But it’s true. I take my quarter, lay down an hour later, and pretty much go right to sleep. And then I rest. My god I’d forgotten what that was like. It’s been since … High school? Middle school? It’s been a long fucking time.

I’ve got a little notebook where I’ve been keeping notes on my moods, how I’ve felt, side effects when I’ve noticed them, etc, etc. I’ll take that with me when I go back on the 24th.

What’s impressed me the most? My mind is quiet. It’s totally not been this quiet since I was in high school that I can remember. Seriously. I noticed that on the first day. I was sitting here and all I could hear was the air filter on the aquarium. Everything else was so still and peaceful. And I could string two thoughts together. Incredible! My mind simply doesn’t race any more. Getting on the Prozac for that alone has been worth it to me; screw the calming effect.

And we know I’ll never be a day person by any stretch of the imagination, but I find that I do wake up and get around easier in the mornings now. Now that has been weird to adjust to. By the time I get up, take my meds, eat, shower, putter around, and then get Thomas up, I’ve read all my boards, twitter, and have probably read a chapter or two in the current book I’m reading. Or written 300 words or so. I’ve been productive.

I’ve not wanted to nap during the say. I still get draggy around 2pm. But I think that’s my natural rhythm – I’ve always been that way because waking up at 8am is hard. But I’m not so draggy that I want / need to sleep. Before all of this, when I’d send Thomas off to CLS, I’d just go into the bedroom and crash. Now I do housework / read / write. Sometimes around two, miss kitty and I’ll go lay down and read, but I don’t sleep.

Prozac has given me the energy I need to get through the day and to deal with everything. I’m happy with that and grateful. I’d have done this years ago but it just wasn’t time – I needed to find the right time and place, and I did. Finally.