Happy 2016

Happy New Year! May it be a better, kinder year than 2015. Support your local starving artists, writers, and comedians. LOL!

Cheers, james


New knife making blog

Aha finally his first post. This is the hubby’s blog. Check him out and welcome him as you have welcomed me. Cheers


Welcome to my blog. My name is Shawn and I am a learning to make knives. My wife also talked me into starting this blog. She thinks for some reason you good folks are interested in my efforts. I will be trying to post about my projects, tools, and any neat things I learn during this process.

Currently I have made and finished three knives. I will post pictures once I figure out how to. Two of my knives have been basic good multipurpose tools. The third is super cool. It is an Alaskan ulu. It is a crecent shaped blade that is wicked useful for chopping, slicing and skinning. There are some neat YouTube videos on the way to use these knives.

I rough cut the semicircle shape out of an old circular saw blade, thank you eBay, that was good steel. And then using a dremel tool, files…

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2016: A New Year

As the Christmas holidays are wrapping up and looking to the start of a new year. I want to reflect on the things I have acomplished and things I tried and did suceed as well as I would have liked.

I have kept this blog going for almost two years come March. I have found an awesome group of friends to spend time with, and I have grown both as a person and as a writer. I have tried NaNo and while I didn’t make it to 50k. I did write every day of November. That is well worth celebrating. I have learned that I am a writer, even if I don’t always feel like one. A writer is a person who writes, not because they want to, but because they have too. And saddly I am still thoroughly addicted to office supplies. (Sigh)

I hope 2015 was as inspiring and eventful for you, dear readers, as my year was for me. Here’s to 2016, may it be the best of times, the worst of times, and the trumph of all times. Cheers, james

Book Review: The MacKinnon’s Bride

Post NaNo, I’ve been catching up on my reading. I found this sweet little gem through a BookBub emailer last week. This is a historical romamance novel written by Tanya Anne Crosby. Set on the borders of the England and Scotland, a Highlands laird retrieves a missing child and tangles with a headstrong miss.

I will only tempt and tease you. The story made smile, made me laugh, made me cry. The author skillfully handled both her story and her characters well. I loved the bit of mystery sprinkled throughout too. I prefer more mystery and story woven with moments of romance and I was satisfied with it. The love scenes were nicely handled without over detailing the specifics.

All in all The MaKinnon Bride is a story that I can see myself rereading. Cheers, james

Truth vs. Fiction

An article on the internet yesterday caught my eye. J.K. Rowelings said Voldermort was less evil than Republican presidental canidate Donald Trump. Huh? Hold the phone folks. It has been a few years since I left Potterverse but huh?

I actual kinda thought old Voldymoldy might get along with old Trumpetmouth. They bought both want absolute power.

– Control of the wizarding world
– Control of “The Button”. Check
– Destroy all muggles, and non-   supporters.
– Destroy any non-americans and non-supporters. Double check
– Attack using any and every weapon at his disposal, regardless of the cost. Check

See where this is going. I don’t think Ms. Rowelings can really say one is worse than the other with the grateful exception of one being a fictional villian and well one is a living person. It sounds to me that they could have come from the same mold. Doesn’t that chill your blood. Anyway just a little tidbit for thought. Cheers, james

Ps We now return you to our normally scheduled non-political blog.