Welcome to the new folks who have joined in the past month!
So what’s been happening?
August is a strange month in our household. Summer is ending and school is beginning for my wife and daughter. I go from a full household to the dogs staring at me every day wondering where Katie and Nina went. Let’s just say they are bored of me.
In a little over a month, THE RED SKY will be out. Still finalizing stuff, but by the next newsletter, there will be order info. Like with THE BLACK SKY, I recorded a chapter-by-chapter musical score inspired by the book. You can check it out at Bandcamp, and it will be on streaming services the day the book is released.
Again, I was a bad reader in August and didn’t finish a book.
However, I did pick a lot of tomatoes. The odd-shaped ones are San Marzano, and I use them to make a Pomodoro pasta sauce that is simple but tasty.
Flowers have been blooming steadily. Our hibiscus has been active all summer, so of course, I bought two more that should look great next year. This year we also added climbing morning glories to our trellis, and they have been steadily taking over. At first, they were dark purple, but now we’re starting to see pink and light blue buds as well.
Lastly, we put in a new paver patio. This is Bowie enjoying the sun.
ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (S.2, Hulu) - Really enjoyed this season the chemistry of the cast is off the charts.
WOODSTOCK ‘99: TRAINWRECK (Netflix) - Yep, trainwreck aptly describes it.
LOOT (S.1, AppleTV+) - Strong first season, tone wasn’t always consistent, but the cast is really good and I’m looking forward to another season.
Vibrating by Collective Soul (2022)
Going Places by Josh Rouse (2022)
Freedom by Journey (2022)
Ignaurus by Into Another (1994)
Hideout by Antenna (1993)
I am well aware that Swedish death metal is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this album by Amon Amarth is a lot of fun if you like your music on the heavy side. Plus, the video pays homage to dystopian post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max.
A few reminders before you go:
READER REVIEWS! If you read and enjoyed THE BLACK SKY (or any of my books for that matter), I would be grateful if you left a positive review or a rating at Amazon or GoodReads. Reviews help other people find the book.
All previous newsletters are archived. Lots of stuff to check out including a link to the original 2011 screenplay of THE BLACK SKY, hints and helps to get started on the real work easter egg hunt teased at the back of the book, and more!
For those that have read THE BLACK SKY, you may remember a mention or two of a bar called “The Dank,” the place Tessa worked at in college where she and Bishop met. I created a virtual playlist for this “punk rock bar,” which you can check out on Spotify.