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SM-001 Revamping The Site

Anyone who  knows me knows that I don’t do much with this site at all.  Just looking at the date on the last post shows that it’s been more than three years since I posted here.  I don’t know if that will change much in the long run.  But for now, I’m going to use this “secondary” website as a test bed.  See, my writing site has become pretty dated.  It didn’t occur to me until I recently visited another indie author’s site and was struck by just how professional it looked.

Then I went back to mine.  😦

So yeah, it’s time to make some changes.

I honestly don’t know if anyone is still subscribed here, but if so, and you see a sudden uptick in activity, give me a shout. Let me know what you think of the upcoming changes.  🙂


Happy Mother’s Day

We had a good Mother’s Day at the Sm1ley household.  This, despite its having a rocky start.  I’d had a couple of rough nights on the previous Friday and Saturday, getting all of three hours of sleep Friday night, and about four on Saturday night.  Needless to say, come Sunday morning, waking up was a little tough.  Nevertheless, I managed to perservere, making Mrs. Sm1ley a nice mushroom, cilantro, and egg frittata.  Pop that puppy on a plate, cover it witha light sprinkling of finely grated sharp cheddar, and viola! Mother’s Day breakfast.  🙂

The rest of the day was nice, with the kids and granddaughter coming home with LOTS of flowers, a romantic comedy DVD, some other fun gifts, and then we made Mom a really nice dinner.  Shrimp Brochette, grilled asparagus, poblano / cheddar chicken sausages, spinach / feta chicken sausages… there was more than enough food to make us all miserable.  😆

The only down side to the day was that I was unable to get my own mom on the phone.  I guess I’ll try her again today, but it’s not going to be the same.  After all, today’s not Mother’s Day.

My writing blog


As was pointed out to me, I mentioned my new writing blog, but never gave a link.  I apologize, and the new blog can be accessed here.  I’ll also place a link in the sidebar with my other writing related links.

The new blog is, well… new, and so doesn’t have that much in it.  It also still needs some work on the appearance (no real widgets to speak of, and I think the text color may need a bit of work), but I’ll get that tweaked out over the next several days.

Attending Conjour today

Today, I’m attending a local SF/F convention at the University of Houston – Clear Lake called Conjour. It is a small con, nothing like the ones I used to attend a few decades ago, but they have some surprisingly good and high quality speakers for a convention this small.  Sat in and recorded a panel earlier called “Mining Ideas from Myth and Folklore”.  It was moderated by Patricia “P. L.” Blair, and speakers were: Bill Fawcett, Michael (Mickey) Finn, Robert Stickmanz, Beverly Hale, and Lou Antonelli.

The panel was informative and a lot of fun, and I can only hope the recording turned out all right.  If so, I’ll pass it on to the guys at The Dead Robots Society to podcast if they want.  Going to go now.  Probably grab a bite for lunch before the 1:00 panel on “Character Development”.

Happy anniversary

Yesterday was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day that my wife confirmed her insanity and actually married me.  It’s been a fantastic kind of mental breakdown, and seems to be pretty long-lived.

I think back to the first time I met my wife.  It was seventh grade (I think in Algebra 1) and I recall to this day that she was commenting on how her boyfriend at that time had the bad habit of grinding his teeth. I remember that she said something about it irritating her, and I became instantly conscious of the fact that I never wanted to grind my teeth around her.  What can I say? She was cute!  🙂

That was thirty-seven years ago, and over the years our relationship evolved from friendship to love.  

I still wonder how I got to be so lucky as to get her to marry me. I have more than my fair share of bad habits, and she patiently puts up with them all.

But to this day I try to refrain from grinding my teeth.  😆

Remember the picture my daughter made between a couple of classes? Well, she decided to turn it into a bigger project for her Art class, and is adding it to her portfolio. What was initially just a really interesting and well done charcoal sketch is now a pretty thoughtful piece of art.  She calls it “Drowning in Tests”.  Yeah, a student’s perspective.  🙂  But she’s taken something that was already a really nice sketch, and turned it into something thought-provoking and inciteful.

I guess that’s what makes her an artist.  She makes a statement with her medium.  Pretty freaking awesome, in my opinion.  

What, me? Prejudiced in her favor?

 Well, maybe.  🙂


New posting method

All right, I think I might have a way to get my postings segregated by category, although it’s a bit clunky. If you have an opinion, let me know.

I am going to use my own “Comments” sections on the individual category pages, and then inject a link to it on the main page as an actual post.

If it works, great.  If not, I’ll find something else.  🙂

The first couple will be coming up in a few minutes…

Mewwy fweakin’ Chwistmath!

Christmas was great, but it sucks to not really be able to fully enjoy because of a wonderful thing like the flu. Still, got to share time with friends and family, and that is what it’s really all about.