Oh, It's July? Hello!

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Hot damn, this summer's flying by! It seems like merely several weeks ago it was spring, right? Now here I am, sweaty and hungover from a weekend of drunken debauchery in celebration of the fourth of July. I had fun. Ate a lot of stuff a forty year old shouldn't eat, drank a lot of stuff a forty year old shouldn't drink, and ogled a lot of girls that...well...you get the point. 

So the summer's been a bit of a mixed bag thus far. My dad passed away a few weeks back, but it was quick and (hopefully) painless. We brought him home and he had a couple of good days before he went. I'm pretty sure he's still around here, though, as my son keeps staring off into space and talking to "papa". Some may find that a bit creepy, but I find it both sweet and a bit reassuring (although I have become more mindful of the sort of internet porn I peruse as I can't help but picture my father looking over my shoulder and shaking his head in disgust). On the plus side, I've been doing a lot of work, mostly of the graphic design variety, but I've also managed to work on a few longer pieces of writing, finish a short, and even churn out a children's story/poem that I plan on illustrating. I've never written anything I've considered remotely appropriate for children, so this was a bit of a surprise as I didn't know I was even capable of such a thing. It's about a boy, bugs, and a monster (of course), but I assure you it's actually very sweet and no one gets disemboweled or decapitated (yet. It's a first draft). 

Also on the writing front, one of my previously published short stories, "Midnight at the Quick 'n Save", will be getting the reprint treatment as part of an upcoming e-anthology overseen by the one and only Jason Sizemore. The collection will feature horror tales by a host of Apex editors, writers, and, in my case, authors who've contributed to Apex anthologies in the past. Should make for a good read, and I'm especially excited as this will be the first time that Midnight at the Quick 'n Save will be published in its original, unexpurgated form (rather than the neutered version that appeared in City Slab magazine a few years back). 

One of the things I love about summer is the fact that the heat's so downright oppressive that I find I've no energy to do much more than lay on the couch and watch movies. It's nice as I get to catch up with flicks I've been meaning to see, as well as revisit films I've not seen in ages. This past weekend, in addition to my traditional 4th of July viewing of "Jaws", I watched Shout!Factory's new DVD presentation of "Humanoids from the Deep" (in all of it's unedited glory), as well as the same company's awesome Blu-ray of Piranha! As you can see, I had a bit of a water theme going. It could have had something to do with the fact that the Coast Guard instituted a swimming/boating advisory in my neck of the woods due to multiple sitings of Great Whites in our waters thanks to the ever-growing population of seals taking up residence on the small islands off of the coast. Needless to say, my son's kiddie pool got a lot of play this weekend and going to the beach was never even a consideration. 

Oh, and speaking of monsters that scare the shit out of me, what's with all of the freakin' tarantula-sized spiders I've been discovering lately? I swear, I've found some fuckers the size of hubcaps lurking in my garden, hiding under my grill cover, and, most terrifyingly, dangling mere inches from my face whilst I was rooting through my shed looking for poisons to kill the other ones with! I'm pretty sure these aren't your garden variety spiders, here, either as they're hairier than Ron Jeremy (and, in some cases, just as well-endowed). Killer sharks, giant spiders...all I need now is a rash of sitings of vans filled with clowns and we'll hit my personal phobia trifecta! 

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