Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Watching a scary show and then walking the dog in the dark!

The background

When I was eight (1960), a neighbor girl, who was thirteen, took me to see The Time Machine. I loved it! But there was an unforeseen side-effect: for several months afterwards, I wouldn't go into a dark room until I slid my hand around the door's corner and flipped on the light switch. 

Walking the dog in the dark

Last Thursday, my daughter told me she and her family had enjoyed watching Stranger Things on Netflix (2 seasons!). That night I watched one episode around ten o'clock. I proceeded to watch the entire 18 remaining episodes through Tuesday morning, viewing several each day. Okay, more than several.

I always walk our dog, Lila (whose namesake appears in Sgt. Dunn #3, Brutal Enemy), at 10:00 pm. Just a quick one so she doesn't have to wait to go until I fall out of bed sometime the next morning.

There are three houses on our side of the street. We are the middle one. There's a street light on the corner about 100 feet north and another about 200 feet south. This means we are almost in the middle of the "not much light here" zone. It's dark. I carry a puny flashlight so I can see what she's doing - she's a black dog so I need it to keep me from walking into her butt and tripping over her.

Monday night at nine o'clock I watched Season 2 Episode 6, incorrectly thinking there were two more. I could squeeze those in by maybe 11:45 pm.

Then I walked Lila.armed with my puny flashlight and a grocery store plastic bag, we walked down the driveway toward the sidewalk. Did I mention that the episode I just finished watching was particularly scary? Yeah. 

Lila stopped stock still and growled! What the hell? The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I mean it. Really. Stood up. I looked the way her nose is pointed and my weak human eyes don't see anything. She growls again. She barks.

And like every fool in a scary movie where the dog barks and growls, the idiot says, "Shush, Rover, there's nothing there." He turns around and there IT is. Whatever the hell it is. Scream. Crunch. Dog runs away to safety. He's the smart one.

I pull on Lila's leash and we beat feet it to the corner and back in like 20 seconds, with her pausing to tinkle. As we walk back UP the drive way she growls again. I still don't see anything. We race into the garage, me pulling her along as she's still gruffing at something.

I hit the "Close the damn garage now!" button on the wall and will the door to move faster.

We make it back inside the house and I stare at her. "Heh, heh," I say. "It was nothing, right, Lila?"

She stares at me like I'm an idiot.

Lesson: Don't watch a scary movie just before you walk your black dog at night!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Finally updated my website!

I bit the bullet and spent some time updating (long overdue) my website. I'm afraid I'm not very diligent about this, contrary to all advice about websites. 

  • I added anchors to pages that were long with several items with the links at the top of the page.
  • Added a reverse chronological list of all nine novels.
  • Updated the "Ronn's Favorites" page, and added some of the songs from my playlist.
Here are the songs:

Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Africa - Toto

Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood

Cara Mia - Jay and the Americans (Jay Black)

It's a Beautiful Morning - The Rascals

Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfield

Joy to the World - Three Dog Night

Jumpin' Jack - Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy

Light My Fire - The Doors

Mister Bass Man - Johnny Cymbal

Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson

Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

Riders on the Storm - The Doors

Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay - Danny & The Juniors

Rock Around the Clock -  Bill Haley & His Comets

She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & The Playboys - saw in concert a few years ago

Soul Sacrifice - Sanatana (drummer was age 19 at Woodstock)

Stand By Me - Ben E. King

Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Darkest Hour

For Valentines Day, my wife and I went to go see Darkest Hour. This movie is an incredible look inside Churchill's strengths and doubts in May 1940 when he first became Prime Minister.

If you've seen Dunkirk, then this is the sister movie and it's a must see for anyone interested in World War II. Gary Oldman is absolutely breathtaking as Churchill and the rest of the cast was superb.

Filled with tension, the movie has funny spots, which make it so enjoyable.

Run, don't walk, to the theater as soon as possible!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sgt. Dunn Novel # 10 underway

Excited! I published my 9th Sgt. Dunn Novel, Raid on Hitler's Damlast Friday. On Sunday, I got the initial ideas for book 10. Will work on plot for a few days and then start writing!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A real-life Tom Dunn was a hero

Our favorite fictional U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. Tom Dunn, is by his nature and actions, a hero, receiving the Medal of Honor in book 9, Raid on Hitler’s Dam, for his actions in book 1, Operation Devil’s Fire.

I thought you’d enjoy reading about a real-life hero named Tom Dunn from 1894.

Jack, the son of my friend and FIRST READER, Dave Cross, is reading a book, The Secrets of Morse Code, and found a story about a man named Tom Dunn. Here’s the excerpt. Thanks to Jack for finding this interesting fun nugget, and to Dave for sending me the great picture of the text.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Lunar eclipse

There's an upcoming supermoon and eclipse (in some areas). Here's a beautiful time-lapse video of a 2011 eclipse. When the moon is dark, the Milky Way becomes visible. Incredible!

I go to the astronomy picture of the day website daily. I love space. When I first started writing, it was in the science fiction genre because that was my favorite since the age of 13. It turns out writing it is a lot harder than reading and enjoying it, so I gave up writing it and turned to my other love, WWII, which led to the Sgt. Dunn Novels.

My newest is now available on Amazon:

Real-time Earth and Moon phase