rlfj: Blog

Silent Long Enough

October 13, 2017
Posted at 7:17 pm

I've been away from writing for a bit, and a few readers have noticed. I thought I would let people know I'm still alive, though not for lack of trying to shuffle off this mortal coil. My health has been on the decline for the last few years. My wife, AKA 'the Black Widow', managed to provide me with a second heart attack last year, in the exact same fashion as when she gave me the first one. Yes, that really does happen. On the other hand, considering how many guys get heart attacks mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, I can promise you there is a much more amusing method to overstress your heart. (After the first one, her mother wanted to know what I was doing that was so strenuous; my wife turned beet-red and told her I was doing pushups. That's one way of looking at it, I suppose.) I am going to have to work that into a story one of these days.

The biggest reason I haven't been writing much is a job change. The company we owned, along with a few other family members, basically went bankrupt. We managed to sell it, and we all still have jobs with the new owner, but that job has changed a lot, and I just don't have as much time to write.

However, my mind is still functioning, though my wife tends to argue the specifics. I am currently working on a short story revisiting one of my favorite characters, the Grim Reaper. A few short weeks ago I was watching television news with her, and we were listening to the latest stories about President Trump tweeting about the NFL players kneeling and linking arms in protest. I looked over at her and said, "I swear, this would make the perfect story for the Grim Reaper! His brother is in the NFL, he used to be a soldier, and is now a cop. Trump claims this is insulting soldiers, the players are protesting cops, that's how Grim became a cop. There are so many levels to the story!"

So, that's what I've been working on. I don't expect it to be anything massive. I am figuring maybe four to five chapters, and I have finished two. I imagine it will be finished in a week or so, and I will publish it shortly thereafter. Keep an eye out!


March 3, 2017
Posted at 8:32 pm

Quick fix - It seems as if there was an upload issue on chapter 3. I sent a new version in, so the repeat parts are eliminated. Hope this fixes it.


February 24, 2017
Posted at 9:13 pm

And so our journey comes to a close. I hope you have enjoyed this little South Pacific diversion. I really can't thank my editors enough. Let me name aussie.import2, gyounger1, gingrich, bart, allan, chris.mainone, xofdallas, kerrza3, and ross at play. This wouldn't be even close to decent without their assistance. I owe them all, big time!

Not at all sure when or if the next story will come out. Still working out some details. In some ways, I am still drawn back to A Fresh Start. No, I don't plan on doing a continuation or take up the stories of the kids, as has been suggested. I keep thinking, however, of Carl going back in time a second time, and this time things would get very dark indeed. Imagine Carl as a shadowy mob boss, casino magnate, or ex-con. No way would he get to meet Marilyn again - or would he? Hmmmm…

- rlfj

Chapter 16

February 21, 2017
Posted at 8:15 pm

Only one chapter to go. What could the secret of Haka Nuva be, and how will it all work out? Just keep reading.

In a totally separate thought, the nomination of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be our newest National Security Adviser was a pleasant surprise to me. I mentioned him in Chapter 10 of the Epilogue to A Fresh Start as a possible candidate for Secretary of Defense. Likewise, when describing some of the battles in the Kurdish War, I was channeling parts of the Battle of 73 Easting, where McMaster earned a Silver Star. I wish him the best, though I have my doubts, considering his new boss.

- rlfj

Chapter 15

February 17, 2017
Posted at 8:34 pm

How is an ancient island religious ceremony involved with the biochemistry of exotic plants? We are coming to the end of the story. We'll just have to wait a bit more to find out.

- rlfj