Cow In Road


It seems the cattle of Bradley County, Tennessee are escape artists.

One day a few months ago, I decided to read the police blotter posted in my local Sunday newspaper to see if I could figure out what their abbreviations mean. Even though I live in Hamilton County, the paper’s distribution area includes Bradley. They usually list the blotter for Bradley County, Cleveland, TN and Charleston, TN. I assume the listings would take up too much space to list Hamilton and Chattanooga, TN.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that at least twice a month, there are one or two police calls about a cow in the road at various addresses in Bradley County. This amuses me.

I have encountered a cow in the road once. A couple of decades ago in Evans County, Georgia, while riding around exploring the rural roadways, we spotted a young bullock on the side of the road outside the fence giving a sapling tree what for. It spotted our car and decided to give chase. Rowdy bugger.

In writing news, the MS for The Daedalus Enigma is coming along nicely. I have less than ten chapters left to write. I had been worried about how I could get a full chapter out of the plot point for the one I’m currently working on. One of my characters came to the rescue on that and let me see things from their point of view. This character has played a key support role throughout the series, but I never expected to be telling a potion from their POV.

I plan to hold a contest this summer to give away a couple of redshirt spots in this book. I haven’t worked out the details yet, but I will announce it here, on Facebook, and on Plurk sometime in the coming months.

There is also an almost-redshirt spot in Hell’s Dodo, which is due out around Halloween. That spot has already been awarded to the runner-up in a similar contest I ran last year for Black Venom, which came out last Halloween.

In health news, I had blood work done Friday in preparation for a doctor’s appointment next Friday. I’m hoping the numbers are enough of an improvement that my doctor will let me continue with the new insulin-free treatment regimen for my Type 2 diabetes. Since I stopped taking insulin glargine last December, I have lost weight and dropped a pants size. I would very much like to continue with this trend. Insulin makes you gain weight. This is the first appreciable weight loss I’ve had in years.

Finally, I finished sending out invitation messages today to the people who like my Facebook page but aren’t on my friends list. It took me a while to figure out how to access that list. Facebook likes to keep things confusing. These invitations and the group itself are part of my ongoing efforts to work around the impediments Facebook has been placing on pages that do not pay to promote their posts.

Anyone on FB is welcome to join my group. Participate or lurk as you prefer. I have opened it to members to share their own works, as well. I feel it is important to engage my readers as people rather than just see them as potential purchasers of my books.


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