Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet the Character Blog Hop

I was nominated by Frances Pauli to do the "Meet the Character" blog hop. You should "hop" on over to her webpage and check out her great books. Click "Blog" to meet her character.

Today we're going to meet Peter Branton from Gods of Strife, the fourth novel in the Adept Series.

1.What is the name of your character?

Peter Branton. Well, that's his alias. He never reveals his real name because to do so would give others power over him.

2. Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

He's fictional, 100% a creation of my mind.

3. When and where is the story set?

The story is set in 1976. A lot of the action takes place in San Francisco but it also goes to New Orleans, Tehran, Quito, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

4. What should we know about him/her?

Peter isn't as confident as he'd like you to believe. He has strong powers but he hesitates to use them unless needed. His horrific childhood has left him scarred and unsure of his place in the universe.

5. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Someone is trying to kill him and his boss. That someone is a very beautiful blonde woman. In pursuit of her, he finds it's part of a larger plot to foster a nuclear war, a war he must stop.

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

Other than stopping nuclear war, and staying alive, he wants desperately to be loved.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

As mentioned above: Gods of Strife.

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

It was published May 15, 2014

Hope you enjoyed this little journey into my character's mind.

And now I nominate Joann H. BuchananAlexandrea Weis, and Trish McCallan.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yes, Beta Readers are Important

So, you've written the great American novel. You've pounded out that first draft, you edited (and edited and edited). You might even have paid for a professional edit or proofread. So, now you think it's ready to send to a publisher (or to indie publish).

Now hold on a minute there, pardner. You're not quite ready yet. You need "beta readers."

Like "beta testing" software (having users try it out before releasing it to see if there's major problems with it), beta readers read your novel before you publish it.  While they can be an extra set of eyes for typos for proofreading, their primary function is to make the writing better.

Beta readers can point out inconsistencies in plot or characterization. "I really don't think a nun would become a streetwalker to raise money for Mother Superior's operation."

Beta readers will show you were you've used clumsy prose or, as often in my case, passive voice. Beta readers will make your work better.

Beta readers will have different knowledge and experience than you. They may know that a ".45 automatic" isn't necessarily a M1911, for example.

And the best part is, you get to decide what advice to take and what to keep.

It's always good to have more eyes on your novel before publication. They will see things you won't because you're too close to it. Maybe you'll have to beef up a plot point that they didn't understand. Or maybe they'll think you're being redundant. Or maybe they'll smack you for poor apostrophe usage. You never know and you should get as many beta readers as you can.

How do you find beta readers. Your writers' group is a great source. Or social media such as Facebook and Twitter (I found one beta reader on Twitter just by tweeting that I needed beta readers).

Before you publish or submit that masterwork of writing, have someone else look at it. You'll be amazed how useful beta readers are.

UPDATE: This was supposed to be my Monday Blog for the 22nd, but I was sick and didn't send out the tweets. So now it's my Monday Blog for the 29th.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Huskies are 4-0!

Now this is normally the time I would be giving a detailed, incisive discussion on yesterday's University of Washington Husky football game.

Only problem is: I didn't see it. I as at a family gathering. So I DVR'd it to watch today with the plan to studiously avoid hearing anything about the game. But then my Husky-hating cousin had to point out that Georgia State, a three-year-old football program whose single victory this year was against Abilene Christian, was leading 7-0 in the first quarter, and then leading 14-0 at halftime.

(My cousin doesn't like the Huskies and really doesn't like the Huskies since they picked up Chris Petersen as head coach. Petersen coached Boise State and, as an University of Idaho alum and fan, he hates Boise State.)

I was worried the Huskies had gone in over-confident and were blowing it as they nearly did against Hawaii. But I thought Husky head coach Chris Petersen would light a fire under the Huskies at half time and they would come out and win the game.  And that's apparently what happened because Georgia State never scored in the second half while the Huskies ran up 45 points to win 14-45. This has given UW a 4-0 start and only two games away from being bowl eligible. A pretty good begining for the new head coach.

Next week we play Stanford at home. The Cardinal (yes, the team's mascot is a color) was, last week, #16 (this week's poll is not out, yet) and has a 2-1 record, their only loss being to USC. They are also coming off a bye week, not playing this week (well, apparently the Huskies only played half a game this week). We'll have home-field advantage but Stanford is tough. The Huskies will have to be damn near perfect to win this game. The Huskies have a history (at least in the century) of winning games where they are considered the underdog (e.g., the win over USC in 2009). So maybe we can pull the upset again.

On a side note, as much as my cousin hates Boise State, I hate Washington State (the Cougars). But I have to commend the Cougs, for last night in Pullman they played the #2 team in the nation, the Oregon Ducks, and they lost. But it wasn't the blow-out everyone expected. The final score 38-31 Oregon. Be interesting to see if this affects their #2 ranking in the polls. Oregon is still undefeated but Wazzu came within 7 points of a tie game. And I do hate Oregon, too, so I was kind of hoping they could both lose.

When the polls come out I'll update!

UPDATE: And apparently Oregon's performance against the Cougars didn't hurt them: they are still #2 in the AP FBS poll. Stanford is still #16.

UPDATE #2: UW started at #25 in the preseason poll. After their difficult win over Hawaii, they dropped out of the poll never to be seen again (Hawaii is, so far, 1-3 this season, was 1-11 last season). A win over Stanford might get us ranked again. A decent showing might even do the trick. We'll have to see what happens next week. Only problem is, I have a Toastmaster speech contest I'm competing in that morning and while I'm DVR'ing the game, will probably not be able to watch all of it (if any) live.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Math

I currently have two works in progress (WIPs). One is a western/fantasy mashup that is in beta reads (oh, the commas!). The other is a science fiction novel that I've just finished the first draft on and am waiting to start edits.

In the science fiction novel, my heroes (sort of anti-heroes) are space pirates and they have 10,000 kg of gold that they've extorted from two different planets.

This sounds like a lot of gold, but because gold is so dense, I calculated that it would easily fit in a one-cubic-meter of space. I've quadruple-checked that math so I'm pretty sure I'm correct.

So, as I'm waiting to do edits, I think about the novel. And I started thinking that the pirate ship has a maximum acceleration of 5 gees. So everything on board would weight 5 times more (a 200 pound man would weigh 1,000 pounds). And would the gold, which is very soft, at the bottom of that cubic meter deform under the nearly 50,000 kg of weight (the bottom layer of gold not included) it would sustain at 5 gees?

So I went to the internet. Gold has a yield stress of 205 MPa or "megapascals" or 205 million pascals. A pascal a unit of pressure like "pounds per square inch" and is defined as one newton per square meter.

The bottom layer of gold would have a surface area of one square meter so it would take 205,000,000 newtons to deform that layer of gold (I have said the gold is in 1-kilogram bars which would be about the size of two of your fingers put together and am approximating it as one solid layer for ease of math).

To convert newtons to weight you need the formula F=ma (Newton's Second Law) so algebraically (see, I use algebra after high school), m=F/a, where "m" is mass in kilograms, "F" is force in newtons, and "a" is the acceleration. So mass equals newtons divided by acceleration. The question is, how much mass would you need to deform bottom layer of gold at 5 gees. So its m=205,000,000/5, right? Wrong! Because newtons is a kgs unit (that's kilogram, meters, seconds) and mass in in kilograms so I need to convert gees to a kgs unit. One gee is 9.80665 meters per second squared (or some say meters per second per second). That means at one gee you accelerate 9.80665 meters per second for every second you accelerate. Are you lost? Don't worry about it.

So five gees is 5 x 9.80665 = 49.03325 meters per second squared.

So the mass needed to deform gold at 5 gees is: 205,000,000/49.03325 = 4.18 million kilograms (in round terms). Or about 83 times the mass there is on top of the bottom layer of gold.

I am slightly worried that using a square meter of gold rather than numerous small gold bars is throwing off my math too much. But I have trouble believing it is different by a factor of 83. Because a gold bar only a few centimeters in surface area is going to have a correspondingly less amount of mass over it.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Decisive Win

Last week I said of this week's University of Washington Huskies game against Illinois that "it's going to be an ugly game if the defense is as bad has they have been the last two games." In both of the first two games of the season, the Husky defense was awful. They managed to squeak out wins about Hawaii (a team that went 1-11 last season) and Eastern Washington (a Division II team, albeit, ranked #2 in the FCS). Illinois was prior to yesterday's game 2-0 (although that was against two FCS teams, apparently). While Illinois is a Division I, FBS team, they were only 4-8 last year.  Still, I was worried, if the Husky defense was as bad as it had been, the Huskies could have lost easily.

Turns out I needn't worry. Not only was the Husky defense in the game they made two big plays, scoring touchdowns on an interception and a fumble. They did make some mistakes giving Illinois some opportunities, but the Fighting Illini couldn't capitalize on them. In the end they were held to 19 points while the Huskies put 44 on the scoreboard.

Our quarterback, Cyler Miles, is looking good but I wish when he runs with the ball he'd tuck it in better. The Huskies' first turnover of the season came on a Miles run that ended with a fumble. The offense is getting better and better with each game and yesterday was only Miles' third college start (he started once last season and was suspended for the Hawaii game). The defense still needs more work before we go into play against the meat grinder that is the PAC-12. Allowing Oregon 19 points could lose you the game.

But, as I went into this match nervous, I found my fears were somewhat allayed by the performance of the defense. And they should only improve. Next week we play Georgia State and I'm not worried at all about that game. But the week after is Stanford, currently ranked #16 in FBS. We do play them in Husky Stadium so that will help (and the place should be packed for a PAC-12 game).

So far I'm liking our new head coach Chris Petersen who has gone 3-0 to start his career at U-Dub. I hope he is as successful with the Huskies as he was with Boise State.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flash Fiction Friday: Guest of Honor

Today's Flash Fiction Friday is: Guest of Honor.

"You seen the Twilight Zone, right?" the man, who said his name was Darby, had both hands cradling his beer as he sat at the bar.

"Yeah," Jones replied, "I've seen some of them. Reruns, you know." He was nursing his seven and seven because be ethanol had deleterious effects upon his body chemistry.

"You seen the one where the aliens come down with a book called 'To Serve Man'?"

Jones shrugged. He looked at the clock behind the bar. He'd been there nearly an hour and he had to meet someone. That and this Darby was boring company. "Maybe. That's where the book turns out to be a cook book?"

Darby nodded. "Yeah, that one."

"And The Simpsons did a parody of it for one of their Halloween episodes," Jones added.

"I guess," Darby said. "But, it's true, you know."

"What's true?" Jones took a sip of his drink, thinking this would be his last.

"Aliens, man. They're eatin' people."

Jones scoffed.

"No, man, they are," Darby insisted. "Do you know how many people go missing each year from the U.S. alone?"

"No idea," Jones said, barely engaging in this conversation.

"Nine-hundred thousand. That's almost a million."

Jones turned to look at Darby. "Seriously?"

"Yes. And the aliens are eating them."

"Some have to be murders or people who just purposely disappear."

Darby scoffed this time. "Yeah, but 900,000 of them?"

"Well, I find it hard to believe aliens are eating the rest."

"Yeah, you'll see," Darby said.

"Right," Jones replied, deciding the sooner he left the better it would be. This has been a mistake now he was running late.  He swallowed down the rest of his drink, feeling the whiskey burn, not quite quenched by the Seven Up.

"Good night, Mr. Darby," Jones said.

"You don't believe me," Darby said as an accusation.

Jones smiled. "No, sorry."  And he slipped off the bar stool and walked out the door before Darby could reply.

Jones wasn't worried about driving, he'd only had one drink.  He got in his old Ford Taurus with the oxidized and speckled paint, and started driving.  He had to make his appointment and now he was running late. The shortest route took him through some woods where houses were far apart. It was pitch black out as there was no moon and there were no street lights on this road. He drove for nearly two hours until he reached the designated spot. He turned off the car's engine and waited, glancing at his cheap watch. He'd just barely made it.

Without warning a bright, actinic light hit his car from above. It temporarily blinded him, it was so harsh. Holding on to the steering wheel with one hand, he tried to shade his eyes with the other.

But suddenly he was not in his car. The light was gone to be replaced with a soft green glow. Before him were two beings that he immediately identified as not human nor even from the Earth. They looked like every cliched portrayal of aliens with the big black eyes and small mouths.

"Welcome, Mr. Jones," one said, its mouth moving as it spoke.

"Thank you," he replied. "Did you make the pick up?"

"Just as you ordered, Mr. Jones," the second alien said. "The guest of honor is here."

Jones smiled. He heard movement behind him and turned. A portal had opened. He took a step toward it, his stomach already growling with anticipation. Slowly he let his form return to normal, and now he had big black eyes and a small mouth.  The mouth bent in a smile as he entered the room.

On a long table surrounded by many chairs was a human body: a trussed, dressed, and roasted Mr. Darby, the look of surprise on his face still present.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Internet is Impossible

The internet is impossible.

Today I went to a website that required a log in and a password.  I hadn't been there for a while so I hadn't needed to log in and I was nervous about remembering the password.

The log in was my email, so no problem there. But I had indeed forgotten the password. So I had to go through the "Forgot your password?" routine, have them email me a link, and change my password.

The internet is impossible!

You’re supposed to have a different one for every website/application you deal with.   That’s probably at least 10 (email, Facebook, Amazon.com, etc.) and probably more.

You’re supposed to use passwords that are at least 8 characters long, with numbers, caps, and special characters and no common words.

You’re supposed to change passwords every 30 days and never repeat a password.

And you’re not supposed to ever write a password down.

This is humanly impossible.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Enough Isn't

I saw a graphic on Twitter that had a picture of a woman exercising and said "Strive for progress, not perfection." And I thought that was good advice for pretty much everything (especially since I am, once again, trying to lose weight), including writing. If you strive for perfection in your writing, you will have the mother of all writer's block episodes.

However, I'd like to add a caveat. When I worked in the corporate world (shudder) I worked in quality. And we had a saying; "Good enough isn't." You don't do a thing "good enough" because that isn't good enough. You do things as perfectly as you possibly can.

Now, no human system or built/designed thing is ever going to be perfect. But you should make what you produce (including your writing) as perfect as you can.

Now you might think I'm contradicting myself saying "Strive for progress, not perfection" and "Make things as perfect as you can." But stick with me.

I also say "Just keep writing" and have said it so much a friend made a graphic of it for me.
Britta Kaye
(A friend I used to babysit when she was an infant. She liked my beard and when I had to shave it off for a job, she would no long let me hold her.)

And I've said, "Your first draft will suck, get over it and write the damn thing."

But, it is all part of a process. You write your first draft, not trying to make it perfect, but you just keep writing. Then you edit. I edit a lot (but I make a lot of typos/spelling errors even with computers). Now you are striving not for perfection, but progress. Make it better and better and better than it was. Now is when you worry about perfection, now is when you improve it until it is as perfect as you can make it. You should never, ever say, "that's good enough."

And believe me, there's few feelings worse than opening a novel you wrote that is now published and finding something you know you could have written better.

Then when you write your next book, you try to make it better than the last book. 

It's a process of striving for progress, while trying to make it as perfect as possible. And you can only do that if you just keep writing.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Need More Defense

The University of Washington Huskies are 2-0 to start their 2014 season. But there's more to the story than those numbers reveal. The Huskies' first game was against Hawaii, long time one of the worst teams in the FBS (also known as "Division I"). And the Huskies won by one measly point.

Then they played the Eastern Washington University Eagles, an FCS team (also known as "Division II"). As I said last week, the Eagles are arguably a better team than the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors since the Eagles are one of the best teams (apparently ranked #2) in the FCS.

When the Huskies racked up a 21-0 lead early in the first quarter, I thought UW head coach Chris Petersen had found the formula between the Hawaii game and this game. Seven of those points came from a recovered fumble on a kickoff return, but still, we'll take it.

Then the Eagles started coming back as the Husky defense proved to be as porous as a hooker's virtue. The same problem we had with Hawaii was glaring in this game: bad defense.

The game went back and forth after the Eagles closed the gap and once even managed to get ahead of the Huskies. Last year the Eagles beat Oregon State and all us Husky fans didn't want to be their next FBS victim. Their quarterback, Vernon Adams, (who I cannot understand why he's not on an FBS team) could not seem to miss a throw. Twice the Eagles converted on a 4th and 10 play.

Neither defense was able to stop the other's offense much at all and I was worried it would come down to who had the ball last. But then the Huskies managed to pick up a fumble and turned that into seven points. They won the game 59-52.

This week the Huskies have to get their defense in shape. The offense is doing better but the defense us just awful. Next week we play Illinois (at home) and it's going to be an ugly game if the defense is as bad has they have been the last two games.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Writing Conundrum

I have a bit of a writing conundrum right now.

Yesterday I finished the first draft of a science fiction novel (working title: Subluminal Pirates; yeah, I don't like it either). I was at first aiming for 60,000 words but the novel is in three sections and when the first two sections came in at 21,835 words, I decided I wanted at least 65,000 words to make section three close to the same length. I ended up at 64,209 words with section three around 1,200 words shorter than I wanted it to be.

But they always get longer in edits.

I have another WIP (Work in Progress) that is now going through beta reads. And I can't go back and edit Subluminal Pirates for at least a week and a month would be better.

Now, NaNoWriMo is coming up in November. I have this idea for a sequel to Treasure of the Black Hole (which is under consideration at a publisher at the moment) and I thought I'd write that for NaNoWriMo. But that's two months away and other than edit Subluminal Pirates, I don't have any writing to do.

I do have some other editing to do this month. But, also, I don't have any freelance assignments.

So, do I start the sequel to Treasure of the Black Hole now and try to get it finished so I can write something else (I have no idea what) for NaNoWriMo. Or do I take two months off from writing (except for editing Subluminal Pirates and the other editing I'll be doing on an anthology)? I'm leaning toward the latter.

And who knows, I might have an idea for a novel in the meantime. But for now the twitter hashtag for me will be #amnotwriting

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My 7-7-7 Challenge

I was nominated by Lesley Donaldson to do the "7-7-7 Challenge."  That is to share seven lines from the seventh page of your work in progress (WIP), starting from the seventh line.

My current WIP is an untitled and unfinished science fiction novel set about 1,000 years in the future. Humans have yet to develop faster than light travel. This section, which conforms to the 7-7-7 challenge, is a bit of exposition, explaining the rules of this world. I cheated a little and went to the end of the paragraph:
The glass stayed on the table because of the one gee acceleration the Bussard ramjet provided. At the moment they were travelling ass-backwards, negatively accelerating to match orbits with the primary of this system. When they slowed too much for the ramjet to work, they would rely on stored hydrogen to operate the fusion rocket. The Bussard scoops had three functions in interstellar space: gather enough hydrogen to run the fusion drive, store hydrogen for when the ramjet wouldn't work, and detect an object large enough to damage the Longboat.
Exciting, huh!

I nominate Antoinette HoustonJane Bled, and Joy. They shall be informed via Twitter.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I know I'll never be as good as a Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, or Poul Anderson. Those men could take their knowledge of science and intertwine it with an amazing story. I think I'm a fairly good storyteller. But my science is marginal at best and my math skills pretty much stop at algebra (I've studied calculus and differential equations but to do them now . . .). My biggest fear is in on of my science fiction novels is to make a glaring, basic science error. Sometimes I'm vague to cover up my inability to calculate things. But I'm always worried I'm going to miss something.

Right now I'm working on a science fiction novel that doesn't have a title, yet. A lot of it takes place in a solar system much like ours. But because the distances are so great at times, I am constantly calculating light-speed delays. For example, a space battle starts out 30 light minutes (144 million kilometers) from where my protagonist is. So I mention that everything he is seeing happened 30 minutes ago.

Last night I was watching TV with half my brain and plotting out the next space battle with the other half. And I reminded myself I needed to take into account light-speed delays. And something made me realize that in my finished (I thought) novel, Treasure of the Black Hole, I have an event where things and people are 5 AUs (Astronomical Units) apart and yet I have them seeing and reacting as if they are just across the room (thank you, scifi movies). So a quick calculation and I realized they were 250 light minutes apart. Then I realized that couldn't be right. So I redid the calculation and realized I had a math error (the number should have been 2,500) and that that was seconds, not minutes, and 2,500 seconds is about 42 minutes (I tend to round a lot, part of that being vague).

So this morning I went back and did a little re-writing on Treasure of the Black Hole. I hope it's fixed, now. And I really hope there's no more glaring science errors.

I hope.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jaleta Clegg Author Interview

Jaleta Clegg
Today we welcome Jaleta Clegg to talk about her latest book coming out, Dark Dancer and whatever other silly questions I can come up with.

Jaleta Clegg loves to tell stories of everything from aliens to magical beings to airships to funky tech to silly demons and everything in between. When not writing stories, she spends her time making bizarre things from yarn, cooking up strange dishes, and dealing with all the mundane things we all have to do, like scrubbing the bathrooms and washing dishes. She lives in Utah with a horde of her own offspring (much reduced now that they’re finally starting to move out on their own), too many pets, and a very patient husband. She wants to grow up to be Han Solo or Ursula the sea witch. Or possibly Captain Harlock, because he has the coolest space ship ever. It’s doubtful Jaleta will ever really grow up.

Serious questions:

1. What brought you to this genre? What inspired you to write this particular book?

Dark Dancer is a steampunk/fantasy mashup. I was inspired by a friend's book series about humans opening the gates to fairyland and interacting with elves (think more like Shakespeare's fairies and less like Legolas). I thought to myself, that was fun but I want airships. And elves. And magic. I want pirates with pointy ears. The story grew out of that. It's quite a departure from my other work which is science fiction adventure and silly horror. I've dabbled in fantasy, but not this way. It was lots of fun. I may go back to steampunk elves again.

2. Describe your novel in five words.

Steampunk elven pirates, magic portals

3. Are any of your characters based on either yourself or people you know?

Joren is based on my ideal version of Errol Flynn, does that count? I don't know him personally, but I love his movies. If my characters end up based on people I know, it's all subconscious.

4. How do you react if/when you get any negative reviews?

I sit in my closet, cry, and eat too much chocolate. I know my books won't appeal to everyone. And readers have a right to their opinion, good or bad. I respect their right to express that opinion. I know authors who stage campaigns to get negative reviews erased. Some even go so far as to harass the reviewers. That's just wrong. It shows a lack of professionalism.

5. Where can people find out our more about you and your books? (eg blogs, websites etc)

I've got links to all my novels and short stories at http://www.jaletac.com

I post author interviews, book reviews, silly posts, short stories, and recipes on my blog, the Far Edge of Normal. http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/

For the ebook of Dark Dancer, my latest release, you can get your format of choice from Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465920

Or Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Dancer-Jaleta-Clegg-ebook/dp/B00MRANX5A

Just for fun.

1. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watching bad 80s sci-fi movies and SyFy channel monster movies. I love a bad campy movie full of cheese.

2. Chocolate or Ice Cream?

Chocolate *IN* ice cream. My favorite flavor of ice cream is tin roof sundae - chocolate covered peanuts and fudge in vanilla ice cream.

3. You’re in a horror film. You’re in a house and a bad guy is chasing you. Do you run up the stairs?

Naw, I run around in circles screaming because it's always the hot blond who runs in circles screaming who survives. Wait, I'm not blond. That kills that strategy.

4. What’s your favorite music?

Disco accordian polka music! *cheesy grin* Yes, that is in my collection, along with everything from heavy metal to classical to Irish folk music to disco to pop. My favorite music is whatever matches my mood at the moment. This site has some really fun ones: http://www.wfmu.org/365/ It's a very entertaining way to spend a few hours.

5. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would it be? Why? 

A tropical beach that is deserted except for me, my guests, and whoever is providing my food and cleaning my hotel room. I've always wanted to go to the South Pacific.

6. If you had a super power what would it be? Why?

Here, pull my finger and find out. Sorry, couldn't resist the Mystery Men reference. That's a really tough question because there are so many cool powers to have. Bubble wand super love magic comes to mind. Wait, that would mean I'm a sailor scout and I don't look good in a pleated mini-skirt. I could fart rainbows and poop sprinkles, but that's unicorns. I think I'll settle for jedi mind powers, like my cat has. He knows if he stares at a door long enough, it will open. I timed him once. He waited over six hours until I opened the door. Who says that wasn't his jedi mind tricks working on me?

Thank you Jaleta! And you can participate in Jaleta's Raffelcopter giveaway below!

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