New Job

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I am now contracted to Star Fleet Trucking in Middlebury, Indiana!

Unfortunately, I am often on the road a lot now so the posts will come in right about the same time.

I went in for my two day orientation then drove out with the unit above around 2 pm the second day. I completed my first trip with no problems and delivered to Albany, New York the following day.

9-9-18 (6)Middlebury is an interesting and busy place. The campers are built there after the chassis is shipped in from the OEM factory.

One of the first things I noticed was the air. It smelled different. Not bad or like chemicals, just different. I think it is because of where I live, right on Lake Erie in Western New York, most of the time I am never more than ten miles from the water and that is what my sniffer is missing.

9-9-18 (15)I saw so many different vehicles while there. From pull behind campers to large vans to three axle buses going down the road. And just for contrast, I even saw quite a few Amish buggies.

As I said, the campers are everywhere. Almost like they use them as lawn decor. I will be back on the road soon, and hope to see many more interesting things and enjoy my time behind the wheel to clear my head and find some deep thought. Most of my first book was written behind the wheel. I would gather my ideas while driving and write them down later. Exciting things to come!

old-brick-houseAnd I find my own fun on the road. Sing it with me… Cause it’s a brick…house…it’s mighty mighty, letin’ all hang out…


Okay, I’m done.

New Cover!

I am so pleased to say that my first novel, Project 49, has a new cover! The insides of it are now even professionally formatted, making it look goooooood! The new cover is available on Amazon, $14.99 for paperback or $4.99 on e-book. Or if you like you can have a copy of P-49 before the format, the soon to be rare first editions. They are on E-bay for $12.99 and free shipping. Don’t miss out! Get your copy of this exciting science fiction adventure today! Links are below.


The Quick and the Easy

Sometimes it is nice to just do something quick and easy. With all the fun I have been having with my damn model cars, it can be nice. This 57 Chevy was just that. I did it stock, but in a nice color. No muss, no fuss, just satisfying results.

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The bottoms were just painted black after assembly. The biggest challenge was the two tone. It took a lot of precision taping. The inside was painted white then the red hand painted in. The reds don’t match up totally, but I have only so much money to throw at these things and most people won’t notice.

4-12-18 (3)The paint is called gloss custom grape, and is more clear than anything. The original red the body was molded in still came out after several coats but it worked out in the end, giving it a nice color.

I thought this one was nice enough for a case. The little things that people never tell you make a difference in your life, even if it is a “duh” moment when you finally figure them out for yourself. Put the car on the base, then mark where the axles are, as that is what you normally attach them with. Twisties work well, but they never give them to you in the box anymore. They used to, cheap bastards.

4-12-18 (7).JPGIf you use a zip tie, yeah, use the biggest one you can find. Not. Remember that cheap drill I told you to get? If you didn’t get it, run to the Home Depot and get one, I’ll wait.

Back? Okay. Drill two holes, one big enough for the head of the zip tie to go through, one in front and one behind the axle, NOT parallel with the axle. It causes the car to sit crooked on the base. Bend the end of the tie a bit to help get it out from the body, then snake it into the holes.

Don’t pull down with all your gorilla man strength. Once you hear the snap, congratulations you just broke it.DSC_0011.JPG

Resist the temptation to glue the case shut. Just like real cars, over time parts will fall off. Then you have little choice but to bust the case to fix it.

As a side note for those of you who paid attention, yes I did go to the comic con in Cortland. It was a disaster and I don’t wanna talk about it. Hopefully the one this Sunday in Buffalo will be better.

Second Car Done

From the painting accident to many hours of swearing I got another car done. This is a Pro Street Chevy Beretta. It is the one in the middle of the first pic, then the lower body is in progress, lower right of the second pic.


It came out okay. It was the first time I was really successful with the water decals. I found out the trick is keep them in the water until they slide off the backing, then swear at them. I do like the driver. Nice touch.


The back looks good from a distance.


Here it is with the hood off. I left the paint mess up alone under the hood to give it a hammered metal look and hand painted the Bowtie’s with toothpicks.

I can’t keep doing this much longer. Between work, my reading and TV habit, I am not getting important things like the next book in the Lowe Series done. That and modeling gets on my nerves after a while.

Check out the page on up incoming events on the Home page. I will be at a few local events that are coming up soon and hope to see you there.

Truck and Trailer Project


It is finally done. With my sudden desire to build models again, I have no idea why, it is not relaxing at all. Why do I do it? Cause I gotta. I’m creative, so I need to create something. It has burnt up a lot of my time. I have written nothing on the new book for a while now.

I have about three, or twelve, I don’t remember…models still to finish, start or beg/borrow parts for but for now we will talk about this one.

I wanted the models to tell a story, not just sit in the box.

DSC_0005Hope this one says, rusty truck and a car just pulled out of the snow bank. I mentioned this project in older posts and I am so happy it is done.

It is also my first with a driver. These are not easy to get and took a long time to get here. Little tip, paint them before putting them together.

DSC_0003For my next illusion, I took Elmer’s Glue and added food coloring to it, and dabbed it in the car with a Q-tip. The plan was to get it muddy. I like to joke that it looks like somebody dropped trow and splatter crapped it. The chains I got from the thrift store, after painted rust color, add a nice detail to the car/trailer combo. They do not hold the car down, a zip tie does that.

DSC_0002I also added a chain to the plow and put the plow in an up position, like the truck was driving.



DSC_0004For my last bit of detail, I used cotton balls and a bit more Elmer’s Glue to add the effect of snow in the back of the truck. The balls soaked up the glue. (Duh) But with a bit of stuffing it came out alright.

I have a few more to finish before the demands of life pull me away so I need to get cracking. We leave so much undone in our lives and I don’t wish for a bunch of model kits to be in the list.

…But Then, Why Not Mars?

I just read …But Then, Why Mars Really? by T.E. Mark. I have to say I didn’t see this one coming. Ever seen the movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? It is kinda like that. It runs on the premise that the universe is made up of high-tech idiots. Which makes it hilarious.

First thing I noticed was that Mark is English. Like English English. I didn’t know or care really were he was from but figured it out quick. American English has a bit of a different sentence structure and some words like colour are spelled different.

The book’s main character is a book store owner who migrates to Mars after he is found undesirable enough to be kicked off the planet Earth. He then gets a job changing literature aimed at immigration, as we find out that other planets don’t want these people either. A problem through out the galaxy is out of control immigration, putting stresses on the economy and the indigenous population.

Meant mostly for young adults, I would recommend this book if you want to laugh your ass off as an idiot is employed by an idiot, then captured by idiots, then allowed to run amok on politics with a powerful computer installed by an idiot.

With few swear words but a lot of them taking the name of their god in vain, this book is a bit of science fiction and fantasy. It ignores scientific fact like the freezing temperatures in space (mostly), runs off the same lies told back in the days of the “new world”, breaks the bounds of the third (or is it fourth?) wall and is a riot right up to its whimsical end with characters not knowing if it is real life, a movie or a book.

Mark even makes lists interesting. That’s not easy to do.

Inventing Iron Man

Alright you nerds.

I would like to talk about another book from E. Paul Zehr. Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine continues on from Becoming Batman.

Once again, the book is not written to answer many of the logistical questions that may arise when discussing a superhero. It is mostly about the affects the human body. This was also a good read but will hold little value to those who wish they would skip to the part were somebody gets the crap beat out of them.

For those of us that like cyborgs, like yours truly, the book opens up new knowledge on the nervous system and how it can, or cannot, work with an outside attachment, like a prosthetic arm or suit of armor.

For instance, the book introduced me to neural plasticity, or the fact that nerves can adapt “to changes in the body” (90) and the nerves can and will grow at a rate of 1 mm per day to restore feeling in damaged areas (97). I was always told that nerves, once damaged, never repaired themselves.

The book talks a great deal about cyborgs, and I learned that prosthetic limbs are as old as ancient Egypt, but what I would call the first cyborg would be the case of the German Knight Götz von Berlichingen around AD 1500. After loosing a hand in battle he had another made out of iron that could hold a pen or a sword. He was then known as The Iron Knight (27). Who cool is that, cyborg friends?

Also, according to Zehr, the first superhero written in popular culture was a cyborg. The book is called The Assassination of the Nyctalope. It was published in 1933 by Frenchman Jean de la Hire (5). Several of de la Hire’s books are on Amazon for you to check out.

Of course the book goes through all the training, effects on the body. In movies and comics, there isn’t time for real life to set in. If we wanted that, all we have to do is look away. In the movie, Iron Man, Tony Stark invents the suit and just flies away, concussions be damned. We all know that wouldn’t happen.

Stark would need 10 years of flight training, another five years of combat training, then would finally prefect being Iron Man at about the age of 60, ten years after Batman would need to hang up the cape and cowl for health reasons (178,165).

In concussion, this book has a lot to teach for those interested in how heroes work in real life. It helped me go in a new direction for my work by learning new things. Some one told me once, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” Now I know why he said that because of the new things I learned and the effect it will have on my work. It will be better.

The Possibility of Batman

Yes, I like Batman. bat

It would be hard pressed to find someone who hates him. Not that I have not cried bullshit in my Bat-mania. I have failed to understand how Bruce Wayne could dig out and fit the Batcave, build and maintain the Batmobile, Batcopter, Batboat, Batsauna, Batbar…wait, I lost my place…hunt down and beat up bad guys, run a multinational company and get enough sleep to insure that he keeps from drooling on himself while taking out supermodels.batm

I know how long it takes to fix simple things on un-custom cars, it can be time consuming. Don’t tell me that Alfred does it all while making dinner and dusting a mansion and whatnot.

I was hoping the book, Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero by E. Paul Zehr would answer these questions. Well, it didn’t. It added to my doubts that a Batman like hero could exist.

The book discusses little on the logistics of being Batman. Instead, it focuses on the physical aspects of becoming, being and staying Batman, and its effects on the human body.

Not that it wasn’t interesting and insightful, but would be a bit boring to those that have little interest in the workings of the human body and just like to watch The Dark Knight beat the ever loving crap out of someone.

Like I said, the book deals with the human body and how changes affect it. While a bit of background is not necessary because the book explains all that, having some is not a bad idea. Zehr discusses everything from Batbones, Batmuscles to Bathoromones.

CbIt works well with a book I reviewed in a previous post, The Concise Human Body Book by Steve Parker, Becoming Batman takes an in-depth look at the human body. These two work well together, the first being more focused on what happens inside while being Batman.

A concept that was introduced to me by the book is of Batman’s popularity, and why.

“At a very early age, each and every one of us realized that we probably were not born on Krypton, we were unlikely to get bitten by a radioactive spider, and we were not the spawn of mud touched by the gods. We knew, however, that if given the proper motivations, we could become Batman” (Zehr 11).

We, as humans, could be Batman. Maybe some of us could, but not all. Take ambition right out of the equation, like the book almost does. Properly motivated, sure, most of us could become the best that one particular individual could be. Most of us are not willing to give up video games, sitcoms, salt and vinegar potato chips and twelve ounce curls.

Jeff Foxworthy once said, “You don’t mix pond scum and raw sewage and get Avion.” Genetics is one reason why many of us would never be Batman. One experiment took two sets of rats and “selectively” bread them. In eleven generations, there was a 350% difference in the two sets. Genetics plays a large role in how tall, fast, strong and most importantly, how smart you can be. Lucky for me I am smart, since I am all of five eight. I would not be invoking terror in the hearts of the wicked on sight.

If anything, it just conformed my doubts that a Batman-esk person could prowl the night, even if Bat’s humanity makes him relatable as a superhero.

I will take a moment to discuss Batman’s training. In The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight, Scott Beatty said Batman studied 127 different martial arts (Zehr 123).

Zehr goes on to say that this would make a sloppy mess of Batman parts. It would be better to study one form, maybe three at the most. Take an example from my life. I can fix cars, weld, do carpentry, plumbing, electrical while writing novels.

But there is always something wrong somewhere. Nothing ever shines. I know a lot, but never perfected one thing. Applying that to the fighting arts, it makes for a bad fighter. Bats would fall quickly. That adds to my argument, and shows the depth the book goes into.

BM2Amazing to think it, but Batman was created almost 100 years ago. Even if touched upon in “Batman Beyond,” I believe that few think about Bats shelf life, and how long he could keep it up. Once the near impossible is reached, it wouldn’t be long before it seeps away, either due to age or damage like concussions and broken bones. Even the lifestyle of Batman would decrease his effectiveness. Being on stake out is lost training time and will result in a weakening in him.

This was a good read, even if it didn’t answer many of my original questions. It did confirm my thoughts that being Batman was next to impossible because of the toll it would take on the body. But like you, I will enjoy watching him beat the tar out bad guys.

Links to the books are below.