6 Non Sequiturs

Bad Moon Rising is coming in October to teripolen.com. Thirty-one authors of the horror, thriller, and paranormal/supernatural will be featured. This year I get to participate! I’ve got the stage on day four. Teri is an avid reader, YA author, and fellow blogger. Be sure to check out her site.

We humans need to treat our canine friends better. Sign the petition at SPCA International to protest the dog meat industry. Better yet, leave a donation. This topic may be related to my upcoming dystopian horror novella, Dog Meat. Just sayin’.

After months without rain in this part of Texas, it poured, and the snakes came out. I see one almost everyday now. This little feller, a western hognose snake, curled up and pretended to be just another rock on the road:

Image of snake on the road.
Hognose snakes use their upturned noses to dig in the dirt for food.

Congratulations to Jacqui Murray. Natural Selection, the latest book in her prehistoric Dawn of Humanity series is up for pre-order and will be released October 20th.

Yay, me.:-) The fine folks at Blood Moon Rising Magazine accepted my story “The Witch in My Closet” for their 90th issue, due out January 2023. Think childhood nightmares gone berserk!

And finally, it’s almost the end of my 3rd quarter reads. I’m excited to post my one-sentence reviews in the not too distant future. For 4th quarter, I’d like to read a bunch of blogger buddies’ latest books, a personal 2023 reading celebration for the online writing community who have taught me so much and challenged me and entertained me. So if you’re an author and you’re reading this, by all means, post your latest book in the comments! (Any genre, I promise to be adventurous and read broadly!)

Today’s feature image is from The Free Birds on unsplash.

94 thoughts on “6 Non Sequiturs

  1. Congratulations on all your good news and publications, Priscilla. Love the snake. Could you post one over to the UK? Our snakes, apart from the adder, are low key. None have the attitude of the one in your picture.

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    1. Thanks, Davy! Haha, so funny about the snakes. I suppose you’re right about this fellow’s attitude. He not only flattened his head while I stood there, making him look more like a rattlesnake, but he also took a huge breath and broadened his middle, making him look more beefy.

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  2. I enjoyed the nonsequiturs, Priscilla. Congrats on joining Teri’s Bad Moon Rising series. Those posts are great fun. Can’t wait to read your story Dog Meat, and congrats on another publication in the works. Yay! I’ll be reading Jacqui’s book shortly as an advance reader. I love her prehistoric fiction! And that snake… I don’t mind them, but… Step lightly! 🙂

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  3. That hognose~are they similar to bullnose snakes, like we have around here? Interesting face they have…
    My latest novel, The Simpler (Book III of The Riven Country series) may be read as a stand alone, and it contains a decidedly more suspenseful aspect than the first two~since this is your preference (am I right?). Available as e-book or paperback.
    Thanks much, Priscilla~stay well.

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    1. Hi Renee! I’ve never heard them called bullnose snakes, but maybe hognose and bullnose are different colloquialisms for the same snake. The Simpler, just put it on my fourth quarter list. I look forward to reading it!

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      1. Hmmm. This is an interesting concept….scary enough. I am not afraid of spiders or snakes (though respectful of the poisonous ones) but once was in full flight or fight the first time I encountered the sounds of an ice-maker as a babysitter.

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  4. Congratulations Priscilla, on your future publications! I like the sound of nightmares going berserk (reminds me of The Babadook). No way would I get close to a snake like that. Although I have handled a snake once, I’m not really a fan. Same with spiders! Good to hear that you’ve been getting some rain, though. What a lovely gesture to read books from other blogger buddies! I don’t have anything new coming out until at least next year, so you’re up-to-date with mine. I look forward to reading the next one sentence reviews. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! These hognose snakes are neither aggressive nor venomous, but I wouldn’t get that close to a rattlesnake, and we have those around here, too! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  5. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your next set of book reviews. And congratulations on your short story being accepted for publication! I’m glad to hear you’ve gotten some rain – I know the weather has been quite intense this summer. Even if it does mean there are snakes all about.

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  6. Great news and info. Congratulations on the Bad Moon Rising acceptance! My latest book is a novella called Breaking the Code and it’s about a skinwalker preventing Marines from recruiting Navajo code talkers at the beginning of World War II. You can get more info if you click the Novels and Anthologies link in the sidebar of my blog and navigate down to the entry about the novella.

    Just a note it’s called “Book 3” but each book stand’s alone. Each volume in the series features a book by a different author about a different cryptid.

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    1. Courtney, you are so kind, thank you! The hubster and I were trying to figure out why snakes come out more after a rain. Maybe because their prey doesn’t have to stick close to a creek and can find ponds and puddles in a wider area? Hmm… I dunno!

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      1. That seems like a super plausible theory to me. Or was it enough rain that their dens got flooded maybe? I don’t know either but I was intrigued that you saw so many after the rain. Very cool and unexpected tidbit you threw in! lol

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  7. It’s all sounding great, Priscilla. Congratulations on the new story coming out in January and your participation in Bad Moon Rising. I’m sure it will be lots of fun. Looking forward to your reviews as well (and I am sure I have a few of your stories on my list, but must check it out).

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