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Animal Tracks in Snow – Feb. 11, 2016

It’s been a fairly easy winter here this year in Ontario, and after a few days of no snow we got about 10cm last night (different story on the west coast of Canada, where Vancouver and the rest of BC has gotten the winter we’ve missed!).

This morning I woke up to look out in the yard and saw 2 or 3 tracks of different animals. I thought one of them looked like a cat (small footprints close together with pads and claws, and in a tight line, with some wavering), and we’ve had a cat roaming around here from time to time, so that was a good bet that’s what made one set of tracks.

The other tracks look to be from a squirrel (smaller footprints with pads and claws, and drag marks in fairly straight lines), of which we have several that visit here on a daily basis.

There was also a third set of tracks, I think, more blocky. Could be the cat again, in different snow, but I’m not sure. I looked online for examples of animal prints in snow, but they were not easy to find.

I made a video of the tracks, so you can take a look. If you think I’ve missed the mark on what any of the tracks are, let me know by leaving a comment, I’d appreciate it.

On the Writing Front

I’ve been working on getting the paperback versions of my short story series “MIB Files” out, so those should all be available from Amazon, soon. Here’s a link to the first two that are now online:

MIB Files: Movie Time – Tales of the Men In Black (Volume 4): http://amzn.to/2lv1jdu
MIB Files: Bigfoot Hunter – Tales of the Men In Black (Volume 6): http://amzn.to/2keBez5

Writing Now: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 6 (See the other books in the series: http://amzn.to/2l4FfW0

Heinlein’s Rules For Writers

I made a video talking about Heinlein’s Rules for writers, as people sometimes ask me how to be a writer. Some good advice here, in his rules:

Book Bundles? For short stories…?

I put one of my short stories in an ebook bundle to see how it would do: The Science Fiction Summer Shorts Bundle: http://www.davidsloma.com/the-science-fiction-summer-shorts-bundle/

 

 

$20,000 (CND) computer!

Looking at the new Mac Pro, which comes to about $20K Canadian funds when you max it out and get external storage. Why would anyone need such a machine? I’ll tell you why!

Hundreds of Jack O’ Lanterns

A video I took last fall:

 

Over 200,000 views!

My YouTube channel now has over 200,000 views! Moving up! Check out it if you haven’t: https://www.youtube.com/user/RockinFilms/featured

In the Woods, Fall 2016…

Getting caught up on posting some videos. Here’s one from last fall:

See my YouTube channel for more: https://www.youtube.com/user/RockinFilms/videos

“Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” by Philip K. Dick – Book Report – PKD

Writer/filmmaker David Sloma tells what he thinks about the book “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” from renowned sci-fi master storyteller Philip K. Dick.

Buy “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jC0jDL

You can find Dave’s books at https://gumroad.com/wls and also most online stores.

RIP Carrie Fisher

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For those who’ve been there from the start in 1977, you’ll recognize this card.

I’m saddened out today.

Leonard Cohen’s Change of Cosmic Address

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Thank you, Leonard Cohen, from the mourning lovers you consoled with sympathy, the iced hearts you warmed with tears; thank you for the hope you gave to those lost, for showing the way to something more, out of the darkness.

Thank you from your fans (I count myself as one) for your beautiful, truthful music and words, the inspiration you gave to other artists to follow their paths at their heart’s urgings, and to spiritual seekers to follow their soul’s longings. Thank you for the kindness you shared with those lucky enough to cross your path.

I crossed your path, in a way, when I received a personal letter from you many years ago, in response to a book of my poetry I had sent you. That gesture of yours told me a lot about your depth of character and respect for other artists. That you, such an esteemed writer, took the time and effort to respond to me meant a great deal to the young writer I was at the time. And it still does.

I hope you are able to read this now, Leonard, and that you are happy and in a better place. We can play your music and read your words when we miss you, but nothing will ever replace you.

Thank you again for all you gave, and see you around.

-Dave Sloma

 

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