Just recently I put The Mighty Piñata up on a serialized fiction site called Tapas.

I'd read about the place months ago, and had planned on putting The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma up there back then, but the idea of updating so many places twice a week with a new installment made me pause. I am, if nothing, lazy.

But, for some reason, I decided to give it a try last week with Pinata. But, I only put up 9 chapters. Why? No reason.

Days go by without much in the way of views or subscribers.

Then I got sick on Tuesday. Just a stomach thing, but it meant I wasn't able to write a new chapter for Piñata.

I wasn't concerned. I was having fun writing the Piñata, but no one was reading it. Which really, once I thought about it, is a stupid, selfish way to think. Because yes, there were people reading it. There weren't many, but people were. So why should I discount them just because they are few?

I felt like an ass.

So, I figured I'd put in an update here in the newsletter that I would be taking a month or two off from the Piñata. I wasn't abandoning it, but I needed to concentrate on Norman Oklahoma.

I figured what I would do was continue to post the back chapters on Tapas once a week until I was caught up over there. By then (6 weeks) I should have some newer chapters written up. I'd have a buffer.

So, I go over to Tapas to post Chapter 10. That's when my mind, was, BLOWN!

I had gone from 1 subscriber (me) and 17 views the previous week, to 10 subscribers and a little over 1,200 views.


As I write this (today, just minutes before I send the email), I'm sitting at 15 subscribers and 2,475 views.

That's pretty exciting.

But, I don't quite know yet exactly how Tapas works. Maybe that's par for the course with stuff over there. I don't know.

I know I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing. No new chapters of Piñata will go up on the site or Wattpad until I've caught up on Tapas. That should be six weeks.

Oh, and I decided to go ahead and put Norman up over there as well.

Wow, that was quite the introduction this week.

On to the other stuff!

I'm currently on Chapter 4 of 17 of my first draft of the next Norman Oklahoma story. It is yet untitled. That's 3 first draft chapters complete. 14 more to go.

Other than all that stuff I put there in the introduction, that's all I have about the writing stuff this week. Still motoring along, which is great.

Actually, I want to add, this past Thursday I started in on a new audio book. It's a Western.

I have to stop listening to Westerns.


Because now I want to write one.

I so want to write a Western. I even have an idea for one.

But when do I have the time to do that?

Never, that's when.

Yet, I toy with the idea all the time.

I think that if I wrote a Western, however, I'd have to do it under a pen name. Not one in which I would try and hide that it's me, but just to keep the brands separate.

Of course, now I have to think of a pen name.

Oh boy!

For the past week I've been reading The Infinity Gauntlet from Marvel Comics.

The Infinity Gauntlet was a six issue mini series from Marvel Comics in 1991. The series was written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim.

The story goes like this. Thanos, the mad Titan, gets a hold of the six Infinity Gems and attaches them to a gauntlet which basically makes him a god. He does this to impress Mistress Death and to hopefully win her affection. Kinda like when John Hinckley Jr. shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to impress Jodi Foster.

Thanos then uses the gauntlet to cause 50% of population of the Universe to cease to be.

Adam Warlock comes back from the dead and uses the combined might of those heroes still left on Earth (along with Doctor Doom) to fight back at the mad Titan.

That's where I am at this point, just getting ready to start in on Issue #4.

For those of you who are all caught up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but who've never read the comics, will recognize Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.

Well, I still need to see from Thor 3 and beyond, so no spoilers!

But, because of that, I can't tell you how what's in this book factors in to what's in the movies, other than Thanos and the Gauntlet.

I'm enjoying the book, I haven't read it since it first came out in 1991, which was - GREAT CEASER'S GHOST! - 27 YEARS AGO!

Does it hold up so far? Sure, I think so. Other's may not. But that's why we have opinions, so that we can argue endlessly online with people we will probably never meet in person.




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