Harvesting Wheat by Hand

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I promised several people I’d do a post wherein I share our process of harvesting wheat by hand. Harvesting is actually a small part of the whole process of taking wheat from the field to a usable final product, so although I named this post “Harvesting” Wheat by Hand, I’ll actually include the post-harvest steps of threshing and winnowing.

Our Own Private Apocalypse

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We have never had much money, so if “rich” is defined as “having a lot of money” then I am the opposite of that. If being “rich” means having all the latest gadgets, money in the bank, toys, and nice vacations, then sorry… I’m not even close to rich. And what does “poor” mean? Long, long ago the word “poor” meant that you didn’t have or have access to the bare minimums necessary for survival…

Drones, Robots, AI, and the End of the World

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Artificial Intelligence ends the world! If I were a betting man, I’d say lack of the regular kind of intelligence is more likely to accomplish the feat, but what do I know? Believe me, I enjoy the humorous image of humans cowering in hipster pubs nervously sipping craft beers made of genetically modified (but gluten […]

You Reap What You Sow

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  …we’re beginning our wheat harvest here in Central Texas… When I’m not authoring sci-fi books… I run an off-grid farm. That’s right! We’re plain and we do things the old-fashioned way most of the time. One of the things I teach my children is that you reap what you sow. So many lessons for […]

The Brother, Frankenstein Mega-Launch Share Package

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The Big Launch for Brother, Frankenstein runs from June 8th to June 14th of 2015. We are very much looking for people willing to send an email to their list(s), friends, family, fans, etc., but just in case you would like to share the information on a blog, website or on social media, here is […]

Weapons of Mass Deception

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“Weapons of Mass Deception” – A military thriller by two US Navy veterans, David Bruns and JR Olson, that could be ripped from today’s headlines!

“Brendan McHugh, a Navy SEAL, meets a mysterious Iranian diplomat on a raid in Iraq. His former girlfriend and FBI linguist discovers a link to Iran among a group of captured jihadis. And pulling it all together is a CIA analyst who can’t forget about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs—even if it costs him his career.”

Living Beyond Off-Grid as a Scifi Writer

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Not long ago I was in a hardware store in a small town not far from our farm. I was with my son buying plumbing parts for a water project for the farm. Robert and I were at the register with our PVC valves, couplers, and adapters when the clerk, a friendly local fellow named Buck, started […]

Now is Better…

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  As a “Plain” person who lives off-grid, I’m not usually willing to admit that there are many things in this modern world that I think are better than the way it used to be. There are some things… Febreze, plush toilet paper, and the Internet can sure be handy… but my point is that […]