Archives for the month of: November, 2021

Teagan Geneviene​´s Armadillo Files reach episode 15, and you shouldn’t miss it, as Fang has some surprises up his sleeve, there is intrigue, music, and even a recipe!

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for weirdness with some reality.  Today’s Tidbit of Truth is certainly weird.  How so?  Read on.

Random Reader Things

The threethings that drive this episode are from D. L. Finn, also known as Denise.  Click over and check out her blog, you’re sure to find interesting posts.  Her random reader things are Shrimp, Bear, and Blue Moon.

Tidbits of Truth

Saunders-Roe A37 Shrimp 1939-1949 WikipediaSaunders-Roe A37 Shrimp 1939-1949 Wikipedia

Speaking of shrimp, have you ever heard ofsnapping shrimp?  You might also know them by the name pistol shrimp.  Those critters made such a racket that during World War II their constant crackling sometimes foiled military attempts to sound out hostile submarines. If you’d rather eat your shrimp, here’s a recipe from the era forshrimp, or crawfish, cocktailThere was another kind of…

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Teagan Geneviene’s The Armadillo Files reach episode 14, and there are some unwelcome visitors. But don’t hesitate! You’ll be amused, welcomed, and will meet another great blogger as well.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for absurdity touched with reality.  I know this episode is late, so let’s just get right to it.

Random Reader Things

The threethings that drive the episode are from Priscilla BettisClick over and check out her blog, you’re sure to find interesting posts.  Her random reader things areTrumpet, Bateau Neckline, and Thermos.

Previously in The Armadillo Files

Harry Morgan told Fang and Dilly more about the “Calutron Girls” and his belief that they disappeared if they found out about the wrong things.  You can find all the past chapters by going to the categories on the right side of the screen.  Click on Armadillo Files.

All aboard!

14 — Where did they come from?

Dilly n Fang on TROLLEY


“Fang, that doesn’t sound like your usual taste in music,” I remarked when the sonorous trumpet solo…

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Teagan Geneviene​’s serial Dead of Winter has reached Journey 11. We’re close to the end now, so you shouldn’t miss it, and if you haven’t read the rest of the journeys yet, come on! They will be perfect for the holiday season!

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day, November , 2021

Announcing the November issue of Dead of Winter!

Thanks for your patience this month.  Allow me to present the latest novelette in Dead of Winter — Journey 11, the Sumelazon Escarpment  I know you’re wondering how many installments are left.  Don’t hold me to it, but I think there will be two more Journeys.  Lucky 13 — I always insisted that 13 is a lucky number.

Insider Notes

Though she went across continents in moments, Emlyn is out in her wide world.  The twelve-year-old sees and experiences places, customs, and foods that are beyond her expectations.  One custom is so foreign that she thinks, “It’s like a dance.”

She’s in for another new experience — the art of deception.  Trust and betrayal were themes in the previous Journey.  In Journey 11, the theme may be deception, or perhaps a better word is illusion.

In Dead…

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Don’t miss Teagan Geneviene​’s new episode in the Armadillo Files. There are secrets aplenty, many questions, and a promising character in the mix!

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Calutron Girls, photographed by Ed Westcott, at their calutron control panels at Y-12 Plant, 1943 WikipediaCalutron Girls, photographed by Ed Westcott, at their calutron control panels at Y-12 Plant, 1943 Wikipedia

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for absurdity touched with reality. 

Darlene Foster Amanda seriesA few books from the series

Random Reader Things

This intro is all about “Girl Power.”  That’s appropriate since the threethings that drive the episode are from Darlene Foster, author of the Amanda Travels series.  Her random reader things are Land Girls (aka Women’s Land Army), Bomber Jacket, and Spam.

Tidbits of Truth

There’s a touch of reality in this atom-punk fantasy.  While I was preparing to start this serial, I mentioned “the Calutron Girls.”  Last time they finally came into the storytelling.  There are a number of books about these high school girls, most of whom were from eastern and middle Tennessee.  You can learn a lot at this Wikipedia article too.


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Teagan Geneviene​’s Dead of Winter, Journey 11, is coming, but, like all good things, it’s taking its time. We’re eagerly waiting for it, but you can check a snippet here.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by TeaganDead of Winter Characters: Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by Teagan

Dead of Winter is coming

However, it’s taking more time to get the November novelette ready.

I didn’t simply choose stop/start points in the 1,000+ epic I wrote a decade ago. Each month, in addition to editing the manuscript, I reorganize things for a better “serial” flow. Also for this format, I enhance (and sometimes delete) some scenes, because that works better for the novelettes.  The closer I get to the epic’s end, the more of this I’ve been doing.  This time, Gethin Gwilym gets a couple of chapters of his own — all new material I’ve added to the manuscript.  Also there are several scenes in Journey 11 where in a huge book, a basic description was fine, but the novelettes warrant further development. Zasha’s point of view is featured too.  You’ll…

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Mary Smith shares a very personal reminder of the terrible situation in Afghanistan.

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In my last post I said my next one would be about the discussion with the oncologist. I’ve changed my mind. I’ll put up a cancer update soon, but in the meantime, I want to introduce you to a special person who is part of my extended Afghan family. In fact, I’m going to let her do the introduction herself but before she does, I’ll fill in a bit of our shared family history.

I met Sausan’s grandfather, Jawad in the Jaghori district of Ghazni province in 1989, the year the Soviets left Afghanistan, when he came to work as a driver for the leprosy/tuberculosis NGO (non-government organisation) for which I was joint co-ordinator. Later, he moved to an administrative role in Quetta, Pakistan, which was, at the time, our operational base.

His family joined him in Quetta. They were among the first visitors when my son was born. I…

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Yes! We have a new episode of Teagan Geneviene​’s The Armadillo Files, and it is getting more and more intriguing. Don’t miss it!

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

To Have and Have Not Argentinean Poster 1944“To Have and Have Not” Argentinean Movie Poster 1944

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for zaniness.

Three Random Reader Things

This episode features “things” from Beth at the I Didn’t Have My Glasses On blog.  Beth’s three things are Post Office, Bicycle, and Tomatoes.  I know I’ve used bicycle already, but it’s back with the rest of her “things.”  

Tidbits of Truth

There’s one hairstyle for women that I always associate with the World War II Era.  I didn’t know the name for it until I researched.  It’s “Victory rolls.”Learn more about it here.

I’m giving a nod via the names for some new, probably minor characters. Although only the things know for sure if they will remain minor.  I used a book and film of the era, “To Have and Have Not” for their names. The nod…

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Thanks to Teagan Geneviene for sharing my review of Journeys 9 and 10 of Dead of Winter. Wonderful!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

girl Wheelbarrow Jess Foami PixabayJess Foami at Pixabay

Happy November, everyone! Thanks for visiting my sanctuary.  Pour a glass of your favorite beverage, and maybe get a snack, put your feet up and relax here for a moment. 

One of the things that delights me most is when a reader enjoys my stories — even though they don’t usually like the genre in which I rote. Olga Núñez Miret has said that before.  Hearing it again makes it no less wonderful.

My priority right now is “Dead of Winter: Journey 11, The Sumelazon.”  I wasn’t even going to do a post today… and then Olga posted her reviews of Journeys 9 and 10.  I couldn’t resist sharing them. Although I’m closing comments here, in hope that you’ll click over and enjoy her blog — learn more about her wonderful books, translating, and language classes.

I’ll see you there!


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Anybody looking for opportunities to share guest posts has a golden one offered by Beetley Pete. Visit and see!


Before I start the next serial, I have the time and space to once again offer guest posts.

It is very easy, just check out these simple conditions.

*You must have your own blog.
*You must be following this blog, or the blog of someone I know.
*The post can be about anything, but should be no longer than 2,000 words.
*If you have had a guest post before, you can have another one!
*Posts should be sent as an Email, NOT a Word Document, to
*Any images you want to use should be able to be right clicked and ‘saved as’ so I can add them to the image library.
*I will not alter or correct any text, so please check your post before sending.
*I have the final say on whether or not to post it.

I am happy to promote your books or projects, but NOT

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