Space Opera With a Twist

Winter’s Critters

In honor of Groundhog Day, I tried to send my dog into the back yard and find me a groundhog, so I could determine whether or not it sees its shadow. But, it’s cold outside, with lots of snow and my five-pound terrier had orthopedic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago, so he told me to forget about it and assume that winter will last for another six and a half weeks, i.e. until March 20. He’s also not a fan of burrowing rodents larger than he is.  Definitely a smart little fellow.  Would that some humans show such common sense.

I finally took my cross-country skis off the rack and slapped them on earlier this week. Thanks to the freeze-thaw cycles that bedeviled our January, the trails weren’t in great shape, and I rediscovered muscles long thought to have been lost in the mists of time. But even though it was frigid, the sun was shining, the chickadees were chirping, and all was good. I could have instead been stuck in an endless meeting about trivial matters deep in the bowels of the demented bureaucracy. We’re supposed to get some more fresh snow in the next few days. I hope that will improve the trails because I’d like to go out again next week.

Victory’s Bright Dawn (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 4) is past the one-third mark, and progress has been fantastic, at least in my eyes, seeing as how I’m the master procrastinator.


  1. Ken Goldstein, PhD, P.E.

    Aloha, Eric:

    Just got introduced to your books, & am looking forward to reading both series. However, when I check out a new author, the first place I go to is the Internet Science Fiction Database,, & there’s no listing for you. I suggest setting up a free account, & entering all of your data so that long-time SF nerds like me (66 years) know more about you & your novels.

    • Eric Thomson

      Good morning, Ken,
      Thanks for bringing that site to my attention. I’ve started to enter my data.

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