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Aeroquest Art So Far

These are the pieces of art and illustrations that are going into the re-writing project of my novel Aeroquest.

I decided to totally rework the novel and illustrate it more fully because it was always supposed to be a science-fiction satire and parody that was more cartoonish than literary.

It is a story about a teacher conquering a space empire. It arose from a science-fiction role-playing game that filled my days in the 1980’s and early 90’s.

It parodies Star Wars, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, Buck Rodgers, Dune, and much more besides. And it includes many of my own wacky inventions about what the future might hold in store.

Here is the original teacher in space and some of his first class of students.

Many of the main characters are based on the actual role-playing characters made up by the boys and young men who played the game with me. Many had to be re-named, however, because, like Tron Blastarr above, they often had movie-character names.

This important character was a parody of Professor X of the X-men, from the comic books and well before the movies.

It was a simple matter to give him psionic powers and transfer him into outer space. Oh, and get him out of the wheel chair too.

The character’s creator was the son of the local high school science teacher.

Ninja powers were a thing with teenage boys in the 80’s.

Combat is an important part of the role-playing game.

We became well-versed on weapons and tactics… and how to manipulate the rolls of the dice… by cheating if necessary.

How else do heroes overcome impossible odds?

Two more player characters that play a critical role in the novels.

Again with the parody characters that came from player-character ideas stolen from TV and the movies.

Aliens are necessary to this kind of story.

I am near to completing this third novel in the series.

The Nebulon aliens, though very human-like, are blue of skin. That is not easy to depict in a black-and-white drawing.

The initial idea for the fourth novel’s cover.

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The Gallery of Goofiness

Looking for stuff to organize into a post today led me to realize that I currently exist swimming in a tidal wave of goofy images that I myself have created.


So, lazy and goofy old me will now show you some of these things.

I don’t even remember why I drew some of these things.

Some of it, is obviously because I was a teacher.


But some of it is merely wacky.


Though some might be considered inspirational.



While some of it is just meant to be appealing.

But all of it provides me with an easy post that you can read fast, but still get plenty to think about from.  It is even good for a re-post if I add something newer.



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The Magician’s Spyglass

Val at the barnHere are some of the writing projects I am working on and where they stand in relation to completion;

Snow Babies has been accepted by PDMI Publishing.  I signed the contract this week.  It will become a book both in print and in e-book form.  It is the story of Valerie Clarke (in the Paffooney with the barn and the snow) and four boys who have run away from foster care who are all trying to survive a deadly blizzard in Norwall, Iowa.  I like to say it is a comedy about freezing to death, but it is also much more than that.  You can look for that book to be published within 12 months.



Superchicken is a novel I started writing in the 1980’s.  It is about the secret origins of the infamous gang of Norwall Pirates, a secret society of young boys dedicated to 4-H softball, fighting evil, and seeing girls naked.  Edward-Andrew Campbell, in the Paffooney, is the title character.  Superchicken is his nickname.  He struggles to make a place for himself in the close-knit Iowa farm town where he is the new kid, the weird kid, and the only kid so gone on the subject of superheroes that he doesn’t even notice when the Cobble sisters trick him into going to a nudist camp with them just so they can get revenge and a naked picture of him.  It is not a comedy about freezing to death because, fortunately for Edward-Andrew, it happens in the summer of 1974.  I have finished the manuscript and it has been revised twice.  It is time to start submitting the dang thing.



The Bicycle-Wheel Genius is a novel half-finished in rough draft form.  It is a novel starring Orben Wallace, one of the heroes of Catch a Falling Star and Tim Kellogg, son of an English teacher and also the Grand and Glorious, Mostly Notorious Leader of the Norwall Pirates.  It is a comedy about science and never really knowing what it true and what is actually possible until it has been proven by experiment.  The primary theories involved include the impossibility of time travel, turning rabbits into people, defeating evil government secret agents who want to take away your Tesla ray and intelligent machines, and the answer to the very important questions; “Are all people good?” and “Will you be my friend?”  I hope to have this thing finished shortly after Superchicken gets submitted to a publisher (or two… or seven).

Miss Morgan one


I have also started a novel about being a teacher and fighting the good fight in the war against ignorance.  It is called (as a working title) The Magical Miss Morgan.  It, of course, stars the teacher in the Paffooney, Miss Francis Morgan, who is really me (in a very weird and almost perverted sort of way).  I have two Cantos done on this one.  It may be the next big inspiration after The Bicycle-Wheel Genius.

My Art


The final bit of nutbread I am going to give you a taste of here in this goofy future-looksee postie thingie is the sequel to Catch a Falling Star.  I have written four Cantos in this one (Canto is the inexplicable name I use for chapters in my goofy books).  It follows the aliens after their failed invasion of Earth as they reach and are forced to colonize an even more dangerous planet than Earth (if you can get your mind around such an impossible concept).  It will be called Stardusters and Lizard Men.  I have to confess that I do indeed write more than one story at the same time.  It will probably continue to grow as I write The Bicycle-Wheel Genius and will probably be finished some time after I finish The Magical Miss Morgan.

Now, if you are one of those brave, weird people that actually make it this far in this silly post, I hope I have caught your interest in at least one of these ideas.  If not, I may have scared you off and permanently scarred you.  I apologize.  But if you didn’t read this far, I don’t apologize, because I didn’t actually apologize until the very end.  I’M SORRY!  OKAY?


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