April Showers Bring May Flowers?   Leave a comment

Mother Nature’s calendar is off by a couple of days. I wonder where I put my hat and gloves….



Posted April 3, 2016 by Fran LaPlaca in daily

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Three to five inches of snow tonight. Interesting.

Posted April 2, 2016 by Fran LaPlaca in daily

road kill   Leave a comment

So I was driving home from work behind a police car. The cop slowed down suddenly, then went back to normal speed. At the spot where he’d slowed there was a dead animal on the side of the road. I wondered if he was making note of it so he could send someone to take care of the poor thing.

A few seconds closer to the dead animal myself and I realized IT HAD NO HEAD.

Whatever it was, and it appeared the size of a small fox or maybe a large raccoon, it had been hit so hard IT HAD BEEN DECAPITATED.

Then a few more seconds closer and I saw it was a cardboard box.

I wonder if the officer dispatched anyone to pick it up….

Posted May 20, 2015 by Fran LaPlaca in daily

a true story   Leave a comment

Him: Someone gave my brother a dog he didn’t want anymore.

Me: Uh huh.

Him: Should we take her? Brother says he’ll keep her if we don’t want her.

Me: Then let your brother keep her. He already has her.

Him: I like dogs.

Me: Uh huh.

Him: I can train her. I’ve trained dogs before.

Me: 20 years ago. When you were 25. You can’t train yourself now.

Him: *brings dog home for visit*

Him: Isn’t she nice?

Me: Uh huh.

Him: I’ll take her back now.

Me: OK

Him: *calls from brother’s house* I’m going to leave now. But she’s staring at me.

Me: Who is?

Him: The dog. She keeps looking at me.

Him and kids: It’s up to you. If you don’t want a dog, then we won’t keep her.

Me: We just adopted a cat that is still adjusting, a cat with trust issues and a fear of everything except youngest son. I’m not a dog person in general. She’s very nice, but let her stay at your brother’s house where she’ll have other dogs to play with and space to run. We live in the city.

Him and Kids: It’s up to you. Yes or no?

Me: I believe I answered this already. No.

Him: *brings dog home* We have a dog!









(truth in advertising – this happened 8 years ago – dog is still with us, and so is another cat. Original cat with trust issues hates all of us indiscriminately, except for youngest son)

Posted May 12, 2015 by Fran LaPlaca in daily

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Free stuff!   Leave a comment

Who doesn’t like free stuff?

Check out my new page with some free, short fiction for you – Enjoy!

…and just last month we complained about the cold…   Leave a comment

It is hot out. Just saying.

Got back from Albacon. Had a good time. This was the first con I’ve been to since World Fantasy 2007. Albacon was a good one to ease back into, small and very, very friendly.

And it had Mario, the Sailor Scouts, Wizard Howl, the Tenth AND the Eleventh Doctor, Eren Yeager, Elsa, and my favorite, Vash the Stampede.

Not only my favorite, by the way. Vash won the costume contest. LOVE AND PEACE!

Vash is a member of Upstate New York Cosplay Society. You can find out more about Albacon here.

Other guests included B.A. Chepaitis, (rhymes with arthritis…), Debi Chowdhury, Anatoly Belilovsky, Carl Frederick, K.A. Laity, J.A. Fludd, Alex Shvartsman, Catherine Stine and Allen Steele (still a Bob Seger look-a-like!) just to name a few. Mur Lafferty was the GOH, and she did her podcast from the GOH panel.

The fire alarm that kept going off was just a plus.

And if (the woman who was) Mario from Albacon reads this, I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye. I nearly fell asleep on your shoulder at that last panel, stumbled off to bed without any farewells, and never saw you again. I enjoyed our talk about Las Vegas!


Albacon   Leave a comment

I’m headed to Albany, NY in a couple of hours, to spend the weekend at Albacon 2014 1/2.

One of the authors at Albacon will be Allen Steele, author of the Coyote series, The Jericho Iteration, and Oceanspace, to name a few. I vaguely remember meeting him several years ago, when I used to go to cons frequently. My memory was that he was a very nice man with an amazing resemblance to Bob Seger.

allen steele bob seger








I found I had over-estimated the time needed for packing, and instead found myself watching youTube videos of Bob Seger. Coincidence?

I searched wikipedia and google for anything that might link them so I could be semi-interesting, but all I found was similar colors in the these two titles…Hey, I tried. See you in Albany!



Posted May 8, 2015 by Fran LaPlaca in daily, writing

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