Thursday, September 29, 2016

Billy Joel releases "The Stranger" 1977


My man Billy Joel released The Stranger September 29, 1977.  'nuff said!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Pointer Sisters release "Priority" 1979


My girls released "Priority" in September 1979, their 6th studio album and second with producer Richard Perry.  It only got to #72 on Billboard 200 and #44 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-hop albums, but it has an entirely different sound than some of their earlier releases.  They were finding their groove and did they ever find it!

My favorite song from the album:

Realm of the Grizzly Bear - available October 29!


My new bearotica story, Realm of the Grizzly Bear, will be available from JMS Books, October 29!  This is a follow-up to my story featured in JMS Books' Stocking Stuffers: Realm of the Polar Bear.

Blurb:
Ever since Jarrod spent a night of passion with Caleb, his body is transforming into a bear.  After months of searching, he finds Caleb who explains he must be seeded by the other bears in the forest to complete the transformation.  It sounds easy but Logan, the large brown bear, is not cooperative.  Jarrod is determined to go through with it but it might cost him his life.

Excerpt:
          The white bear hadn’t changed at all since their brief meeting so many months ago.  If anything he looked larger.  His bare torso maintained its muscularity and thin covering of hair, which had turned mostly white.  The pajama bottoms he wore low on his hips seemed to be held up only by the curve of his ass and did little to cover the bulge in the front.
          “Eyes up here,” Caleb said making Jarrod realize he had been staring.  He held out his hand and Jarrod took it, rising to his feet.
          Jarrod fell into his arms, kissing and stroking his body, not wanting to ever let go.  He vowed never to fall asleep in Caleb’s presence again, lest he find himself waking from a dream and alone.
          “Why don’t you two take that indoors?”
          Jarrod gasped, spinning around.  He forgot they weren’t by themselves.  A large black man with a shaved head and full beard stood with a beefy arm draped over the shoulder of an equally muscular white man with red hair.  The black man wore only jeans.  The ginger-haired man wore a sleeveless plaid shirt, hanging open to reveal chest and abs covered in red hair. 
          “Jarrod, this is Tyrone…”
          The black man nodded without smiling.
          “…and Gareth.”
          The ginger bear inclined his head with a pleasant grin.  “Nice to meet you.”
          Jarrod suddenly felt vulnerable and embarrassed, standing naked in front of strangers.
          Of course, nothing could be worse than the compromising position in which they first saw me, he thought.  “Do you think I could have some clothes, please?”
          Gareth and Tyrone laughed while Caleb slipped off his pajama pants.  He draped the legs over Jarrod’s shoulders and tied them in a loose knot as if they were a scarf.
          “Is that better?” Caleb stood back, hands on hips in his naked glory.
          Jarrod could not help but laugh himself.
          “We’ll catch up with you later,” Tyrone said as he and Gareth turned and walked into the woods.
          Jarrod watched them disappear.  He was alone with Caleb, what he had yearned for but so much had happened in the span of an hour or so, he didn’t know what to think.  Questions raced through his mind, trying to piece everything together but nothing made sense.  Even his first meeting with Caleb wreaked of fantasy.
          “You’re awfully quiet,” Caleb said.  He hooked an arm around Jarrod’s neck and kissed him on the head.
          Jarrod mashed his face against the hairy chest.  Now all of it felt so natural to him.  Standing naked in the middle of the forest in the rain with his lover.  Nothing else seemed to matter.
          “You still have a lot of questions, don’t you?”  Caleb’s chest vibrated as he spoke and Jarrod nodded.
          “The best way to describe this is we’re the guardians of the forest,” Caleb began, leading him into the woods following a narrow trail.
          “Guardians against what?” Jarrod asked.  It sounded even more incredible and he tried to wrap his mind around the concept.
          Caleb shrugged.  “Nothing fantastical.  Just trespassers, urban encroachment, anything that can harm the forest.”
          “This is a huge forest,” Jarrod blurted out.  “Hundreds of square miles.  Maybe thousands.  And just the four of you can protect it?”
          “I know it sounds incredible but when you have the powers of a bear, it’s not such a daunting task as it would seem.”
          “Wait a minute.” Jarrod stopped in his tracks.  “The powers of a bear?”
          Caleb smiled at him.  “Does that sound so crazy?”
          “It sounds impossible!”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

European Space Agency launches SMART-1 2003


European Space Agency launched the Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology (SMART-1) September 27, 2003. The spacecraft was small, only 1 meter in diameter and weighed 809lb, only 633lb was non-propellant.  The first ESA probe to the moon, it used an ion propulsion system, using xenon ions to give it a specific thrust three times what conventional, chemical rockets can achieve.

On September 3, 2006, the probe was deliberately crashed onto the surface of the moon, adding more space junk to what the Soviets had been accumulating since 1959 and the US since 1962.  Japan is a distant third with China and India following.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Shannon Lucid returns to Earth after 188 days in space 1996


Oklahoman Shannon Lucid set a record for the longest single-mission spaceflight endurance record on the Russian space station Mir. She spent 188 days, returning to Earth on September 26, 1996.  While on board, she traveled 75.2 million miles.

Shannon took off on the Space Shuttle Atlantis March 22, 1996.  It was the 16th mission for Atlantis and the third Shuttle mission to dock with Mir.   She returned on Atlantis on its next space flight which took off September 16.

Lucid was inducted into the Oklahoma Woman's Hall of Fame in 1993.


Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres 1987



One of the best shows ever to be broadcast, Star Trek: The Next Generation, premiered on September 26, 1987.  It introduced all the major characters, including Mr. O'Brien (Colm Meaney) who would later play a major role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) commanded the fifth starship to be named Enterprise.  The cast didn't have much hope the series would last but it went for seven seasons and ended on a high note in 1994.

It won 34 awards including 18 Primetime Emmys, mostly for technical achievements such as sound editing, sound mixing, wardrobe and makeup.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sting releases "Brand New Day" 1999


Sting released his sixth solo album, Brand New Day, September 24, 1999.  It earned Sting two Grammys: Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  I was reading Dune for the nth time when Desert Rose was hitting the charts, and it just seemed to appropo.

I still crank it up!