Month: October 2022

Weird and Wonderful Oregon: Salt Creek Falls #photography #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty

Salt Creek Falls is the 3rd highest waterfall in Oregon. Salt Creek is a tributary of the Middle Fork Willamette River. Along this creek are some stunning views with cascading waterways, towering trees, and dizzying mountain peaks.

The creek was formed during the last glacial period and has hot springs closer to Eugene. Oregon loves its geothermal activity. Ancient and current volcanoes are the story of the state.

Salt Creek Falls is also one of a handful of nesting sites in Oregon for the Black Swift, a unique and mysterious bird. You can learn more about them HERE.

The best thing about weird and wild Oregon is there is always a photography opportunity.

Weird and Wild Oregon Nature Photography

weird and wild oregon salt creek nature photography



#SciFi Worth Reading: The Kaiju Preservation Society #BookReview

best selling science fiction from John ScalziThe Kaiju Preservation Society by best-selling science fiction author John Scalzi brightened my days while I was reading it. Several times, it made me laugh out loud. The premise is quite original as to where and how Kaiju live. There’s lots of action, and the references to life-changing moments because of COVID made it relatable and real.

In his postscript, Scalzi says this novel is the equivalent of a pop song, and it is. The plot is often predictable, but the originality of the world in which it takes place was fun.

As you know, I love my monster/giant reptile stories, so I couldn’t resist reading this one. If you’re looking for something light and fun and with a few laughs, The Kaiju Preservation Society will fill that void. And, where do I apply? I want to work there.

When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.



Mars Needs Women: #SciFi #MovieReview

science fiction movie reviewCue dramatic music… “There’s only one thing we can do… wait.”

After watching a loudspeaker for longer than anyone would care to, this was the solution to Mars’s threat to Earth.

And then, the Martians come. After a lengthy speech as to why Earth is dangerous to Martians (mostly the greater gravity, which is accurate) and what they will need, the Martians’ first stop is to a… filling station. Watch out! The Martians have a very effective, Kirk-like karate chop maneuver. And no lock is a match for their air knives.

I really dug the red things over their ears and the painted bodysuits where the paint was gloppy and peeling off.

After the Martians steal some money, a car, and clothes and pick up some slang, they go cruising. There’s dancing! When they end up in a gentleman’s club, there’s a sexy lady dancing in a gown.

The Martians can beam around, so I’m not sure why they needed a car. They can also hypnotize you and make you do what they want. And, I guess the Martians are really scary when looking at you because the women started screaming. The Martian dude was just standing there. What’s scary about that? I must have missed something… maybe I was hypnotized by the loudspeaker.

Women start disappearing, and the Martians are pretty discerning. And what is going on with the Earth defense dudes? They’ve been in a conference all day without even a coffee break! Oh no!


One of the Martians falls in love but leaves his lady behind. The other women are sedated and taken to Mars. It ends with the quote The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever. Okay. I guess that means it’s okay that women were stolen by Martians.

This wasn’t a horrible watch, but it could have been better. It did make me laugh a few times, and there was dancing. I’m not sure sexy dancing counts as it wasn’t a full-fledged dance number kind of thing that I enjoy most. I would give this a 2 beer rating. You might enjoy it with less, but… all you can do is… wait! Yeah, I watch these movies so you don’t have to.

You can watch it on YouTube, and it’s also streaming on Paramount.

Here’s the trailer:


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New at the Not of this Earth Bookshop! Craze Bookmarks! #booklovers


best selling science fiction bookmark character

The star of the best-selling science fiction series, Craze of The Backworlds, is now a bookmark! Made exclusively for the Not of this Earth Bookshop, Craze will keep you company as you read and offer you a drink.  It’s up to you as to what he’s serving.

Only $5.99 will get this gem shipped to you. Oh! And shipping is included in the price. I will ship it anywhere.




October is for Monsters! All Rifters #ebooks and #audiobooks on Sale! #steampunk #fantasy


To celebrate the month monsters love best, all Rifters audiobooks and ebooks are on sale!

popular steampunk fantasy sale

The audiobooks for the popular steampunk fantasy, The Rifters, are now complete. To celebrate, there’s a sale! The bundle is at a reduced price, and then you get another $1 off at checkout! If you prefer one or less than the bundle, a $1 will be taken off of any Rifters audiobook purchase at checkout. The ebooks are also on sale! 25% taken off at checkout! Enjoy the month of spooks with some spooks!






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