Weird Wednesday

The paperback is actually on sale right now.

Amazon only allows me to discount my Kindle version on the US and UK sites. Why? I have no idea. But, maybe check in your region on Friday—maybe they had a change of heart*.

NaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 15 380 words**, 23 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one cup of tea (unknown), two glasses of Rum & Coke, one glass cabernet, and a half pint of Session IPA.

Cartoons

The Untitled

The Miniscules: The Very Latest One.

My newsletter goes out on Wednesdays:

Lines by Leon Newsletter: November 24

*HA! I say. HA! You’re so funny Leon…
**Bonus points if you noticed that I didn’t write anything yesterday.

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: NaNoWriMo/Cartoons

I woke up this morning and realized that I had not fully prepared my newsletter for today, or my post. Why am I telling you this? Probably because I am obsessed with word count (not really) during NaNoWriMo. I also realized that I missed posting my Miniscules cartoon to Instagram. Actually, I missed drawing it completely, so there is a special one (Special? That’s a bit of an overstatement) included today.*

NNaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 11 772 words, 16 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one cup of tea (unknown), two glasses of Rum &Coke, one glass of cabernet, and a half-pint of a Session IPA.

Cartoons

The Untitled

People have been asking me, “Leon, what is the first cartoon you drew?” (Well, that’s a lie.) But here it is:

The Miniscules: The Very First One.

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Lines by Leon Newsletter: November 17

*71 words

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: Cartoons/NaNoWriMo

I realized that my update could be a bit misleading. One reader may have thought that it was a previous day’s total (not monthly) which would be good for word count, but the coffee/beverage intake is quite alarming. So, here are the monthly totals:

NaNoWriMo Totals to Date: 6400 words, 10 cups of coffee, one cup of Earl Grey, one glass of cabernet, and a half-pint of a Session IPA.

In the “that’s just mean” category:

I went to the NaNoWriMo site to update my progress. Now I know I am a slow writer, and I’m nowhere close to the 1666 words/day required to reach the goal by the end of the month (and, I’m OK with that), but c’mon, when this graphic shows up on my stats page:

Want to rub more salt in the wound? Thanks a bunch for the words of encouragement*…

The Untitled

The Miniscules

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Lines by Leon Newsletter: November 10

*It made me laugh.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: Cartoons

The Untitled

The Miniscules

You can check out my newsletter here: Lines by Leon Newsletter: November 3

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday / Inktober Day 27 (Spark): Recipe for Success (or Disaster)

October 27: Spark(s)

Weird Wednesday: Recipe for Success (or Disaster)

Flour + water = glue

Flour + water + salt = glue the kids won’t eat

Flour + water + salt + yeast = bread

Hey, where did the glue go?

The Untitled

The Miniscules

Subscribers enjoy an advance viewing of Friday’s interview with Elizabeth O’Carroll, ESL Teacher, Rehabilitation Counselor and Minister of Metaphysics with two book series of middle grade to young adult Realistic Fiction.

Lines by Leon Newsletter: October 27

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday/ Inktober Day 20 (Sprout): Cartoons Return

October 20: Sprout

All previous drawings: https://linesbyleon.com/inktober/


I took a bit of a hiatus from drawing my silly little cartoons, The Miniscules and The Untitled. Was it worth it? I was hoping to build up a few in the queue, but I only did a couple. Curse you Inktober!!

The Untitled

The Miniscules

Lines by Leon Newsletter: October 20

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday / Inktober Day 6 (Spirit): Not-so-Super Superpowers

Let’s get to Inktober’s business first:

Double Shot

All previous drawings: https://linesbyleon.com/inktober/


Weird Wednesdays: Not so Super Superpowers

Some superheroes use their powers for evil—[boo, hiss]—others for the good of humanity—[Yay!].

Superpowers come in all forms: genetic, accidental, mutation, experimental, or otherworldly intervention.

We can’t all be so lucky (unlucky?), but we all have some hidden talent. Maybe not talent enough to be on that show—or that other show that’s kinda like that show, but something that when harnessed can only be described as…well, meh.

Some people may use their talent for evil—[boo, hiss]—others for…well, for themselves, never to be revealed to humanity. Sometimes people just need to know, so here is your chance.

I’ll go first.

My not so super superpower is the ability to get toothpaste out of the tube long after most people would have given up and tossed it away. How long, you ask? Days? Yes. Weeks? It’s been done.

What’s your not-so-super superpower?

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: Directionally Challenged

Question: Which way do you insert a USB connector?
Answer: The first way you tried before flipping it over.

Question: Which way do you turn the steering wheel when backing up a trailer?
Answer: Not that way, but it’s too late, you’re in the bushes.

Question: Which way loosens a garden hose or a nut on a bolt?
Answer: Since you tightened it too much already, it’s moot.

Question: Ever hear the phrase, righty tighty, lefty loosey?
Answer: Yes, but that didn’t help me one question ago.

Question: Quick, raise your left hand.
Answer: That’s not a question.
Rebuttal: You are correct, and it’s the other hand, by the way.


There are times when someone will say left or right and I do have to think about it for a second. You would think after so many years lived that wouldn’t happen, but it does.

I’m usually pretty good at finding my way without a map or GPS. I remember the early days when GPS was not readily available in vehicles so many people bought mountable ones. Here’s what that sounds like:

“Turn left, 50 meters.”
-Nope.
“Recalculating.”
-Recalculate all you want, but I’m not going that way.
“Recalculating.”
-You’re going in the glove compartment.
Click
[muffled voice]

I do occasionally get turned around and have had to ask for directions. Travelling in Quebec one year, this conversation occurred:

Clerk: [something in French]
Me: In very poor French, “I don’t speak French very well. Do you speak English?”
Clerk: [something else in French] Translation: “No.“

With my limited French language skills, I was able to get directions to my destination, although I did have to point to my hand and say, “Gauche?” to which the clerk shook his head, so I pointed to the other. I did get to my destination. Thank you, public school French classes.

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Oh yeah, I said my cartoons would return in October. September 29? Close enough.

“The Untitled”

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: Blast from the (not so distant) Past – Part 2

Six months ago, it was the beginning of spring. The sun was tracing the same route across the sky, yet now, the temperature and wind feels like an ending, rather than a rebirth. The 19 degrees (Celsius), which felt absolutely balmy now, has a chill to it. The wind seems to be a harbinger of the coming cold rather than a welcoming of summer warmth.

I suppose it’s the same as being able to shovel the snow in shorts and a T-shirt when it hits 0 degrees in the middle of winter, while the same temperature in the fall forces the long sleeves to come out.

Weird.

Since I am taking a break from my cartoons, here is my “The Day Before” series:

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Oh yeah, tune in on Friday for my next conversation with another author. Who is it? Well, I’ll tell you on Friday.

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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Weird Wednesday: Blast from the (not so distant) Past

I heard yesterday that Canadian comedian Norm MacDonald had passed away. I remember him on Saturday Night Live as host of Weekend Update and as Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy. He had a weirdness to his talent and his delivery was like he didn’t care if anyone shared his sense of humor. Probably was what got him fired.

There’s always a sadness when a celebrity passes, but their body of work keeps their talent alive.

Since I am taking a break from my cartoons, here is my “Hide-and-Seek” series:

That’s all the weirdness for today.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of four books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and The View from Here, his first science fiction novella.

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