8 weeks to go

by Russell on January 25, 2016

Been many months of saving and planning but I’m finally almost ready to revisit USA.

ratrod 1024Heading off for a month in southern Oregon come this Easter weekend, the primary mission being to get my Buick Wildcat out of storage and finally ship it home to New Zealand after 3 1/2 years in storage. Also hoping to attend the Portland Swapmeet April 1-3, looking for those ever elusive special bits. And, of course, catch up with all the friends I made when I was last in Grants Pass/Medford.

When I booked my airfare and accommodation I didn’t realise I was leaving on Easter Weekend and therefore missed the Pleasanton Goodguys show which normally takes place that weekend but was moved a week earlier because of Easter. Bummer. I did look at moving my bookings but nothing, and I MEAN nothing, worked. Car rental way more expensive, airfares more expensive, my lodgings in Ruch, Medford unavailable a week early. It was meant to be it seems. Or is that meant NOT to be.  :)

It’s gonna be a blast regardless. Old cars, old friends, and a few choice eating places I want to hit one more time. See you all soon.


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Long time, no blog.

by Russell on December 14, 2015

Yeah, okay. I’ve been slack. What can I say? I’m just not into taking every little piece of news from every day and blasting it out to the world in a blog. I’m just not that interested in boring you all with my day-to-day life. It’s boring and tedious, writing about my life, not my actual life.

So why am I back? If I  knew I’d tell you. So … if I have not reason then I guess it’s back to relating aforementioned daily events.

Since I last wrote I’ve found a job and have been working since Nov 2014. Doing what? The title is Service Coordinator for Seaview Engineering Services in Gracefield. It’s a bit tough to tell you in several words exactly what I do, so I’m not going to try.   LOL

I’m still at Toastmasters, now with my ACB (Advanced Communicator Bronze) and CL (Competent Leader) and the club President to boot.
Also still dancing, a little ballroom and a little Latin. Sat and passed my Bronze Medals for both a year ago. Who thought I’d be able to dance.

So there’s a quick update for now. Hope to be back with more soon. Stay well everyone!


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Competent Communicator

June 6, 2014

Congratulations to me. Wednesday night this week saw the completion of my Toastmasters Competent Communicator manual, barely five days longer than a year to finish. I am now therefore a Competent Communicator; I always stop when I consider this – was I previously an incompetent communicator? I earn a small badge and a certificate and […]

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Billy Connelly High Horse Tour – Wellington 11 May 2014

May 17, 2014

Finally the night for Billy Connelly’s show had arrived. We found an early car park and settled into Chicago Bar for a few pre-show drinks and a meal. Based on our  experience I doubt I would go there again. The staff were friendly enough but the first thing that put me off was the sticky […]

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Writing truisms

February 25, 2014

I enjoy watching the sometimes off-colour TV show ‘Californication’. The main character, Hank Moody, is a talented but fractured writer, his vices of choice alcohol and sex. As much as I find some of the story-lines a little much for my tastes I love Hank’s commentary on the lost of the writer, to wit … Hanks daughter […]

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What am I?

November 13, 2013

I ran across this item in an op shop and it gave me an idea. What if I sought out odd bods like this, posted them on my web site offering a small prize for the best guess? Would this help drive more traffic to my site? Would this help me become better known? Could […]

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Is there any hope for the human race?

October 11, 2013

I thought I could never be amazed by human behaviour – but once again they have surpassed even my low expectations. I have a number of gripes; some that border on pet peeves. I’ll start with the one that broke this camels back, a story I read in this mornings news that spoke to the […]

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Update – 9 June 2013

June 9, 2013

The shortest day of the year looms upon me with the speed and inevitability of an out-of-control freight train. Given my relative silence, it seemed a good time to do an update – a state-of-the-nation-esque dissertation on the comings and goings of life back in Godzone; that’s New Zealand for those of you not lucky enough […]

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Dieting is a pain in the — jaw.

March 22, 2013

In all honesty, I can claim to be somewhat of an expert on yo-yo dieting, a veritable black belt in the ancient art of ‘Yum-Carb-Fat’. As anyone who has not been hiding in a cabin in the back woods for the last twenty or so years will know, our modern society has added many new moves […]

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Cheesemaking 101 – Feta

March 17, 2013

Saturday finally rolled around, enabling me to put into practice the skills learned at last weekends cheesemaking workshop. The week had dragged by but allowed time to collect the myriad small and large items needed to carry out the simple but carefully choreographed task of cheesemaking.  The end result was three 500gram (1lb) blocks of creamy deliciousness. […]

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Time to learn a new skill – or two

March 6, 2013

Had a great night out. Attended my very first Toastmasters meeting and jumped in boots and all with a two-minute impromptu speech. Figured hey, that’s what I was there to do so no point in hiding in the crowd. And yes, I was great, according to the supportive members. Go me. In the not to […]

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Return – Reintegrate – Reignite

December 16, 2012

It’s been a little over nine weeks since I left North America and arrived back in the land of my birth, New Zealand. And what a tough time it has been. I’ve been away three of the last four years. During that time I’ve been to Alaska and the Yukon once,  British Columbia three times, […]

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The Longest Day

October 7, 2012

So begins ‘The Longest Day’, my name for the 30+ hours it will take to get from Williams, Oregon, USA back to my home country of New Zealand. You may have noticed I didn’t say ‘hometown’; that’s because I don’t quite know where home is anymore. Since I began this journey five years ago I’ve […]

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Book Giveaway – Hitmail Dot Com

September 10, 2012

HITMAIL DOT COM Your hopes and dreams were just deleted. ………………………………….The sickness infected a quarter of the world’s teenagers before anyone even noticed. As the source eluded the planet’s best medical experts and researchers, they gave it a name – Pandora. Pandora appeared to be almost cunning. Where one child became infected, their circle of […]

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Book Giveaway – Tough Justice

August 13, 2012

Goodreads Book Giveaway Tough Justice – Seeds of Doom by Russell Turney Giveaway ends September 02, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win  

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*** NEW RELEASE *** The Watchers

July 1, 2012

*** NEW RELEASE *** Déjà vu has a face! Two inter-dimensional life forms seek the same dangerous, experimental device, a vortex generator that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of time and space.The Watchers most experienced agent, Gaia Hassani, must once again take human form to locate and destroy the device, by any means […]

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!?

May 25, 2012

Don’t judge a book by its cover Sorry, I have to say it. BULL. Not these days, where everyone with a computer and a wild idea can put a book up for sale on Amazon, Smashwords, and other book sites still to come. Our book covers are incredibly important in this disposable, instant gratification, immediate […]

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Update on Books, Life, and the universe in general

May 10, 2012

It’s been a busy few weeks. In short – Finally made my way out of the winter cold of BC, back into the USA. Almost didn’t make it after the border crossing from hell. Changed tickets – return to New Zealand early October New cover for ‘Tough Justice’ Cover being designed for ‘The Watchers’ ‘The […]

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Russell’s Rules for Agents

April 25, 2012

We writers sweat blood. We pour our hearts, our souls, and in some well known cases, our sanity, into our writing. Maybe we’re a little crazy. Perhaps that’s part of the job description. Certainly, only other writers fully understand us when we talk about the crazy things our characters make us do. We spend hours, […]

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*Coming soon* “Hitmail dot com”

April 3, 2012

My intention when I came to wintery Prince Geroge, BC, was to write TWO books. As of this morning, I completed the first draft of “Hitmail dot com”. The quick details follow. HITMAIL DOT COM Paranormal/Horror 1st draft 132,000 words 450 pages When Maddi Wallace is frightened by a phantom at the age of nine, her parents hope […]

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*Coming Soon* “The Watchers”

March 27, 2012

I can finally report on the progress of my winter hermitage. My second book, “The Watchers”, started early November, is in third draft and goes to the proofreader at the end of the month. I submit a tentative cover and the back cover info. THE WATCHERS Paranormal/Scifi 75,000 words 260 pages +/-Two inter-dimensional beings seek […]

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Customer Service

February 21, 2012

The next story is not telemarketing, but is given to bring some balance to what might appear an earlier crazed rant. This story threatens to fall into the category of urban myth. No one is sure it actually happened, but it could have.  Some years back, there was a well known family business that prided […]

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Telemarketers – Loath them or … well … loath them.

February 18, 2012

Personally, I HATE them with a passion that borders on pathological.   You know the calls. Usually as you’re getting ready for dinner.                 “Good evening, Mr.Smith. Have you had a great day?”  (Aha, the first small YES. It’s a sales tactic. Any sales man, be it car, insurance, electronics, all of them, knows […]

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San Francisco Writers Conference – Q&A

February 7, 2012

A quick Q&A with San Francisco Writer University Dean, Laurie McLean. How long has SFWC been running? This is our 9th year for the conference. How many attendees are expected this year? Speakers? Agents? Classes? We’ll have 300 attendees, 100 speakers (including 20 agents) and since we’ve added two new tracks this year—social media and […]

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Loss of innocence

January 21, 2012

Once upon a time … Oooops. That’s the standard start to a fantasy story. The fantasy in question? That modern global marketing mega-companies sales will miss a single dollar or permit our children to enjoy their childhood – as children. Far better if they are dragged – and the companies are very cunning to ensure […]

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Psychics more believable …

December 6, 2011

Psychics were once viewed as witches and burned at the stake. But the findings of a new study show perceptions of them have improved considerably over the centuries. So begin’s the national newspaper story posted on stuff.co.nz. Why am I so interested? The newspaper interviewed my friend and teacher, Kath Weldon, minister of the Wellington Spiritualist Church […]

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NaNoWriMo is dead, long live NaDeWriMo

December 1, 2011

The madness of NaNoWriMo is over. In theory. The 50,000 words  we crazy writers needed to crank out in a month are done. Yippee. I’m a winner. A small amount of work remains to finish a scene I parked and came back to. By finish I mean … first draft. It appears “The Watchers”, my first attempt […]

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The Lazy Squirrel

November 29, 2011

Since I moved into my winter lodgings, there has been a single squirrel making the rounds each day, stopping to check if the new resident has made a donation to the squirrel benevolent fund. After a few days I caved, and began putting a few nuts out on the snow-covered deck, then sat back to […]

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The Hermit goes Mad …Mad … MAD!!!

November 12, 2011

Mad Hermit For a giggle, click on the above video link. Trust me … it’s safe and child friendly. No computers were harmed in the making of this video.

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“The Ten Suggestions.”

November 10, 2011

… previously known to many as the Ten Commandments. I was hearing a story from a reliable source about a southern minister, a married man, who ran off with a married woman from his congregation. So a big fail on items VII and X. Got me thinking. I decided to arbitrarily rename the Ten Commandment […]

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