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Rent Treznor and Holiday Book Haul ’20


Happy Holidays guys and gals and as we inch toward a brand new 2021, I’m elated to share my holiday book haul, which was a very generous offering of physical books and eBooks alike. I’ll be busy for a while with these, gratefully and starting on Asher’s Gridlinked, now. I’ll have ended up with 2 copies of Gridlinked, so I may organize a give away with a couple different books included, soon ( I need to wait for the second one to arrive, first ). Sadly, I don’t always remember where I get these recommendations from, so if you have seen me in your circle and have talked about one of these books, please speak up. Also, beware that this is not a list of books that will get reviewed or not reviewed; it’s a total toss up. But, wait! 😂 That’s not all! There’s four more eBooks at the end, that are not showed in the picture.

A heart-felt thank you to Nana, Grandpa, Uncle Justin, Misty and ol’ St. Nick! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Jesus Christ

This post deserves to be posted everyday: The real reason for the season is Jesus Christ. We are told many things about how December 25th isn’t actually Jesus’ birthday, but pay no mind to the noise, because Jesus Christ is my personal savior. I will tell anyone who asks, all year long that only through prayer and supplication, attention toward a willingness to grow and learn in him, to learn about what he did for us and his empowerment towards us, to even do things even greater than Jesus did. He was born of the virgin Mary and if one questions even such miracle this holiday, then I ask one to simply look in the mirror, how one wakes up every day and simply walks and talks.

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“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.” – 1 Timothy 1:15-17

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I would also like to take time to thank my late Father and my current Mother for bringing me up ( although at times, I was resistant and still am – oh, how we learn and how we grow from being astray! ) in the church, so I may learn the intricacies of faith. I have learned as God, the Son and The Holy Spirit have taught me over and over that there is power like no other in connection with the Trinity – God, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday Jesus Christ and I wish everyone the best Christmas and 2021 ever, even given the present circumstances, in what I pray that everyone will find diversity in the face of adversity, in the best way possible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

Book Reviews

Review: Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer


The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ’80s, by New York Times best-selling satirist Andrew Shaffer.

Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.

But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers’ mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.


As a weapon against proverbial 1980s publishing houses, Shaffer designs a paranormal, fun and methodic story about Lussi. She’s looking to get a job in a ol’ rackety publishing firm. Upon her interview with the firm, two things happen: One, the old man croaks and she discovers something very odd about an German artifact that falls out of a box. Distress signals about the way Mr. Blackwood is acting towards her, just before his death, gives her solid hints that something is terribly wrong. This is where the classic horror red flags should lead a person out of a situation. Instead, Lussi proceeds into a dark, nightmareish battle against the evil that holds the Blackwood-Patterson firm together to hold her shaky position in the company.

As some interesting narration at the end of the book states, genres these days are muddy to say the least. Let’s attempt to clear that up. This is fun horror: nothing particularly gruesome or profane, although there was a baby Jesus joke ( I didn’t mind the joke based off of the context ). Aside from that, this is all-out fun with tons of quirky satire and twists and turns that deliver a solid read if you are into getting some scary-ish humor in for the holidays. I think the scariest part for me had to do with an abrupt disorganization of what’s referred to as a slush pile, the stack of manuscripts in the basement, where I end up saying to myself, “Oh my god. Do they need help getting them all put back together in the right order?” Ha, ha.

“She dug her nails into her palms. Her patience had worn thin as the veil between worlds on All Hallow’s Eve. Mercurial artists. Clandestine meetings. Trigger happy receptionists. Small mammals in serious need of house training. Lunch thieves. Pranksters. The more she ran over the past week in her mind, the more she felt herself slipping into the darkness.” – Shaffer, Secret Santa, page 105


Create an Artificial Intelligence Christmas Message

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Scary, or not scary? That is the question this holiday season, here in the slightly advanced year of 2020. has an AI powered Christmas message generator, as I’m sure people can have all kinds of fun with this one. Beware that the message you enter for TTS is supposedly moderated, and I’m really not sure what kind of tolerance they have. 🧐

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley