Friday, September 22, 2023


Last week's discussion of salsas got me wondering. What kind of salsa do you like? I go for medium usually, occasionally mild. Most people I know go for mild. I was talking about Salsa God last week and that stuff has a kick! I do need to try more of their flavors though.  

I dove back in to Riverdale this past week. Gah. Let's see. I was going through old tweets this week (remember when I used to tweet) and found this. An interview with me after playing the Bookish Games. Fun.  

This week I never got chapters 50 or 51 of my story out so I've included them below.   

This week's discussion post is Kickass Movie Quotes.   

Here is this week's lyric. 
Wish I knew what you were looking for       
Might have known what you would find      

Here is the lyric f/ last week and the answer      

You take the midnight subway train 
You're calling all the shots       

   Song of the week


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Stella and Hillier faced each other. The Ops center was aflame, with secondary explosions still going off and smoke everywhere. Maia stumbled over, with Howie close. Reinforcements poured into the room. 

Why didn't Hillier leave? 

She looked at Joon and winked. 

"Do I get my crystal now?" she asked. 

"You're joking," said Stella. 

In answer Hillier glanced at Joon. 

"Actually," he cleared his throat, "I did promise her..."

"Well, I didn't," retorted Stella. "That collar's not going anywhere either."

"What about your experimental shape changers? Was that bullshit too?"

At least Stella had the grace to blush. 

"No. That's... wrong. I meant what I said. Although when we're locked in battle with extradimensional predators things get complicated."

A soldier came up, saluted. 

"I'm Lawson. Tactical command. My orders are to give you all assistance and that's from Dr. Grant." 

"You can start by keeping a close eye on this one," Stella replied, referring to Hillier. "Joon will provide you with a control device for the inhibitor collar."

"The collar comes off," Joon asserted. Maia looked at him in surprise. 

Stella raised her eyebrows. 

"That's not your call to make, Joon."

"Actually, it is. I did what you wanted. Went through, visited- how many worlds- and our agreement was that she wear that for the trip." 

"Speaking of, you were sent through to close the Gate."

"Valerus is dead."


"She did it," replied Maia. 

"And she also saved our lives," Joon cut in. "We wouldn't be here if not for her."

"Why did you remain?" Stella asked. "And you could leave even now- I'll allow it. But... you killed Leo?"

"I did," Hillier replied. "We are enemies. But I'm fond of Joon here and, to be honest, I'm not sure why. If I had it to do over... I must be getting soft. You're not such a great influence on me, Joon, are you?"

"Enough," Maia cut in. "She probably did save our life but she flirts and dissembles and murdered Leo." 

"Fuck you," replied Hillier. "And if you knew all the skeletons in his head... and also hers," pointing in the direction of Stella, "you'd be a little less annoying." 

"Can you remain with the collar?"

"No. I want it gone." 

"Take it off," said Joon. 

"Wow, you have bonded. Stand by," Stella said to the trooper. "What am I supposed to do with you, then?" she asked the Intruder. 

"Well..." replied Hillier. "You seem to be without an Ops center." There was fire everywhere, sparks, people rushing to and fro. "I may be your most experienced Gate person right now, and I have Leo's knowledge. I kind of like Joon, and I have my own reasons for wanting to stick around. Treat me right, and I can help you." 

"I can't have you running around." 

"Assign me to Joon." She put her arm through his. "He'll keep an eye on me."

Stella glanced at Joon. 

He nodded. 

Maia snorted in disgust and Stella smiled. 

"Okay. The collar comes off. Joon, this is on you. Your movements will be severely restricted when Hillier is with you. Hillier, don't make me regret this." 

Maia walked away. 

The Gate was still humming. 


Mallory was watching with interest on the surveillance monitors. Maia was walking away, then stopped. And looked up. She couldn't see who was watching, but they stared into each other's eyes briefly. 


"I'm not happy about this," Stella was saying. "You... Leo. How can I ever trust you?"

"Let's remember you took us and experimented on us, and are even now growing versions of us in tanks. You and I may still have a reckoning. Call this... even." 

Stella snorted. 

"And... thanks to Leo, I know about your other project. Are you crazy?"

"What?" Stella asked. 

"You found... something. And Leo knows. Knew. One of the reasons he left." 

Stella glanced at Joon sharply. 

"No, Joon doesn't know. I haven't told him that yet. He's always with that annoying cow," Hillier said, looking in Maia's direction. "I know things. I could easily tell others. If I spread the word you would have my kind hunting you down. I suppose telling you gives you reason to kill me. But again- -you need me." 

Joon and Stella looked over Ops. It was trashed. There were fires burning and the acrid smell of smoke hurt his eyes. 

"You were meant to close the Gate." 

Joon and Stella were in her office. 

"And leave everyone behind?"

"I don't like that either. But they all know, signed on..."

She sighed. 

"I miss Valerus. What is going on with you and Hillier?" 

"I don't know. She plays along but it's all manipulation... or I thought it was, until today." 

"Why didn't she go?"

"I don't know."

"Maia's not pleased." 

"You know, back on Elysium. She could have left us. Taken the form of a trooper and just stepped through. Played along with the Faction. Bided her time until she could get away. She'd still have the collar, but she didn't need to save us. I don't know how much is sincere, but there's... something there." 

"She's an alien, Joon, and while you've clearly bonded, please don't think she's fallen for you or something."

"I know better than that."

"The problem now is, I've been forbidden to close the Gate. And having just been saved by Grant, I don't feel I can buck the Directors now. And...who on earth were those people who came through?"

"Not one of our teams?"


"What did... Hillier mean when she mentioned your other project?"

"I can't tell you that. Even Mallory hardly knows."

"Can we work the Gate?"

"Without Ops... not really. Not all the damage they did. We have redundancies and backups, but they knew the right things to blow up. Even the Hub, if we get it fixed... that is why she isn't in a cell. I do kind of need her." 

"How did the Directorate allow this, where only Valerus... and maybe you... know what's going on?"

"They're hands off. They want results, not detailed minutes. And it's partly my fault for allowing it."

"Valerus mentioned sabotage. Someone on your team."

"I don't know."

"What can you tell me about the time travel?"

Stella got up and poured a drink, offered Joon a tumbler. They clinked glasses. They drank, she made a show of checking her monitor. He waited. 

"A few years ago we sent a team forward. To the 2500's. The world is... different. This place... Sanctuary. It is a sanctuary in that world. A refuge of knowledge. The reports they brought with them... New York City, bombed out. Miami overrun. The world is a different place climatically, but... the culture's different too. People don't give birth anymore, not like us. The idea of giving birth like an animal is uncouth. They clone. Cybernetic enhancements, gender... it's all changed. And we were instructed to make these things occur... sooner. The good things, to their minds. The enhancements, cybernetics. Lifespan has been enhanced."

"What do you mean, bombed out?"

"Portals began opening. Incursions. Creatures appeared... under the sea. In air. They bombed New York City to stop it. Miami was overrun by things from the sea." 

"And... the Incursions now?"

"We feel that the changes being made are causing it to happen now... several hundred years early." 

"The Faction?"

"The Faction are the ones sending people back. After going forward, they're going back."

"To accomplish?"

"I'm not even. I think they've established a foothold back there but they have not reported back in... quite some time."

"To do what?"

Stella poured another drink. 

"So shutting the Gate down would not only strand our posts but these time travelers as well?"

Stella took a drink. 

"The good news is the evacuations are going forward. We have some brave souls remaining as maintenance, but many will return."

"Poseidon's okay?"

"There was trouble. Some of Rodriguez' people got there, shot up the place, but I think Jen is here now." 

"The cloning vats, all of that. The 2500's stuff?"

Stella nodded. 

"So... if the Gate is closed, but those time travelers are still back there... they could change anything?"

"That is the fear."

"So... what then?"

"Honestly I need to find a way to eliminate those people."  


  1. I'm not sure I like that Joon seems more loyal to Hillier than to Maia. But I've very invested in your story. As for salsa, I'm a mild to medium salsa girl. Have a good weekend, Greg. :D

  2. I like making my own salsa that way I know how spicy or not to make it. That way I know exactly what's in it too.

  3. I'm with Mary on the salsa. I do like making my own. Oh you can do wonders with a can of Rotel and some fresh onion and peppers!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Oh, Joon is loyal. He is by the book kind of guy. I do wonder about Mia and her loyalty we might not know about. Also, I really liked the part about not giving birth anymore. I can really see that happening in the future..and the natural birth being forbidden with all that is going with gender fluency these days. Good read! Glad you got it posted!๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ I didn't get to Windy's to get the pumpkin spice shake today. Hopefully, I'll try it. Oh, how I remember when Dunkin actually had a 24 hour bakery. Oh, the muffins they used to make back in the 80's. So sad those days are gone. A truck brings in donuts now to Dunkin. Our Krispy Kreme closed and now I miss it. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐Ÿต Thanks for the comments! Funny, the comments I have gotten are rather preachy. It is interesting to see how some people feel on certain topics. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚I did a mix just on the Purple Disco Machine as well a Nothing But Thieves mix too. Hope you have a good weekend and all is well. All the best to your writing!

    1. Rotel is great in chili! They do have the mild kind. Oh, I was raised with hot jalepinos. My dad would make a great salsa that would burn you through and through..but I still liked it..and have liked spicy forever. Although, recently, I got choked on a dill pickle that some ex-coworker brought that she'd pickled. It was very spicy! Remember a lil cilantro goes a long way. If you want to keep it around awhile put it in ice cubes and freeze it that way. It's terrible to get it and it goes to waste. Although, I feel we have been wasting so many things lately. Like bagged salad. I get so tired of salad. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚ Oh, I think Oliver is dong his best not to care and well, he doesn't want her to know about going out with the drug dealer for women's clothes either. It was funny, somebody on Urstyle wanted to read more of that I posted it with a set and decided..oh I got content! Finally, I did get in a Huck & Rachel story for tomorrow. Oh yeah, they are moving on...hehehee.... I am proud of you for posting this science fiction. I am excited for you and hope you continue to write. Great to see your ideas! Wishing you all the best with your creativity! Of course, me on the other hand..I find a prototype faceclaim on Forever 21 and well..she's Rachel, Liv and even Felicity (✿◕‿◕✿)

    2. P.s...thank you for all your notes (✿◡‿◡)

  4. Geniales capรญtulos llenos de acciรณn. Te mando un beso y te deseo un buen fin de semana.

  5. I am more a medium salsa kind of gal. Normal is perfect too

  6. I am also about the medium salsa. I like a little heat, but I don't want my lips to tingle. And I like the fruity ones too - pineapple, mango, peach -- so yummy

  7. I'm definitely a mild salsa type of girl. I'm also with Sam - mango salsa is delicious!

  8. I like medium salsa but I also love spicy food. So I will get medium and then adjust spice how I like; as opposed to not have much control over spicy.

  9. I love bet ween mild and spice salsa....yummy....
    # nice music of fearless

  10. Some of my favourite movie lines come from The Blues Brothers - great stuff. Have a great week :)

  11. I'm a mild salsa guy. Anything too spicy, and it burns!

  12. I like hot salsa, especially with ghost pepper.

  13. I do like my salsa with a kick, I want to feel at least a little bit of a burn, so I often pull out the sriracha when I buy a mild or medium one to spice it up a bit! And I loved the last line of the writing, very ominous! I hope you have a lovely week :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  14. Too bad I can no longer have really hot food because of stomach sensitivities. And I have a big flowerpot full of Jamaican hot Scotch Bonnet peppers that I'll have to give away. Probably to the Jamaican restaurants here, lol.

  15. I'm a medium salsa girl. I do like that little kick! I love to put salsa with chicken then top with cheese. Yum! I have always wanted to make my own salsa...I might have to try that one day.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading! :)

  16. I usually go for the medium salsa, but sometimes I'll be daring and go for the really hot one and regret it later :) Have a great week!

  17. I like mild as mostly I like the flavor but don't need a lot of I can do medium though.

    Have a great week!
    Week in Review

  18. I'm a mild salsa girl all the way. I want to enjoy my chips, not be in pain, lol. I finished Riverdale season 7 last night and loved it! I guessed the way they were going to end it, which made me happy. Have a good week, Greg!

  19. I love ALL KINDS of salsa. Hot, mild, red, green, chunky, cilantro, no cilantro... salsa, salsa, salsa lol

  20. Medium Salsa for sure. Hot is too painful and Mild has no kick. Here's my SP:

  21. I think mild/medium/hot all depends on the brand of salsa. I'm a medium with some and a mild with others. I like the fresh made salsa and I like it kind of thin (blended) like restaurant style. I do not like chunky salsa. Ick!

  22. I can't manage chilli in any form at all - even the mildest sets my mouth on fire and burns my tongue - so I'm passing on the salsa:)). I love the dynamic between your characters, Greg. And this week's pulp cover is so clever!! Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

  23. honestly it depends on brand when it comes to salsa. some milds are way too spicy and then some mediums don't have enough.

    my sunday post:

  24. I will go have a look at your kickass movie quotes Greg!

  25. Sadly, with my food intolerance's, I can't have ANY type of salsa! Enjoy it all for those of us who can't, LOL! I used to enjoy mild or medium. Have a great week!

  26. Spicy makes me cough, so I always choose mild and the saucier the better. I don't care so much for chunks. Go Blue. My niece graduated from Michigan State. Have a super Sunday. Greg.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  27. I don´t eat salsa so no opinion here *smile*

  28. The type of salsa I like is whatever comes from my garden. I grow green jalapeno, roma tomatoes, and tarragon. I put that on crackers along with goat cheese.
    Have a great week.

  29. I am also a mild salsa person! Too hot and I can't eat it. LOL

  30. I like mild salsa, but medium is sometimes okay. I don't like the chunky though, prefer more of just the liquid with a bit of chunks here and there. I guess maybe I like taco sauce more? lol
    Lisa Loves Literature

  31. We are mostly mild salsa fans when we have it. My favorite brand is Lisa's Salsa which I got in Minnesota but I haven't found it here in NC.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  32. I’m a mild-medium salsa person. More importantly though - no cilantro! Have a great week Greg!

  33. I don't really eat salsa. Not sure why. I tend to make food less spicy than I would like so that my husband will eat it.

  34. I knew this weeks song and could sing along to the lyrics but I couldn't recall who sang it or what it is called- thanks for posting about it, its a good song very 80s but also pretty timeless. I like mild salsa and if I get medium I usually mix it with sour cream to tone it down. I often use salsa as a secret ingredient in spaghetti sauce, it gives it a little extra something

  35. I love that pulp cover and you are stumping me on the lyrics this week. Have a great one and you reminded me Season 7 of River dale awaits me on Netflix !

  36. I usually go for mild salsa. Have a great week!

  37. I'm definitely one who loves a hot sauce, the hotter, the better!

  38. I'm a wimp when it comes to spice/heat, so it's always mild for me. And I don't like chunky so I always go for the smooth "restaurant style."

  39. I am not a salsa eater! Yeah a wimpy eater.

  40. For my salsa, I like medium but I'm not a big fan of chunky. I like it all sort of an even texture. Green salsa is great too!

  41. We've been making our own salsa recently. I got my husband Danny Trejo's cook book for Father's Day this year, and if you want to have the best ever salsa, check out his pico de gallo recipe. It's amazing. Now I can't use anything else.

  42. Currently enjoying: Mrs. Renfro's Craft Beer Salsa, at a medium-hot heat level, is made with Rahr & Sons Texas Red American Amber Beer. This salsa is free of high-fructose corn syrup. Made in Fort Worth, Texas.

  43. We have to buy medium salsa or our daughters make fun of us!

  44. I can't have tomatoes or onions so I don't have salsa very often but Kevin likes peach mango salsa with a medium spice.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  45. Sorry I somehow missed commenting on this one. I remember reading it. ๐Ÿ˜›