Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vern talks about Coyote

Since Coyote was responsible for the fires in "Coyote Fires," directly or indirectly, depending on your point of view, Karina wants me to tell you a little about him from my point of view:

Here's what I wrote about him in Magic, Mensa and Mayhem:  Yes, the Native American Trickster is an actual Faerie demigod and he's everything the Mundane legends claim and more. Unfortunately. Coyote changes form, just like in the legend. He can be an old grandmother or he can make Fabio look like a plain Jane. His animal form is usually a coyote, but he can be other animals. Pretty much whatever brings the most enjoyment to him and the most pain to sensible beings (especially PIs who have to bail out the world from his tricks.)  
Of course, he didn't get named "Coyote" for nothing, and even in his human form, he can't escape his animal self.  Call them attributes, instincts, or bad habits--regardless, they include things like scratching for fleas, peeing on things, and sticking his head out the window on car rides.  He does the puppy-dog-eyes schtick very well.  Don't be fooled.  He's inevitably more trouble than he's worth.
Incidentally, he has a thing for females, and isn’t too picky as long as they are of mating age.  Thanks to Sister Grace, however, he stays away from religious sisters.  (I must admit, though, I’m curious about the mange—or better yet, the pattern to his male pattern baldness should he get out of hand.  Leave it to Grace to attack him where it would hurt most—his vanity!)
He got Grace into a lot of trouble in "Coyote Fires."  In fact, he put the whole of Los Lagos County in danger--and guess what drake had to get everyone out of it?  The worst of it is, he's taking credit!  To this day, he's still bragging about how he--
oops!  Vern's heading into spoilers!  If you're interested in learning more about Coyote and finding out what happened to Los Lagos, check out  Remember--the story is free, but I am doing it as a fundraiser to help the victims of the Colorado wildfires.  If you can spare a few dollars, please donate.  We are stuck at Episode Four at the moment; I'm asking for $10 cumulative donations for each episode, so ask your friends and spread the word on FB, Twitter, and other places!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Coyote Fires" fundraider story for Colorado fires victims

Since we now live in Los Lagos, Colorado, we've been watching the Wasatch Canyon fires with interest.  We're not anywhere near them, but it has been a pretty intense show.  A lot of people are shocked and worried.  Me, I have a longer perspective.  Lot of dead dry trees in the area have been cleared out.  The forest will regrow.  It happens.

Doesn't mean I don't care about the people who have lost their homes and property.  Believe me, having been rousted from my home by St. George and forced to leave my treasure behind, I do understand loss.  I'm lucky; I'll get all that back eventually.  These people have to start again.

We'd like to do a little to help, so I shared another story with Karina Fabian to use as a serial story fundraiser.  
Go to and read the story.  If you like it (and I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t), show your appreciation by donating to the American Red Cross through the link on the sidebar.  Karina is tracking the payments and will donate them September 1st.

In addition, MuseItUp is donating the profits from the sales of "Perfect Ten" and Live and Let Fly between now and Aug 31.  You can find the links on the Coyote Fires story or at

Last time, we raised around $450 for Food for the Poor.  I'd like to see us better that.  Please check out the story and encourage your friends to do the same.  Also, get the books for your friends if not yourself.