#FridayThoughts: This Valentine’s Day thing


February 14 rolls around every year, and there it lurks, right smack in the middle of February.

Valentine’s Day.

I’ve already seen people complaining online about people complaining online, angry at the bitterness of others who don’t enjoy the visceral, day-long reminder of their loneliness. Empathy isn’t a big thing online in the 21st century.

I don’t particularly care for Valentine’s Day, but I do care for chocolate, so that’s the upside for me. It does seem like a day designed for dashed expectations and the drumbeat of “not enough,” which makes me wonder if there’s some kind of conspiracy among businesses to prime the pump.

I mean, who knows.

I do like the idea of honoring suffragette Anna Howard Shaw, as per Liz Lemon of “30 Rock” though. Give me the right to vote over a droopy, inflated-price bouquet any time.

Anyway, no matter where you fall on the Valentine’s Day spectrum, from paper-heart central to leave me alone, I want you to know I appreciate you, and I appreciate your being here.

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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Zombie Nights Invade Free Book Friday


It’s Free Book Friday! So that means we’re all about romance for Valentine’s Day, right? Well, maybe not so much. This book may have hearts, but not that kind.

Zombie Nights by Tom Lichtenberg. FREE from Smashwords.com
Being a zombie, not so easy. That could have been Dave Connor’s six word memoir. “At first he couldn’t remember how he’d ended up in that shallow grave; he just knew it was hell to claw his way out, and that the taste of its dirt would remain in his mouth for the rest of his time on this earth” … Expect the unexpected in this existential resurrection thriller.