Author: Steve Peck

Tales of Pleasant Grove is Published!

Tales of Pleasant Grove is Published!

Are you ready?

Tales from Pleasant Grove

By Steven L. Peck

 

 

You’ve never read short stories like this. Really.

  • Dragons asleep in Battle Creek?
  • Knife fights as a Relief Society lesson?
  • The Icelandic Fay Queen of Mount Baldy?
  • A Pinewood Derby like none you’ve ever seen

Get ready for a new look at Pleasant Grove. Familiar. Yet stranger than you can imagine.

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Gilda Trillim wins Association of Mormon Letters 2017 Novel Award

Gilda Trillim wins Association of Mormon Letters 2017 Novel Award

AML Award for Novel
I’m pleased to announce that Gilda Trillim was selected as the Association of Mormon Letters’ 2017 Novel Award at Friday’s award ceremony. Previously, I posted this for groups wanting to read it, and this award is further evidence that it is worth reading. You are probably thinking that it was selected as the winner because it has rats in the title. Everyone knows, rats sway judges. It was almost unseemly of me putting the word ‘rats’ on the cover of the book. You may think it was a gimmick to get people to buy it and to help it play well on the awards circuit (I, however, deny that it had any role in being nominated as an AML finalist AND a Whitney Award finalist. It was just a coincidence!). Now that it has won the big award, some will likely accuse me of just pandering to the rat loving public. A crass attempt to affect its getting undo attention, but that’s just not the case. The rats in it are not just gratuitous rat-placement. No! Their presence is central to the plot.

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To celebrate Gilda Trillim being a finalist for the Whitney Award and the AML Award for Best Novel let’s take a visit to some of the book’s locations

To celebrate Gilda Trillim being a finalist for the Whitney Award and the AML Award for Best Novel let’s take a visit to some of the book’s locations

Join me! To celebrate Gilda Trillim’s being a finalist for both the AML Best novel award and the Whitney Award, I’ve contacted Kattrim Mender and obtained some photos of his/her’s travels visiting some of the places where the events of Gilda Trillim’s life took place. Of course, we can never be a hundred percent sure, but I think some of these are a good attempt to be accurate. Some are photos from Kit’s travels others were obtained at various websites.

Here are some pictures of the Lena River in Russia where Gilda did many of her apple seed paintings at the Orthodox convent where she lived for a year.

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YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Aquarius): NOV. 6, 2017: You and your future

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Aquarius): NOV. 6, 2017: You and your future

Your scientific horoscope: Today is a good day to work on that time-travel machine you’ve had on the back burner. However, if you are visited by your future self, and he/she tells you to stop, don’t listen. There is little evidence that in the future you will not be paranoid, delusional, and a gifted liar. There is also no reason to think the myth, ‘If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust” is right. Why should you listen to your future self? They’re likely even more messed up than you are now, what with having to have been you for all this time. That can’t have been easy. So just smile at them and nod and let them feel like they’ve done some good in telling you what to avoid or embrace. Aquarius, you may want to listen to one or two things. There is likely something important in all the falderal you are about to hear from the future you. Still, take it with a grain of salt, give it a once over just to be sure you don’t miss something, but don’t take it as gospel.
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YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Gemini): Nov. 2, 2017: Of Stuff and Nonstuff

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Gemini): Nov. 2, 2017: Of Stuff and Nonstuff

Your Scientific Horoscope: In general the universe is thought to consist of two things: Stuff (e.g, dragonflies, pancakes, electrons, clouds, etc.) and Non-stuff (e.g., the gap between protons and electrons, empty sets, etc.). Today vote for your favorite. If you had to live without one, which would it be? Gemini, I know you have trouble picking, so think about what life would be like without either one.
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YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Leo): OCT. 28, 2017: Time flies

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Leo): OCT. 28, 2017: Time flies

Your Scientific Horoscope: If you started with 5 parthenogenetic flies (females can self fertilize their eggs) that don’t need to eat, and they had 2 children every 5 days, you would have an earth-sized ball of flies in about a year and a half. Today, think about how hard it would be to have a decent picnic on that planet. Leo, having a picnic on a planet of flies is a metaphor for how your day will go. Beware.

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YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Cancer): OCT. 10, 2017: Visions

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Cancer): OCT. 10, 2017: Visions

Your Scientific Horoscope: Hildegard von Bingen was a Twelfth Century nun, poet, naturalist, musician, painter, (a real Renaissance woman–before the Renaissance!). She had terrible migraines that she interpreted as messages from on high. She turned her visual disturbances into visions and painted those visions. She turned the crushing pain into music still played nine centuries later. Today take your sufferings and make of them something to give beauty to the eons. Not because you should. Because you can. Cancer, you will change the world with your visions. I hope you do, those in the 30th Century will thank you. If not that’s OK too. Suffering is such that no one is allowed to decide or judge what you do or don’t do.

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (ARIES): OCT. 6, 2017: TROUBLE’S STICKINESS

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (ARIES): OCT. 6, 2017: TROUBLE’S STICKINESS

Your Scientific Horoscope: Researchers have discovered recently that spiderwebs don’t just stick to prey insects, they fly toward them when the little victim get close because the sticky coating on the web has a small electrostatic charge (you know, like those little individual candy wrappers you try to throw into the garbage and they fly somewhere else). Today ponder how sometimes you just have to ground yourself a little more so you’ve discharged that leftover static that draws trouble. Aries, no need to go looking for trouble it will find you. That is unless, you can see the webs before they’re close. Be observant. It’s your only hope.

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YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Pisces): Oct. 3, 2017: Time Traveling Beast Coming

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Pisces): Oct. 3, 2017: Time Traveling Beast Coming

Your Scientific Horoscope: Scientists have discovered that sometime today you will face a time traveling beast both fierce and cunning. Your task will be to outwit it by doing things today before it arrives that will reverberate down the timeline into the future and destroy it. It will take all your wits, imagination and cunning. If it doesn’t show, good job. You did it. Pisces I wouldn’t procrastinate this until after lunch–just saying.

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Lybra): SEPTEMBER 15, 2017: GOODBYE CASSINI!

YOUR WEEKLY SCIENTIFIC HOROSCOPE (Lybra): SEPTEMBER 15, 2017: GOODBYE CASSINI!

Today the Scientific Horoscope honors and celebrates the Cassini-Huygens Saturn Probe which passed away today in a glorious decent into the very planet of which it provided so much knowledge. Cassini was launched in October making it a Libra. In an age when science is being maligned, it is wonderful to demonstrate the power of its scope and accomplishments. Kudos to the teams of scientists, engineers, helpers, and visionaries that made this possible. Goodbye Cassini. You did good.

A few pictures taken by our beloved probe.