The Sports Gal’s debut

One often finds it hard to decide if one should pity the Sports Guy or consider him lucky. Needless to say, I don’t think she’s likely to join my fan club anytime soon:

Of course, Bill (my husband) was suspicious as soon as we learned Andy’s alma mater was Duke — he kept saying, “You watch, you watch, he’s going to end up being a [bad word].”

Not even 30 seconds later, we watched Andy get into his fancy sports car, which looked like a DeLorean (do they still make those?) and had those dorky doors that open straight up. I hate when Bill’s right. You should know that my friend Terera and I have a list of things that instantly bother us about guys — like guys who wear man sandals (those leather ones that look like the ones girls would wear, only they’re for guys, I call them “mandals”); guys who wear black jeans check or black tennis shoes check; guys who wear Speedos at the beach; guys who drink daiquiris or frozen mudslides check, assuming Blue Hawaiians count; guys who tuck their sweaters into their pants; and especially, guys who drive weird sports cars (like Miatas or Corvettes).check, although the new Porsche is arguably less weird than the Lamborghini

A strong debut, all told. This sort of column on ESPN doesn’t bother me one one-hundredth as much as women pretending, and failing, to be interested in men’s sports.

Speaking of wrath

Flicka Spumoni reviews The Wrath of Angels at her blog:

In, The Wrath of Angels, the third novel in a series of angelic adventures written from a Christian world view, Theodore Beale has given us a fine piece of fiction.

At the core of this story is the spirit-realm throne of Albion, the ancient name for Britain, and those Fallen who would rule from it. The over-arching, pressing danger is that Diavelina, the treacherous daughter of Moloch, would come to reign upon that coveted throne. Moloch or Baal, as he is also known, is a Cannanite god who is always associated with fire and child sacrifice as he was worshiped by followers who passed their children through fire to appease him. According to Wrath mythology, it was Moloch who orchestrated Hitler’s rise to power and then stoked his passion for incinerating Jews. Diavelina desires another such fiery winnowing across Europe.

My only comment is that what is not explained can be deduced, but it requires grasping the subtext. There’s a hint in the Italian…. In any event, it’s nice to know that a fellow writer enjoyed the story.

For those of you in the queue, I intend to place the order for the second printing this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to resizing the back cover text as I intended, but some of the previous typos have been corrected.