My Dangerous Plaything

on September 17, 2012 in Misc

I now have a handy dandy weapon that I can use against marauding zombies and vampires.

In fact, it’s a lot like weapons you see in shows like Grimm or movies likeVan Helsing.

Okay, so that’s a double-decker special pistol crossbow.  It’s used for delivering two different arrows with two different poisons into monsters.  The one I got looks like this…

The reason I bought this before buying a real archery set is simply the price.  This small pistol crossbow was only about $35, and a few dozen arrows for it came to less than $10.  The REAL bow I want will be about $450.   That purchase simply can’t happen for a while, especially with my latest car repair expenses and the physical therapy I have to pay for until my insurance says the deductible has been met.  (I haven’t told you about my jacked left hip, have I?  I’ll leave that story for another posting.)

On the serious side, this pistol crossbow may look like a toy but it really is a weapon.  The bow I’ve used in archery is only a 15 pound pull, and the bow I’d like will be 20 pounds.  Yet this little crossbow has an 80 pound pull!  So I haven’t even been able to fire mine yet because I can’t get the cord into place.  The instructions recommend that two people string the thing:  one person bends the bow part while another person handles the cord.  My friend Rich has agreed to help me do this tomorrow night.  Then maybe I can practice target shooting in his back yard.  Unlike the assembling, firing this thing will be easy:  there’s a cocking mechanism and a safety latch.  But I’ll have to be very careful because the small dart-like arrows can go an inch deep into a telephone book.

Anyway, Layla would know how to use a weapon like this, and in fact she has a slightly larger crossbow with which she can fire anchored climbing ropes into high places.  So pistol crossbows are not just for vampire hunters.

And on the subject of writing…

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m editing the first of two historical novels, Charity MaCacy and the Almighty Dollar.  I’ve discovered that I’m really enjoying this final editing and polishing stage.  In fact, I’m enjoying it so much that I sometimes put it off because I feel guilty.  I mean, if I’m having fun then I can’t really be working.  Writing is tough.  Writing is challenging.  How can you be productive if you’re having a good time?

Okay, that sounds weird.  But in my defense, I think a lot of us have buried deep down inside us a nagging Puritan who tells us to work and sweat and suffer and strain.

But you know what?  It is so nice for a change not to be in pain for “my art.”  Suffering artists are SO overrated.  Besides, maybe if I’m having such a good time editing this novel, readers will have a good time reading it.

And that’s just what I want.

How’s your own writing going?  Very well, I hope.

10 Responses to “My Dangerous Plaything”

  1. Now that is cool! Won’t come sneaking around your house.

  2. My writing’s been going okay. I’ve been posting short stories related to my novel online for free. And I just gathered up one of the short stories and put it up on Smashwords for free. It’s the first time I’ve used that service and was pleased it was so easy. I happened across a stock photo that I thought did okay for the cover art and purchased it for nineteen bucks. Can’t go wrong at that price.

    I think I enjoy editing more than creating the first draft. I’ve got the entire outline almost done for the third book. I’ll give it another week or so and see if I’m missing any plot details. Then I may begin writing it just as fall starts.

  3. Robert L. Read says:

    I recently had my bow tuned up to a 67 pound draw, which may be too heavy—I can pull it, but not slowly and stealthily.

    I love the fact that archery is (relatively) quiet. Plus you get to have all those trick arrows—silver tipped for werewolves, wood-shafts for vampires, broadheads for reptilids, grappling hooks for climbing, etc.

    Just remember, the best weapon is almost always the one you have practiced with the most. Maybe you should get an unbated epee.

  4. Helena says:

    Alex — Damn straight. I’m armed and dangerous.

  5. Helena says:

    Michael — I’ll definitely check out your short stories, and I’ve been meaning to check out Smashwords for reading and to post my own stuff. I’m so glad you’re ready to start on your third novel soon, and yes, writing the first draft is definitely tougher than the editing. But if you’re carefully outlining it then that’s really smart; too often I fly/write by the seat of my pants, and that can mean serious rewrites.

  6. Helena says:

    Robert — I wouldn’t even be able to pull back a 67-pound draw a couple inches. You are definitely a manly man. And I love the near silence of archery too — standing and shooting arrow after arrow is almost a Zen-like meditation for me. And I’ve been wondering what it’d be like to have a walking cane that turns into a sword or epee. I do have a club/baton that a friend gave me for self-defense, and it can be whipped out into pole that I could wield much like an epee.

  7. Hart Johnson says:

    So when the apocalypse happens, I am totally coming to your house–whatever form it takes, you will definitely be my most prepared friend. So don’t go anywhere without me.

  8. Helena says:

    Hart – I’ve gotta get ready for marauding vampires by tipping my arrows in silver.

  9. Old Kitty says:

    May me and Charlie come over too when the zombies start attacking and all of hell’s angenls are released?!?!? Yay!

    Take care

  10. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – You and Charlie are both very welcome!