A Post. Really. It Even Has Links

For the last couple months, I’ve been pretty good about having something ready to post every other Wednesday afternoon. This week, not so much. I thought I’d have a book ready to go and could do a promo post, but things happen and it’ll probably be ready by the end of the week.

The book in question is a sweet regency romance called The Secret of Seavale. I’ll give you guys a link once it’s up, but for now, the blurb:

A cottage by the sea. It should be a safe haven…

Elizabeth Markham has run away from school and seeks the house of her godmother, six miles outside of Portsmouth. Seavale Cottage is a place of peace, and Elizabeth will be safe under Mrs. Brownhurst’s care.

But she arrives at Seavale only to discover that Mrs. Brownhurst has gone away, leaving Elizabeth to fend for herself. She finds assistance in her servants and in her very obliging neighbor, Captain Randall, and all is well until Seavale is beset by strange nighttime happenings. Elizabeth is about to discover that her place of refuge holds more danger than she ever dreamed, and she must gather all of her courage and resources if she and her friends are to survive the secret of Seavale.

I offer this as proof that I’ve been working. And so you don’t feel gypped by the short length of this little ramble, here are all the links to The Writer’s Guide to Horses series, which will be expanded into book form sometime early next year:

Part I- Basic Terminology and Tack

Part II- Colors, Markings, and Breeds

Part III- Behavior

Part IV- Safety and Basic Handling

Part V- Grooming and Tacking Up

Part VI- Basics of Riding

Part VII- Hooves and Teeth

Part VIII- Feeding and Housing

Part IX- Harnessing and Driving

Part X- Traveling With and By Horse


Now, back to the grindstone. Anybody know how to detach a really rusty license plate screw (it’s already resisted a couple rounds of WD-40 and a power drill)?

Cover image is from pixabay





  1. Drill the center of the screw head with small drill which matches the screw shaft size. Drill down until the screw head falls off. Or you knock it off with a chisel. Then remove screw with vise grips or similar butcher tools. Easy! 🤣

    1. The phantom’s way is the way to do it.
      When you have the old screws out and are ready to replace, use good stainless steel screws.
      Maybe even add a small dab of Anti-seize on the threads too.

      1. Thanks Jon. ~:D Living in Canada you get pretty good at seized fasteners. The salt is deadly.

        I’ve gotten my black belt in fastener-fu, I can get a snapped off exhaust manifold stud out of an engine block while it is still in the machine. You MIG weld a nut to the end of the stud, basically. The weld sticks to the shiny stud but not the grotty threaded hole. Easy!

        I watched some video of the ultimate broken-bolt removal from a wheel hub.

        The guy essentially cut the holes from the outside with a diamond saw, chipped out the broken bolts, snapped-off ez-outs, snapped drill bits and other unknown things down those poor threaded holes. Then he gouged out the holes with a milling machine, filled them with brazing, turned the resulting mess back down to size with a lathe, then re-bored the holes in good material and tapped them.

        Seemed like a lot of work for wheel-hubs, but its a master-class in fixing broken shit. And the guy’s beard is hilarious.

  2. Ah, thanks, I see I’d missed one of the set.

    And in a similar situation I used vise-grips… tho in one case had to resort to tearing the old plate in half, then using bolt cutters on the exposed screw.

    However, I like the C4 suggestion, except that it should be used … ahem. Let’s not say such things about the local DMV.

    1. Heh. The local DMV is actually pretty good. I got there a couple minutes after it opened, waited in line for about fifteen minutes, and was finished in half an hour, total. Part of the trick is that their website tells you exactly what you need to bring, so there were no surprises.

  3. If you have one, try using WD40 or similar then using an impact driver or impact wrench – those are much likelier to work than a cordless screwdriver. Also, using correctly sized, high quality bits or screwdrivers can help.

  4. Check if it is legal to pop rivet the new plate to the old plate. If you don’t have to mount it in a specific location, you can put on a new mounting point, or glue/wire/duck tape/chewing gum it on.

    If there is too much behind where the plate mounts, or if it doesn’t mount to metal, or if you don’t know what the metal is, or don’t want to weld that metal, then you don’t want to remove a patch around the screw hole, weld a replacement in, then drill and tap the hole. (Options for removal may include cutting torch, hacksaw, or corrosives.)

    If the plate will accommodate the screws, one could drill out the hole slightly bigger, then tap it for a bigger hole.

    If you can remove and replace the part in mounts with a new one, that could be done.

  5. I’ve gone after those with a heat gun and canned air. Hit it with the heat gun, then with the air to cool it off quickly. The difference in expansion/contraction breaks the bond (or accumulated guck) that’s formed between the plate and the screw head. (Wiggle the plate while doing this; gloves obviously indicated!)

    Once the plate is loose from the bolt, then hit it with the WD-40. The problem usually is that you actually aren’t getting the WD-40 in where it is needed, in the threads, until the plate stops completely blocking it.

  6. Regarding The Secret of Seavale, keep in mind that it’s short which I understand is typical of a Regency, has a bit of violence, and did a wonderful job of describing a place and a culture that drove me absolutely bonkers. All in all a well told tale.
    Full disclosure, I did the copy edit, was not expecting much as this is very far outside my genres of choice, but still managed to enjoy the read. And found precisely one typo.
    The young lady can write.

    1. Aw, thanks! It makes me so happy when people compliment my writing. I have fun composing the stories; why shouldn’t the readers have just as much fun consuming them?

  7. Update the The Great License Plate Caper: I finally got the plate off and the new one on. The trick? Hit it twice with a hammer. Apparently that was enough to break the rust, and it twisted off pretty easily. Thanks for the suggestions, all!

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