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Smoke Blog: Man O’ War Toro

It’s been a long, odd Summer already.

Not so much bad, but full of ups and downs and several distractions keeping me from the main goals.

It’s a balmy night, and though rednecks are already blowing things up around town, my block is quiet. The Rugrats are in bed and won’t be able to break anything or each other for a while. I’m sipping on my second glass of whiskey and enjoying a Man O’ War Toro. I intended to spend this smoke writing, but instead find myself finding my chill and problem-solving. Maybe this post will help me transition to a little positive creativity.

I’ve enjoyed every Man O’ War I’ve tried, and this eponymous Toro is no exception. It’s a dark and oily beast, but not as bold as a Maduro or Ligero. It boasts a Habano wrapper around Nicaraguan guts, and delivers rich, woody flavors which linger on the palate without turning sour. Tonight’s whiskey is Japan’s The Hakushu and club soda, and it complements the cigar nicely.

This Man O’ War smokes easy and burns smooth, but it’s a needy thing that wants to be held. Ignore it for just a few moments and it goes out quick. Be careful on the relight with this one: a little flame goes a long way. Too much and it will bite back before mellowing out again. The ash doesn’t burn much longer than an inch or so, but it clings well enough that it’s not making a mess of the table or my laptop.

This may be the last of them from my last order, and I think I’ll miss them. They’re in the knuckler category, where they’re a good smoke right down to the last half inch threatening to burn my fingers. I prefer to buy milder cigars in larger quantities for casual smoking and for sharing, but I won’t hesitate to pull the trigger next time I see Man O’ War in a bundle or in special packages.

All told it’s a good, solid smoke for dedicated quiet time.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Get Thee Behind Me, Summer

I’m glad this summer is finally coming to an end.

With teachers and students returning to my workplace soon, maybe I’ll be able to return to some semblance of routine. While I haven’t overextended myself intentionally, a number of things conspired to take care of that for me, not least of which being the Great Heart Scare these last few weeks.

The good news on that front is the stress test, EKG, and nuclear camera pics of my pump show all is well. The bad news is now people are telling me it could be inflammation, an aortal aneurism, a defective gall bladder, torn cartilage and/or a pulled muscle, a pinched nerve, or a hiatal hernia. So yeah, comforting.

Fortunately I don’t yet write for a living because it’s put a strain on both my creativity and my time to create. I’ve been throwing myself at the day job instead.

This weekend i decided I’m done sweating it. I have too much to do. And thanks to that new mindset, a new direction for The Pack reared it’s head, a way to accelerate to the meat of the characters’ stories in Book 2 that the editor and I both dig and I think you all will enjoy.

It’s time to get excited about writing again, not sweat what my body may or may not be doing and the stacks of green paper the hospital is going to be looking for. Hell, it’s even been way too easy to forget about my camera the last few weeks, after things had been going so well for Photo Fridays.

In this same regrouping, I’ve decided I’m going to suck it up and dump the oldest blog posts. I’ve got stuff going back almost a decade, but all it seems to do is attract spam comments. I thought it would be neat to keep that archive visible, but let’s be honest: there’s nothing particularly interesting back there. I’ll stash it away for possible future use, but for now it’s going to come off the web.

I’ll spending a part of the day on a motorcycle, and I’m going to use that quiet time to cogitate on creative activity, not stress. I want to be in the right mindset for Friday, when my Evileye Books editor and I will be making a road trip to visit Cullen Bunn and talk more creativity and business planning. That’s sure to be a good time, too.

More later.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.