This is the End – 2017 in Review

I’ve been working on a long post about our nation and our current political climate, but that’s a dissertation that’ll require another month to sort out in my head and hone. In the meantime, I wanted to reflect on 2017 and look forward to what 2018 may have in store for us. 2017 Writing Goals:…

Eternal Sky Trilogy – Review (plus bonus movie review)

I’ve finally begun thinking about goals for 2018. I’ve got the usual writing goals – finish one novel that is in the works, make significant progress on the WWI fantasy trilogy, and write/finish ten new short stories. But on top of that, I’ve decided I need to read more, so I’m adding “Read 100 novels”…

Punishing

This is a post in three parts. I think three. At least two. Well, we’ll see what happens. We binged watched the new Netflix series, The Punisher, this past week. Now I’ll preface this review by saying the Punisher is not one of my favorite Marvel characters. He’s probably not even in the top twenty.…

Review – The Mist (television series)

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for many years, and read a ton of his works. While I love his novels, it’s his ability to deftly craft a creepy short story that I admire the most. I’ve had the pleasure of reading several of his collections in the past, including the one that contained the…

Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Today’s post will be about depressing songs, which furthers none of my writing goals.  That’s just how I roll. I started thinking of website popularity again. Specifically my website.  What makes a website really popular?  Well, to be popular you have to have lots of viewers.  Imagine the irony.  But, how should I achieve this? …

Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

I’ve been wanting to get this review done the last couple of days, and I think I can squeeze it in now. Which is good, because the weather is miserable out, my work day has been sucktastic, and I need to focus on good things, wonderful things. Non-deplorable things. And this, my friends, is sooooooo…

Viability

I want to get some thoughts down about my experiences during the past week before they begin to fade too much. I posted for friends and family on Facebook, so I’ll pull some of my words from those daily missives. I arrived on Saturday evening after swinging through New Jersey to pick up Elsa, another…

The Doldrums

The doldrums is an old nautical term for an area of the ocean where the breezes don’t blow as steadily or regularly, and storms can spring up unexpectedly. When you get there, you get stuck. It’s unpredictable, and thus sailors would prefer to avoid such areas. Doldrums has also come to mean a periodic downturn…

Novel Writing 104

It’s been a while since I reflected on this work. Sometime in July I got pulled away from the efforts on the new novel. You see, I’ve had this lovely idea for an alternate world retelling of WWI, with magic nations versus technology nations. I spent some time focusing on that, but the progress there…

Rejection

There are lots of different kinds of rejection letters you can receive as an author. The most common is the very impersonal form letter. The form letter always thanks you for your submission, then quickly proceeds to inform you that your story or novel “was not right for them at this time.” Fair enough. Is…