My experience at the 2017 St. Louis Submission Challenge.
2017, on a personal level, has been a good but busy year. On a national level, it’s been a disaster, but there are many people talking about that in a much better way than I. It’s a bit early to do a year in review for me. There is a lot of good things happening … Continue reading 2017 in Retrospect
I have a weakness for books about writing. Sometimes, I wonder if I like learning about the process more than actually, you know, writing. From Rachel Aaron's 2,000 to 10,000 to Steven Pressfield's The War of Art to John Truby's The Anatomy of Story to Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, I've built a collection … Continue reading Review: Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig
This past weekend, my family said goodbye to Morgan Primm. It was heartbreaking. There are many ways to describe Morgan. He was a father, husband, son, brother, grandson, cousin, and friend. He was a business owner, a diesel man, and an avid truck puller. But those words fail to capture who he really was. What … Continue reading RIP Morgan
Comics, comics, comics. Thanks to the lovely folks at Image, I got an early look at some upcoming books, and I was impressed. Below are reviews of three issue ones. Evolution No. 1 Publish date: 11/15/17 Writers: James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson Artists: Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd "Human evolution has … Continue reading Reviews: Evolution, Port of Earth, Coyotes
You know me. I tend to rant a whole lot about blogging. I also tend to stress out about it once in a while. Okay, probably every week, when it’s time for me to really focus and take the time to plan everything out and really take care of my blog. WHY, you ask? It’s supposed to be a hobby, it’s supposed to be fun. I KNOW that – yet I can’t help it. When I love something, I like to shout out loud about it, I’m stupidly passionate about it sometimes, to the point that it makes me feel pressured and stressed out.
SO, friends, if you’re a teensy bit like me and you ever found yourself stressing out about blogging, RAISE YOUR HANDS and join me.
In this endless spiral of thoughts and anxiety that life sometimes brings me, blogging feels just like another thing added to…
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Every once in a while, it's important to sprinkle in a non-SFF book for flavor. Thrillers that flirt with genre tropes hold a special place in my heart. Mix in a psuedo-military team with historical events and cutting edge contemporary science, well, you've got my attention. Professor Jones created this place in my heart when … Continue reading Review: Assassin’s Code
In the past week, the topic of education has come up a lot. Two specific comments pissed me off more than is reasonably acceptable. Because I was unreasonably emotional, I walked away – actually, clicked away since these were things that I read on the interwebs. Both were offhand comments thrown out possibly without much … Continue reading Two Big Misconceptions about Education
Audiobooks are a large part of how I consume books. They make riding in the car much more enjoyable. Mostly, I listen to audiobooks that I've read in print form first. They're helpful when a new installment in a series is coming out; I can listen to the previous book and get ready for the … Continue reading Listening to The Demon Cycle
I'm a sucker for a good debate on Facebook, and I have a set of guidelines that I follow to get the most out of the debate. Sadly, most Facebook debates just become arguments, and there is a difference. In fact, the majority are just people dropping in to deliver their own talking points. But … Continue reading 10 Tips for Successful Facebook Debates