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Give Me Fever

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Give Me Fever

My career was built on the bedrock of customer service. Not just taking and making phone calls, but in person, at your desk, putting you at ease and fixing your system no matter how difficult the situation. And I’ve been damn good at it for years and years, rose to the top ranks of deskside computer repair folks. I worked with the most difficult customers, company CEO’s, doctors, board members. I mingled with the top brass of the navy when they visited my company, and looked damned dashing in my suit I might add, to the point people thought I actually was one of the high mucky mucks. But for anyone who knows me, deeply and truly, anyone close to me, this...

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Long Moments

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Long Moments

This is something I’ve been noticing more and more lately, to the point its begun to irritate me in books I’m reading. It’s the use of phrases like “a long moment” to denote a pause in a conversation or an action. And yes, this is something I’ve used myself in past stories and novels, and something I’m going to have to take a long hard look at going forward. It’s come up quite a lot in the latest “Ring of Fire” book I’ve been listening to in the car, and it finally struck a chord with me this week as I drove home one night. I get the purpose, really. People engaged in difficult conversation sometimes stop...

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Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Sweet Christmas (Reviews)

There’s actually a couple of reviews here, so let’s get right to them. Tons of spoilers ahead! Justice League: I make no apologies for being a Marvel fanboy. Spider-man was my jam when I was a child, and I grew up loving the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and the whole long stable of Marvel characters. That said, I had no problems with DC titles either, and often enjoyed a Batman comic, or Swamp Thing, or even a Superman title. Some of their later imprints by the time I was an adult were putting out some spectacularly good shit, like Sandman and Doom Patrol. DC used to put out great movies, too. The original Superman movies with Christopher Reeves were excellent,...

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Compelling Characters

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Compelling Characters

I’ve seen these discussions before revolving around what makes a character compelling. For the most part, it seems obvious. The audience has a connection with the character, can see a vague reflection of themselves in it. Or maybe they see a person they like and want to be, or would like to know. Even “evil” protagonists can be compelling if done correctly. Think Dexter. Or perhaps Thomas Convenant, for you fantasy readers out there. I sat down to find something to watch last night, and landed on a British show called “The End of the F***ing World.” Initially I thought about it was about two troubled teens facing the literal “end of...

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Boo Government

Posted by on Jun 2, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Boo Government

I spend too much time on Reddit. I freely admit this. I’ve curated my feed to focus primarily on writing, but with plenty of forays into other topics like Art Deco design features, astrophotography, history, retrofuturism, and artwork to inspire my stories, like Imaginary Technologies. I’ve also been a long-time subscriber to the Marvel forum, since I love all things Marvel comic related, especially the recent crop of movies. So when a recent post went off about how the Avengers got jobbed by the Sokovia accords since the government had done at least as much damage to the world as the Avengers had, I joined in. I decided to do a break down of each movie and...

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Space Opera – Review

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Space Opera – Review

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Great lines are always difficult and tricky little bastards to peg down. I think this is especially true of comedic works, where you are balancing setting your tone of voice with your setting and the style of humor. While Adams’ first book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is more well-know, I think the line from Restaurant is funnier, though not by much. And it’s this style of humor that Cat Valente captures so charmingly in her new novel, Space...

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As the World Turns

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

As the World Turns

The Marvel cinematic universe is a complex beast, and growing ever more complex by the movie. Take your typical world of earth, toss in some superheroes and supervillians, and then go to town on it. Add cities that don’t exist, a futuristic country in Africa hidden from the world, other dimensions where near-literal gods dwell, and alien planets gallor. It’s a thick layer cake of shared universe where each layer has been built one production at a time until over a decade later we have a complex and vibrant universe that is far more complicated than “modern Earth” could be. Now, go build your own fantasy world with that level of complexity, and do...

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Reviews and Reviews

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Reviews and Reviews

Now that the writing has been rolling along for the past few weeks, I’m going to try to get back to doing reviews as well. So, let’s call this “The Return of the Reynolds Review.” I’ve got a movie and a book in store, so stick around, kiddies. Lots of spoilers ahead, so I’mma not even gonna mark those bad boys, but the first paragraph of each will be spoiler free. Lost in Space (Netflix): I admit it, I’m old enough to have watched the original series. Well, not in its original broadcast airing, but in syndication in the 70’s. On top of that, I have to admit I watched the really, really BAD late 90’s movie (Matt...

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Advice

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Advice

Ah, the life of an author. Drinking champagne, eating caviar, traveling to exotic locations where we write under the shade of a great tree while watching the lapping waves of the cobalt blue Mediterranean as they tease the sandy shore. Or not. Well, we’ll get there some day I hope. Probably not.  🙂 There’s a ton of advice out there for you, the writer, to learn from so that you can try and achieve your idyllic goals. There are books by famous authors like Stephen King and Ursula K. Le Guin, and less famous authors like Phineas T. Foghorn and Chantreuse Willowwood. There are blogs and websites gallor, not to mention numerous twitter feeds and podcasts to...

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The End of the Beginning

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

The End of the Beginning

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and it was beginning to be time to get back into it. After a winter that failed to come, then roared into life in the last weeks of its existence (snow on the first day of Spring), I’ve fallen neck deep into a new novel and am moving forward at a fairly good clip now. I see some trouble ahead as I try to bridge the beginning to what I see as the ending, and how to merge two POV character’s stories (hint: they were once in love, so that helps), and there are bits and pieces of other ideas to play with. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, I finished an extensive re-write of SHADOW OF A DOUBT. This...

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