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1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

1632 & 1633 (audiobooks) – Reviews

I haven’t kept up the pace I need for 50 Books Read in 2018. I have nothing to blame but myself and Skyrim. After all these years, I still get back into it from time to time. This time around, I’ve learned the joy of mods, fan made packages that alter, fix, or somewhat change the game for the better (mostly, assuming you get them to work on install). It started with my desire to find the right home for all my stuff. I found a great one called Riverwood Manor that has displays for many of the special items you can earn in the game, plus lots of different rooms (even an eight story tower). Now I’m adding mods that change some of the visuals, modify...

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My Mother’s Death

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, writing | 2 comments

My Mother’s Death

It is a strange thing to stand with your family and watch a loved one die. I suppose that has a lot to do with the way we handle death in our country, our rejection of the end of life and what that means, our attempts to try and cling to and continue our lives for as long as possible. We teach each other that we must fight death, not embrace it, respect it. Other cultures have a closer relationship with death, a better relationship with the passing of a loved one. Still, as we stood around my mother’s hospital bed and waited for her final breaths to come, it felt odd to me, and right to me. We both longed for an end to her suffering and regretted seeing her leave...

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To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

To Say Nothing of the Dog (audiobook) – Review

I mince no words about my love for Connie Willis’ writing. Ever since I discovered her collection of short stories, Impossible Things, I’ve been an admirer of her prose. She has a remarkable way of drawing you into a story, and can write in a variety of forms, whether suspenseful drama or comedic slapdash. Doomsday Book clearly falls into the former category, but another of her Oxford time traveling historians books, To Say Nothing of the Dog, is firmly rooted in the latter. I’ve read this book before, but as it had been a long time and I needed something quick to download for more work commute, I decided to revisit an old friend. It was every bit as...

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For the People

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

For the People

Bear with me, because this post might go a lot of different ways. I’m not sure yet how it’s going to turn out. What I am sure about is I need to get these thoughts down and share them. We are going through a rough time in America right now. This struggle really began back in the late 1970’s, and hit its stride in the 1990’s. There are a lot of dynamics to the struggle, but there are two important factors that I want to address: religiosity and its creeping influence on our politics; and the idea of what America really is. We’ll start with religiosity. American has always been a country of two minds in regards to religion. We’ve been a...

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Ode to a Bannon

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Ode to a Bannon

Totally not the type of writing I should be doing (I did that, too, though), but the whole Bannon/Trump fight is amusing the fuck out of me. Especially since it’s clear Trump has condemned the book as “fake” while still believing everything it says Bannon says and is trashing him mercilessly on Twitter. And Bannon can’t respond because of the confidentiality agreement he signed. Anyways, here goes:   Bannon, Bannon, burning bright, In the ranks of the alt-right; What Presidential hand or eye, Can stifle thy fearful bloviatry? In what distant shit-lord sky, Burnt the fires of thine eyes? On what wings of racist fires, Did you let your dreams...

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This is the End – 2017 in Review

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

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: I’d set a goal of writing 52 short stories (one story a week) last year. I fell woefully short of that, with two complete and another dozen started. But that’s okay, I realized pretty quickly it was an unrealistic goal for me, and I prefer focusing on novel-length books. On that side, I made significant progress on both the WWI fantasy novel (possibly...

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Eternal Sky Trilogy – Review (plus bonus movie review)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 0 comments

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” as part of my goals. I’ve downloaded the NPR book concierge list of best books of 2017, which includes everything from non-fiction science stuff to fantasy and science fiction novels, and will randomly pull things from that list as the year progresses. I think doing so will give me a chance to read a greater diversity of...

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Punishing

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

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. I tend to like my super heroes to be supery and heroic, not sadistic and violent. In Marvel (and DC) canon, most heroes prefer not having to kill their enemies, although that remnant of the old comic book code has changed in recent decades. But, in most cases when they do kill, they do so only because there is no other choice and they feel a great deal of...

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Review – The Mist (television series)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog, Reviews, writing | 1 comment

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 original novella version of The Mist, and loved the story. The 2007 movie adaptation, while lacking some of the verve and punch of the story, was an enjoyable film in my opinion. I thought that it had an even better ending that the novella. But really, what can beat a story about a strange fog that blankets a huge region and is filled with all sorts of weird monsters that...

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Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

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?  Several possibilities and ideas quickly came to mind.  For example, you can do something tremendously controversial, like posting photos showing Mother Theresa beating poor children in Calcutta, but as I happen to admire the spunky little nun who spent her life working with the disadvantaged, and would rather not be lumped in...

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