Remember high school writing classes? One of the first assignments was always to define the theme in what you were going to write. We still see theme mentioned in book reviews, in blurbs and book descriptions, and in discussions about books. So, what exactly is this theme thing and do you need to worry about … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: What is Theme and Do I Need One?
Boy, they seem to be rolling by fast, don't they? Of course, we were out of town for seven days, four of them on the road, so things are a bit disrupted in my brain right now. We also had the BaldMan needing to have a detached retina reattached and of course, he can't drive … Continue reading Monday Musings: And Another Week Bites the Dust
We were out of town for a week. It was busy, we had a good time, and saw some people we haven't in a number of years. But it was also two days of driving both ways, and, as I said, a busy weekend, and I am still tired. So, I kind of took this … Continue reading Friday Fumbling: It Takes It Out of You
I lost a friend last week. Melisa Michaels, author of the Skyrider space opera series as well as other speculative fiction books, died on Friday afternoon. She was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was preparing to undergo treatment. Everyone thought she would have at least a little more time, but that wasn't to … Continue reading Monday Musings: Loss
This is an animated addition to the Spiderman universe. In this version, teenage Miles Morales is given the Spiderman powers. He is then aided in growing into his role as a Spiderman by several alternate reality Spidermen, and battle supervillians in order to save all the realities.Sounds confusing, yes? And on paper, I suppose it … Continue reading Friday (Movie) Review: Into the Spider-Verse
Find your own voice. That bit of writing advice is tossed around all the time. It's a good bit, but it can be a bit vague, especially to new writers. We are told to find our voice, but not what is it and how to go about finding it. Let's talk a little bit about … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Voice
We were in Wells, Maine over the weekend. We got up there on Friday afternoon, went to dinner Friday evening with a friend, ran the judging area for the Maine State chili cook off on Saturday, and came home Sunday. This is one of my favorite chili trips. We go to dinner on Saturday with … Continue reading Monday Musings: Travelin’
For a quick edition of "How To Never Get Published, Ever" Go here. Read this. I'll wait.Most Idiotic Idea EverIs it just me, or is this guy out of his ever-lovin' mind?? Does he really think any agent anywhere is going to bite on this? I mean, he's gonna get remembered, for sure. Remembered as … Continue reading We Interrupt Your Usual Blog Post Schedule
Ah, writers. We are a tortured lot, are we not? We love to twist our brains and emotions into knots of self-doubt and fear. Nowhere is this more obvious as when we are comparing ourselves to other writers. Most of what follows is aimed at independently published writers. Traditional has its bugs, too, but I … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: And What About Those Other Guys?
A Shadow in Summer by Daniel AbrahamMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is not your typical fantasy. There is no dark evil to be fought and defeated. There is only one mythical element. The good guys are competent and complex for the most part. You won't find the poor commoner who suddenly finds out he … Continue reading Friday Review: A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet #1) by Daniel Abraham