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Carpe Diem — Seize the Day! Mak...

Carpe Diem — Seize the Day! Make Your Life Extraordinary!
About 8 years ago, we were lamenting the death of another comic genius, George Carlin. This week, the world has been stunned by the announcement that Robin Williams, actor and comedian, committed suicide. Celebrities and people who have worked with Robin have started sharing their stories. I don’t really have a personal Robin Williams s [...]

Review: Countdown City by Ben H. Wint...

Review: Countdown City by Ben H. Winters
Not too long ago, I reviewed a book called The Last Detective in a post titled “What Would You Do With Just Six Months Until the End of the World?” Countdown City is the second in a trilogy about Hank Palace, a detective in a world increasingly falling apart — an asteroid is supposed to collide with the earth in 77 days, de [...]

Some Thoughts About The Godfather by ...

Some Thoughts About The Godfather by Mario Puzo
This is one of those books that I’ve had for years and had never decided to read. Until now. Now, honestly, I’ve never really been “into” the Mafia as a subject I’m interested in. I’ve got friends who read everything they can and I’ve seen the whole Ice Man story, the Mafia hit man who “led a d [...]


FREE SHORT FICTION! “Killing Time” by Kari J. Wolfe
Someone asked me “How do you know if something is ready to publish or not?” It’s a good question. One I’ve been thinking about tonight. So, I’ve decided to publish my first short story on this blog. Let me know what you think in the comments!     KILLING TIME by Kari J. Wolfe   “Hi.” & [...]

Dear Al, A Letter to Weird Al on the ...

Dear Al, A Letter to Weird Al on the Release of his New Album
  Dear Al, You don’t know me, but I sure as hell know you. I grew up with you, listening to “Eat It,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” “I Love Rocky Road” and watching you on ALTV when you would take over the MTV airwaves for a few hours. In my teenage years when my parents banned all rock and roll [...]

Questions about Genre

Questions about Genre
I was asked some questions about what I thought of genre, my favorite genre to read, etc. I thought I’d share those thoughts here. I’ve also added in more thoughts than I originally gave to the questioner. 1. Tell me what general genre you read the most and love. Suspense/Thriller, mostly – or at least, books with a strong elemen [...]

What I’m Doing to Regain My Wri...

What I’m Doing to Regain My Writing Confidence
I have a friend who recently wrote a post about having a friend who is looking to her for writing advice. Hmmm. That sounds entirely familiar. Wonder who that “friend” is? And her post was all about bootstrapping. That is, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and doing it yourself. I agree with that. I agree that I have to wr [...]

WRITING UPDATE: What Am I Focusing On...

WRITING UPDATE: What Am I Focusing On Now?
There are two things I’m working on right now to make me a better writer. First, I’ve started reading different story genres than I usually read. Those of you following this blog have already read my review of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. I’ve already read Authority and Acceptance (out in September), the next two books [...]

Book Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen K...

Book Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Bill Hodges is a retired policeman who has recently taken to watching daytime trash TV and playing with his father’s revolver. As a lot of retirees feel at first, he feels out of place and useless. But all that changes when he receives a letter in the mail. Months earlier, a grey Mercedes drove into a crowd of people, killing eight inc [...]

Thoughts Halfway Through Mr Mercedes ...

Ok, so I’m ACTUALLY supposed to be reading The Best of Gene Wolfe so I can discuss it with DeAnna, but Stephen King always ends up drawing me in. And knowing that he’s got a new book out… well, of course, I’m going to pick it up and read it. I figured, “Hey, it’s Stephen King — nice, simple, quick rea [...]

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