Encouraging Fan Fiction

Hugh Howey. Chances are, you’ve heard of him, he’s been in the news a lot lately.  Howey is the latest self-publishing success story. His self-published science fiction series, Wool, was so popular it allowed Howey to dictate the terms of a major print deal, a deal that allowed him to keep the digital rights for […]

Friday Music: Say It, Blue October

I’ve been thinking a lot about words (that’s a good thing, right?) and their effect. Unfortunately, the thing I’m working on just wasn’t going to be ready in time for today, so I’m filling in with this number from Blue October. A bit bitter, but very powerful. Oh, one blatant F-bomb in here, you have […]

Little Brother Is Watching

Big Brother Is Watching You. Chances are you’re familiar with the phrase and its origins, even if you’ve never read George Orwell’s 1984. And while we in American swear, “It couldn’t happen here,” especially after the fall of the World’s Largest Totalitarian State, the fact is it’s easier than ever for Big Brother to keep […]

Daffodils

Photo by Mark Robinson Just because, that’s why. Yeah, it’s a little big for the page, but hey, go big or go home, right? Have a great weekend, everyone.

Weekend Update

Well, that felt good. Yesterday I went to my writer’s group for the first time in three weeks. Three weeks! I can’t believe it was so long. Things just seemed to keep coming up that kept me away, and you know how slippery time can be. I missed it, a lot. We have a nice […]

Admitting It

I took an interesting step yesterday. My wife and I attended a business event last night, my wife with an eye toward making contacts, and me because, well, husband. At one point I found myself talking to one gentleman for a bit and he asked me what I do. So I told him, and then, […]

Musical Monday: Mountain Sound

Making a second appearance on Musical Monday is Of Monsters and Men. This tune has gotten some radio play in these parts. Nice stuff. I’m impressed with all of you out there who are plowing through your “A-Z” entries. I confess, it’s hard to keep up with you all! Not much else to say right […]

Emotion on the Wane?

Saturday morning I sat, bleary-eyed, at my computer, a cup of coffee close at hand. I saw a tiny headline that woke me up quicker than the coffee: “Is literature losing emotion?”  The article quoted a recent study (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059030) which seems to think so. The researchers examined books published between 1900 and 2000, using a […]

Rick Ross and the Unlearned Lesson of Steubenville

This weekend, I was tooling around on the internet and a headline grabbed my eye. “Rick Ross speaks on rape lyrics controversy.” Now, I have to be honest, I have no idea who Rick Ross is. I have now read this story, I even searched out the song in question, and I still really don’t […]