Posts Tagged: fantasy

Back where I belong: Reading!

There is a “problem” with being both retired and dull. Sometimes, I can have too much time and too little to do. After too long streaming and gaming, I’m happy to find myself back where I belong: Reading! Generally, I have “go-to” places among the media for my moods. When I’m morose, it’s Blazing Saddles…. Read more »

Am I unlucky or just a dope?

The evidence seems to be clear, but maybe you can help make up my mind. The third and final giveaway completed Sunday night and I’ve spent the last couple of days packing the books for mailing.  The three giveaways have been an adventure.  I could say they’ve been a learning experience, but we use so… Read more »

Reading deficiency

One of the things I wanted to do when I started writing the first book in my Jeremy Shuttle Adventures series was to temporarily stop reading similar genre books so as not to be unduly influenced in my story ideas and writing style. Recently, I joined Goodreads, a home for recommending and reviewing books as… Read more »

Jack Vance 1916-2013

I just found out my favorite author of all-time, Jack Vance, passed away May 26th (the day I was throwing my big birthday BBQ). There is little honor I can bestow upon Mr. Vance that other, more talented people are not already writing.  It is the most common and perfidious tragedy of life that we… Read more »

3D or no 3D…that is the headache

<Humble apologies to the Bard, for mangled paraphrasing> Tuesday is usually “Niece Day”, where my older niece visits and we spend the day hanging out.  That’s routinely some activity (tennis or walking), some lunch and a movie (theater or my 60″ flat screen). We didn’t get to see Oblivion, as originally planned so she chose… Read more »

Jack Vance

After a brief respite, we bring to a close our travels through my creative influences, primarily in the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy, with my favorite author, the great Jack Vance. It’s humbling to use my bumbling words to try to describe Mr. Vance’s exquisite prose, but I’m all you have to introduce you to one… Read more »

Larry Niven

In my middle youth, I had a best friend that fit all the requirements you would want in a best friend:  lived close, liked the things I did and liked me.  That’s important, since I could not easily talk with people (as opposed to now, where many people think I talk too easily). We did the… Read more »

Under the influence

Beginning next week (or tomorrow, for those of you who start the week with Sunday), I’ll be offering something a bit different with my blog posts. What Next? will likely be in full release sometime during the week (paperback and e-book) and I want to try to “liven up” the Facebook page for Jeremy Shuttle, so… Read more »

Out with the old, in with the old

I was chatting about What Next? coming out soon and mentioning how difficult the book had been to complete, for a variety of reasons.  Interestingly, the reason I least expected was the difficulty in the continuing characters and sequential storyline. There wasn’t any shortage of enthusiasm to continue the tale and complete the story.  I’m… Read more »

It’s only writing…

It’s the final day of “Writing Week” on the JMD blog and boy are you glad! But not as glad as me!  Now, read on… Seriously, like the title says, how difficult can it be? The journey to complete the second book of my trilogy was very much akin to Jeremy’s travails within the story: … Read more »