Book Review: “Columbine”, by Dave Cullen. No Easy Answers.

Columbine.  For many Americans, this word conjures powerful words and imagery. I tend to associate the following whenever I hear the word: School shooting Bullying Jocks Trench coat mafia Outcasts Over the years, I had heard mumblings that perhaps this was the wrong narrative.  That someone, somewhere got the story wrong.  I hardly paid attention. Continue reading “Book Review: “Columbine”, by Dave Cullen. No Easy Answers.”

Someday I Will Write a Tell All About My Family

  And it will be a tragic comedy. I love my family.  I do.  But I’ve always felt like I’m from a different planet. Somewhere in the great beyond my soul got shuttled into this family that I’m destined to never really understand, or fully fit, yet be eternally frustrated by.  They are good people,Continue reading “Someday I Will Write a Tell All About My Family”

Lessons From my Alter Ego: Getting Out of a Prickly Place

I like to think I have an alter ego, like Clark Kent but without the superpowers.  One side to my personality resides on this site, the more creative, inspirational, and frankly more open side. The other lives in the “real world”.  By that I mean the side of my personality responsible for paying the bills,Continue reading “Lessons From my Alter Ego: Getting Out of a Prickly Place”

But Is It Weird Enough?

I like to consider my ongoing writing a work of fantasy.  Which, technically speaking, I suppose it is.  But lately I find myself wondering if it’s really weird (or fantastical) enough for my chosen genre.  Certainly there are plenty of “other world” elements but believe me it’s no The Left Hand of Darkness of UrsulaContinue reading “But Is It Weird Enough?”

My Latest Obsession: YouTube Reaction Videos

It’s a strange thing to admit, I love reaction videos.  Well, I should clarify, certain types of reaction videos, namely those that deal with entertainment pieces that (a) I love and, (b) evokes a strong reaction. I’m trying to remember what piece of entertainment drove me to watch a reaction video.  I think it wasContinue reading “My Latest Obsession: YouTube Reaction Videos”

If You Build It, They Probably Won’t Come

I’ve written a book. A good book I think but of course I would say that wouldn’t I? I’ve explored self-publishing options. It’s definitely doable, by that I mean anyone with a book and a few thousand dollars to spare can absolutely self-publish. There are plenty of publishing platforms available (e.g. CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing,Continue reading “If You Build It, They Probably Won’t Come”

“Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” – How Will it All End?

Let me start by saying that I love pretty much everything Game of Thrones.  I love the books, I love the TV show, the comic con panels, the fan base, everything.  Even my eight-year old daughter knows I’m obsessed.  Season 7 of the HBO series just concluded this week and I find myself feeling, IContinue reading ““Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice and Fire” – How Will it All End?”

Lessons From My First Blog: Examining What Went Wrong

I had a previous blog, now defunct, that I toyed with periodically for over seven years.  It wasn’t a success, but then again it was never really meant to be.  It was an experiment.  An experiment that taught me a lot about what not to do, mostly.  There are many lessons to learn in failureContinue reading “Lessons From My First Blog: Examining What Went Wrong”