Off topic: Why I like Meghan Markle

Apparently, Meghan just passed 100 days of something, being a royal I presume. Let me start by saying that I’m an American who could really care less about the British monarchy.  Sure, I watch The Crown and Will and Kate seem like a likable pair but all the pomp and circumstance does absolutely nothing forContinue reading “Off topic: Why I like Meghan Markle”

Borne: An Accessible and Riveting Introduction into the Wonderfully Weird World of Jeff Vandermeer

It’s odd to admit but I’ve recently realized that I have somehow stumbled into a reader relationship with Jeff Vandermeer.  It all started because I, an unpublished fantasy author, began to worry that my young adult fantasy wasn’t – well – weird enough.  I can’t really remember how I found Vandermeer’s Wonderbook.  Maybe it was throughContinue reading “Borne: An Accessible and Riveting Introduction into the Wonderfully Weird World of Jeff Vandermeer”

Original Work: The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar (Chapter 1)

By way of introduction readers of this blog will know that I have written a young adult fantasy entitled “The Madian”.  Perhaps not surprisingly (going by agent feedback) that work is getting very little traction on this blog, WattPad, or FictionPress.  So just for fun I thought I’d share an earlier work that is probablyContinue reading “Original Work: The Peasant Sylvie & Evil Little Dagmar (Chapter 1)”

Sharp Objects Limited HBO Series Review: A Lot to Admire, But Not As Much As The Book

I probably should start off by saying that I loved the book. Seriously. I read Sharp Objects several years ago and protagonist Camille Preaker is a character that has stayed with me since.  I’ve often wondered where she would end up and if she could ever allow herself happiness. I certainly hope so. Keep that inContinue reading “Sharp Objects Limited HBO Series Review: A Lot to Admire, But Not As Much As The Book”

The Southern Reach Trilogy: Opaque, Unique, Non-linear

I came to Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy the way I often do to new books these days, through an introduction by way of a film. I saw the movie Annihilation and honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it. The movie’s end was deliberately left open to interpretation and I decided to seek out theContinue reading “The Southern Reach Trilogy: Opaque, Unique, Non-linear”

My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.

“WTF just happened?” “Where the hell do they go from here?” Those were my first two very unsettling thoughts while leaving the cinema after watching “The Last Jedi.”  I can understand if one were compelled to write a review of the movie immediately upon first viewing the overall sentiment would not be positive (as evidencedContinue reading “My Spoiler Free Review of “The Last Jedi” – There is a lot to absorb. Give it time to sink in, it may change your initial take.”

Chasing Carrie Fisher

In honor Carrie Fisher and the opening of “The Last Jedi” later this week I decided to read all of Carrie’s memoirs and watch her one woman special “Wishful Drinking”. While I was on my “Carrie-binge” I threw in “Bright Lights” about her Hollywood upbringing and relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds for good measure.Continue reading “Chasing Carrie Fisher”

Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.

As is often the case with me, I was recently inspired by a movie opening to explore the literary source material.  I’m one of those people who assumes that if a movie is based on a book, the book is likely better.  In my experience that is usually the case.  The last time it wasContinue reading “Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.”

Where To Open A Story?

This is an interesting question because the flippant answer would be at the beginning of course!  But what is a beginning?  There can be many entry points to a story, with each potentially leading the narrative in very different directions.  I’ve just completed another Writing Challenge from Wonderbook (Vandermeer) that nicely illustrates this idea.  TheContinue reading “Where To Open A Story?”

Book Review: “The Glass Castle” – Engaging Tale About A Spectacularly Dysfunctional Family

The book “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls was first published in March of 2005.  I had heard about the book periodically throughout the years but given the similarities of the title to a movie in the early 2000’s called “The Glass House” I think I subconsciously put the book into a B-list thriller category. Continue reading “Book Review: “The Glass Castle” – Engaging Tale About A Spectacularly Dysfunctional Family”