Is the ‘Post-Apocalyptic’ Genre Actually Post-Apocalyptic?

So I've been watching my fiancé play Fallout 76 and digging around in Fallout lore. This has led me to thinking about the ever-popular post-apocalyptic genre. The premise is generally 'the world after the End'. Pick your end. Nuclear war, plague, zombies, robot rebellion, purposely left vague...civilization has collapsed and the protagonist(s) must now survive.…

Rereading Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This is such a beautiful book. Wonderful. The beginning of the book follows immediately after The Two Towers. Pippin and Gandalf arrive in Minas Tirith, Rohan prepares to ride to war, and Aragorn meets The Grey Compant- the rangers and Elrond's sons who have come to accompany him to the end, whatever it may hold.…

Bees

Having bees invade one’s home is apparently one of the unifying experiences of the modern middle American adult. Thanks to Google and the end of spring, this is my sole comment on Earth day.

Rereading Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

If you haven’t reread The Two Towers, it is a surprisingly quick read. It is more strangely paced than Fellowship, but that's because of the core concept of the trilogy: true victory is not possible why the Ring exists. The Rohan/Fangorn portion is where we start and it moves quickly, but sensibly, I think. There's…

You are Being Hunted

I have very lucid dreams, which I gather is rare and occasionally envied. I guess people take substances sometimes to get them. It’s not all sunshine, roses, and spiritual enlightenment, folks. Often, it has been nightmares. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from the dreams, which can be wonderful tales, but the nightmares... The thing…

Atmosphere in Writing

Writing a story is akin to an abstract painting in a number of ways. You are, indeed, directly telling others what is happening...but you are also communicating how it feels to be there. Take a look at this lovely Monet. It is a depiction of a seaside cliff (cliff at Graniv near fecamp), yes, but…

Status and Genre Fiction

Mad Genius Club- highly recommended in general, especially for writers, especially especially for indie writers- had a post recently featuring an old interview with the esteemed Terry Pratchett. He made some excellent points about what’s termed ‘genre fiction’ in circles I’ve been in vicinity of- that is, fantasy and sci-fi. Fantasy is often the target…

Book Review: Vodka

Vodka by Victorino Matus is not, as the title may have you believe, a trendy slice-of-urban-life novel or a true crime thriller. It is, in fact, a book about vodka. I state this because it was my beach book in Hawaii some years ago and people kept asking if it really was a book about…