Do I Have a Perfect Puppy?

No, to be honest. Tiberius is great during the day (now that I gave a pen to keep him away from furniture while I work) but he’s an absolute monster during the evening when my husband gets home. However… So, I have an awesome puppy.

Kingdoms of Beasts

Did you ever read the Redwall books? Or the Guardians of Gahoole? Secret of NIMH? You know, those stories of animal civilizations where the animals are a kind of people, but not human. I think Watership Down is one of those sorts of tales, too. I read the Redwall books like crazy. They're pretty big…

Heroes Who Are Wrong Sometimes

Since I wrote about villains, I guess I should address something on the other side that I see a lot. Much hay has been made of stories that teach about failure. Mind you, the failure is not really the fault of the hero, so while it can be interesting because yes, outside forces will screw…

Amazon Concerns

Amazon has begun removing books that fall outside the primary viewpoint of its executives and I assume employees. They basically came out and said “we do what we want and find this offensive; we don’t have to tell you why specifically.” (I cannot find the statement itself on my work break this morning, so I…

Wookie Mandalorians

No-Katan’s army needs Wookie Mandalorians. They were legitimately a thing in the old EU (“Legends”). In fact, one is a key quest giver of the bounty hunter questline in the last lingering part of the EU, The Old Republic MMORPG. And they could look so cool: Creed, not race, Favreau. You said it.

Last Few Months Update

With The Mourning Company in editing and myself searching for a job, this blog has been even more quiet than usual. I'm also planning my wedding. The dog days of summer are behind us here in the Valley of the Sun and lovely September is starting to set in. Soon, I shall be able to…

Doomwalker’s Pandemic Performance

So how did my book Doomwalker do in the pandemic, sales-wise? Well enough that I could pay for a reasonably pleasant dinner and happy hour drinks for me and my fiancé with the earnings. It's been slow of late, but I think part of that is my own life going...down an unexpected road, a not…

Movie Review: The Death of Stalin

I’ve e watched this movie twice, which I don’t do often anymore, and I’ll probably watch it again soon. At the time of this writing, it is on Netflix. I should probably buy it. What is The Death of Stalin about? The historical power struggle in the USSR after Stalin’s sudden death. It’s also a…

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.…