News8/30/16: I reviewed M.L. Kennedy's 100 by 100 over on the New Podler blog. Kennedy uses only 100 words to tell each of the 100 stories in this collection. It might seem like just a gimmick, but Kennedy is clever enough to pull it off.
Kids go back to school tomorrow so I should be able to find time to return to writing. Have to finish the new front walkway project first.
8/10/16: I reviewed Brady Koch's Guns, Gods & Robots over on the New Podler blog. It's a nice collection of short stories with a bit of a Bradbury-ish sci-fi flavor.
7/14/16: I reviewed Scott Rhine's Union of Souls over on the New Podler blog. It's the third book in Rhine's space opera series, Gigaparsec, and the best to date.
6/20/16: Happy Summer Solstice!
I reviewed Richard Abbott's Far from the Spaceports over on the New Podler blog. It was a refreshing little sci-fi story that didn't have any killer AIs hellbent on eradicating humanity, nor was it a dystopian tale of oppression or rebellion. Just a good story.
5/19/16: I reviewed Cloud Country, the sequel to No Dogs in Philly, over on the New Podler blog. I hate giving bad reviews, but being dishonest is worse.
It's been a cool spring, but I've finally been getting outside. No writing unfortunately. I took my wife and kids on a road trip to visit my parents. Getting ready for the trip, the trip itself, and getting caught up afterwards sucked up a lot of time. Oh yeah, and the NHL playoffs.
My favorite neighbors have given up on CT and moved to Florida. They were nice people and recently retired. She was an insurance agent; he was an arborist. He taught me a lot about the care of trees, not to mention lending a helpful hand when I needed to have tree work done. I'm really sorry to see them go.
There are now five houses on my street—it's two blocks long—that are for sale. I'm wondering how much of it has to do with the state's poor economic health.
4/11/16: I reviewed God of Ruin, the last book in Michael John Grist's Ruins trilogy, over on the New Podler blog.
Finished editing book two in Rob Steiner's Journals of Natta Magus series.
I heard spring is coming. I hope so. I drained the last of the gas out of the snowblower today.
3/18/16: I reviewed Scott Rhine's Supergiant over on the New Podler blog. It's the sequel to Void Contract, which I reviewed back in July. More sci-fi adventure fun.
Started editing book two in Rob Steiner's Journals of Natta Magus series.
I keep finding time to work on Gateway to Empire. More of the "500 words here, 500 words there" variety, but I'm enjoying the fact that I'm back to writing. I'm pleasantly surprised how easily the words are flowing out of me.
2/17/16: I reviewed Richard Levesque's The Somniscient over on the New Podler blog.
I've had more time to work on Gateway to Empire. While it's of the "500 words here, 500 words there" variety, it's still progress.
1/27/16: I reviewed King Ruin, the sequel to Mr. Ruins, over on the New Podler blog.
Work continues, albeit slowly, on Gateway to Empire. I was able to fix a conflict that didn't ring true and expand a couple parts. I'm finding that I tend to offer a rushed narrative on the initial draft. Mere bones of a story. I'm going back to add flesh.
12/30/15: Over on the New Podler blog, the best indie book reviewed over there this year has been posted.
I'm happy that I got some work done on Gateway to Empire, but it's a long way from finished. I solemnly hope that I'll get it done in 2016, but optimism is not my strong suit.
11/30/15: I reviewed Tethered Worlds: Blue Star Setting over on the New Podler blog.
11/20/15: Over on the Podler blog, I wrote an opinion piece that asked the question, "Should Book Reviewers be Paid for Promoting Your Book?" I wrote it in response to "Book Reviewers Don't Charge Enough, And Why You Under-Appreciate Them" which appeared on the Tenka International blog the week before.
11/13/15: I reviewed Ethnic Albanians Need Not Apply over on the New Podler blog. It's a collection of the first 300 strips of the webcomic CheapCaffeine.
I found some time and inspiration to work on Gateway for a couple days. I liked the progress I made. Just wish that I had more days like that.
10/30/15: Finished editing Shattered, the third book in Terry Green's White World series. Recently, we had a cover reveal and book excerpt over at New Podler in hopes of stirring up interest in it.
We need book reviewers over at New Podler. Join us! Please. We're losing reviewers for the usual reasons (work, school, family, etc.), not to mention burnout. Rob found it was taking too much time away from writing, and considering how little I've written since coming aboard, I'm feeling the same. Some new blood on the team would help a lot.
9/28/15: I reviewed Boys over on the New Podler blog. It's a trilogy of stories that seemed to be a fictionalized memoir of the author's life growing up in Texas during the 80s & 90s.
Rob Steiner renamed his new book Citizen Magus and launched a Kindle Scout campaign.
Started editing the third book in Terry Green's White World series, Shattered.
9/3/15: I reviewed I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust over on the New Podler blog. It's a short story collection written as therapy for an author trying to deal with the Holocaust. Not exactly a beach read.
I started editing Rob Steiner's latest book. The working title is Natta Magus. If you know your Latin, the title might be a clue. I'll be done with my part very soon.
Coming up is the third book in Terry Green's White World series.
On the homefront, I have to wrap up the den reno and split some dead elm for firewood. While it's forecast to be 90° today, winter isn't that far away.
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