6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Using This Week

What has my attention this week?   Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes I have serious mixed feelings about this book—although not, in any way, conflicted feelings. On the one hand, this a compelling, interesting, well written story that is nearly perfectly structured and kept my interest and investment all the way through. It also, on […]

I Challenge You to… Random Questions

Remember those viral questionnaires teenagers used to email back and forth to each other in the early 2000s? (Maybe they still do.) They’re a ridiculous waste of time, but I always loved them. So today I’m harking back to my teens and hacking someone else’s meme with some totally random answers to some totally random […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: Kim by Rudyard Kipling Kipling has my heart if only because of “Gunga Din” and “If.” I was seriously underwhelmed by Captains Courageous (probably because I love the Spencer Tracy movie so much), so I wasn’t expecting much from Kim. Pretty much all I knew about it was that, as a […]

How I Read: A Pictorial Guide to a Daily Routine

“What’s your favorite…?” was a common game among myself and my siblings when I was growing up. When it comes to the question What’s your favorite time of the day?, I don’t think my answer has changed at all over the years. It’s still: Reading time. I tease sometimes about how I guard my morning writing time with a flamethrower […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Using, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week? Reading: Scrivener Superpowers by M.G. Herron I’ve been using the specialized word-processor Scrivener for a few years now and have pretty much become a ravingly maniacal fan. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but I got my Scrivener diploma thanks to Joseph Michael’s awesome Learn Scrivener Fast […]

How to Be Healthy (Even if You Live at a Desk)

In Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth, Jimmy Stewart’s Buttons the Clown character says, “Every man kills the thing he loves.” I have this rather morbid theory that it works the other way around too: the thing we love often ends up killing us. Mostly, I think this is simply because “love” is usually […]

7 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The Last Boy by Jane Leavy Ever since watching 61*, Billy Crystal’s loving ode to baseball legends Maris and Mantle, I’ve been interested in their history. So when this one popped up a long time ago as a Kindle freebie, I had to grab it. I’m only now getting around to […]

Why I’m a Better Book Reviewer Than You (or Maybe Not)

I read books. I have opinions. I write reviews. Ergo, my reviews are automatically better than your reviews. Now, just to be clear that’s a joke. Kind of. Whenever I finish reading a book, I hop over to Amazon and Goodreads to read the reviews. Doing so sometimes helps me solidify my own opinions or consider […]

6 Things I’m Watching, Eating, Using This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks Brent Weeks has got to be my favorite living author. His fantasies are incredibly realized, epically epic, and peopled with dynamic, realistic, charismatic characters. I’ve been looking forward to this third installment in his Lightbringer series. I thought this was to be the last […]

An Exclusive Interview With Storming Pilot Hitch Hitchcock

It’s not every day I get to revisit my characters after finishing their stories. We all go our own ways, me back to my typing and them back to their glamorous, adventurous lives. But lucky for me, Hitch Hitchcock, protagonist of my recently released aviation-adventure novel Storming is different. We share the same hometown in western Nebraska, […]