8th Publishing Credit (for sure this time)

Given how one short story sale fell through this year I wanted to make sure this actually went through before I mentioned it: my #scifi #shortstory “A New Genome” was released in the 49th Parallels anthology from Bundoran Press, which is a prestigious Canadian scifi publisher.

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Book Review: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

3 out of 5

Imagine you are on a cruise in a top-of-the line submarine with cutting edge technology. You are introduced to a world of wonders and scientific marvels, but your cruise keeps going on and on to the point it’s no longer fun anymore and you’re starting to doubt the sanity of your captain. This isn’t a critique of Jules Vernes writing, but a description of the plot. Some may not want this cruise to ever end, but others may prefer to move on. Yet you’ve got to give Jules Verne’s kudos for inventing the concept of submarines in the first place and the other technology inside it. I can’t help envying his scope and vision.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

 3 stars

Dr. Moreau strikes me as a more ambitious and unrepentant Dr. Frankenstein. He tortures his creations for his experiments yet they do not rebel against and are lost when he is defeated by the protagonist who uncovers his work and shuts him down. Perhaps the animalmen would’ve been less simple minded if they’d been human to begin with? Dr. Moreau makes a good supervillain character and is the one who standouts in this story.

Review: Swan Knight’s Son

Swan Knight's Son
Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a modern day chivalrous romance. Lovers of epic fantasy while like this though its courtly anachronisms won’t to everyone’s taste. It treats elves as capricious at best and malicious at worst, which may surprise Lord of the Ring fans who expect elves to act like the ultimate paladins. It’s not a light read but rewards effort if you have the stamina to apply yourself. I recommend this if you’re in the mood for something meaty yet short since it isn’t as long as most epics.

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Cutting Down to One Blogpost a Week

This is a notice I will cut down to one blogpost a week on Thursdays.

I will rotate the regular features. There will be one blogpost a month each on the scifi and fantasy story prompts each, or, if the source material merits it, they may be combined into one blogpost in a given month.

The other weeks of the month the weekly blogpost featured will be a book or movie reviews, commentary.

When I have a release or a publication credit announcement I will have a separate blogpost for that, and still have a weekly feature blogpost.

I realize I need to do more than driveby spamming, but doing all these features and keeping on top of my other online venues, while plugging away at upcoming releases every week when I already have a full time job  was getting fatiguing.

Review: Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells
Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft Into a Novel That Sells by James Scott Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Scott Bell’s writing technique books speak to me. This is worth adding to any writer’s reference collection. His writing is clear, well reasoned and he’s got enough experience writing best selling fiction to make his techniques more than dry theory to him. Any writer is sure to pick up some useful techniques from this book even if they don’t follow all his methods.

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