Heroic and Collective Journeys

William Lehman has a few choice words for Jeff Gomez. Plus, Pirates of the Caribbean  (minus the first one) is a MASSIVE suckfest.

*I’m working on a book that drops dead tomorrow, but now William has made me aware of this insanity, I’ll have to write my own post about it, probably tomorrow. Part of it being Mr. Gomez (I liked his relative, Wednesday’s father better) doesn’t get the Hero’s journey. And isn’t that bog standard? Another fricking […]

via The Collective Journey, or The Hero’s Journey? by William Lehman — According To Hoyt

Short Update: Zoltan, Wim Hof, etc.

Let’s see, I had the day off today with the royal Miller family because it’s President’s Day today. That’s thrown me off my normal schedule a bit, but I kept up with the Wim Hof “cold shower challenge” so I’ll count that as a win.

  • Zoltan: Second round of edits is coming along nicely (if slowly).
  • I’ve started reading Larry Correia’s Son of the Black Sword (so far so good, but then, what did you expect?).
  • I am alive and healthy (another win).



Cold Showers: Adding Another Habit to the Pile

I’m a big fan of adding good habits over time. Start with one achievable habit you can pick up today and add it to the routine. It could be something as simple as cleaning up the kitchen before bed or doing a few push-ups every morning. I advise starting with something easy for you. Once you’ve solidified the habit as part of your daily what-have-you, it doesn’t feel like effort to do it. You just do. That’s when this technique gets interesting.

Take the extra effort you expended on implementing your new habit of reading to your parakeet every night and choose a new habit to pick up. Over time, you’ll find that your general discipline improves in addition to all the direct benefits you get from your new habits.

What does this have to do with cold showers? Well, I’ve been hearing a lot about Wim Hof and his love of the cold.

And I figured it was time I tried the cold shower challenge:

There are all sorts of health benefits to the Scottish shower, but I’m mainly in it to suffer, endure, and build my willpower.

I’ll be in touch with results as I go.

Who’s with me?


We Are the Mutants: Light Grids and 1980s Futurism.

Even though they didn’t mention the holodeck of the USS Enterprise, it’s worth your time.

Of all the visual shorthand for a particular type of outmoded futurism, one of the most immediately recognizable—like the chrome lettering with which it is often paired—must be the light grid. Usually depicted as a network of glowing straight lines receding in perspective against a black background, occasionally with the outlines of mountains or the blush of dawn visible on the horizon…

via Vanishing Point: How the Light Grid Defined 1980s Futurism — We Are the Mutants

Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy & Sci-fi

I haven’t read any issues of this mag yet but no. 1 is in my reading pile. I’ll do a review once I’ve had time to crack into it. The cover art is pleasing to the eye though. They’ve got a kickstarter campaign you can donate to if you feel so inclined.

We’re offering Kindle editions of Cirsova #2 free from now until the end of our Kickstarter. While Cirsova #2 has been free on our website for some time, we understand that it may be more convenient to have it as an eBook. You can download it here: http://a.co/9wHX39I (note, this link will change in 5 […]

via Cirsova #2 Free eBook until end of Kickstarter + Stretch Goals — Cirsova

I Am The Voice That Cries in The Desert

From the good folks at MadGeniusClub:


How many times do I have to say it?  If you’re going to write something, research it.

Sure if it’s historical or science and even if you are an expert on both or either, you’re going to make mistakes.  Partly you’re going to make mistakes because you’re human.  Even say, about Elizabethan England, where I know tons of things, there are things I don’t know, and I’ll come across it and go “Uh, they did WHAT?”

Or take when I was writing the Musketeers mysteries.  This mind you was when the internet was but a toddler, just learning to walk, and not able to say “Dada”.  I found nothing about how laundry was done in the time of the musketeers in Paris.  I needed that for Death of a Musketeer.  So I assumed it was done the same way it was done in the rest of Europe and put that…

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Read My Shoddy Work: Is it Not Midnight? pt. 17

What’s that you say? You haven’t heard of my short story? You’re not familiar with the cult-busting, demon battling antics of Zoltan the Hungarian? Well you’re in luck.

If you haven’t been following along please take a moment to catch up:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5,  Part 6,  Part 7,  Part 8,  Part 9,  Part 10,   Part 11,  Part 12, Part 13, Part 14,  Part 15 and Part 16 here.

If you’re all caught up, please enjoy what comes next: Continue reading

I Thought He Liked Dudes OR Why My Gaydar is Sub-par

OK Legions of Fans, it’s time for some radical honesty. My “gay-dar” is not great. This point was driven home this morning when a work e-mail popped up announcing that a gay colleague of mine was getting married to … a girl.

Making the assumption that a straight man is gay, is probably the closest thing men have to have to being mistaken for pregnant. It’s awkward for everyone and more than a little offensive for the object of the assumption. Continue reading

Aretha A-round-up: 5 Aretha Franklin Tracks You Need to Hear

Just yesterday, Aretha Franklin announced she will retire after recording a final album and that 2017 will be her last year in concert. As a big fan of her work, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites from her catalogue.

Since we’re all well aware of her major hits like ‘Respect’ and ‘Natural Woman,’ I’m gonna shoot for stuff that isn’t as well known. Feel free to share your faves in the comments section.

  1. Don’t Play that Song:

The lady’s a pretty good pianist.

2. Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You):

3. Do Right Woman:

4. The House that Jack Built:

5. Baby I Love You:

Rarely is raw power so perfectly blended with technical mastery!