Happy July 4th, 2019

American Flag with exploding fireworks in the background of a night sky.
Image Source: https://www.theatlantavoice.com/articles/a-conflicted-fourth-some-black-americans-struggle-celebrating-fourth-of-july/

Since this is a holiday (in America), I wanted to say Happy Fourth of July!

I also wanted to (quickly) give a head’s up on how this week’s blog posts were written. I did the majority of them on this weekend. It takes me about a hour (1 hour) to write a typical blog post. This includes drafting the piece, finding the image and sourcing it, adding in the categories and tags, and copying my “Signature Line” from my older posts to make sure the information is accurate (I update them when I have a specific change I need to make, but I don’t go back and update older posts — usually, although sometimes I do, especially for popular posts like the Marvel-related one).

So, 5 blog posts = 5 hours of work. You’d think I’d write them better if I did one a day, but that’s not the way it works. I actually do best when I write them all over the weekend (2-3 a day) and set them (“schedule” them on WordPress) to go live daily. Most weeks that the blog has 4-5 entries per week are ones where I’ve “pre-written” them ahead of time. The weeks where they are 2-3 are generally ones where I write them daily. That’s just the way my brain works.

Now that I’ve rambled on for longer than I intended, I will say adieu, or since this is the most American of American Holidays, I’ll close with the quintessential American closing of: goodbye y’all.


Please consider supporting these fine small press publishers where my work has appeared:

  • The Independent  (Sci-Fi Short-Story)–
    3rd Draft of 3 Drafts 
    Drafting Section 1 (of 3)
    Mythic Mag. Deadline = July 31, 2019
  • I, Mage (Fantasy Short Story)
    Pre-Production Phase (Planning)
    Pre-Writing on Rough Draft & Character Sketch
    Mythic Mag. Deadline = January 31, 2020
  • Current Longer Work-in-Progress: Ship of Shadows Graphic Novel 
    (Sci-Fi) Issue # 2, Currently on Script Page 32
    Personal Deadline = September 30, 2019
  • HawkeMoon (upcoming) = Edits turned in to editor 5/31/19

Finished Goosebumps

Goosebumps Movie Poster, Image Source: Wikipedia.com

So, for Halloween, I thought I’d mention that I finished Goosebumps over the weekend (well, not really–it turns out that GB is on the list to go away from Netflix’s library in Nov).  As I had seen about ⅓ of the movie, I wanted to finish it before it left, so I watched it over the weekend.  I have to say that I liked it.  It was more fun than I thought it would be.

It is the quintessential Young Adult movie with a few scary elements.  It actually reminds me a lot of the Spiderwick Chronicles and Inkheart.  It has a lot of heart and isn’t a cynical cash grab like some other “YA franchise films.”  Some of the students at my old Middle School really loved this film, but it has enough for adults too.

Without spoilers, basically, the movie is a “What if?” scenario:  What if R. L. Stine was real (well, he is real, but real in the movie’s world) and the monsters in his books were also real and can literally leap off the page?  It takes some of the most famous characters and books from Stine’s work and creates CGI monsters to bedevil our protagonists.  There’s not a lot of teen angst and the love story is “sweet” (not saccharine, but really nice one that actually has a basis in the plot of the movie).  That being said, there are a couple of cringe-worthy moments that kids won’t mind, but adults will roll their eyes at, but on the whole it is a fun movie.  And, to be honest, the movie earned major cool points with me for having Jack Black’s R. L. Stine character take on Stephen King on who’s a scarier writer and a better bestseller.  The scene is small, less than two minutes of screen time, but it was a nice Easter Egg for a former Bookseller/Librarian Assistant like myself who sold/checked out countless Goosebumps books.

Overall Grade: B (Above Average)

Here’s hoping everyone has a fun (& safe) Halloween!

Happy Fourth of July 2017 (aka Independence Day)!


Today is the American holiday of Independence Day (aka The Fourth of July) which generally means fireworks, grilling and barbecue, and more fireworks.  I’m taking a holiday from normal blogging today, but I will return on my normal (breakfast) schedule tomorrow.

For those celebrating the holiday, I hope it is a fun, restful, and safe holiday!



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