Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash When I was a young man, I was confused about what was meant by a “writer’s voice.” I was committing words to paper, not recording an outgoing message on an answering machine. How does “voice” figure into that? Over the years, I’ve come to recognize the authorial voice. You […]Read more "Finding Your Writer’s Voice"
Okay. Maybe the word “essential” is overused. But, this is a more efficient title than “Firewater’s Personal Recommendations of Books for Writers, Limited to 10 of His Nonfictional Favorites.” As with any list of things, your personal mileage may vary. Although I haven’t read every book about writing or every reference book ever published, I […]Read more "10-List: Essential Books for Writers"
I’m a little further along in Phase 3 of the MCU since I wrote my review of Avengers: Infinity War back in April 2019. Since then, I have watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Black Panther, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. And, now, of course, Avengers: Endgame. Since I haven’t watched Captain Marvel or […]Read more "Avengers: Endgame — a movie review"
I recently finished the game Need for Speed Payback. Well, “finished” may not be the exact word I’m fumbling for here. I’ve completed the story portion of the game. I am nowhere near finished with all of the activities, whether it’s earning all stars on every jump and speed trap or collecting parts to rebuild […]Read more "Need for Speed Payback — a video game review"
For me, the word “nerd” didn’t exist until the television series Happy Days. That was the term the super-cool character Fonzie used to describe everyone who wasn’t—well, him. We all wanted to be Fonzie, of course, but none of us were. Including Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie. The truth is, most of us were nerds. […]Read more "Am I a Nerd?"
After Flashpoint, DC Comics reset its own timeline in a 2011 event known as The New 52. Batman’s continuity was reestablished in this new universe with the publication of the second volume of the title Batman, beginning in November 2011. Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls collects issues 1-7 of this new Batman comic, […]Read more "Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) — a comic book review"
As I keep rocketing through the past seasons of Supernatural, I’m starting to feel like a hypocrite. I still enjoy the series. A lot. But, after this crazy immersive process of watching at least five episodes a week this year, I sometimes feel like I’m getting too much of a glimpse into how the […]Read more "Supernatural: Season 10 — a review"
I can’t remember if I watched True Romance the first time before or after I watched Reservoir Dogs, although I’m certain I watched neither until after I watched Pulp Fiction. If I had to guestimate a date, I’d say I watched it around 1997. This would have been three years after the movie bombed in […]Read more "True Romance — a movie review"
Wow. While looking at my published posts, I just realized that I haven’t made an entry for GRRM’s A Dance with Dragons, which I finished reading a while ago. In this case, “a while ago” means about 112 pages into Abaddon’s Gate, the third entry of The Expanse by James S.A. Corey, which I’m reading—and […]Read more "A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin — a book review"
This is one I’ve been thinking about, just for fun. I mean, what’s more fun than thinking about ways to die? I can tell you. Thinking about ways I probably will not die. This stems from a conversation—several such conversations, truthfully—that I had with Sharon, my wife. It concerned one of the many tragedies we […]Read more "10-List: 10 Ways That I Will Not Die"