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"
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"
Sometimes, the most difficult thing to do is to follow the rules you’ve set for yourself. I have ground rules for these things. A 10-List has ten entries only. No matter what. It’s not always the “Top 10.” Sometimes it’s the ten most essential items, or the ten things that best represent whatever it is […]Read more "10-List: All-Time Favorite Television Series"
I’ve watched every episode of Trek, to save you from having to do so. No one needs to watch all of the episodes of TOS. In fact, most of Season 3 can be safely skipped. If you’re a Cliffs Notes type of person and just want to get the essence of the series, I’d recommend […]Read more "10-LIST: Essential Star Trek Original Series Episodes"
Having recently completed my tour through all of the Next-Gen Era Star Trek episodes, I’ve decided to dedicate a 10-List to those I consider to be essential viewing to understand the essence of each series. Some clarification may be needed here. By “Next-Gen Era,” I am referring to the following Star Trek series: The Next […]Read more "10-List: The “Essential” Next-Gen Era Star Trek Episodes"
These are the songs that set my toes to tapping and make me feel good on a bad day. For maximum effect, I suggest listening to them in the following order: Track #1: “Slow Ride” Foghat You know, Foghat was one of those British bands that never had a hit in the UK. But, […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 1)"
A variation on a theme, with Halloween just a few days behind us. Horror fiction represents only a small percentage of my reading, it seems. But, after some thought, the following 10 novels represent my quintessential horror selection. I didn’t repeat authors (even those with pseudonyms) or include those whose work is mainly in the […]Read more "10-List: Horror Novels"