10-List: Ten Movies That Were Better Than the Book

Here’s why this was a difficult 10-List to compile. While I’ve watched a lot of movies that were based upon novels, novellas, or short stories, I seldom think that the movies are better than the source material. For instance, a lot of people claim that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was better than the Stephen King […]

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My First Novel

I wrote my first novel when I was in high school. I wrote in longhand back in those days. In pencil, and in thick spiral-bound notebooks, preferably college ruled. My pencil of choice was, of course, the Faber Castell Velvet No. 2. I don’t remember how I came around to fetishizing this particular brand of […]

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Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Body of Evidence, by Max Allan Collins — a book review

My earliest memory of the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (later rebranded as CSI: Vegas after spinoffs kept spinning off) was a conversation I had with a radio deejay about the show. The radio deejay was a man who would become my nephew, by marriage, a couple of years after this conversation. The venue […]

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