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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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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What had happened was, I woke up too early on a Saturday morning, which is depressingly normal behavior for me. I don’t work weekends these days and never set my alarm the way I do during the week. Monday through Friday, I will sleep until my cell phone alarm wakes me at 6 AM. On […]
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Not too long ago, the USPS started selling Shel Silverstein stamps. The stamp has an image from his famous 1964 children’s book, The Giving Tree, on it. This one, with the Boy accepting the gift of an apple from the eponymous tree of the story. I am a window clerk at the main post office […]
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This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2022. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” […]
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This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2022. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” […]
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Season 5 of The Expanse series on Amazon Prime was based upon this novel. Until now, I’ve always thought that watching the streaming series prior to reading the book it was based upon actually enhanced my reading experience. It fed me visual images that helped bring the printed words to life for me, giving me […]
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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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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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In the late 1990s, I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club. You’ve heard of the SFBC, right? It is one of those mail-order places, like the Columbia House Record Club, where you get to select several items (books in this case) for a negligible price, but are contractually obligated to purchase a […]
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