I almost didn’t watch Pennyworth. You want reasons? Well . . . I knew it was developed by Bruno Heller, the British gentleman who also created the show Gotham for FOX. It’s not fair to let that sentence stand alone like that. It makes it sound like I didn’t like Gotham, which is not wholly […]Read more "Pennyworth: Season 1 — a review"
We’ve rebranded FirewaterCo as FirewaterCorp, just because I like what Lex Luthor’s done with LexCorp. It’s time, once again, for our quadmonthly happiness report. As the above inspirational quote poster suggests, our organization adheres to the philosophy that true happiness is achieved by always having something to look forward to. While this includes many […]Read more "Looking Forward (October 2019 Update): The Quadmonthly Happiness Report"
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?"