Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Summer time

I feel as though I owe the world a huge apology. I can't claim that the current state of affairs is due to anything I did or any decision I made. But all this quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing sounds like my normal daily life. norm.

So with so many people frustrated, angry, and even protesting (though the variations on protests are many and beyond just staying home), it seems weird that the only difference for me is that everyone is home except for those deemed essential.

But things are progressing, as things should, and summer time is just about here.

How are you adjusting things in your world to make the most of summer time? Thinking of taking on that project that you've put off for quite a while? Have you stacked up books to keep you busy reading through 2021?

As for me, I've rejoined a writing group and am excited about writing but also helping other writers. Here's something to get you ready for the summer, at least it is an anthem song I have to hear at least once in preparation for or during summer:

Monday, May 25, 2020

What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?

As a kid growing up, Memorial Day meant the last holiday before school let out for summer. It was like a "primer" for the fun to come. I didn't really think about "why" we had the holiday, just grateful for any holiday we got to take from school.

We also spent the day with friends or family, or both, enjoying a BBQ. There was even the occasional "Happy Memorial Day" shared with a wave and a smile...

Until I dug into some history behind this holiday.

Memorial Day itself was recognized as an official federal holiday in 1971. To learn a bit of the history, click here. In summary, it is a holiday designated as a time to honor the military men and women who died in service to the United States of America.

To that end, I want to extend a thank you to the brave soldiers who gave all and to their surviving family members. The ultimate sacrifice was given and for that, I am humbled.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Westworld: A Writerly View

There are TV shows where I feel as if each episode is a Master Class in art, whether it is writing, fight choreography, directing, cinematography and more. For me, it's the writing and story telling that grab me and never let go. Avatar: The Last Airbender is one such show. Yes, it is a Nickelodeon cartoon, but the writing and story telling from episode to episode, season to season, is ridiculous. It's actually a show worth spending multiple blog posts on, but today I want to highlight a recent enjoyment.
Westworld Season 1 Official Trailer (2016) | HBO (MATURE) - YouTube
Westworld is NOT a kids show. The content is very adult, including graphic violence, nudity, and strong language. That makes this show right up my alley given my penchant for Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2.

The show starts its center on a theme park named Westworld where the wealthy can indulge in their fantasies, no matter how violent or vile, with no consequences. Artificial intelligence is dressed up in human form, given daily lives, core drives, and instigate adventures for the guests. Think of it as RPG, except it is live and you are IN the game, not just playing it via VR from a distance. But as I'm sure you've surmised, there is an awakening on the part of the AI, and all hell breaks loose.

Digging deeper, this show is quite the thorn-thick rose piercing subjects such as man and its place in this world, an examination into free will and what it means, and the gray of heroism...that depending on the side of the story you're on, you can see yourself as the hero and maligned as the villian.

The character arcs are fantastic. The plots are well written and surprises are revealed skillfully to cause a continuous need to know what will happen next.

I've already binge-watched seasons 1-3 and am excited to see what they'll bring for season 4. Again, because it is for mature audiences, this show isn't for everyone. Have you watched Westworld? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, have you watched a show that you feel was very well written? If so, what is it that show?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

IWSG and Yay for the IWSG Anthology - Voyagers: The Third Ghost

It is the first Wednesday of the month, time to put our IWSG hats on and show a little extra love around the blogiverse. Click here for the Linky List to check out other IWSG bloggers and see what they are sharing today.

For these posts, we have a chance to talk about what is on our minds, perhaps something you're dealing with, or some good news. What I love is that there is a question you can run with in case you don't have a specific topic in mind. Here is this month's question:

Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

I don't have a ritual myself. I just need to feel a sense of accomplishment since my writing tends to be during the evening. Once I've had a chance to make sure that...

  • Due to working from home, I reach a good stopping point from the paying gig,
  • My daughter has eaten dinner,
  • And our dog, nicknamed Tiny Terror, has been walked,

I'm good with turning on my laptop to churn out a few words...usually after reading a few paragraphs from the last page I've written to center me for the story's continuation. Wait, does that count as a ritual to get into the ZONE?

What about you?

While you're here, make sure to check out the latest IWSG anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost.
Journey into the past…

Will the third ghost be found before fires take more lives? Can everyone be warned before Pompeii is buried again? What happens if a blizzard traps a family in East Germany? Will the Firebird help Soviet sisters outwit evil during WWII? And sneaking off to see the first aeroplane – what could go wrong?

Ten authors explore the past, sending their young protagonists on harrowing adventures. Featuring the talents of Yvonne Ventresca, Katharina Gerlach, Roland Clarke, Sherry Ellis, Rebecca M. Douglass, Bish Denham, Charles Kowalski, Louise MacBeath Barbour, Beth Anderson Schuck, and L.T. Ward.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a voyage of wonder into history. Get ready for an exciting ride!

Release date – May 5, 2020
$13.95, 6x9 trade paperback, 168 pages
Print ISBN 9781939844729 / EBook ISBN 9781939844736
Juvenile fiction – historical/action & adventure/fantasy & magic

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter. A Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writers and The Write Life’s Best 100 Website for Writers -

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What's Your Binge Flavor?

Whether you're a huge fan of Netflix, think Hulu is the best thing that could happen to streamers, or love a niche option, streaming is here to stay. If anything, all of this COVID-19 sherltering-in-place has made streaming more essential than a luxury. Forbes has an interesting article about the strength of Netflix's place in the streaming world.

But I'm more interested in what you've been binge-watching. 😁

  • As for myself, I did succumb to the crazy that is Tiger King and yes, it was like watching a train wreck on repeat. Tiger King,' 'Love is Blind' and coronavirus propel Netflix to ...

    • I LOVED Queen Sono though. A lot of smart and a lot of reckless in this South African spy drama did well for my binge-watching heart.Queen Sono: Netflix's first script-to-screen original series from ...
    • Issa Rae's Insecure has me eager for each and every episode.What Issa Rae's “Insecure” Gets Right | The New Yorker
    • I've been told that I would really love Schitt's Creek and so far, I'm mainly loving David. Trying to see if I will finish the first season. Then give the second season a try. Trying to keep an open mind.David Rose | Schitt's Creek Wiki | Fandom
    • LOVED the second season of Altered Carbon. Actually, I could see myself re-watching the first season and continuing into a re-watch of the second season.Netflix's Altered Carbon Season 2 Guide - IGN
    • Speaking of re-watching, I just completed my re-watch of Trigun. I'm not sure if that was my third time or fourth time.Trigun” by JP Valderrama - Hero Complex Gallery

    As you can tell, my binge flavor is all over the place. What is your binge flavor?