Month: November 2018

In Review: November Round Up

This has been an exceptionally busy month for me, both on the blog front, and writing in general. Oddly enough, despite all the words written, hardly any of them were for reviews. And of those books I did read in November, one was a re-read for SciFiMonth. I hope to do better in December. Especially as this last month saw an upsurge in interest from Authors and Publishers alike, in my reviewing work for them. Author and journalist, Laura Fahrenthold, reached out to me, asking if I would be interested in reviewing her upcoming, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story. To which I said yes. How could I say otherwise? Laura is writing about the tragedy that struck her life, and her family, and recounts how she decided to deal with the loss, on her own terms. She bought an RV, took her kids and their dog, and drove across the United States and Canada in search of healing and understanding. Title: THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES Author: Laura Fahrenthold Publisher: Hatherleigh Press …

Let’s Play Word Games

Those who know me, and those who know me well, know that I love to collect words. All sorts of words. But I also collect puns, sayings, and snippets that I find of value, whether it’s to remind me of who I am and where I fit in, to quotes that make me laugh and smile. One of the fun things I collect are play on words, as in: AUCTION FEVER — more bid curiosity FINGER PAINTING — handscapes ANTIQUE SHOW — fun at the circas LEADING ARTIST — top drawer

In Space, No One Can Hear You …

In space no one can hear you, what, scream? Okay, hands up, I was going to be a tad naughty, and add the word … but then decided to keep this post clean. Which brings me to today’s topic. Does no one ever go to the bathroom in fantasy and SF novels? I mean, come on, people. Does no one fart, or burp, eat, drink, fornicate or … okay, I’ve read a few fantasy books with most if not all of this list. But in SF, it’s like everyone exists in a vacuum—yes, I love me a good pun—that is, we read some great world building, have intense moments with characters hellbent on saving the universe, lasers fizzling through the primordial ether, as sentient spaceships battle the unseen enemy. We read about diplomatic first contact with Foreigners. Fight off alien invasions, subvert god-like Emperors on desert planets, in far-flung futures. We hop across the galaxy through ancient alien star-gates, to myriad worlds beyond our imagination. We fight off merciless virus outbreaks, and nature gone wild, …