I’m bad at reading long novels, except recently 2

Recently, I’ve actually managed to finish three novels that I’d consider fairly long: The Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (480 pages, which doesn’t seem that long… except it’s a trade paperback) Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (just shy of 600 pages as a hardback) It by Stephen King (eleventy-billion pages long, capable of killing a ...

Destiny Lore Wishlist

Well, since I apparently had success back in 2018 when I spoke my Saint-14 conspiracy theories out into the universe, here’s some other things I’ve been thinking about and going on at length at my friends about, particularly when I’ve had something to drink. And since I was recently reminded that this is my blog ...

2019 Writing Year in Review

Writing This Year Novels: Have written 40k on one and 70k on another, but none finished. Novellas: 3 novella-length WFH books Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 0 Flash: 1 Paid Nonfiction: Book Riot posts, newsletter Editing: Several small freelance editing gigs Consigned to the trunk of awfulness, never to return: None this year. Best/Favorite story of the year: N/A ...

Awards Eligibility 2019! 1

It’s a somewhat short list, but I did do some things this year! Short Stories The Devil Squid Apocalypse (~7050 words), published on 12/1/2019 in Giganotosaurus The Stoker and the Plague Doctor (~4600 words), published on 10/1/2019 in the anthology Straight Outta Deadwood   Novella Wireless (~24,700 words), published on 4/15/2019 in Wireless and More Steam-Powered ...

In the Belly of the Beast

Dark Waters is one hell of a movie. In the film sub-sub-genre of “corporate malfeasance thrillers,” it stands apart as singularly gritty, grinding, and unflinching in its refusal to manufacture drama beyond what’s already waiting in the life and death reality of an entire town being poisoned by a corporate giant. It even makes a ...

DS9 Rewatch: Season 2, Episodes 18-23 1

Time for more DS9! Starting with Profit and Loss, where we get to meet Quark’s old main squeeze, who happens to be Cardassian. She also happens to be a political radical, shepherding two other politcal reformers on the run from the Cardassian government. There’s a lot of good character work for Quark, expanding him out past ...

DS9 Rewatch: Season 2, Episodes 11-17 2

This group of episodes starts off strong with Rivals in my opinion. There’s not a whole lot of meat to this episode… it’s a standard “Macguffin makes things go wacky in the station and the crew has to figure out the source and stop it”-type episode that doesn’t have any metaplot for meat. But it’s just ...

Wish List 2019

This is not a hint or me begging. Just for them who are interested. Will update it if I discover a burning desire for anything else before Christmas. (Or if a gift is received, I will remove it from the list.) Baby Boom bluetooth speaker Ernesto’s 2020 Calendar Bluetooth Poké Ball Smartwool Light Hiking Crew ...

[Movie] Jojo Rabbit

I don’t think there are a whole lot of directors I’d trust to make a funny movie that involves Nazis, but Taika Waititi has earned it. Though now I keep wondering: a) Has Mel Brooks seen this movie? and b) Did he love it as much as I hope he did? Because Jojo Rabbit is ...

DS9 Rewatch: Season 2, Episodes 8-10

Necessary Evil is a damn good episode, I think. Two connected murder (or in Quark’s case, attempted murder) mysteries running in parallel, one in the DS9 present, one in the past that’s told in flashbacks. It’s an episode with such solid character work for both Odo and Kira, explaining their friendship, expanding it, and then ...