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 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 ...

Mile Hi Con Schedule

Wow, it’s already time for Mile Hi Con! This has been one hell of a year. I’ll be at the convention Saturday and Sunday. And here’s my schedule: Saturday: Pride on the Pages; 11:00 at Wind River B Group Reading and Discussion: Weird Westerns; 12:00 at Wind River A Reading Game; 14:45 at Grand Mesa ...

The Shitty Trans Take of Remothered: An Analysis 2

The Shitty Trans Take of Remothered: An Analysis
One of my social activities is playing horror video games with my friends. Which is to say, my housemate does the hard part of actually driving, and me and my best friend sit and watch and offer helpful advice like “oh god, run away!” because we are both giant weenies who forget how to use ...

DS9 Rewatch: Season 2, Episodes 4-7

After the short arc of the first three episodes, we’re back into more standalones. Invasive Procedures is about Deep Space Nine being taken over during a plasma storm because there’s only a skeleton crew left aboard. The mastermind of the takeover is an unjoined Trill named Verad, who has decided that he is entitled to the ...