How 5 Great Writers Started Their First Books

I'm writing a book. It kinda sucks. The writing part, not the book. Well, probably the book, too. I started one, got a reasonable way into it & then realized that it wasn't my story to tell, so I'm working on re-doing it. I'm working on another book that I feel has promise, but man, … Continue reading How 5 Great Writers Started Their First Books

A Century of Terror: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the Last 100 Years

I love horror movies. I'm pretty proud of myself for having seen most of the movies on this list. In the last 100 years, the horror genre (lovingly honored in the documentary Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue) has seen a lot of changes, but in some pretty important ways, remains the same. It's all … Continue reading A Century of Terror: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the Last 100 Years

Reviews, Literary Thoughts & All Things Wordy

I used to write for a site called LitStack. It was run by an incredible group of people who just loved books. All kinds of books written by all kinds of people. I penned a number of reviews as well as several "open" pieces that were included with similar articles written by the other contributors … Continue reading Reviews, Literary Thoughts & All Things Wordy

The Zombies of the Longbox Graveyard

I began my brutal addiction to comic books in 1980. At the time, I wasn’t overly discerning. I would read both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, but as time went on, Marvel became my main fix with GI Joe, the Avengers, John Byrne’s amazing run on Fantastic Four, and Chris Claremont’s equally-outstanding tenure on X-Men. Read the rest of my … Continue reading The Zombies of the Longbox Graveyard

My Ultimate 5 1/2 Comic Books of Ever

I've been reading/collecting comic books since about the age of five. They have been there for me when I needed companionship & when I've needed to escape. I used to do some writing for a great site called LitStack. It's a place for book reviews & anything literary. I wrote there under my pen name … Continue reading My Ultimate 5 1/2 Comic Books of Ever

How to Overcome the Fear of Coming Out as a Writer — First Edition Design Publishing – a hybrid publisher

Are you nervous about coming out as a writer? Maybe you just want to write for yourself and not share your words with others? It can be scary putting yourself out there. I have that fear too – even after writing and publishing hundreds of posts and a range of books. A short while ago, […] … Continue reading How to Overcome the Fear of Coming Out as a Writer — First Edition Design Publishing – a hybrid publisher

Gaslighting and Writing Villains Who Make Your Spine Tingle

Over the last couple years, America has learned in great detail what gaslighting is & how effective it can be. I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest & have been a subscriber for years. This particular article from WD talks about the psychology of villains & how to use them & gaslighting effectively in your … Continue reading Gaslighting and Writing Villains Who Make Your Spine Tingle