Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Header image: Smoke has become a real problem across Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas as wildfires burn in several national forest locations. Photograph courtesy of Cris Bessette. A roundup of interesting books, movies, and tidbits, some old, some new, and some stuff I just wanted to share. Halloween may be over (unless you’re a Hobbit, in which case, Second Halloween!), but this movie is one I’ll be watching again soon.  Because I only watched it twice leading up…

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Book News

Book News

Here’s a round up of news about the books I write. Alien Mine, the third novel in the Pruxnae Series, was released on 21 October 2016. The digital edition is available exclusively at Amazon for $3.99 and is also available in the Kindle Unlimited program through the end of the year. The print edition can be purchased for $11.99. An audio edition is in the works. The first scene can be read here. The audio edition of A Warrior’s Touch (The…

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A Vampyr Series Movie? Here’s How You Can Help.

A Vampyr Series Movie? Here’s How You Can Help.

My son recently attended DragonCon, and because he’s a good son, he sat in on a panel discussing how to turn a book into a TV series or movie. We’d been discussing this in particular with the Vampyr Series. I mean, let’s face it. Vampires make for good TV, so why not a Vampyr Series movie? Here’s the thing. In order to do that, the most basic requirement is social credit, which translates (according to the panelists) into a minimum…

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Knitting Travel Clothes

Knitting Travel Clothes

A few months ago, after deciding I would definitely be traveling to the South Pacific by hook or by crook, I began planning for the journey by making notes on travel needs, getting a passport, and researching housing arrangements. I also took the not-quite-radical step of revamping my wardrobe with an eye toward natural fabrics that would travel well and hold up in a variety of climates. Now, I’m not exactly easy to fit. Most clothes are geared toward women with…

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Watsonomics

Watsonomics

It started with a spider. One night, I wandered into my laundry room at oh-dark-thirty and happened to catch a glimpse of a shadow on top of my washing machine. That shadow shouldn’t have been there, crouching in the deeper shadows surrounding it, and like the cussed fool I am, I said what every woman trapped in a horror movie says right before the bad guy jumps her. Let’s see what that is! Eyes pinned on the shadow, I cautiously…

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Dreamland

Dreamland

I just finished watching both series (seasons) of Dreamland, originally titled Utopia, an Australian satire mocking bureaucratic waste and inefficiency centered on the fictional Nation Building Authority. The show is part of the research I’m conducting prior to traveling to Oz in the next couple of years. I want to have a good feel for the culture and language before I go, as I intend to set a story there. Why else would I travel halfway around the world? Oh, right….

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Poverty Isn’t a “Black” Issue

Poverty Isn’t a “Black” Issue

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 15 January 2016. I recently stumbled across an article on Gateway Pundit titled, “Tavis Smiley: On Every Leading Economic Issue Black Americans Have Lost Ground Under Obama.” In it, the author, citing sources without linking to them, states that, for various recent time periods: Minority household income has fallen by nine to ten percent. Non-white families’ net worth has fallen by around 20% while white families’ net worth has…

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Random (Holiday) Acts of Generosity

Random (Holiday) Acts of Generosity

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 16 December 2015. I was having a little trouble coming up with a topic for today’s post. I kept thinking, what in my life is going on that people could possibly be interested in? All I got was a big fat empty in my brain, which is saying something, as it’s usually chock full of ideas. During a break from writing (The Vampire’s Favorite), I dropped by Facebook and…

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Reasoned Arguments against Gun Control

Reasoned Arguments against Gun Control

Note: This post was originally published on my author blog on 11 December 2015. In light of recent shootings, many are calling for tighter gun control laws, ignoring the basic fact that laws already in place did nothing to stop those shootings in the first place. It is therefore irrational to think more legislation will solve the problem. As Jacob Sullum wrote in a recent post for Reason, “Autonomous Terrorism Calls for Autonomous Defense,” “The perpetrators of last week’s attack…

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Bucket List: Australia

Bucket List: Australia

Note: This post originally appeared on my author blog on 9 December 2015. My son and I love to travel and we have a ton of places we want to go. For the past few months, we’ve been dreaming of going to Australia. I have friends in the Melbourne and Brisbane areas, so we figured we’d hit both places in one go, since they’re only a couple of hours apart by plane. One friend, knowing we’re hoping to travel there…

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