I Can't Get No...Inspiration?

The wife and I watched a film the other day. It was called Ride, and it’s the WDP debut (written by, directed by…you get the point) of one former tornado-chaser from the ‘90’s named Helen Hunt. Lest you think this a film review, my assessment was not positive (an opinion borne out by Ride’s RT rating), one of the chief reasons being its main characters are writers. I’m often not a fan of this plot device; still, the film raised some interesting questions by using it: Why do writers write? Also, how they motivate the creative juices when, you know, the writing ain’t so easy? Both are excellent questions. Here are my undoubtedly highly-anticipated responses.

"Ancillary Justice": The Good & The-Not-So-Good

Most internet book reviews begin with the reviewer making reference to their history with a particular genre, thereby justifying their qualification to write the review that follows. In my case, I grew up reading science fiction and still own a bucket-list commitment to reading all the Hugo Award winners. Which leads me to Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, winner of the 2014 Hugo for Best Novel, a book with an intriguing concept of shared consciousness and a highly-touted author in a genre where women writers have a lot to offer once their voices begin to echo louder. Suffice it to say if I had done the award-giving, Ann Leckie wouldn’t be too pleased with me. Here is the Good and the Not-So-Good from Ancillary Justice.   

"Foundation": The Good & The Not-So-Good

If you know one thing about me, it’s likely that I’ve long stated my love of classic science fiction (I’m talking Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Leiber, and so on). And if you know a second thing about me, it’s that I’ve long overstated my actual reading of classic science fiction. I’ve never read any novels from the aforementioned writers and their “Golden Age” counterparts.

So when I picked up the second two Foundation series novels for pennies at a D.C. secondhand shop recently, I decided it was high time I dusted off the copy of the first Foundation series novel I purchased three years ago and give it a read.

So without further delay…the Good and the Not-So-Good from Foundation, novel #1 in Isaac Asimov’s heralded science fiction series.

"Red Rising/Golden Son": The Good & The Not-So-Good

Since my manuscript is being edited, I'm taking a break to catch up on some long overdue reading, And since I'm in a sharing mood when it comes to what I read...well, you know the drill. So, if you'll tolerate them, I'll share my impressions of what I read.

First up: the first two installments in Pierce Brown's sci-fi/YA-ish Red Rising series, titled Red Rising and Golden Son.

Telling Stories With The Truth (Thoughts on Baltimore and Freddie Gray)

"History is all about telling stories with facts."

Some variation of those words were uttered in a world history course I took on the way to earning my Bachelor's back in 2008. They were uttered by a man named Norman Wilson. and they would change the way I looked at many things, among them history, point-of-view, and the value of storytelling.

Here We Go Again

"We have to go back!"

The above quote is lifted from one of the more memorable hours of everyone's favorite magic island show, Lost. If you've seen it, you understand the feeling I'm driving at; if you haven't, then you clearly have more important things to be doing right now.

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