You Are NOT in the Tour de France

You Are NOT in the Tour de France

When I was young, I learned about bike safety and I’m sure most of you did too. There’s lots of good advice for bicyclists that carries well into your adult years like wearing a helmet, using signals, having lights or reflectors on your bike/gear. But for some reason, grownups tend to forget one piece of […]

The “I Could Die Tomorrow” Fallacy

The “I Could Die Tomorrow” Fallacy

Preface: Today’s blog is aimed at folks who have the ability to save money and choose not to. Those who are unable to save due to lack of income or some other sort of hardship can ignore this blog. Since Kobe Bryant’s death is still pretty close in the rear-view mirror, I think I’ll be […]

Review: Magicide

Review: Magicide

I was looking to take a break from reading sci-fi and fantasy, so I took the opportunity to read and review CV Hamilton‘s critic’s copy of her Las Vegas murder mystery entitled “Magicide.”  Vegas detectives Cheri Raymer and Tony Pizzarelli put together the clues to solve the murder of Maxwell Beacham-Jones after he is horrifically […]

Why We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

Why We Mourn Celebrity Deaths

Yesterday, everyone was surprised by the death of retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in the tragic Calabasas helicopter crash. Ten years ago, I would have wondered why everyone was freaking out. Had you died, Kobe probably have no idea and would not have attended your funeral, so why make a big […]

How I Misunderstood Patreon

How I Misunderstood Patreon

Back in the early 2000s, I saw all sorts of content creators setting up “PayPal Tip Jars” on their web pages. I thought it was really cringy at the time, but I get it now, people want to get paid for their content, even if its people simply tipping them out of the goodness of […]

The “Sith Apprentice” Coworker

The “Sith Apprentice” Coworker

Everyone with a sense of drive wants to get ahead in life. Usually this is in the form of a promotion in the workplace. This goal entails an increase in both pay and prestige. The problem is–you guessed it–the spot above you need to become vacant.  In Star Wars, it is tradition for the apprentice […]

Star Wars Episode X: A Missed Opportunity

Star Wars Episode X: A Missed Opportunity

Warning: Mild spoilers for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Okay, so everyone’s been blowing up social media about Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and how inadequate it was for about the last month. I won’t bore you with another review, but I will give some thoughts on a missed […]

Review: Beasts Beneath the Flesh

Review: Beasts Beneath the Flesh

Being the superficial reader that I am, I was intrigued by the book cover art that author Joe Colomban posted on Twitter for his upcoming book, Beasts Beneath the Flesh. The artwork by fantasy and sci-fi legend Boris Vallejo is a really cool throwback to the fantasy book covers of the mid-20th century featuring ripped […]

EARCS and Piracy

EARCS and Piracy

Yesterday on Twitter, indie author Jasmine Gold mentioned that she found her book on piracy websites. Due to the timing and file format, she believed that it was an EARC (electronic advanced reader copy) reader who released the book. Warning to writers new to self-publishing: When I published my novel last summer, some supposed reviewers […]

The Predatory Agent No One Talks About

The Predatory Agent No One Talks About

This one’s been blowing up big on Twitter the last 48 hours… When it comes to predatory agents, everyone instantly starts thinking of the schmagent-types trying to scam you out of your money. Stuff like the Edit Ink scam or ones who want to charge you upfront come to mind. Nope, we’re not talking about […]