From Excelsior to Stratos

From Excelsior to Stratos

The following is a research paper I wrote for English 102 at The College of Southern Nevada’s Spring 2014 semester. As part of the research, I secured a phone interview with the legendary retired Colonel Joseph Kittinger. I’d rank this memory as one of the greatest in my life, right below getting married and sitting […]

Meeting My Soulmate and How You Could Meet Yours

Meeting My Soulmate and How You Could Meet Yours

In my thirst for knowledge to further my writing, I attended a free class held by local writer Maxwell Alexander Drake at the Centennial Library. At the end of the class, a small group wanted to go out to eat. I joined them and met a wonderful woman by the name of Desirea (The A […]

Memories: Storytelling Now

Memories: Storytelling Now

In my last post about storytelling as a child, I wrote about how I had previously attempted to write a novella and it was pretty juvenile. In the years after, I messed with storytelling in other mediums such as film and games, but I hadn’t thought writing again until I had been going through a […]

Review: White Winds

Review: White Winds

Don’t laugh because I’m reviewing a world music CD. There’s a lot of childhood memories in this.  My parents gave me a used copy of this on cassette when I was 6 years old in 1990! Only problem was the label fell off and I had no idea who the musician was. Regardless I wore […]

Don’t Be a “Gump”

Don’t Be a “Gump”

In both writing and other social circles, I’m seeing more and more of a certain personality type. My coworkers have come to call this personality type, the “Gump.” They usually have a very outgoing, alpha personality (a bit different than the character portrayed by Tom Hanks). The real reason we call them a “Gump” is […]

Review: Dead Six

Review: Dead Six

I was a bit nervous about getting into a story Correia shared with another author, but it was totally unwarranted. Correia and Kupari’s writing styles are similar enough that the book feels like it’s from one author, but different enough that each POV feels like a completely different person. From what I’ve heard (and correct […]

MLM Scams and the Poison They Spread

MLM Scams and the Poison They Spread

In 2002, I was a high school graduate looking for work. I did manual labor for my parents’ construction business for minimum wage and I got a W2, but it never felt like a “real job” because it was just given to me. So I hit the classifieds hard in my local paper. Craigslist was […]

Review: Farmers & Mercenaries

Review: Farmers & Mercenaries

NOTE: This review is NOT for the Kindle version, but for the epub/pdf version Drake has available for back of room sales during his seminars.  On the technical side: the e-book came in a very nice DVD case that contained the awesome cover art and back of book blurb on the back so even though […]

The Works of Larry Correia

The Works of Larry Correia

Larry Correia is bar-none, my favorite author of this day. The crazy thing is that before I read the first “Monster Hunter International” novel, I had a debate with him where I ended up eating a nice big serving crow. In 2007-2008, I had gotten wind that after failed attempts at seeking representation, he would […]

Philosophy: Supporting Friends

Philosophy: Supporting Friends

Several friends of mine on social media have posted the above meme on Facebook and Twitter. How I feel is totally determined by what you mean by “support.” I wish all of my friends well in their artistic endeavors. Hell, I think everyone should have some sort of hobby/endeavor of creating something. I tend to […]