What “Pirates” needs if they’re reeeeeeeally determined to keep milking this cow.

After a trip to California this last weekend, I snuck out to see the latest Pirates flick, hoping it would be better than the last one (which was the worst of the franchise.) It was okay as a flick, but I didn’t walk out loving it. I don’t know if it’s my age or frame… Continue reading What “Pirates” needs if they’re reeeeeeeally determined to keep milking this cow.

Should-reads: The Accidental Highwayman, by Ben Tripp

Premise: Kit Bristol is a live-in assistant to a rich guy in the 19th Century. When circumstances force Kit to assume his dead master’s mask as costume, he finds himself chased by the King’s men, fairies, and a number of other questionable figures. Setting: England, sometime in the 1800s. Genre: Fantasy adventure Lesson: Be fearless!… Continue reading Should-reads: The Accidental Highwayman, by Ben Tripp

Should-Reads: Bobiverse, by Dennis E. Taylor

Among the many virtues of Dennis E. Taylor’s sci-fi space opus is this: he masterfully toes the line between hard science and farcical preposterousness, showing you what’s possible in our universe, and then pushing you toward a vision of it that is straight out of a Hawking doomsday scenario. Premise: In 2014, a twenty-something software guru… Continue reading Should-Reads: Bobiverse, by Dennis E. Taylor

6 Things Writers Get Wrong About Trucks (and you won’t believe #6!) 

They say “write what you know.” I know a couple of things about truck driving, so if you decide to write about it in one of your books, maybe these details will help. 1- Blowouts don’t automatically make you crash. Your average tractor trailer has 18 wheels (10 on the truck, 8 on the trailer.)… Continue reading 6 Things Writers Get Wrong About Trucks (and you won’t believe #6!)