I first came across Joe Hill’s writing via a 2005 Subterranean Press chapbook entitled Voluntary Committal. At the time, Hill was a relative unknown in the genre, so I don’t know how the book ever showed up on my radar. Regardless, I bought it, read it, and was blown away. It was easily one of … Continue reading Review of Joe Hill’s Strange Weather
Readers of this site know my affinity for Ed McBain, specifically his series of police-procedural novels set in the 87th Precinct. Late last year, during a review of a Lawrence Block book entitled Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man, I said McBain would be on my Mount Rushmore of favorite writers. In fact, after … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time
Have you ever read a book synopsis that sounded so absurd you couldn’t bring yourself to try the finished product, even if it was written by a favorite author? With all due respect to Robert McCammon – whose work I love – I felt this way about The Wolf’s Hour when I first heard about … Continue reading Review of The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon
A couple weeks back I was sitting in a salon chair, cape around my neck, getting a haircut. As the stylist was buzzing the sides of my head, I watched hair slide down the cape and land on the floor. In my mind I always chuckle to myself in those moments: “Boy oh boy, the … Continue reading Tom Petty Said It Best: “What Lies Ahead, I Have No Way of Knowin'”
I’m a little late with my second check-in, but not because of embarrassment over a lack of results. As noted in my previous post, the past month was more difficult because a rash of migraines made it tough to find motivation for my late-night workouts. That, on top of eating out at restaurants a handful … Continue reading Something’s Gotta Give, Part Three
Has it really been over a month since I sat down at the keyboard and knocked out a blog post? Well…yes and no. I actually have five essays – count ‘em, five! – that I started but haven’t finished. I also have a couple more that are fighting to come out. So what’s the problem? … Continue reading Where’ve You Been, Man?!
Checkpoint Number One is here, and my results during the past month were mostly positive. I’ll start this piece by sharing my high-level plan, then go into my experience while trying to implement it. (Just a heads-up that this post will probably be the longest one I write in this series, if only because I’ll … Continue reading Something’s Gotta Give, Part Two