On a warm, bright summer evening, as my age was approaching double digits, I walked with my big sister. We had just finished dinner and were now on our way down the street to a friend's house. The proudly edged and mowed grass stood guard on the edges of the sidewalk as we strode down … Continue reading The New Fear
Hey writers! Holla at me! One of the most exciting things for a reader is finding a new author that absolutely kills it. Whether you're an indie author or mainstreamer trying to get the word out, if you want me to read and review your book on here, Litsy, and Goodreads, hit up the contact … Continue reading Call for Books for Future Reviews, Fun Ways to Waste Time, and a “Switchers” Update
What's up, folks? Glad you're here. Yesterday I wrote a post that referenced an author interview. In thinking more about that post, I consider it a mistake that I didn't put a link to that interview in the post. I thought about going back and putting it in there, but then I had a better … Continue reading Behind the Process: Christopher Tallon’s Favorite Author Interviews
I'm not asking in the way that people who don't write ask writers. I'm asking in a reflective way, because, well, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I've had some story ideas but haven't latched on to one that I want to ride out for my next novel. And it's scary when … Continue reading Behind the Process: Where DO Ideas Come From?
I love Halloween. It's just about the only holiday I get excited for. You don't get excited about Christmas? Not really. Costs a lot of money. Have to travel and see everyone. What about New Year's Eve? Looks fun... Nah--everyone is drunk. I don't mind a drink once in awhile, but it's not my favorite … Continue reading Halloween Kicks All the Other Holidays’ Collective Ass!
In case you didn't know, I'm a stay at home dad. It was weird at first, but I'm four years in, and one year away from having all my kids in school full-time, and, as the saying goes, I've become accustomed to a certain kind of lifestyle. (That's code for I don't want to go … Continue reading A Certain Kind of Lifestyle
In the Shadow of the Axe by Nicholas Kaufmann Awesome read. Under 200 pages. Read it in two sittings. It takes place in 1847 Germany. This is a gothic horror story. Kaufmann puts together a story that is all tension and build up. This ain't your monsters-grotesquely-disemboweling-people-one-at-a-time kind of horror story. This is a what-the-hell-is-going-on? … Continue reading Awesome Book Alert!