Author’s Journey

Review: Failstate by John Otte

I’m writing today’s blog post sitting in a third floor suite overlooking a beautiful, pine tree covered mountain. It’s ok to be a little jealous. I’m sure I will be after a few weeks of being back in the Missouri flatland. But for today, I have a beautiful view. My wife and I took turns […]

Audiobook Review The Shadow Queen

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of libraries, especially online ones. When we owned a home in Phoenix, I held a city of Phoenix library card. Taxpayer perk. When we sold our house, I gladly forked over the $40 per year to keep my beloved maroon card that’s older than either one of my […]

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – The Champion

Vin had never seen a storm like this. She was used to a dim sun hanging in a soot-filled sky. This storm was on a completely different scale. She clung to a metal flagpole high on the city wall, all she could see for miles was the massive storm. It would hit the city soon. […]

Movie Review – Ready Player One

Movie Review – Ready Player One

Our family doesn’t go to the movies very often. We took our daughter and several of her friends to see A Wrinkle in Time for her tenth birthday party. Before that, we only saw 1 or 2 movies in the theater in the past year. We all decided to see Ready Player One. Good choice. It’s a […]

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – Champion Round

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – Champion Round

A heavy fog had settled over the towering walls of Minas Tirith. The King paced along a walkway. Anduril was fastened at his side. His ranger senses were on alert. The vast white city towered over the plains, a view now shrouded in an unnatural mist. He couldn’t quite make out the shape, but something […]

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

I love really thought-provoking short stories. Bonus points if there’s a creep factor. Think Ray Bradbury or “The Lottery. Teddi Deppner’s The Author Collector doesn’t disappoint. Andy is an author, a not terribly successful one. He has a wife and young son he needs to support. Knowing that being a writer isn’t going to cut it if […]

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – Final Four

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness – Final Four

The brown robe swirled as the Jedi kicked his armored foe. A blue glow slashed the air. The dark-haired man dodged back, his feet sure on the rocky ground. The Jedi flipped through the air, his lightsaber sparking against the bright silver sword. The king without a crown raised his broken blade and spoke: “Looks […]