Friday, April 11, 2014

New Manuscript Done!


Whew! Just finished another 100,000 word historical thriller entitled Between Two Fires. It took about four months to write, and rewrite, and rewrite. I just finished my initial revisions and have it out with beta readers. Below is a brief blurb on my upcoming book:

Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy the last free kingdoms of Medieval Wales. Princess Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite the divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians, but when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve the shaky alliance her marriage has forged or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and yet remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor in her midst try to destroy her first.  

What do you think? Anymore interested beta readers? I do reciprocateJ  


Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Planting

Enjoy the smell of tomato plants and lavender on a bright spring morning? How about the fresh taste of the first lettuce of the season? Like getting your hands dirty in the soft, wet earth?

Well, I started planting my garden this weekend with the help of friends and family. This year I’ve kept an eye toward water conservation with plants that require less watering, such as beans, sunflowers, and wheat. Of course, I’ve got my lettuce, tomatoes, corn, and pumpkins going too, and I can’t wait for them to start sprouting out of the soil in the next few weeks. Over the past several years I’ve saved seeds from each year’s crop, slowly making my own personal variety of mixed vegetables and grains.

What are you planting in the garden this year? Do you prefer hybrids or heirlooms? What do you love best about springtime?  


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Vikings!


The Norsemen are coming! Love history? Love a good story even better?

Then checkout the History Channel’s second season of their drama Vikings. I’m addicted to the show now, I admit it, but who wouldn’t be? Swordfights, strong women, and a plot that keeps you guessing. You can catch up on previous episodes online when you visit historychannel.com. The next episode starts tomorrow night. Come find out what happens when the hero Ragnar falls in love with two women, and a whole lot of backstabbing, making up, and warfare ensues.

What are some TV shows you’re addicted to lately? Do you find yourself watching more on TV or more online?    


Monday, March 31, 2014

Opening Day!!!

Today marks Opening Day for Major League Baseball! Of course, I’m stuck at work, but that won’t stop me from enjoying it all on TV tonight. Spring sunshine, ballpark food, the roar of the crowd…all things to look forward to on Opening Day.

A recent petition was filed to make Opening Day a national holiday. Unfortunately, the government rejected the proposal, but it’s still neat to see that so many people value the first day of baseball season enough to want to make it a day of reverence. Either way, I’m looking forward to the next 6+ months of rooting for my team, the San Francisco Giants!

So how are you enjoying the beginning of spring? Going out to the ballgame, or perhaps starting your garden, or maybe just cleaning out the house? What makes springtime special to you?   


Monday, March 24, 2014

Turkey Tweets

How often do you use Twitter? Maybe you tweet often or occasionally. Perhaps you like to look up what’s trending.  

Not if you’re in Turkey. That’s right, courts in the country of Turkey have banned the use of Twitter due to the illicit nature of the service and the supposed slandering of certain government officials. Now I must preface this by saying that I like Turkey. It’s a modern country with a rich culture, and the people themselves are fighting back by finding ways to still get on Twitter. High officials in the government, including the Turkish president, also continue to publicly tweet in defiance of the ban. +1 for the Turks!

How much would it matter to you if you suddenly couldn’t get on social media, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.? Do you feel that impinges on your personal rights? How do you think that the internet is changing the way in which governments must abide by the popular consent of their own people? 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amazon Prime (& DS9)

What do you think of Amazon Prime? Angry at the price hike to $99 bucks? How about the free Amazon Instant Video features though?

My wife started a free trial month with Amazon Prime, and frankly I wasn’t too thrilled at first. I don’t want to pay for it, but she promises to cancel once the first free month ends. On the flip side, I really dig the free Amazon Instant Videos they provide, and have been watching old Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes. It’s almost worth it just for that!

But I think the controversy over Amazon raising their prices touches on an important point regarding the sale of books, video, music, and any other kind of media online. What really constitutes a fair price? Should everything be free or are you willing to pay more for top quality? What do you think?    


Monday, March 17, 2014

Erin Go Bragh!!!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin Go Bragh! Which means Ireland Forever in Gaelic.

Today marks an especially intriguing St. Patrick’s Day. Both Guinness and Sam Adams have boycotted the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Boston and New York because organizers there refused to allow LGBT celebrants to participate. The mayors in both towns have also boycotted the events. So major props to the mayors and beer companies for having a conscience! Fortunately, we can all still celebrate with some corned beef and cabbage at homeJ  


How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today? Make sure to wear some green. Remember, today everyone’s Irish!