I heart Algernon


I first found Algernon Blackwood’s work a year or two ago. If I remember correctly, I was hanging out on Project Gutenberg. I downloaded Four Weird Tales. I instantly fell in love with his writing. His words flow so well, even if he is a tad long-winded at times. His descriptions don’t just describe. They infuse character into whatever he touches.

I finished The Willows yesterday, and it was just as amazing as the last thing of his that I read. I’m surprised he doesn’t get more attention. He deserves it.

If you like Poe or Lovecraft or Stoker or anyone else of the like, be sure to check out Algernon.

Here’s a link to his books on Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/1370

The entry about him in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_Blackwood


movie: Paranormal Activity 4

This is going to be a quickie (oh my!) because 1. I have stuff to do and 2. I don’t have all that much to say about it.


Description from IMDB: “It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.”

There are aspects of the Paranormal Activity movies that I like and others that I do not like. The scary parts can be very scary, in my opinion. They have a knack for building tension and subsequently shattering it.

Unfortunately, most of the movie (this one and the others) is boring. You’re sitting there, watching these people have conversations, some of them about the demon, others not. The residents of whatever house is being haunted are cooking or cleaning or playing video games. I’m not into those parts.

I’m also irritated by the tease of a story line they have going on in this series. Most of the happenings in the movie don’t advance the story (demon, Hunter, Katie) in any significant way. They lean too heavily on shock value as entertainment.

Paranormal Activity gets a C-.


Current status: listening to the sound of the sky hurling ice chips at the exterior of my house and watching a teenager do her homework and also this wondrous thing listed below.

Blogger and author Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz was kind enough to allow me to visit her patch of cyberspace for an interview! I hope you’ll head on over and check out her blog.


I also hope this ice doesn’t knock our power out.

And today, a quote

I am so ready for spring. This cold ass weather needs to g-o, for real.

I read the quote below in The Faith of a Writer (Joyce Carol Oates) and liked it so much that I wrote it down. I’m copying from notes, so I apologize if I get part of it incorrect.

“The people who influence you aren’t necessarily who you’re going to write like, but the fact of their existence, of the existence of their characters, the spirit in them, opens up a possibility in your mind.”

– John Sayles in homage to Nelson Algren

I agree completely. Reading is a bit like exploration – of a mind, a character, a story, a place. Each experience, real or the imaginary one a book offers, opens you to new ideas.

Love it.

movie: The Dark Knight Rises

Hello! This is my 600th post on my blog. Crazy!

We watched The Dark Knight Rises this weekend.


Here’s our IMDB description: “Eight years on, a new evil rises from where the Batman and Commissioner Gordon tried to bury it, causing the Batman to resurface and fight to protect Gotham City… the very city which brands him an enemy.”

I had mixed feelings about this movie. It gets points for the return of Morgan Freeman and that guy who plays THE most perfect Alfred ever, Michael Caine. Christian Bale? Meh. He’s there. He’s adequate. What else is there to say?

Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, is played by Anne Hathaway, who I really like. I didn’t like her in this role, however. She comes off too nice and too…not glamorous. She’s cute, not sultry.

Bane was odd. His voice sounded exactly like Sean Connery’s. The sound of it was distracting, and it also seemed like too old of a voice for the character. He was pretty ruthless, a good bad guy, for sure.

As usual, the gadgets are the best part of the movie. The Bat, the motorcycle, just yes. The action was on par with the other movies, fighting and such. I didn’t think this one had as much personality as Batman Begins or The Dark Knight. For too much of the movie, Batman was not kicking ass.

The Dark Knight Rises gets a B+.

Not So Nice Valentines Poetry

Valentine’s Day brings such a broad spectrum of emotions for people, from apathy to lovey dovey to outright bitterness. Despair not, my sweet and sours. I have this for you.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Gnomes have stolen my gift to you

Roses are red
Violets are rubber
Chocolates will only add to my blubber

Roses are red
Violets are green
That gift of diet pills was really mean

Roses are red
Violets are black
That special something is all you lack

Roses are red
Violets are neat
Now sit over there and rub my feet

Ok, that one might be kinda creepy. Lol

Roses are red
Violets are blue
May a gallon of ice cream melt on you

Round 2

I made it into round 2 of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Woo! I’m really excited. Competition is still in abundance, but having that validation is nice. I can think my work is interesting all I want. That doesn’t automatically mean someone else is going to dig the concept.

The next round list doesn’t go up until mid-March. I get to hold onto the dream at least that much longer. And I am still using obsessive positive thinking, and I’m working on other projects.

I have no idea what the release schedule is going to be like this year. The sequel to What the Dead Fear should be ready within the next six months. Llewyn’s Faith is ready to go, but that will be released in conjunction with the book that is currently in the contest. It’s a companion story.

I have a significant number of pieces on the board, I just can’t commit to moving one forward yet.

chess piece