Much like last week, there is no movie post this week. We attended a monster truck function on Saturday, which is our usual movie watching day. I like the monster truck shows but wow they’re long.

I discovered something interesting the other day. When I got the print version of Pestilence Rising up and running on Amazon, I saw they had a new option for distribution to other retailers. Well, turns out, one of those retailers carrying createspace print copies is Barnes and Noble (or someone selling through Barnes and Noble), probably one of amazon’s primary competitors. I’ve never been able to offer my print books through Barnes and Noble, so I’m kind of excited about that. Here’s the link in case you want to check it out: LINK

I also wanted to announce that the Pestilence Rising ebook is now free for download in ibooks and at

I would like to make it free in the Amazon Kindle store. If you read on Kindle and would like the book for free, that process could be helped along with a price difference report sent to amazon. Here is the link for the book page: LINK TO AMAZON

There’s a link farther down on the page that says: “Tell us about a lower price”. It asks for the price, etc, which is $0.

I would greatly appreciate any help I can get with this endeavor. The book is currently free for download at




barnes and noble:

pretty much everywhere that isn’t amazon.

And finally, because he hasn’t appeared on the blog in a while, here’s a picture of Maxwell. This is his scared face, which is also his most of the time face.



a free book and a related shenanigan

Hello there, people out in blogland! I’ve been neglecting the blog, I know. This has been an extremely busy time for me with the nauseatingly long commute and the various activities the children have.

Plus, the rewrite I’m working on is very intense. I probably just should’ve scratched the whole thing and started over. Unfortunately, I’m not ready to let the original go. I like too much of it for that. It’s like being in love with a total a-hole.

I just wanted to pop on to announce that Pestilence Rising is now free on Smashwords. It is available for download in various ebook formats, and should be free in other e-bookstores soon.


The print version is now available here:


Pestilence Rising png cover

It is not free.

movie: Man of Steel

We’ve been having tons of fun digging out of the giant pile of snow the sky decided to dump on us. I should say the husband has had fun digging out. I don’t really do the whole snow shoveling thing. I’m really more of an indoor girl during harsh temperature weather.

We watched the most recent Superman movie this weekend.


Description from IMDB: “A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.”

I should disclose that I’m not a big Superman fan. I think he’s kinda cheesy and doesn’t have an overabundance of personality. I’d take Tony Stark over him any day of the week. That being said, I like this movie okay.

It starts out showing the alien world Krypton in its final death throes. That was cool. I did have a problem with the attitude of the people there. They have advanced technology and are fully capable of space travel, yet they make no effort to leave their planet as it’s falling apart around them, like the full brunt of nature’s fury and they just throw their hands up. Oh well, guess we’re totally going to die. The government officials don’t even try to leave.

Anyway. So, then the movie fast forwards to Superman as an adult, but it also does this back-and-forth business between adult and childhood memory several times. That was kind of annoying.

On top of that, Superman still doesn’t have any real personality to speak of. He just walks around brooding and being noble.

I did like this incarnation of Lois Lane. She seems very good at being brave and getting herself into trouble.

I also liked the Zod character, played by Michael Shannon of Boardwalk Empire. He was almost likable though, really a kind of hero himself when you take into account that all he wants to do is bring his people back. He wasn’t overly pleased with the fall of Krypton, which is understandable.

The special effects were cool, the fight scenes, the robots and ships and then various alien creatures of Krypton. The movie tries too hard to be poignant. It was okay.

Man of Steel gets a B-.