Imagination. Playtime. Blanket forts. That’s where it’s at. As a writer, I value creativity and hope to foster it in my children. But I can also say, it’s amazing how the kids will quietly disappear in this simple fortress of questionable stability. Once or twice I got worried and did a stealth approach, scouting for […]
Blogging is more fun when it’s easy. And video is simple right? Just record to YouTube and link? Turn this blog into a vlog of awesomeness. But is vlogging easier than blogging? Let’s find out. Step into my high-tech studio and listen to what I’ve got to say today about working too hard (or so […]
Daydreams are better than video games, theme parks, books, comics, Shakespeare in the Park or even big-budget movies. In the late seventies and early eighties, I realized there was nothing I dreaded more than being bored. Home Alone. Too much time on my hands. The internet not existing. Stories from books and movies took on […]
Why do we read science fiction? To travel the stars in the company of characters on grand adventures? To witness the hero’s journey from Tatooine to Endor? Perhaps the harsh sands of Arrakis and the secrets of the sandworms are more to your taste. Or is it the void itself, where lost fleets struggle for […]
Moon Log – September 16, 2020
This post is personal. I decided to make my living as a writer when I was twelve years old, but allowed life to dictate terms. Many blessings have fallen to me, and I am grateful. I thank God every day. My job is meaningful and provides for my family, so I am fortunate to have […]
Should I watch the rest of Picard? This might sound like an obvious question since I already paid for the subscription service. I’m a sucker for these things, even though I rarely have time to watch television—not near as much as I’d like to. When an entire series dedicated to Jean-Luc arrived on Thursday, January […]
Yes, that’s clickbait. Sort of. But it’s also what’s on my mind. I’m not much of a drinker these days, but my friends still have a running joke about my tastes. I love Guinness. Ralph Kern, author of the Great War calls it the Devil’s Ass Water. He’s not a fan, but for me, the […]
I like science fiction and fantasy for a lot of the same reasons, but they are very different and often have a distinct group of readers. I grew up on both, starting my serious reading adventures with the Doomfarers of Caramonde by Brian Daley.
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Welcome everyone,I like science fiction and fantasy for a lot of the same reasons, but they are very different and often have a distinct group of readers. I grew up on both, starting my serious reading adventures with the Doomfarers of Caramonde by Brian Daley.It’s a story about a Vietnam era soldier who takes his APC crew through a portal to a magical world and has a bunch of adventures. By today’s standards, from a marketing perspective, this is a portal fantasy. I loved it because it involved going someplace impossible and doing amazing things in a dazzling new world where anything was possible.I used to read it every year, but haven’t touched it for a while. Maybe I should go back and decide if it’s as good as I remember.As time went by, I discovered authors like David Weber and John Ringo. I read Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. There were others who wrote more scientific fiction, and science fiction that probably was better classified as space fantasy.What genre is Dune, really?I’ve always been very happy in a book.I’ve read thrillers, post apocalyptic stories, and historical fiction. It really just depends on my mood.Right now I am enjoying science fiction and I have been invited to write in a major post apocalyptic series.Regardless, I’m extremely fortunate to write stuff that people actually want to read. Maybe I’m not full-time, but I’m loving it and am often blown away by the support I get from people I never met before I started publishing books.Until next time,Scott