Friday, December 21, 2018

Published! Rimworld - Militia Up by JL Curtis

Here's a shameless commercial plug for the latest release by JL Curtis.

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It was supposed to be a simple contract for a couple of months of security services off world, but the devil’s in the details.

Tight Bridge Technologies hired Ethan Fargo and his militia to guard their power stations on the planet Endine against mob unrest and sabotage. When they arrive, they find the planetary authorities don’t want outsiders around to uncover their dirty secrets, and the Galactic Patrol’s not interested in providing backup. They all but order him to stop making waves, kicking asses, and taking names. The harder Fargo works to keep his people safe, the more troubles he finds. Dragoons and pirates are stalking the outer system, while the planet itself is a snakepit of treachery, tyranny, rebellion, and corruption. Everyone wants him to fail, while taking the blame.

They made one mistake: they underestimated Ethan Fargo. After the mob kills two of his Ghorkas, and kidnap his lady, he’s out for blood, and to hell with anything in his way…

Check out the original post at Rimworld - Militia Up is Done (at last!). JL is an excellent storyteller and writer. His characterization is strong and consistent, and his plot is reminiscent of the good old stuff. I enjoy his writing, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.

Thursday, November 29, 2018


On April 3rd, 2018, I submitted a short story Deemed Unsuitable to Cirsova Magazine.

On Friday, October 12th, 2018, P. Alexander emailed me and said that they had read my submission and enjoyed it; they were considering it for publication.

On November 26th, 2018, P. Alexander made me an offer to publish my short story, Deemed UnsuitableI accepted.  My story will be published sometime next year.

I am basking in my victory.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Having a Horse in Your Story

I slipped a fresh clip into my revolver and slipped off the safety... and every firearm aficionado reading this story rolled his eyes and stopped reading, then gave the whole sorry business a one star rating on Amazon and explained why - the author is willfully ignorant.  The same thing happens when horseman reads about horses.

Lucky for writers everywhere, Blake Smith, an irregular member of the Mad Genius Club, has written a three part article on horses specifically for authors.  I read all three parts, and it's an informative, easy read.  I'll give it four stars out of five.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Review: Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Instinct (previously published as Murder Games) by James Patterson (Author), Howard Roughan (Author)

File Size: 1922 KB
Print Length: 369 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316273961
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 26, 2017)
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English

My Rating: * (out of 5)

I'd cheerfully give it one-half star, but I can't find a decent icon.

The writing is very poor.  In the first part of the book, the authors, editors, and proofreaders, all offer conclusive proof that none of them know anything about guns, hunting, or hunters.  In the second part we're given equally solid evidence about their knowledge of motorcycles and the people who ride them.  In the conclusion, the protagonist wins and doesn't deserve his victory, the villain is dispatched via suicide so as to safely shift any possible blame, and the final showdown is just bad writing, no more, no less.

This is the last book by Patterson I'll ever waste my money on.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Things I Miss

If you want to go out for a quiet drink at any neighborhood bar that isn't full of frat rats and similar objectionable people, you'll likely find a bar populated entirely by old men and the occasional old lady.  None of these people will bother you, thus allowing you to relax a little.  But with old people it's inevitable that someone will bring up the good old days and how things were so much better back then - when girls were girls and men were men.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sites I Frequent

I promised someone I'd point him to an interesting site, then promptly forgot just who I'd made that promise to and what the name of the site was.  As a compromise, here is a list of sites that I generally read or use, in no particular order.