#DS91sttime: Season 4, Episode 18, “Rules of Engagement”

July 21, 2014 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Rules of Engagement, Deep Space NIne

So bored. DS9, Series Four, Ep. 18, “Rules of Engagement”

What’s big, brooding, and looks confused all over? If you said Michael Dorn during his tenure (as of this episode) on Deep Space Nine, you wouldn’t be half wrong. And he doesn’t seem to be the only one that’s a little lost. After an electric presence in the season’s opener, and somewhat slipping importance since then, Dorn’s Worf is now subjected to “Rules of Engagement”. The plot is, essentially, that Worf is accused of being too Klingon to belong in the Federation and on DS9. One wonders if this is a kind of Freudian slip; a reflection of the showrunners pondering if Dorn’s character belongs in the series at all.

I know, I know. Meta discussion is bad. But if there’s one character on Deep Space Nine that just keeps inviting it, it’s our favorite Klingon. I just can’t help but draw comparisons to the way O’Brien has managed to gel with the show from day one, whereas everytime Worf is on screen, he just screams “I was brought in because the show was on the rocks!”. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Nite of the Mites

July 6, 2014 in General Topics

I’m so busy these days churning out my actual writing that I don’t get to spend as much time on the blog as I wish I could. And that’s a shame, because I always envisioned it as the chief portal by which all of you out there might interact with me. Right now, for example, I’m killing myself on Beacon- Part VIII. It’s the conclusion, it’s going to be as good as I can make it, and I’m 32,000 words deep into it already. While it’s flowing so well, my priority hasn’t been on updating the blog.

And then, of course, sometimes I can’t get to the blog to post any sort of update because life decides to intervene. And that’s exactly what happened in June. My family went through an experience so surreal that it just deserves a note dropped into the electronic ether. Read the rest of this entry →

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My Writing Process (Blog Tour)

May 26, 2014 in General Topics

On a regular basis I get asked for advice or guidance from folks who are wondering about my methods for creating the characters and plots that populate my fiction. Oftentimes these beginning writers have dabbled in a few chapters toward their own work, or produced an outline, or something similar, and they’re befuddled on how to proceed. I’m always happy to help, but I usually can’t go into the details that would be most beneficial to them (due to time constraints), and I regret that.

So when I was invited to join a blog tour that was being conducted by many other authors, I was intrigued, largely by the premise: expound on one’s writing, and the process behind it. Read the rest of this entry →

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#DS91sttime: Season 4, Episode 17, “Accession”

May 25, 2014 in #DS91sttime, General Topics

Deep Space Nine, "Accession"

Juxtaposition in progress. DS9, Season Four, Ep. 17, “Accession”

Since this Bajoran-related episode is in large part based on their religion, I think it’s appropriate to begin with a confession. I’m writing this review at 10:51 PM on a Sunday night leading into Memorial Day, but I’m profoundly distracted because I am both tired and we’re expecting my second child in just a few short days. I have other things on my mind, and as such, I’m going to skip assigning this episode my usual star rating. It just wouldn’t be fair.

Sometimes the arrival of an unexpected event–or even an expected event whose ramifications one hadn’t time to fully consider–can derail the order and structure of our carefully arranged lives, and leave us to consider how we’ll react to our newfound role. “Accession” is razor-focused on this theme, but it deftly avoids being ham-fisted about it. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nearing the end of the Beacon Saga with Beacon – Part VII!

May 16, 2014 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

Read Beacon – Part VII today!

Beacon - Part VIIIt’s the last short-length installment before the conclusion of the Beacon Saga. I’m proud to release Beacon – Part VII, available for purchase now. It’s just over seventeen thousand words.

Releasing this installment gets to the subject of concluding this long odyssey, which I’ll get to in a moment. But here’s the obligatory links first:

You can go to Part VII’s page to find it on your choice of ereader platforms. If you’ve never started the series, give it a shot with Part I, for FREE (where available).

Here’s the blurb:


Alliances collapse. War rages. But a child’s secret could overshadow it all. Part VII of the Beacon Saga.

Mally, Tersias and Nastron take a ship helmed by a dangerous pilot to a secret meeting in the heart of Beacon’s deadliest layer. Thrat suspects a growing plot against Baelick, and finds himself having to make hard choices. An incredible theory comes to light. This, and more, in the last installment before the Beacon Saga’s conclusion.

A serial installment of seventeen thousand words.


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