I am a man. A man exploring the infinite possibilities of today's burning questions and topics... Or I'm a playwright and novelist who likes to write about random subjects or popular topics. Plus, it helps me at least write once in awhile, especially when writer's block sets in.
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For the Love of Books
I love to read. Whether it's an article on the internet, the Boise Weekly, or a good book in my hands, I consider myself someone who devours information and knowledge.
Over the past year or so, I found myself reading books at a furious pace, attempting to make up for the last 15 years in which I maybe averaged two books a year. My collection of books, actual, physical books, has grown and I find there is nothing like ending the night with a book in my hands, flipping through the pages to see where the story or biography leads to next.
The digital age has brought forth avenues into which books are just a click away. Devices such as the Kindle and the Nook have given readers one more avenue in which they can enjoy their favorite stories. So much, in fact, that it was believed that these devices would make the physical book a relic from the dinosaur age.
Seems the books aren't ready to give up just yet.
In this article from the New York Times, it is being reported that e-book sales have slipped while the sale of physical books has risen. Is this a revolution against the digital age? Probably not but it is good to see these "relics" holding strong in sales. Thanks hipsters.
As an author and writer myself, this is good news. It took a long time for me to decide to self-publish my e-book and make it available in electronic form. I wanted (and still do) to have a book for sale at the local book store or available to put on a shelf. I realized, though, that publishing a book and having stories available to a reader in any form is a great thing.
People need to read. I love to hear about people that are reading books, whether it be a romance, a biography, or even my little fantasy book. Reading frees the mind. Stories take you to a far away lands and can make you think. Or they can simply provide a chance to get away into another world. Whatever the reason you decide to read, good for you.
Now, if you'll excuse me, time to go pick up a book. It's only right...
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, there was no greater bromance than that between Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard. The two of them appeared in no less than five movies together in a five year time span. These two were meant to be. Two young stars destined to take the world by storm as a team. Hanging out, meeting women, and enjoying the good life. And then, just like that, stardom was ripped away from them. Though they continued to work, they would never appear together again in a film.
What was it that pulled them apart? Did they just choose to go different directions? Was it Sarah Michelle Gellar that drove a wedge between these two? While Lillard eventually went on to star in an Oscar nominated film (The Descendants), Prinze, Jr. went on to write for the WWE and occasionally show up as a guest star on television shows. While both have tried, neither has recaptured that joy that once displayed on screen. Tonight, I want to dutifully remind the world of t…
photo courtesy of flickr.com Podcasts have been around for years now. It is only over the past year in which I've really started to fall in love with them, fully exploring the world around me via the internet.
In fact, the amount of choices out there can feel overwhelming at times. I've started and stopped a few, mostly because I've become sidetracked when I find another one that interests me. Starting down a podcast rabbit hole is quite an infliction and sometimes podcasts get pushed out of the scope of my attention.
While there are certainly more nationally recognized ones I stick to, such as the Missing Richard Simmons podcast or the recently released S-Town podcast (in which I listened to all seven chapters in the course of 24 hours), there are other ones I listen to on a regular basis. These tackle a wide range of topics and tell very different stories, but they are podcasts I try to never miss. They might be lesser known (though many have begun to earn recognition), t…
YouTube screenshot *The following contains Spoilers from the season 7 premiere of "The Walking Dead" "Pissing our pants yet? Boy, do I have a feeling we're getting close."- Negan, The Walking Dead
And people thought Ramsay Bolton was sadistic.
The much anticipated season seven premiere of The Walking Dead hit the airwaves last Sunday. Boy, was it a doozy.
I am not going to spend much time on what side of the liked/didn't like it/I'm never watching again spectrum I fall in. I will say that I was enraptured, on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire one hour, six minutes (including commercials) of the episode. This was an episode that filled me with a sense of existential dread for the characters inhabiting The Walking Dead world. It is a feeling that is still with me nearly two days later.
As a disclaimer, I am only through the first ten volumes of the graphic novels. I have yet to reach the Negan arc. I am also on the side of the court that didn't m…