One Great Way To Write A Book Review

Keeping Track of What You Read Over twenty-five years ago I read Louis L’Amour’s book, “Education of a Wandering Man.” L’Amour kept a journal recording the books he read year by year. About the same time, I attended a writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Christian author Dr. Calvin Miller was… Continue reading One Great Way To Write A Book Review

Writer’s Life: Remembering My First Sale

Today I was sitting back and reflecting on the writer’s life. It got me to thinking. How did I get that first sale? That first book review? The first sale involved learning the system. I attended a Smokey Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. I was a want to be writer. I learned some of the basics… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Remembering My First Sale

My Story: The First Professional Writing Sale

Today I was sitting back and reflecting on the writer’s life. It got me to thinking. How did I get that first sale? That first book review? The first sale involved learning the system. I attended a Smokey Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. I wanted to be a writer. I learned some of the basics of… Continue reading My Story: The First Professional Writing Sale

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

“Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S.Elliot is a wonderful politically incorrect book of short poems about cats and their curious natures. I first encountered the book when a college student. T.S. Elliot, a poet and an author, intriguingly found his supreme accomplishment calling himself “ol’ Possum” in a book written in the 1930’s… Continue reading Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing is Stephen King’s book about his learning and living the craft of writing. It is an enjoyable book. It took me six days to read. He organizes the book in three sections. The first section is an autobiography. It centers on King’s early exposure to fiction. We learn of his childhood attempts at… Continue reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Chapter Ten – “The Locusts” – This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This vignette concerns the swift colonization of Mars. The title refers to the rockets and settlers that quickly spread across all of Mars. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years. This story is advanced from… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

“The Green Morning” first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. The next several chapters describe the transformation of Mars into another Earth. Small towns similar to those on Earth begin to grow. In “The Green Morning”, one man, Benjamin Driscoll, makes it his mission to plant thousands of trees on the red plains so oxygen levels… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

In chapter eight, “The Settlers”, Spender returns to the rest of the expedition. He carries a gun and shoots six of his crew-mates, saying he is the last Martian. Captain Wilder approaches under a white flag and has a short discussion with Spender during which the archaeologist explains that if he manages to kill off… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The genesis of Fahrenheit 451 is in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles where he has the story of book burning. Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is as relevant today as it was when it first went into print. Set in an unspecified city, Fahrenheit 451 is set at some unspecified time in the future. “The… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seven: And the Moon Be Still as Bright

“And the Moon Be Still as Bright”  was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1948. The next chapter opens with the men of the Fourth Expedition gathering firewood against the cold Martian evening. The scientists have found that all the Martians have died of chickenpox (brought by one of the first three expeditions) —… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seven: And the Moon Be Still as Bright