Why Not Decimeters?

Americans are obsessed with millimeters. We use the term and measurement almost exclusively when discussing anything technical, from car suspension to computers. Occasionally, you’ll come across a rare mention of centimeter, but only as a vaguely confusion “little inch.”

Really, there’s nothing very complicated about the metric system, folks. Americans are–in typical fashion–bipolar about it. We acknowledge that it’s superior to the old British measurements (inches, yards) but quickly shift to speaking metric when falling down into the sub-inch region. Miles are accepted and still demanded, but when you go beyond the 100-mile mark the term changes to… more miles.

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What If I Were A Millennial?

The Millennial Generation (also known as Millennials or Generation Y or Echo Boomers) is defined as those people born from the late 80s to early 2000s. (source). The term was coined by Strauss and Howe, initially to describe toddlers born in 1982 who would graduate from high school in 2000.

The exact dates are not important, but the general consensus is that this generation was born between 1980 add 1995. I’m no sociologist, but I believe a generation covers a period of about 20 years, from a philosophical, relational perspective. Outside of those years, one cannot relate to the experiences of that generation at all–which is ultimately what makes them a group. A better definition might be: those kids who entered adulthood during the 2000s decade.

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Review: Let the Right One In

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m sort of obsessed with this book and the two movies based on it. This was the first time I’ve read the book after discovering the films last year. It’s not about a cute little vampire girl. On the contrary! It’s about how a child vampire might deal with her curse. I’m reminded of the little girl, Claudia, in Interview with the Vampire (portrayed by a young Kirsten Dunst in the film). How might she have fared without Louis or Lestat nearby? She comes to an untimely end anyway, even with their help. Continue reading

Mandate 2.0 Revision Started


I’ve listened to all of the feedback from reviews and comments from friends and am in the early stages of a revision. This being my first novel, it was bound to have some readability issues. I spent too long writing and revising and obsessing over it.

So, now with some new writing tips behind my belt and a desire to make this novel extremely readable, engaging, exciting, I will begin a new revision with a goal of an easier-to-read, more engaging story, with less thought and more action. You’d be surprised how fairly small changes can make a big impact! And, as a friend suggested, in the ebook world today, with instant updates online, there’s no reason not to revise and update an ebook–as often as necessary to get it just right!

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Review: Rocket Ship Galileo

Rocket Ship GalileoRocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I believe this story was the inspiration behind the recent comedy sci-fi film, Iron Sky, about Nazis building a base on the moon to launch an attack against the allies on Earth. Only, in the film, they spent 70 years preparing and it’s modern day. Anyway, a decent juvenile novel, not very interesting but it is still readable for a 1947 novel.

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Review: Time Enough for Love

Time Enough for LoveTime Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a difficult book to review. I’m not sure if it actually belongs in the science fiction genre. It’s at times obscene, gross, disturbing, and at other times, eloquent and touching. Whatever this novel is, it’s not simple, easily categorized, nor capable of being summarized in a short blurb. Time travel story? Love story? Romance novel? Social satire? Treatise on genetic engineering? All of these, and none of them, when considered as a whole. I don’t believe I can recommend it to a casual reader; definitely not to a Heinlein newcomer. Continue reading

Review: Beyond This Horizon

Beyond This HorizonBeyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beyond This Horizon is a weird, short novella, with some of Heinlein’s earliest ideas presented on libertarian ideals. I find that I have little opinion on it after finishing it because the story was not very memorable. At first, I loved how it started. Much relief after giving up on Number of the Beast. It felt like real Heinlein, from the early days.

The plot revolves around a 22nd century future where people are armed and offenses must be forgiven to avoid a duel. And there is almost NO crime. Imagine that. Toward the middle, I wasn’t sure where the story was going. It moved into genetic engineering and seemed to lose its plot after a short gun battle between the protags and a group of anti-establishment renegades who the protags should have sided with, given the first half of the novel.

In the end, not a favorite, but pretty solid Heinlein early story that I wouldn’t need to read again.

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Review: The Number of the Beast

The Number of the BeastThe Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Whew, what a pile of rubbish. All of the negative reviews are justified (and I even argued with some people, saying, “Gah, no way Heinlein was as bad as you claim!”).

Gah, he absolutely was with this… his first novel after an 8-year hiatus due to long term illness. Heinlein was completely off his rocker with this novel. Only got through 5% of it before I couldn’t take it any more and had to quit. Continue reading