When is the Last Time You Went to Mars?

Lately I Have Spent Much Time on Mars

No, I have not lost my mind.   If you believe what Stephen King says about writing:

“What is writing? Writing is telepathy.”

Stephen King, On Writing, Memoirs of the Craft

In that sense, I have been on Mars quite a bit of the late.  While I have been cheating, listening to audio books rather than reading,  I must still give both of the audio books below two thumbs up.  They are great stories and well read by the respective narrators.  I have been leaping from my great room in my loft every time I do dishes, cook or deal with laundry and cleaning. Continue reading “When is the Last Time You Went to Mars?”

The Elements of Style, Chapter 4 – Words and Expressions Commonly Misused

In Other Words, Things You Shouldn’t Say

As an aspiring writer, I try to take some time on Sundays and either read or re-read books on writing, grammar and/or vocabulary.  In my opinion, shared by many writers, a book which belongs on every writer’s reading list is The Elements of Style. I am aware that, if I followed the book’s rules, the title should be in italics. However, there is no easy way to do that with an Amazon affiliate link. Continue reading “The Elements of Style, Chapter 4 – Words and Expressions Commonly Misused”

Book Suggestion – How to Get Control of Your Time and Life

A Life Changing Book

I am an advocate of setting goals and achieving them. I am often asked if I have a “system”. The answer is yes. However, it is more a method than a system and I can not claim ownership of its origin. In this post, I am going to share just that. I am going to do so by giving you and overview of a book. The book is the method. I highly recommend that you buy a copy of Alan Lakein’s How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life (Signet). I suggest you read it, highlight it, do the exercises and refer to it often. You are likely curious as to why I feel this is such a great book. I shall satisfy your curiosity by outlining the book’s method. It is not my intent to reveal every detail of this book. I am simply giving you an overview so you can decide whether you should buy it or not. Frankly, I feel that if you wish to learn goal setting and planning then you should buy it.  I am not alone on this thought, it is rated at 4.5 stars with 73 reviews at Amazon. Continue reading “Book Suggestion – How to Get Control of Your Time and Life”

Book Review – Homeland by Cory Doctorow

cory doctorow portrait

Cory Doctorow’s book, Homeland is the sequel to his best selling book Big Brother.  I grabbed the book off the new release shelf at my local library before the librarian’s hand had fully released it. Fortunately, the librarians all know that I always pick the table closest to the new book shelf and they are used to my shark-in-feeding-frenzy mode when they put out new books… she was not shocked or alarmed and just smiled.

“You think it’ll be any good?” the librarian asked.

“It’s by Cory Doctorow, if it is only good, it’ll be the worse thing he’s ever written.  Anything else by him come in?  And did that copy of Little Brother get here yet?” I replied.

Normally, I would never read a sequel unless I had read what came before.  However, having read the reviews for Big Brother, I was not willing to wait for the book to come in with the sequel sitting right in front of me.

It may seem strange, at first, that I, at nearly half a century old, am reading a young adult book.  However, if you take into account just how timely the author is with his fiction and how many real world items he includes in them, one could just as easily state that I am reading a “current events” fiction novel.  You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate Christmas and you certainly don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy this novel.  For the adults out there, I think there are a number of topics they will likely learn about in this novel. Continue reading “Book Review – Homeland by Cory Doctorow”