Novel Weekends (7): Good Progress

Well, this was actually a tremendously productive weekend in terms of novel composition. I wrote a total of 2500 words of Chapter 2, as well as some fine-tuning of Chapter 1. The latter is not completely finished yet, but it's close to it. I've made a conscious effort not to leave any big gaps. In … Continue reading Novel Weekends (7): Good Progress

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World Building (6): Haranshar

The empire of Haranshar is without question the leading political power on the continent of Aridikh and possibly the entire world. Featuring numerous peoples, geographies, religions, and traditions, it is without question an empire without rival. It is precisely because of its titanic mass, however, that it has remained stymied in its attempts to bring … Continue reading World Building (6): Haranshar

The Great “Golden Girls” Marathon: “Ladies of the Evening” (S2, Ep. 2)

As I've said several times, the second season of The Golden Girls is, in my mind, the point when the whole thing starts to gel. The writing amps up--both in terms of the comedy and the political commentary--and the chemistry among the leads also seems to really hit its stride. You finally get the sense that these … Continue reading The Great “Golden Girls” Marathon: “Ladies of the Evening” (S2, Ep. 2)

Adventures in Research (1): The Cyclorama of Jerusalem

Some time ago, while I was doing research for Chapter 2 of my Dissertation, I stumbled across the existence of a 19th Century panorama entitled The Cyclorama of Jerusalem. This popular attraction, located in the small town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Québec, depicts the moment of the Crucifixion, as well as Jerusalem and its environs. With its rich … Continue reading Adventures in Research (1): The Cyclorama of Jerusalem

Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Warning: Major Spoilers Follow At long last, I have finished The Witchwood Crown and let me tell you, dear readers, this is one hell of a book. The story takes place roughly thirty years after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and Simon and Miriamele have successfully ruled as the High King and High Queen of Osten Ard. … Continue reading Reading Tad Williams: “The Witchwood Crown” (Book 1 of “The Last King of Osten Ard”)

Film Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the End of Humanity

Warning: Full spoilers follow. As everyone who is even vaguely familiar with this blog knows quite well, I am an avid fan of all things Planet of the Apes. Needless to say, then, I have been waiting for the release of this film pretty much from the moment that the last film was finished. I watched the … Continue reading Film Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the End of Humanity