Don’t Tell

She looked around at the clothes thrown all over the floor in horror. “What have we done?” she asked.

“I don’t know about you, but I just had sex.”

“I’m being serious,” she huffed as she started getting dressed. “He can’t know.”

“Ok.”

“Don’t tell him.”

“Do you really think I’m going to start the next conversation I have with my brother by saying, ‘Hey man, I’m nailing your wife’?”

Just then, his phone rang. “Is it him?” she asked nervously.

“Relax,” he sighed. “It’s just one of my grandkids.”

X of Swords

My Marvel Unlimited reading is still going strong. I’ve noticed, however, that about half of the current titles I read are X-Men comics. The reason I noticed this is because, for at least the time being, I’ve stopped reading them.

The reason I’ve stopped reading them is because they’re doing a big crossover story that involves all of them called X of Swords. To put it mildly, I’m not a fan of this story. I’ve debated on whether or not to go into detail about what I don’t like about it, but I think I’ll just generalize on the off chance that I’ll spoil it for someone.

Basically, the whole story is the Marvel version of Mortal Kombat. The overall premise is that a certain number of mutants needs to defeat a certain number of bad guys in one-on-one sword fights otherwise the bad guys will destroy Earth. Sure, there’s other little side stories, but that is the main element.

Now, I might be able to deal with a plot that lame if it was a clear, concise story. It’s not. There’s too many characters spaced out between too many different titles. Even if you read them in order, it still seems jumbled and jumps around.

I hope this story ends soon. I’d like to go back to reading good X-Men material.

Good Day

He gave half a smile.

This was the best day he had in a long time. He didn’t have to work. Somehow, he managed to sleep in well past when his alarm normally went off. When he finally did wake up, he found a text message waiting for him from the girl he really liked. Over and over in his mind, he went over all of the good things that happened to him that day.

It was almost enough to allow him to block out the pain as his flesh was devoured by demons.

Firefly: Big Damn Hero

I was absentmindedly scrolling through Amazon a few months back, as everyone in the world does every now and then, when I came across something I wasn’t expecting to see. It was a novel set in the ‘Verse (or, for those who don’t know what I mean by that, the Firefly/Serenity universe). Until that point, I had no idea that there were novels set there. I knew that they had done a number of Firefly comics because I’ve read most of them. Well, maybe not most. I can’t really say that because I don’t know exactly how many they’ve actually made, but I’m betting it’s more than half.

So, when I saw that there were novels (3 that are completed as of this writing, with a 4th available for preorder), I was excited. I enjoyed everything that I’d seen or read in the ‘Verse up until that point, and I hoped that these books would continue that trend. The first book in the series is entitled Big Damn Hero.

Here is the synopsis as it appears on Amazon:

“The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was “too hot.” But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true…

While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood.

I don’t want to give away any more of the story than that, so I’ll just stick to my feelings on it. Simply put, I really enjoyed it. Was it perfect? No, but it did a very good job of being a novelized version of a Firefly episode. It was very easy to imagine the actors performing the scenes as you read through the pages.

The only thing that bothered me about the book it that the author (James Lovegrove) was constantly referencing something that happened in the show. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but half the time these references seemed forced. It was like he was constantly telling you that this story takes place in the ‘Verse as if you didn’t already know it.

Other than that, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. If you’re a fan of the show/movie, you should definitely give it a try.

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Martians Attack!

My new book, coming soon!

That’s right, I finally decided to release it. And do you know why? Well, for one, it’s done. It has been edited, several times, most recently by me. It wasn’t actually editing as much as it was formatting for publication, and it was a fucking nightmare.

It took me all day and into the night to get the formatting fixed, but once I did, I got the book set up and ready to go, and then I redid the cover and made it a lot better than it was.

I’m so excited!

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In the Blade movies, he gets his powers when his mother is bitten by a vampire while she’s pregnant. At the end of the first movie, it’s revealed that the vampires know about this because his mother turned and joined them. Yet, in the other two movies, the goal of the vampires is to make more like Blade, who can withstand the sunlight. So….. why didn’t they just start biting more pregnant women????

Join the Taco Party!!!

This past presidential election has left people paying far more attention to politics than they normally would. If you’re anything like me, however, the election did nothing to put your mind at ease about the direction our country is going in. Perhaps that’s because the two political parties that we have do nothing except bark back and forth at each other and accomplish nothing.

Because of this, my writing partner Matticus and I have decided to create our own political party, the Taco Party. Our official party position is simple: Tacos are the solution to every problem and, if a problem ever comes along that tacos don’t fix, at least you still have tacos.

So, if you feel the same, join Matticus and I in the Taco Party!