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Think, Sip, Write: ep 40 – Land of Oz

Lana sits in as cohost for this episode all about L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz.  From the 40 original novels, we discuss some noteworthy adaptations in film, games, and more.  What are your favorite Oz works?

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Think, Sip, Write: ep39 – Fairy Tale Origins

As a writer of fiction I am not ashamed to admit that fairy tales played a huge part in me wanting to be a writer.  There was always the action, the cool villain, and often a good love story.  The Grimm Brothers and Disney did a great job of shaping that side of my tastes.  But what about the true events that inspired such tales?  Roberta and I reveal some interesting things about them in this latest episode of #thinksipwrite

Review: Marvel’s The Defenders ssn 1

Defenders_NetflixNetflix surely has a hit with its Marvel TV shows, but that doesn’t mean they have all been great.  Daredevil season 1 and 2 as well as Luke Cage were outstanding.  Iron Fist started strong, but underwhelmed in the latter half of the season.  Jessica Jones had a great concept, but could have been done in 4 episodes because 13 was much too long and drawn out.  So with the Defenders coming out I had a bag of mixed emotions.  How did it fare?

The Defenders had an amazing first two episodes.  They filled in the gap of what was happening with each character after we last saw them all.  It was story building at its finest.  People complained that they all don’t even meet until episode 3, but they obviously have no desire for substance.  It is well worth the wait.

At that point I was worried that with such a great buildup, that the last 4 episodes would fall short.  They did not.  The action sequences and story held up to standards, and even though the post climax was drawn out, the 8 episodes made for in my opinion the best Marvel Netflix show yet.  Even at the end of the credits we get a surprise teaser trailer for the Punisher coming later this year.

There were plenty of twists and turns, and a few things left unsaid.  The ending left me wondering whether the Hand was done, and who survived of the four stuck at the bottom of the shaft?  Surely Matt Murdock could not have escaped on his own.  So, who got him to the surface?

As for the characters individually here’s how I see them:

Luke Cage & Daredevil were as expected.  I think both were flawless and exactly how portrayed before.  Jessica Jones was still herself at the core, but her interactions with the other characters, in particular Matt Murdock, were so much more likeable.  She worked better with a team than alone.  Iron Fist finally made that transition to hero.  He was much more deserving of the title in this than his own show, making it more exciting anticipation for his next season.  Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, Karen Page, Foggy, Trish, and Stick were all used sparingly enough to not overcrowd the plot.

Overall it was an enjoyable and fun ride.  I’d call it the Avengers for adults, and am eager to see them all team up again.  I’ll give it 4.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?

Think, Sip, Write: ep 38 – A White Dinner

Roberta and I chat about an amazing event called, “Diner En Blanc”. What fun events like this do you have in your town? Have you ever been to a Diner en Blanc? If so, share your experiences in the comments below.

Think, Sip, Write: ep38 – Etiquette

This episode takes inspiration from a chapter in my book NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS and talks about etiquette.  Join Roberta and I for a fun chat, and be sure to comment with your own thoughts.  #thinksipwrite

Shifting Gears: A book release update

2017 has been extremely interesting and productive so far, but it also has forced me to alter the schedule a little in terms of my novels and books.  This is actually for the better, as there will be more projects released, but focuses on shorter stories so that the longer ones can have more time to develop.  Here’s what is currently in progress and estimated release dates:

THE THIRST OF CAIN – Book 11 in the Eternal Hunger Saga is being pushed back from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.  I decided to use more historical events to make this feel like a direct sequel to BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING and A COURSE FOR HUMANITY; as well as being a great stand alone entry.  This means much more research of course, so in order to not rush the final product I’m taking my time to properly represent historical events in different eras.

DIGESTED CONCEPTS – This won’t be released until 2019, but I began work on it now.  I’ve gone through and reread all of my previous novels to touch on each concept in them.  This will be a non-fiction companion book to the series.  It will go through a behind the scenes look at what’s in the saga from the start of my writing career to the end of the Eternal Hunger Saga (including details on all 12 novels, spinoff short stories, and the trilogy releases)

THE LOST HOUR – A short story spinoff of A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, which will delve into the back story to the first successful trip through time, and dealing with the consequences.  This will be released in late October of this year.

UPSIDE DOWN DAYS – My daughter came up with an amazing story for a children’s book, so I’m working with her for a November release of this year.  She’s hashed out the plot and I’m helping tweak the story and write it.  She will also be illustrating the pages, and I couldn’t be more excited to do this with her.

THE LOST DAY – A short story spinoff of THE THIRST OF CAIN, that will be released one month after the novel next year.  It will touch on an event mentioned in the main story, but not actually featured.

There is of course a plethora of other things in the works, but to which I can’t yet go into detail.  Feel free to share your current projects and stay tuned.

Mayhem at the Cape

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Emlen Physick Estate in 1879. Photo courtesy of Cape May MAC

 

Cape May, New Jersey is one of my favorite places to escape to for writing and inspiration. I’ve been wrapped up with a few books in process, but needed a little escape, and this weekend was perfect. Instead of staying at our normal place, my wife Roberta was invited to review the Congress Hall hotel. (Check out http://www.homemadedelish.com for her review).

 

The history in that place alone is amazing, but the town has so much more going on than just that one land mark. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (www.capemaymac.org) has a wide array of tours and events available all year round.

We’ve previously done the horse and buggy tour, but decided to go for something a little more in my realm of writing. I originally intended to do the ghost trolley tour, but Susan Krysiak (director of media relations) suggested I check out the Cape Mayhem Trolley Tour.

This goes beyond just telling about the many haunted tales of the town, but delves into the history of some bizarre rituals and practices that people did during the Victorian Era.

I don’t want to spoil much about the ride itself on the history end, because it is something you need to see for yourself. What I can say is that even if you aren’t a history buff or fan of the weird and spooky, this is a very relaxing and fun half hour ride.

One place I will mention that was the highlight of the tour was the story about the Emlen Physick Estate. I’d always seen the house but didn’t know how intriguing its history was. My next trip to town will definitely include a tour of the estate, which is also run by the same knowledgeable people as the trolley tours.

If you’ve ever been on one of these tours, then please comment below and share your experiences. If you haven’t then make sure to visit http://www.capemaymac.org to see what you’re missing. Feel free to contact their media relations at 609-224-6036 or skrysiak@capemaymac.org #capemaymac

Think, Sip, Write: ep37 – Bugged Out

We promise we aren’t becoming a food challenge series, but this was in demand from a few viewers, and thanks to Thailand Unique it was made possible.  Roberta and I push past our culinary norms to eat bugs, but these aren’t just small bugs.  Watch to find out how far we go.  Visit http://www.thailandunique.com to see how you can order edible insects and more. #thinksipwrite

Think, Sip, Write: ep36 – Baby Food Feast

Roberta and I chat about how to get children to eat or try new foods, and in turn we blind taste test some jarred baby foods.  Check out our interesting reactions in the latest episode of #thinksipwrite.

Think, Sip, Write: Ep 35 – What does that body part do?

Did you ever wonder why men have nipples?  What is your appendix for?  Why do we have certain body parts that seem to have little or no function?  Join our discussion as Roberta and I chat about some little known facts about the body on our latest episode of #thinksipwrite.

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