Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things I Have Learned From Cartoons

Animated cartoons are not just entertaining, they can have some interesting lessons to teach:

Things I have learned from cartoons

That saying Narf does make you feel better.  (From Pinky and the Brain.)

That Scooby Snacks either have a hypnotic effect or impart courage.  I’m not certain which, but those snacks are powerful.  (From Scooby Doo.)

That I have no idea what a pickled schnauzer is, or why someone would pickle a schnauzer or whether the schnauzer is pickled in brine or booze.  (This comes from the line “What in the name of pickled schnauzers!” from Penguins of Madagascar.)

That animated superheroes look good in purple, especially if they’re cartoon ducks. (From Darkwing Duck.)

That you should always take that left turn, be it at Albuquerque or elsewhere.  (From Bugs Bunny.)

That evil geniuses, be they people, dolphins or a hamster, never have simple plans.  They always go for the complicated.  (Take your pick on cartoons for that one.)

And just remember, if you ever need to get someone’s attention, tell them you “artichoked a ukulele hamster”.  I guarantee you’ll have they’re undivided notice.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Spotlight: The Immune

The Spotlight Is On:

The Immune by Doc Lucky Meisenheimer:

In the not-so-distant future, a biological crisis of epic proportions threatens the world.  Genetically manufactured creatures, named airwars, attack and kill at random.  Despite having captured and sequestered the airwars creator, a hastily formed world government appears more effective in consolidating power than managing the crisis.
Hope emmerges when a navy admiral discovers there are indivduals born genetically immune to the deadly stings of the creatures.  As the "immunes" struggle to protect humanity, they bemoan escalating government control.  There is, however, one key "immune" with the intelligence and leadership to look beyound the crisis.  As the government unfolds its secret plans to end the crisis, the destined future of humanity may well rest on his shoulders.


Author Bio:

Doc Lucky Meisenheimer is making his spellbinding sci-fi debut with a stunning novel of political intigue and past-faced adventure.

Meisenheimer is also known as a dermatologic surgeon, chief of the dermatology division of Orlando Regional Medical Center and author of multiple scientific and general publications.  His first non-fiction book, Lucky's Collector's Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yo's is in the Smithsonian Institution.  He holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest yo-yo collection.

A competitive swimmer, he is a former Masters world record holder and national champion.  A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he wrote and directed National Lampoon's RoboDoc Dissected: The Making of RoboDoc.


Monday, April 18, 2011

A Review of HBO’s Game of Thrones

Winter is coming.

Fantasy lovers and, hopefully, fans of the books by George R. R. Martin will not be disappointed in the series Game of Thrones if one judges by the quality of the premiere episode.
The beauty and detail of the visuals is astounding and lends the ideal atmosphere that pulls the viewer into the story immediately.  From the first opening of the massive gate onto a cold white winter this world breathes life, and death, magnificently.
We are induced to the characters quickly, Eddard Stark and his family, King Robert Baratheon, his queen and her less than honourable family, and enemies to the throne just off the horizon.  The episode unfolds as the wheels of the plot are put into play, characters taking stage with their schemes and secrets, until that last, breathless shot of iniquity.
This show will easily capture the attention and fascination of anyone who loves an intricate and commanding drama.  Game of Thrones is the fantasy genre at its best.

For more information on Game of Thrones

Article first published as TV Review: Game of Thrones on Blogcritics.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Spotlight: Sofia's Legacy

The Spotlight Is On:

Sofia’s Legacy by Marilyn L Rice:

Is There ‘Life’ After Death?

In Sofia’s Legacy, the second novel in author Marilyn L Rice’s fascinating trilogy, Sofia has died, but has come back from “upstairs” to watch her own funeral.
She attends with her deceased father to see that everything proceeds as it should. Watching events “downstairs,” Sofia wants to help her loved ones, with no one aware of her presence. As Sofia adjusts to death, she and the others upstairs enjoy the pleasures of the afterlife.
In the previous book, Look After Each Other, Sofia transformed her life after learning of her impending death. Now she is seeking the answers to the questions all of us want to know. What exactly happens after we die?

Book Website:

Author Bio:

Marilyn L Rice was born in Nottingham in February 1951 and spent her early childhood in a Nottinghamshire country village. She moved to Derbyshire in 1960 and attended the local Grammar School. She then went on to the Crewe College of Education to study Divinity and Literary Studies for 3 years and obtained a Certificate in Education. She moved on to the University of Keele and read Divinity and Education for a year before gaining a B.Ed degree.
She graduated in 1973 and began a teaching career in Secondary Education that was to last for twenty years. During those years, she married and divorced, like so many of her contemporaries.  She travelled, studied Leisure and Tourism, completed a writing course, worked as a part-time holiday hostess, and a market researcher.  Unfortunately, ill health forced Marilyn into early retirement from teaching and to take life at a steadier pace. She now spends her time writing and reading. 

She self-published her first book, Time & Tide, followed by Stay in Touch.  She has since published books one and two of her "Sofia Trilogy" with Strategic Book Publishing, Look After Each Other and Sofia’s Legacy.  She is currently writing, Love You Forever, the final work in the "Sofia Trilogy".

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Spotlight: Light Bringer

The Spotlight Is On:

Light Bringer by Pat Bertram:

Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions.
Who has been looking for her all those years?
Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen?
Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his?
And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area?

Light Bringer is also available on Smashwords

Author Bio:

Pat Bertram is a native of Colorado. When the traditional publishers stopped publishing her favorite type of book — character and story driven novels that can’t easily be slotted into a genre — she decided to write her own. Second Wind Publishing liked her style and published four of Bertram’s books: Light Bringer, Daughter Am I, More Deaths Than One, and A Spark of Heavenly Fire.  Bertram blogs about life, writing and the writing life at and is the moderator of two online discussion groups that help both new and experienced authors further develop their craft: No Whine, Just Champagne on and Suspense/ThrillerWriters on Facebook.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book Spotlight: Regolith

The Spotlight Is On:

Regolith by Brent Reilly:

When Spacewatch Director Henry Jackson suspects the largest asteroid in 65 million years will strike America in 2012, he must save a skeptical public from mile-high tsunamis, pressure blasts, sterilizing heat, record earthquakes, and a trillion tons of falling molten rock called regolith.
Then he loses his escape plane, stranding his family near Ground Zero, where they must improvise to survive.

Regolith is also avalable on Smashwords.

Author Bio:

Brent Reilly is the son of a magazine editor, has a Master's degree in Counseling, speaks Spanish, and builds oceanfront Caribbean condos. You find him and his books on Goodreads:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book Spotlight: Universal Genius: Collected Fiction

The Spotlight Is On:

Universal Genius: Collected Fiction by Erin Lale:

Universal Genius: Collected Fiction is an ebook of short stories that were first published in print magazines and are now available in electronic format for the first time.
Short stories in this anthology:
  • The Timelessness Machine (reprinted from The Sterling Web)-Hard science fiction
  • Obamaphone- Alternate history
  • In the Beginning Was the Microchip (reprinted from The Science Fiction Store Club Magazine)- Hard science fiction/cyberpunk
  • The Betrayed (reprinted from Mythic Circle)- Fantasy
  • Stopover on Monta Colony (reprinted from The Science Fiction Store Club Magazine)- Science fiction
  • Gina (reprinted from Collector’s Club Newsletter)- Science fiction
  • Russian Sauna (reprinted from Shadowlane)- Magical realism
  • Infinity is a Function of This Universe- Hard science fiction
  • Tsim- Science fiction

Author Bio:

Originally from northern California, I now share a home in Nevada with my mom, Meta, my Bengal Cat, Beni-Wan Cat-Obi, an '84 Silverado named the Warhoop Wagon, two drums named Grandmother Elk and Mr. Hairy Goat, and an invisible garden gnome who prefers not to be named.

My publishing career started in 1985. My published works and paid writing include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, jokes, puzzles, magazine fillers, catalog copy, web content, photos, slogans, videos, recipes, technical writing, academic papers, speeches, and procedure manuals. I was the publisher and editor of Berserkrgangr Magazine, a full format quarterly print magazine than ran 16 issues in the 90s.  I served on the Mythopoeic Society Fantasy Fiction Awards Committee, and owned and operated The Science Fiction Store in Las Vegas.

I believe that I meet the criteria to be considered a polymath. Over the course of my life, in no particular order, I've taught Russian in a university, bred a new breed of creeping phlox flower, competed in martial arts tournaments, invented technical processes in iDEN and CDMA technology used by Sprint-Nextel, won the Double Ruby Award from the National Forensic League, sang in a public gig in the Celtic folk-rock band North Wind, invented the multiple layer sunprint process and became the world's most prominent contemporary sunprint artist, served on the Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Advisory Board, won a recipe contest, wrote for the sports page of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, was the founding Chairman of City Lights Artists' Co-op in Henderson, NV, conducted a public performance by the Sage Women Drum Circle, wrote Russian language user-interface protocols for mainframes, won a costume award at a science fiction convention, had a solo show of my art on the Las Vegas Strip, became an ordained minister and held religious services for a congregation, won an award for a commercial I wrote and filmed, was consulted by an archeologist about the orthography of a runic inscription on an 8th century sword, ran for Nevada State Assembly (the subject of my book How to Lose at Politics, Or, Not Bad for a Libertarian), and worked as a farmer, alarm dispatcher, techsupport rep, insurance underwriting manager, survey taker, substitute teacher, fabric dyer, wedding videographer, and corporate spy (otherwise known as mystery shopper) and wrote and directed the indie magical realist art film Rain Dance.

You can find Erin Lale and her books on Goodreads:

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