Category Archives: 1980s

new year, “new mutants”

After the debacle that was Dark Phoenix, I thought that the X-Men film franchise as we know it was dead, but this looks really cool:

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twl playlist, track 10: “paranoid”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of vintage hard rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my young adult dark fantasy novel.   TWL tells of … Continue reading

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twl playlist, track 6: “in the dark”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy … Continue reading

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twl playlist, track 2: “the wanton song”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark … Continue reading

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finally home after 40 years

In the summer of 1979, my mother moved us from Phoenix, AZ to Greenbelt, MD.  I was 12 at the time, and to say that the move changed my life forever would be like saying that the Grand Canyon is … Continue reading

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i remember when rock was fun

Something’s been nagging at me while I’ve been writing my next novel, In Lonely Lands.  Alyx, the misfit 17-year old girl who is the protagonist, is a big fan of old-school hard rock, particularly bands from the 1980’s.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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sam’s song

As I mentioned in my first post about In Lonely Lands, my work-in-progress fantasy/horror novel, Sam Patterson, one of the main characters, is a 17-year old high-school student who, despite suffering from mild cerebral palsy, is bright, an avid gamer, and … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 3

Previously, I had talked about what makes monsters scary; as well as how despite appearances to the contrary, monsters really only come in two types.  Now I’d like to share with you some monsters that scared me when I was … Continue reading

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my new old friends

A few weeks ago, I went to my “30-ish” year high school reunion. We were supposed to meet the year before, but couldn’t get it done. It happens. I’m not really sure why I went. For me, the best part … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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