Same as it ever was

My mother: “Your music is much too loud.” My father: “You are a leadfoot.” Decades later: My youngest child: “Your music is too loud.” “You drive really *fast.” *I drive the speed of the traffic around me when the children are in the car. It’s only when I have a car to myself that I […]

Knoxville’s 2019 Primary

I live in the county. If I walk my neighborhood, which I won’t during mosquito season, I would weave in and out of the city. Someday, developers will intervene and my tiny, working class neighborhood will be gobbled up by the city. Until then, I vote only for county offices. There are six candidates on […]

Crying in the popcorn bucket

As the lights dimmed in our completely full auditorium on opening night, the audience applauded. The instant the applause faded, sniffles could be heard. There was a palpable tension as everyone waited to see the conclusion of twenty something movies and a couple of TV shows. At an emotional point on the screen, I wiped […]

Just an idea

Book Lovers Con needs to add a bookshop of links the way LibertyCon did. Except maybe, make it sexier. I non-creepery stalk the various book cons that have participating writers who I’d sit and listen to for hours. I do the same with the National Book Festival, but I don’t fantasize about going to that […]

I do it wrong – part two

I don’t care if I pronounce character names correctly in my head. Sometimes I’m guessing correctly. If I think Myfanwy looks like Tiffany with an M, that’s what I’ll think when I read it. All the characters have a X or a Q randomly stuck in a series of letters? I’m making a guess and […]

I do it wrong

Websites collect data from users under the guise of improving the site based on user needs. It’s also to sell things to users, advertisers and the bottom feeders who buy existing data sets of user contact info. It is what it is. For data sets to be useful, assumptions are made about how a site […]

The Rook

When I read The Rook, it made my skin crawl. The book is creepy and fascinating while the sequel book is chaotic and satisfying. After the first trailer for the TV adaptation, I knew they were going to make it action-adventure. I’m still going to watch every last minute of it. Sometimes, adaptations are very […]