Running List of Read Books: 2015

  1. By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  5. Curtain by Agatha Christie
  6. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
  7. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
  8. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. Nemesis by Agatha Christie
  10. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
  11. Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
  12. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  13. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  16. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  17. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  18. Sum by David Eagleman
  19. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
  20. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
  21. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  22. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  23. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  24. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  25. A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
  26. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  27. Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card
  28. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
  29. Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card
  30. Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
  31. First Meetings in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card
  32. Dune by Frank Herbert
  33. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  34. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  35. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  36. Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
  37. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  38. The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
  39. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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Running List of Read Books: 2014

  1. Harrington on Hold ‘Em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments Vol. 1 by Dan Harrington
  2. Harrington on Hold ‘Em: Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments Vol. 2 by Dan Harrington
  3. A Path of Shadows by Lauren Haney
  4. Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
  5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  6. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  7. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  8. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
  9. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
  10. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  11. The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
  12. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  13. The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
  14. Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
  15. Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
  16. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  17. Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
  18. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  19. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  20. Breakthrough Advertising by Gene Schwartz
  21. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
  22. Murder in Mesopotamia by “
  23. Cards on the Table by “
  24. Dumb Witness by “
  25. Death on the Nile by “
  26. Appointment with Death by “
  27. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by “
  28. Murder is Easy by “
  29. And Then There Were None by “
  30. Sad Cypress by “
  31. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by “
  32. Evil Under the Sun by “
  33. N or M? by “
  34. The Body in the Library by “
  35. Five Little Pigs by “
  36. The Moving Finger by “
  37. Towards Zero by “
  38. Death Comes as the End by “
  39. Sparkling Cyanide by “
  40. The Hollow by “
  41. Taken at the Flood by “
  42. Crooked House by “
  43. A Murder is Announced by “
  44. They Came to Baghdad by “
  45. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by “
  46. They Do It with Mirrors by “
  47. After the Funeral by “
  48. A Pocket Full of Rye by “
  49. Destination Unknown by “
  50. Hickory Dickory Dock by “
  51. Dead Man’s Folly by “
  52. 4.50 from Paddington by “
  53. Ordeal by Innocence by “
  54. Cat Among the Pigeons by “
  55. The Pale Horse by “
  56. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by “
  57. The Clocks by “
  58. A Caribbean Mystery by “
  59. At Bertram’s Hotel by “
  60. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  61. Third Girl by Agatha Christie
  62. Endless Night by “

 

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The Flex Donut Collection Changed My Life

If you’re lucky, a few times in your life you’re going to eat something so good that it impresses itself in your brain for the rest of your life.

Let’s face it, even though some restaurants make food that is better than others, very seldom do they make something that is so unique, so PERFECT, that you doubt you could get the same thing anywhere else. Out of the millions of restaurants in the world, only a small percentage make something that changes your life.  Continue reading

How to do research – Tips, Advice, and Useful Websites

If you read my post on how to be a good critique/revision partner, you will remember that one of the things I talked about was paying attention to the details and determining that all the facts were right. Obviously “facts” consist of verifiable data that can be looked up or compared against something in real life.

The “facts” of a work of fiction are fluid, they’re part of the world building done by the author. If an author decides he or she wants to make something up, they’re completely in their rights. Continue reading

My “First” Time – Poker Edition

I learned how to play poker in January of 2012. By the time I joined the party, online poker had long seen its blackest day. It was a very confusing time for me, because I was too shy to go into a casino and sit at a table, and all the poker sites would tell me I could only play for fake money since I was located in the US.

It was only after some roundabout research that I realized there was a huge crack down the year before and I was going to be stuck playing Zynga Poker until I got up the guts to play live. Continue reading

How to Be a Great Editor & Other Revising Wisdom

It’s extremely important for those of us who are writers and those of us who read other people’s pieces in order to provide constructive criticism, to be mindful of what it really means to be a good editor.

All of us who want to write for a living dream of being published one day. The road to a published work is long, hard and bumpy. It requires a lot of patience, determination, a thick hide, and most importantly: a lot of editing.

One of the core facets of editing is having a critique partner (editor) who will revise your work and is really committed to helping you develop your story into its best incarnation. Continue reading

Poker Banter: The Vortex of Despair and Dealing With Losses

I’ve been on a huge losing streak for the past 6-8 weeks. Honestly it’s been so long since I came home really happy with my performance that I don’t even remember what it feels like to take a cab home because you have too much cash in your wallet.

I wrote the quote above on May 13, 2013 and my losing streak continued until about a month later, when I definitively decided to go on a break to get my mind right.

I’ve begun to call the period between April 1st and June 30 The Vortex of Despair. I imagine that it feels a little like going through a Stargate wormhole before the SGC compensated for interstellar shift. Dark, cold, and like the feeling of being ripped apart is never going to end. You come out on the other side shivering and barfy. Continue reading