What Is The Master Plan?

When I talk about my writing, I keep refer­ring to a master plan. And there really is one. Admit­tedly, it's gone through several refine­ments and will likely go through a few more as things continue. But there is a roadmap that I'm following quite care­fully, and slowly. Plan­ning Around Limi­ta­tions The first thing to under­stand is that this is a project oper­ating under a few of non-negotiable limi­ta­tions. Primarily that it is a hobby and not a profes­sion. This is not my attempt to make writing a primary income source. My advice on that would be signif­i­cantly different.

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TV Review: Gotham S01E09 — Harvey Dent

It's been a while since I checked into Gotham with a review, but I have been watching it every week. The show is more compelling than I would have predicted from the first episode. Why review this partic­ular episode? Well it is called Harvey Dent. And that should catch the atten­tion of anyone with more than a passing famil­iarity with the Batman mythos. Gotham's biggest strength so far has been its cast of actors.  Whether it's Ben McKenzie as the earnest Jim Gordon, Robin Lord Taylor as a perfectly cast Penguin or Donal Logue as a lovably slovenly Harvey Bullock, this is a cast that makes the most of every­thing they're given. The plots them­selves are rela­tively pedes­trian really, but much like with Batman himself it is the cast of char­ac­ters that enlivens things.

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Book Review: Raven's Shadow Book 2 — Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan

Tower Lord is the second book in the Raven's Shadow fantasy series by Anthony Ryan. Obvi­ously if you haven't read the first book, this isn't the place to start but I'd recom­mend reading it and you can see my review of Blood Song right here. Where's The Tower? [amazon template=image&asin=0425265625]While this is most defi­nitely a contin­u­a­tion of the story that Ryan started in Blood Song, he makes a bold, and risky, choice by changing narra­tive format. In the first book it was all the story of Vaelin Al Sorna as related by Vaelin to a scribe. It's not a literary device I partic­u­larly care for so I was quite happy to see it go away this time round. However, moving from a single view­point char­acter to four is a pretty radical change to pull on you readers. And judging by the online reac­tion some of them really didn't like it.

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The Wolves Of West Virginia Part 6 — Running The Wolves

The woods around me were a tight tangle that threat­ened to trip me with every step. I pushed through the brush, shielding my face from the branches. I wasn’t even worrying about staying quite. The bird’s stare haunted me. It scared me. I didn’t know what I was dealing with, but there was some­thing in this wood that could handle eight were­wolves with ease. That alone was terri­fying. Sure they weren’t in wolf form yet, but they were strong already.

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Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 3

Part three of my Dragons of Autumn Twlight Re-read covers chap­ters 10 through 12. "Tanis, we must leave. There is nothing more we can do and we must reach Xak Tsaroth. Then we will have our revenge." The Story So Far Despite Raistlin's warn­ings the company enters Darken Wood. At first it all seems fine and pleasant, but after night falls things change. Tanis notices that his elven sight is not working and the company finds itself surrounded by the spirits of the dead. Raistlin is able to commu­ni­cate with them and they are taken to meet a group of centaurs who in turn take them deeper into the wood to meet the Forestmaster.

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TV Review: The Flash S01E05 — Plastique

Although I'm watching it weekly it's been a while since I checked into The Flash with a review. So let's take a look at episode 5 Plas­tique. While its TV sibling Arrow has, largely, steered clear of super powered char­ac­ters it seems The Flash fully embraces them. Right from the pilot episode where it gave us a reimag­ined Weather Wizard, the show has not only openly embraced super powers, but also the, rather goofy, villains that are Flash's Rogues Gallery. Plas­tique, however, is not tradi­tion­ally a Flash villain but rather a spar­ring partner for Captain Atom. As, I'm sure it's no coin­ci­dence, is General Eiling. Monster Of The Week So far The Flash has largely stuck to a supervil­lain of the week format with only the CW soap-opera elements and the little tags at the end about Dr. Wells serving to move along any larger plot.

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Book Review: The Thirteenth Tower by Sara C. Snider

The Thir­teenth Tower offers a rather different style of fantasy story from the usual epic.  It's a much more personal tale and also smaller in scale. The world does not seem to be in the balance here. The story here is all about Emelyn and her place in the world. You might be forgiven, on reading the opening chapter, for thinking you were reading some sort of Downton Abbey type of novel. Certainly that seems to be the type of world that Emelyn lives in, working as a servant in a house owned by a well to do family. But this low key begin­ning lulls the reader so that when the weird­ness begins happening, it is all the more striking. And the strange carnival of wildlings or fae crea­tures with the towns­folk firmly in their spell has an almost dream­like quality to it that is also very effective.

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