I'm a fan of B movies. Just because Rotten Tomatoes doesn't feel great about something doesn't mean I won't try it. I especially like period pieces like Macbeth. Pilgrimage showed up in my Netflix suggestions and I gave it a try. Very well done! I can accept why it wouldn't do well in theaters and … Continue reading Pilgrimage



A little late on my weekend post. Shoo.... Now that we have snow covering the driveway, I've got a smile on, a mug of hot chocolate, and time to process some thoughts. I had the idea to give a 2018 books-I-read post that would evolve into reviews of the series I consumed last year. I … Continue reading Lukewarm

Two Crowns: Book 1 of The Tale of Princess Penelope

I've always considered Princess Penelope to be a working title, but I liked the title "Two Crowns" when doing my brainstorming over the summer. I just finished compiling a bunch of my research material into Scrivener, my preferred writing software. For me, that's a great thing. It means forward momentum! I took a few minutes … Continue reading Two Crowns: Book 1 of The Tale of Princess Penelope

Coming Home: Dialogue and Poetry

This past week I had the privilege of participating in a dialogue called the Coming Home Dialogues. This organization works to provide venues where veterans can use the humanities as a means of exploring their experiences. The content includes "DIALOGUES ON THE MORAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND SPIRITUAL IMPACTS OF WAR." The group is supported graciously by … Continue reading Coming Home: Dialogue and Poetry

Why Are There So Many Big Walls in Fantasy Novels?

Thank you. This concept has been unsettling to me, and I needed some outside thoughts to clarify my opinion and thinking. And naturally, as a writer, I want to write about a BAW (big @$$ wall) in every one of my stories. Maybe it’s a virus that needs inoculation?

A. C. Spahn

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I’ve just started reading Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’m not far into it enough to comment on the story’s overall quality, but I came across something early on.

The land is divided.

By a big-ass wall.

Separating the north from the south.

And now I’m finally asking somebody to explain to me: Why do we keep writing about this?

What is our collective obsession with giant mounds of stone and dirt forming stretch marks across the landscape?

In A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Westeros.

In Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, we have a huge wall dividing the frozen north from the cultivated south of Alera. We have another wall dividing the Marat lands in the north from the Calderon Valley in the south.

In Lord of the…

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