I know Character X isn’t Dead. Big Deal

I’m going out on a limb with the Avengers Infinity War. Specifically, the ‘we know you’re in a later movie, so you’re not dead” memes. This idea is all over the internet, with some going so far as to suggest, rather pompously, that the knowledge kept them from enjoying the movie.

Really? This November, we will get a new movie set in the Wizarding World. Professor Dumbledore will supposedly have a big role. Well gee, I know he’s in charge of Hogwarts years later. Will this mess up my enjoyment of the movie? Of course not.

Anyone worry about Han Solo surviving his own movie? Bruce Wayne? Then there’s the whole deal with book to movie adaptations. We KNOW what will happen going in. Pssst… Hannah Baker kills herself. At the beginning of her story!

The point here is not about how the story plays out; it’s about enjoying it as it unfolds. Live in the movie, not out of it. You’ll enjoy it more that way.


Time Is An Illusion. Lunch Time Doubly So. ~ Douglas Adams

I’ve always loved that quote. Loved it! I just never appreciated what Adams was trying to say until, many years later, I find myself searching for more fun time.

Seriously. We come from work to… what? More work. Stuff around the house, bills, kids’ activities, not to mention my author work (which I LOVE). Call the time suck whatever you like, but that won’t make it go away. Oh sure, I could make lists and prioritize everything and still not finish. How much do you want to bet that ‘having fun’ isn’t something I wrote down?

What’s gotten into you, Keith?” you ask. TBH, it’s Westworld. Yeah, you read that right. Westworld.

I happen to love the show. What I don’t have is the time to watch it. Not as it’s meant to be watched. As in ‘all in one sitting’. I can’t believe how hard it is to carve out an hour and a half of uninterrupted viewing time for a show no one else in my house watches.

To give you an idea how crazy THAT is, I managed to watch the final round of the Masters. And that’s golf. Seriously. I take heat for watching golf, but that’s nothing compared to the head shakes I get from watching SFF. Football, no problem. The NHL playoffs? Piece of cake. But the minute I turn on Westworld, or Game of Thrones for that matter, I might as well have dropped a sugar cube onto an ant-infested sidewalk.

A house that had seemed empty is suddenly full of people with things for me to do. How does that happen? At least with sports, I get enough commercials to sneak off and check stuff off that ‘no fun list’. Not so with shows like Westworld. You don’t just pause a show this good. You watch the whole thing. It’s akin to reading a book in one sitting. You get the ebb and flow. You get hooked. The last thing you want is a reminder to take out the garbage–like now! Kinda breaks the spell, right?

And Westworld does weave a spell. I want more of it. And I want enough time to relish its quality.

Doubly so…

Welcome New-Comers & Thank You

Recently, I’ve noticed a flurry of new followers to this blog. I hope you haven’t been disappointed to find it SO dormant. Between work, evening edit sessions on my work-in-progress, and family time, I haven’t had much time to keep this blog up to date. Oh yeah, I’m really into the NHL playoffs too. Another time zapper.

All of this probably reads like an excuse, and it probably is. The point is: with new followers, likely coming from Twitter or from interest in my books, it’s time for me to pay more attention to it.

Soooo, thank every new follower for bringing this to my attention. I can’t guarantee I’ll have anything interesting to say, but I’ll work on it. For everyone who stayed with the blog through this long dry spell, thank you too.

Author Interview: Keith Yatsuhashi – Kojiki and Kokoro

Why Words Work

Mythical creatures. Giant robots. Intergalatic destinies. Magical mysteries.

Keith Yatsuhashi’s novels, Kojiki and Kokoro, stretch across the divide between fantasy and sci-fi. Their vibrant, action-packed worlds have inspired many fans of the speculative fiction genre. Not only because of they’re ability to blend magic with science, but also because of the underlying passion that runs beneath the narrative.

Today on Why Words Work, we meet the source of that passion. I invited the lovely Keith Yatsuhashi to speak to us about his writing life, his inspirations, and what his decade long experience as a figure skater – yes, a figure skater – can teach us about the writing discipline.

So, without further ado, here is Keith Yatsuhashi!

Keith Yatsuhashi

How does someone balance a full-time job with being a speculative fiction author writing about monsters and robots?

I’d add in being a parent too! LOL. It all puts a very real…

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New Books (February)

Civilian Reader


Featuring: Dan Abnett, David Annandale, Col Buchanan, John Connolly, Kris D’Agostino, N.S. Dolkart, C.Z. Dunn, Ben Galley, Guy Haley, Joseph Helmreich, Darius Hinks, Gabe Hudson, Stephen Graham Jones, George Mann, Brian McClellan, David Mealing, Megan E. O’Keefe, Liza Palmer, M.L. Rio, Roslund & Hellström, Adam Sternbergh, Anthony Tambakis, Matt Wallace, Keith Yatsuhashi

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