Book Review: “American Ulysses” by Ronald White

If you still didn’t know yet, Ulysses Grant is my favorite American in history. Why exactly? Probably because of the raw deal that this great man has received in our history books. In a rare case of history being written by the vanquished, former Confederates or their descendants swarmed academia in the late 19th and …

I’m Querying Again!

As of yesterday, I’ve officially sent out the first of many querying emails for Creed: Mandate of Heaven. I’m very excited to be doing this again, and I hope to actually get some full manuscript requests this time (if you’re an agent reading this I promise you won’t be disappointed if you request the full …

Book Review: “Founding Brothers” by Joseph J. Ellis

Examining some famous events surrounding America’s birth and maturation, Founding Brothers puts a new spin on familiar topics! Typically, we call the men who founded America the Founding Fathers. This gives us a particular image, one of old, wisened, dignified men who speak softly and lovingly. In turn, this has led us to believe that …

Memorial Day 2021

It’s Memorial Day weekend! I won’t keep you long as I’d like to spend this time with my family. But this is a holiday that serves as a day of remembrance for those who died in military service. And I can’t let the day pass without mentioning the five Marines in the picture. They lost …

“Do you want to fight?”

I’m currently reading American Ulysses, a phenomenal biography of Ulysses S. Grant written by Ronald C. White. This is the third or fourth such book I’ve read about Grant, but every time I seem to learn more and more about one of my favorite Americans! For instance when he lived in Galena, IL, White tells …

“It is difficult to say anything without saying too much…”

“It is difficult to say anything without saying too much: the attempt to say a few words opens a floodgate of excitement, the egoist and artist at once desires to say how the stuff has grown, what it is like, and what (he thinks) he means or is trying to represent by it all.” -J. …

Book Review: “Genghis Khan” by Frank McLynn

I just finished reading an enormous volume on the famous conqueror Genghis Khan. Sadly, it wasn’t nearly as good as I hoped. Honestly, this is one of my least favorite history books. The timeline wasn’t linear, the author kind of jumped around Genghis’ life a bit in the middle of the book. He also went …

Book Review: “1NG4” by Berthold Gambrel

“1NG4: A Long Short Story” was a fun little read! I’m usually not a fan of short stories because the overall length leaves little time for truly connecting with characters and getting a feel for their world, so I take that into consideration when I do choose to read one and try to be fair …

Weekend Update: Going Cold Turkey

Sorry that I missed the usual Friday blog post, I was suddenly busy yesterday morning. But I’m here with another weekend update! Unfortunately for me, I’ve decided to severely cutback on my intake of pop (soda as some incorrectly call it) and I no longer keep it in the house. So that’s been a challenge …

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