Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And yet the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are treated with all the reverence of …

I Need Your Help!

First, a quick update on the status of my upcoming sequel to His Name Was Zach: I just crossed over 100,000 words in the first draft! At this rate, the story may end up being even longer than the first one, which clocks in at about 480 pages in a 6×9 paperback. My best estimate …

Last Stand of the Bookstore

Today it was announced that book retailer Barnes & Noble is nearing a deal to be taken private. It’s no secret that Barnes & Noble had been limping along for years now. While the rise of Amazon certainly did a number on their bottom line, much of the blame lies at the feet of the …

Update and Surprise Announcement!

The first draft of my up-coming short story ‘Abby: Alone’ is finished! My amazing and beautiful wife gave it her approval, and now I need only to read through it and edit it a couple of times before making it available on Kindle and as a paperback. If you’ve read His Name Was Zach, then …

The Story Behind the Characters: Part 5

Welcome readers to the fifth installment of ‘The Story Behind the Characters’! Today, akin to the time I discussed the brief appearance of Zach’s Marines, I’ll be talking about another group of characters, though this group plays a more prominent role in the story: the zombies themselves. If you’ve read ‘His Name Was Zach’ (and …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And yet the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are treated with all the reverence of …

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