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Review: American Gods

American GodsI just finished reading American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil Gaiman and it was not a mere sheaf of printed paper stuck together between card stock cover. This book was an immersive experience.

Written by Neil Gaiman, I don’t need to point out that the writing is flawless and technically perfect. It shines like the Hope Diamond; brilliant, larger than life and trailing dark mystery behind like a comet in my mind. That’s signature Gaiman.

I have loved his stories since Sandman. Gaiman’s work runs deep with significance like coal twisting through the earth. Like coal, his stories lie in the mind, cold but alive and with the potential to flame. Once you take in these tales, they continue to live inside you, birthing thoughts you never thought would live inside you. They are always lovely—disturbing sometimes, frightening, enlightening—but always, always beautiful.

I won’t bother telling you mundane details like plot and character. You don’t need to know. Just trust this is Gaiman, leading you to places you haven’t been or ever thought you’d go. Let him lead you through an America as you’ve never seen it but always suspected existed. American Gods will introduce you to a true America – one built on foreign blood and imagination taking root to create a new world. Five stars from me, with thanks to Gaiman for the experience.

Gold star

 

Sneaky Peek at Latest WIP: Don’t Worry, Star

First peek at Don't Worry, Star, due out Oct. 5.

First peek at Don’t Worry, Star, due out Oct. 5.

What Did the Cat See? was my experiment with Kindle Book Creator and it turned out better than expected. It stayed in the Top 10 list for Amazon cat books the entire time it was free, peaking at #1. That got my engines revved, and I immediately started planning the follow-up.

Due October 5, Don’t Worry, Star is well underway. This time I’m combining my own photography with digital images to create a unique style of illustration. Don’t Worry, Star is a reassurance to children that they need not worry about a thing. They are perfect as they are.

Written for my own daughter, Kyra Starr, on her 21st birthday, the message is genuine and something we all need to be reminded at times. Don’t worry… you are fine like you are.

Review: SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Keyboard

IMG_20140630_201815_999After three tries I finally found the perfect keyboard for the iPad: the SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard by this progressive company called SHARKK.

I love writing with this new set up. It syncs up to the iPad almost instantly for quick typing and the response is immediate.

The keys just feel good and they are back lit with a range of zazzy colors to choose from. The keyboard clips to the iPad securely and easily with magnets and the sleek aluminum profile looks good, feels good and is professional without being boring. I can’t say enough good things about this keyboard. It’s so fun to work with I bet it even cures writer’s block ;D

Here’s my video review on the subject – thanks to first time camera man xmonkeydoox for helping me create it!

Journal Jabber – Alicia Sparks – Radio Show 6·1·14

jj1After a few glitches and a lot of learning, the new Journal Jabber shows are starting to come out.  Listen in as Alicia Sparks heats things up as we chat about her newest release, “Sin Bin,” hockey and her birthday.

Journal Jabber on YouTube!

Here it is – the first Journal Jabber show in it’s new home, nestled comfortably on the Ember Spark channel.  What a great first show as well – four authors of microfiction pit pen and prose against each other in a battle of words to see which will walk away as the Iron Writer 2014.

Future shows will be posted on the channel and we will start posting the archives as well.  We will have more freedom to do extra shows and be much more creative than our former platform allowed.  Please have a listen, like and share.  Subscribe to catch them all!

Thanks Ember for hosting Journal Jabber on your channel!