All Things Stephen King

I just finished reading Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute and it’s now one of my favorite books by this master. The stakes are high in this tale of kidnapping, telepathy, and saving the world. The tension is palatable, the characters are...

Great Summer Reads

This weekend kicks off the start of summer with the opening of neighborhood swimming pools, Memorial Day parades, and celebrations like the World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison. Summer is also the perfect time to relax at the beach, at an outdoor cafe, or in a...

The Golden Age of TV

One of the things I do as a writer is to justify watching hours of live-streamed television by claiming it’s a way to study my craft. I’m not totally off the mark — television shows today are incredibly well scripted, acted, costumed, and filmed....

Christmas Book Flood

On Christmas Eve in Iceland, people give books as presents and then everyone spends the whole night reading and drinking hot chocolate. The tradition has created Jolabokaflod which translates to “Christmas (or Yule) Book Flood” because of the large number...