Reviews & Recommendations

Ebay, Writing, and Films (and more)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Reviews & Recommendations

Hi all,

Quick Updates!!!

Tons of Figures on eBay this week following a two week hiatus. More should go up each Thursday all summer. Also, I’m lining up my first toy show of 2017 for next month, AUGUST 6, 2017.

My writing continues elsewhere. I’m writing for Gaming With Swag on the semi-regular, and we are covering films-based-on-games this summer. My first entries: Tron, Mario Bros., and Street Fighter.

And of course, I’m working through 1,000 ideas that may or may not become my next novel, script, or whatever medium I think will best convey them.


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Review: Time Well Spent at Downton Abbey

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Reviews & Recommendations

Tonight, my wife and I finished the series finale of the recent pop culture phenomenon, Downton Abbey. If you’ve not heard of the program, it is a A PBS masterpiece original that follows one of the great houses of England at the turn of the 19th century into the industrial revolution, through the pangs of The First Great War, and the changing times of the 1920’s that followed.

The show centers on the residents of the great house known as Downton Abbey, both the lords and ladies as well as the servants and several of the villagers with whom the household interacts. The show is a program for adults, dealing with social drama, classism, and a variety of other topics that are relevant in our current age.

Perhaps that’s why Downton did so well during its initial run—-not the fact that it is shot beautifully and written wonderfully (though it is both of those things) —- but rather that it speaks to dilemmas that are timeless and relatable to the human condition just as much in 21st century America as they were 100 years ago across the pond in England.

A more skilled writer than I could easily transpose many of the situations that occur over the show’s six seasons to another time in another place that would still resonate with modern audiences.

For me the show resulted in three major reflections, and I thought worth sharing.

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Recommendation: Beginnings by Steve Wiens

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Reviews & Recommendations

From NavPress
Written by Steve Wiens
*PLEASE NOTE: I received a physical copy of this book to review for the publisher.

They awake the same way each morning—in a haze of gray. The hours they sleep do not matter, nor does the weather outdoors. The alarm sounds; their eyes open; they leave the warmth of their bed and fight—they fight—just to get themselves started. These are our neighbors; these are our relatives. Maybe this is us.

We find ourselves in these hard times, these times where the living itself is a struggle, and we hope for renewal, newness. A new start.

A beginning.

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Reviews & Recommendations

Last night, I sat in a filled theater full of enthusiastic fans enjoying Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The audience laughed at the right jokes, gasped at the surprises, and applauded during all the designated crowd-pleasing moments. The viewing was my third time attending a fan-packed Star Wars “early” screening, so I know how these things work. We were primed to embrace the latest installment of our beloved franchise; and gauging audience reactions, the film delivered.

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Monthly Post: I’m Pretty Lousy at Blogging.

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in RandoMusings, Reviews & Recommendations

As I exit the fall season and enter winter, I’ve been looking at my strengths—those things toward which I am naturally inclined or which I can do well. In an unironic twist, I have realized blogging is not one of them. In fact, doing something daily for an extended period of time really is not in my wheelhouse, regardless of how good it is for me.

Maybe that’s why it’s so important.

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in In God's Image Interview Series, Interviews, Reviews & Recommendations

Last week, I published an interview with Ben De Bono, co-host of The Sci-Fi Christian Podcast, which is my favorite podcast currently running (and easily in my top 5 of all time). Today we’ll learn more about the history and mission of the podcast from co-host Matt Anderson.

Matt Anderson is really nice guy—–the kind of nice guy whose friends (like, Ben De Bono) tell him he’s too nice. From listening to the show, you can Matt’s the type who uses a heart’s compass in making decisions, who aches to do what he feels to be the right thing. I can attest to this because our personalities are very similar.

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