Thongs? Really?

I don’t normally watch the late night news, but happened to leave it on last night to find that a couple of robbers in Arvada are assured a 2008 Darwin Award. Then, of course, flipping through to Post this morning I happened upon the story again, Robbers fashion disguises from thongs. Found them pretty quickly on Digg, but no luck after a quick search on YouTube. I really have better thing to do this morning.

Really guys, women’s thongs? And what’s with the pink backpack? Did the guy decide to use his daughters school backpack to stash the cigarettes they stole?

Book Review: The Shack, by William P. Young

I love critiquing books, but I don’t feel I can review this book by providing the usual opinions on the story line, characters, grammatical structure, etc. Nor do I care to touch on whether the book threatens the theology of orthodox Christianity, a major complaint I’ve read in other reviews. Instead, I’d like to share the experience I had while discussing the book with my book club (South Denver Book Club).

In March, I had to find a number of new bestselling fiction titles for the book club to vote on for our April and May reading selections. When I came across “The Shack” I was intrigued by the book the instantly interested in reading it, so I added it to our list of candidates. I was even more enthusiastic about reading it when my fellow book club members voted “The Shack” as our next read. When I read the book, I absolutely loved it, and it became a new favorite of mine. Then the day of the book discussion arrived. Four other people, whom I had never met, joined the discussion group. We shared a morning discussing the profound affects that this book had on each of our lives. Each of us was at a different points in our spiritual journey, but that made no difference. Together we spent two hours contributing to the discuss and connecting in such a heartwarming way that we could have continued our discussion through the afternoon. I’ve never enjoyed a book club discussion group more! The book was an inspiration to us all, but best of all five people grew both together and as individuals during that morning. Any book with this sort of influence deserves notice. I highly suggest that if you do decide to read this book, read it with a friend or two, and take some time to come together to share your thoughts and experiences with “The Shack.”

RATING: 5 out of 5

Book Review: Blaze, By Richard Bachman

People always assume I’m a Stephen King fan because I write Horror and love Horror movies. Well, I’m not exactly a fan. I’m a critic. Like many of his readers, I either love his stories or hate ‘em, and have mostly disliked his work. For example, I hated “The Stand” finding it long and boring (a book considered one of his best works and a must read), but I absolutely loved “Pet Cemetery” (my favorite King novel) for its depiction of desperation and fear. So, I have to admit that I haven’t read very many of his books.

Now, since reading “Pet Cemetery” many years ago, I can finally say I found another King book I absolutely LOVED reading!! The only reason I grabbed “Blaze” (he wrote it under Richard Bachman) was because I hadn’t read anything off the bestseller shelf for years, and I needed to reconnect with the public’s favorites, especially authors in genres in which I prefer to write. I’m so glad I picked it up! Everyone always talks about King’s ability to create strong characters in his works, and Blaze is no exception. The main character, Clayton “Blaze” Blazedell Jr. is a villain you have to force yourself to hate. Stephen King actually wrote this book back in the 70s, and archived it because he didn’t care for the outcome. It was obvious he made updates before Blaze was released, and I wonder how much he changed, because he forwards the book with an apology to the readers. Mr. King, remove the apology! This was a great book!

RATING 5 out of 5

April Snow Showers

This picture shows what I woke up to this morning, in the middle of April. Winter is really hanging on this year, and I’m LOVING it!! Feel’s a little like Narnia under the rule of the White Witch.

I finished the first draft of Dougie’s Pain yesterday. It’s a new short story about a boy who cuts himself. After discussing this story with a few people who have known cutters, I’ve found that my story is not based in reality. Maybe I’m being arrogant, but I’m not too concerned. Is this a lesson in writing in the making? 😉

I’m now trying to get the remainder of the stories I dictated on my recorder this past month onto paper. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment, cause I can’t seem to keep up with the stories and ideas coming to me. That and I’m now a contributor to a few local blogs including: 5280 Buzz Online, Random Ravings, and The Connector. It feels good to be busy again. Managing my writing time is becoming an issue though. Blog entries may become even less frequent for awhile.

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