The Name of the Wind: One Year Later

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just great storytelling… It takes fantasy and magic and makes them both new. ONE YEAR LATER (almost to the day)… I can’t believe my review of this book was so short! The reason for this update is to say that I […]

What Should I Do?

In the sort of epilogue to my October 2011 post from a couple days ago, I noted that Danielle had mentioned in an email that I should blog more. What’s interesting about that–and perhaps is the reason I am actually trying to write more rather than just feeling sorry myself and getting defensive–is that earlier […]

October 2011

Well, that worked out great! As you can see from the almost ten months that have passed since my last post, life for me did not become any more accommodating with regard to the writing habit. It was all I could do just to keep up with my monthly six hundred words for Military Spouse […]

The D-Word

As you can probably tell by how quiet it’s been around here, the past year has been … difficult. This year is perhaps going to be “difficulter,” but in a different way. 2011 is a Deployment Year, which means about half of my year is going to suck. The good news is, the best way […]

Freedom-A Review

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen My rating: 4 of 5 stars I almost gave this five stars, but the widespread praise made me pull back a bit. I don’t want to be lumped in with the other reviewers who have been so quick to shout ‘genius!’ and ‘masterpiece!’ and ‘Oprah!’ But the fact is, I quite […]


After much fiddling, I’ve just discovered that I’d somehow uploaded a file named ‘index.html’ to my site which had screwed the redirect from to Apparently index.html overrides index.htm. Or just confuses the server? Hard to tell. Anyway, anyone wondering what had happened to my site, there you have it. Things have been quiet, […]

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-A Review

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson My rating: 3 of 5 stars It was entertaining enough while I was reading it, but at the end I found that I was not under Larson’s spell so much that I felt compelled to read the sequels. It’s just a thriller, in the end. View […]

The Last Samurai (No, Not That One)-A Review

The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Let me start off by saying, because I’ll be posting this to my blog, that this book has nothing to do with the film starring Tom Cruise. The film was fine, I don’t have anything against it, but the stories could not be […]

Hurricane Danielle?

Danielle has gotten a storm named after her! It’s fully expected that this storm will strengthen into a hurricane, and then there will be many, many jokes about Hurricane Danielle around this house. We’ll have to wait and see what, if any, impact this will have on her ship, but I’m sure her shipmates will […]