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I can give you lots of excuses as to why I haven’t updated since Christmas (but actually since the end of NaNoWriMo), but then I just picture Jake at the end of The Blues Brothers giving excuses to Carrie Fisher’s character about why he left.

Too much stuff has happened since Christmas–all of it good, mind you, but it’s kept me away from actually updating this place.

January and February were dedicated solely to house hunting. Then I bought a house. We closed on it March 9th. We are also less than five months away from our wedding date. We also moved the fiancee into the house five days after we closed. I’m still trying to balance work and housework and a normal life. I’m still writing at Bam Smack Pow, covering Agents of SHIELD episodes and just did this cool piece on eBay sales data.

On a sad side, I no longer do Red Wings blogging at Octopus Thrower. With life getting in the way of being so involved and invested in it, I just can’t keep up anymore. Analytics are diving deeper than anyone ever imagined and I don’t have the time, so I gracefully bowed out…except my Twitter account is still 80% capslock tweets about games.

cover copySo how am I still keeping writing in my life? Well, it’s tougher than you think, but since it’s part of what keeps me sane, I found a good way to keep it up! I’m writing about my home-owning adventures over at Wattpad! They usually sponsor NaNoWriMo and I thought, what’s a better way to keep myself writing?

Write about what I’m doing.

I know I’m not the only twenty-something-year-old who will be attempting to work on a house and get married in the same year. I’m sure others who have gone through it or will go through it will find relief in that they aren’t alone. It’s a terrifying dance. Growing up blows. (Maybe that’s why I’m so emotionally invested in Avengers: Age of Ultron…nah, that’s getting too deep).

So if you really want to keep up with me and what’s going on in my life, the entire story so far is OVER HERE!…even though it’s nearly a month behind at this point. It’s full of lots of references and even a flashback to how the fiancee and I met!

Just know that I’m still alive and still writing. And if you’re looking for hints at the sequel to On The Border, it is completed. But I need to desperately rework the beginning.


X-Men_Days_Of_Future_Past_LargeRemember last post when I said it only updates once every six months? I lied.

Remember last post when I said I was super stoked for X-Men: Days of Future Past and then brushed that aside for Guardians of the Galaxy because I talked about DOFP in the first “Ability to Nerd” post?

Let’s talk about Days of Future Past. (I’ll give a spoiler warning when it comes time.)

In my first “Ability to Nerd,” I pretty much talked about my love of comic book movies, which focuses a lot on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a bit on X-Men, and slightly less on Spider-Man. I mentioned my writing over at Bam Smack Pow and how I was loving it. I still am.

I saw Days of Future Past over the weekend. The movie ended and I really wasn’t expecting it. It didn’t feel like the movie was over two hours long; it felt like it had just started. I wasn’t bored, I wanted to know what would happen next. And being the veteran comic-book-movie-goer, I knew not to leave before the credits were done rolling–quite a few people left mid-credits because there wasn’t that mid-credits scene that Marvel Studios likes to throw in to keep people around.

Oh man, was that end-credits scene a doozy.

If you don’t want ANY SPOILERS WHATSOEVER, I insist you click elsewhere and return once you’ve seen the movie.

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GOTG_Payoff_1-Sht_v4b_Lg-610x903[This is my recurring series post that apparently only gets an update once every five months.]

In my first installment of this, I discussed my love of Marvel, my blogging job at Bam Smack Pow!, and my excitement for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

My excitement is at peak levels for DOFP since it comes out on Friday, though I won’t be able to see it until Monday (both brothers want to see it with me and I can’t see it without them because it was one of our favorite storylines in the 90s cartoon). I’ve held off checking Rotten Tomatoes since last week because the bulk of reviews aren’t in, and that 93% isn’t going to hold and I can’t get my hopes up.

But let’s take a step away from the X-Men side of things (because let’s not even get me started on Channing Tatum cast as the love of my life, Gambit, or you’ll get sick of me angrily ranting) and focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Namely, Guardians of the Galaxy.

I have said on many, many occasions that I know nothing about this section of the universe, but the teaser trailer back in February has me over the moon about it.

With the official trailer release today, I’m in too deep, guys. My review of it for BSP is right over here.

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I wanted to title this entry “Retrospecticus,” but I decided against it. Instead, have a picture!

It was one year ago today, I started this blog. On the verge of completing the edits for my first novel and seriously considering self-publishing On The Border, I created a blog where I could write about my writing or whatever sparked my fancy.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for this blog. I go in spurts of updating a lot (i.e. NaNoWriMo) and ruts of updating barely once a month (i.e. right now).

But I thought I would do a retrospective of everything in general and give you updates on what’s currently going on in my life.

Current Events

  1. I’m attempting to find a venue to have my wedding reception at (it’s not until 2015). Pretty sure I know what it’s going to be, but it’s making that phone call and handing over the 25% deposit on the place.
  2. I’m doing an A to Z on my iPod. What’s that, you ask? I listen to every song on my iPod in alphabetical order. I started on January 2. I’m currently on #3627 of 6792 (over halfway!), which is “Meanwhile Back At The Ranch/Should I Smoke” by Badfinger, followed immediately by my fifth-favorite song of all time, “Medicated Goo” by Traffic. Both these songs would be six stars if my iPod could go that high.
  3. I wrote this awesome recap of the Marvel special that was on in place of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday evening. It’s incredibly nerdy because I’m so darn excited for everything.
  4. This clip has been stuck in my head for the past three days and I want it to stop. Also I need the soundtrack for that stupid movie. Slightly related note, my fiancee will hate me during Muppets Most Wanted as I giggle constantly. In case you all cared.
  5. How obsessed with Marvel am I? My NHL off-season project for Octopus Thrower is a comic called “Avengers: Red Wings Initiative.” I posted a teaser/introduction on Monday. There are various other previews on my Twitter. I’m getting way too into this.

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[This may be a recurring topic. I have yet to decide, but just in case, I put the “part one” in the title. Enjoy!]

You know, I could write a blog post about my first radio interview about my book that happened on January 11. But until the host gets it uploaded to his website for you to listen to, it doesn’t make much sense.

So let’s talk about my ability to nerd instead.

Nerds have come a long way since I was growing up. Honestly, when I think of nerds, my first thought is when Homer Simpson goes back to college:

But it’s no longer really like that–at least not to that extreme where jocks feel it’s their duty to give nerds a hard time. Then again, I’ve never been that kind of outward nerd. I keep my nerding to a minimum unless I’m around people who know me well enough where I can go crazy. The usual suspects: The Simpsons (in case you couldn’t tell by the video clip and subsequent quote), music (classic rock, blues, and old school jazz), anything Marvel-related, hockey, and a fair amount of television.

Let’s talk Marvel.

In my last post updating all of my “resolutions,” I mentioned that I’m writing for Bam Smack Pow. It’s in its start-up phase and there are only two of us writing there right now, so traffic isn’t super hot. Nick has told me to write whenever I feel like, and I’ve been put in charge of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode recaps.

Let me tell you, writing there is great. I absolutely love it. Since the first Iron Man movie, my love for all things Marvel has been rekindled tenfold (because X-Men: The Last Stand ruined everything). Continue reading


You can only tell there’s an ice rink because of the nets, that’s how much snow there is

We are ten days into the new year, and it’s been a little crazy. With the Detroit Red Wings hosting the NHL Winter Classic and a slew of outdoor games on December 31st and January 1st, I spent a lot of time in front of my TV watching the festivities. Then work kicked back in.

And then that polar vortex hit and I have screenshots of the Weather Channel app telling me that the temperature outside was -15F, feels like -35F. And how about the ten inches of snow last Sunday that gave me a “snow day” from work on Monday? (I had to work from home, which was great).

And then there was the epic pond hockey last night that included eight people on the ice at once. Which is more than we’re used to and we ended up working out shifts to take (which we never do) and my whole body aches in the best way.

It’s been crazy.

How about an update on my “resolutions” for this year?

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