Maximalism Versus Minimalism in Writing

First off, let me say upfront that the following text is not my own. I’ve actually borrowed it from a post I saw on Reddit and followed back to the author’s own website. The subject matter was a discussion of George RR Martin’s style of writing his fantasy opus “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Credit should go to the original author of the piece, and you can read it HERE. Anyone who has read the series (which is actually the source material for Game of Thrones) will understand that Martin’s style Read more…

Game of Thrones Finale – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from the Game of Thrones Finale. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. I’m finally ready to talk about that divisive Game of Thrones finale. It’s taken me a bit to get my thoughts in order since it definitely wasn’t what was expected. Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 fulfilled its promise to decide the fate of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the final chapter of the series was written. That Read more…

Game of Thrones Finale: Dany addressing her troops
Daenerys in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, a betrayal is uncovered, which promises to have far-reaching consequences. Later, Daenerys brings her forces to bear on King’s Landing in a climactic battle that removes multiple players from the game permanently. Meanwhile, in the midst of the resulting carnage, Jon begins to realize he’s made a mistake concerning his Read more…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.   In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4, the honored dead are put to rest in the aftermath of last week’s Battle of Winterfell. In the wake of the costly victory, Jon and Daenerys look to the south. Meanwhile, Tyrion eyes a compromise that could save countless lives. Frankly, there was a lot going on in tonight’s Read more…

Tyrion pleading with Cersei in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, we finally witnessed the much-touted Battle of Winterfell. Honestly, it’s difficult to overstate the importance that has been attached to this moment, going all the way back to the beginning of the series. Unlike many of the other battles depicted on the show, this one was also the culmination of Read more…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2, Jaime argues his case before a skeptical and hostile audience. Afterwards, old friends and respected adversaries reconnect as Winterfell prepares for the coming onslaught of the dead. In the midst of all this, Jon shares the truth of his birth with Daenerys, creating friction just as they will need to Read more…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 - Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 *Season Finale* – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 *Season Finale*. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 14 finds the U.S.S. Discovery battling Control for both their lives and the future. Luckily for them, it’s a fight with which they receive a little help from unexpected friends. Meanwhile, Spock and Burnham discern new connections between the mysterious red signals. In the end, Burnham faces one of life’s Read more…

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 *Season Premiere* – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 *Season Premiere*. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.   Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 returned tonight, finally satiating a longing in the hearts of the fantasy fandom. Luckily, we made it through our own version of The Long Night, hopeful for A Dream of Spring. If tonight’s return episode was any indication, though, winter is still deeply upon our beloved Westeros. In Read more…

Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episodes 1 - Jon and Arya reunited
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 13

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 13. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 13 hits the ground running, setting the stage for next week’s finale. In the episode, Commander Burnham realizes what must ultimately occur when a crucial mission does not go according to plan. Meanwhile, crews from two starships must prepare for the battle of a lifetime as Control’s armada Read more…

Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3 sees the Knights Templar prepare to exact vengeance after suffering a grievous casualty last week. For my money, some of the best moments from tonight revolved around the French royal family. The addition this season of Prince Louis seems to have stirred the pot just enough to make things really interesting. Now, this week, we Read more…

Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 12 - Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 12 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 12. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 12, a new signal leads the Discovery to an insular world. Once there, Captain Pike must make a life-changing choice, which provides new perspective on Star Trek canon. Meanwhile, Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship gone rogue, leading to a revelation with catastrophic consequences. I Read more…

Knightfall Season 2 Episode 2 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Knightfall Season 2 Episode 2. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Knightfall Season 2 Episode 2, Landry continues training under the harsh guidance of Talus, the battle-hardened Initiate Master. Meanwhile, De Nogaret implores King Philip to build a legal case against the Templars and seeks out the aid of a former member. And, at the same time, Prince Louis is tasked with a shocking clandestine mission. One thing I really Read more…

Knightfall Season 2 Episode 2
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 11

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 11 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 11. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 11, Burnham experiences an expected reunion she has longed for. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go quite as she’d imagined. Meanwhile, Georgiou and Tyler sense a disturbing change in Leland. Going all-in on exploring the idea presented by last week’s crazy twist, this episode felt really emotionally raw. What Read more…

Knightfall Season 2 Episode 1 *Season Premiere* – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes from Knightfall Season 2 Episode 1 *Season Premiere*. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Knightfall Season 2 Episode 1 picks up with Landry having been banished from the Knights Templar after his affair with Queen Joan is discovered. He must work to redeem himself under the watchful eye of a mysterious veteran of the Crusades. Meanwhile, King Philip plots to take action against the Templars. At the same time, however, he must Read more…

Mark Hamill as Talus in Knightfall Season 2 Episode 1
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 10 gives us Ethan Peck as Spock

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 10 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 10. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 10, Burnham is stunned to learn her ties to Section 31 run deeper than she ever suspected. Meanwhile, the identity of the Red Angel is revealed. Ultimately, this leads the U.S.S. Discovery toward its most critical mission to date. Continuing to build on the narrative momentum of Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9, he crew infiltrates Section 31’s headquarters, only to learn they (sort of) have a traitor in their midst. Meanwhile, Burnham tries to help Spock. Unfortunately, however, her efforts do not go as planned. Building off last week’s exceptional episode, tonight really brought emotional weight to the Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 9
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 8

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 8 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 8. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 8, Spock and Burnham head to Talos IV, where the healing process forces the siblings to confront their troubled past. Meanwhile, Stametz desperately attempts to reconnect with an increasingly disconnected Hugh. And, Tyler struggles to overcome the crew’s suspicions of him, due to his past as the Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7 finds Burnham on Vulcan in search of Spock, where she unearths family secrets. Meanwhile, researching what’s left of the Red Angel’s signal over Kaminar puts Pike and Tyler in a battle against time itself. And, at the same time, Georgiou has a few tricks up her sleeve Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 7

2019 Local Author Event at the Tazewell County Public Library

I know it’s a ways off, but I’m doing a thing at a place and I’d love you to join me. Myself and other local authors will be selling/signing books, etc. at the Tazewell County Public Library at 129 Main St., Tazewell, Virginia on 27 April, 2019 from 9am-1pm. I’ll be doing a selected reading from A Lord’s Duty, the first installment of my Chronicles of Galennor book series at 11am. There will be a brief Q&A session as well, time permitting. The 2019 Local Author Event at the Tazewell County Public Library Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6, a new signal appears over Saru’s home planet, necessitating a perilous mission. This puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel’s intentions. Meanwhile, Hugh struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Week after week, Star Trek Discovery just gets better and Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 6
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 5

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 5 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 5. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 5, Commander Burnham and crew navigate a dangerous alien landscape in a race against time to save Ensign Tilly. In the end, however, Lieutenant Stamets is not at all prepared for what they discover in the process. Meanwhile, Section 31 is assigned to assist in tracking down Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 4 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 4. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 4 depicts a mysterious sphere threatening the U.S.S. Discovery. Meanwhile May, in her original form, implements a plan putting Tilly’s life in danger. At the same time, Saru and Burnham’s bond grows when the Kelpien must acknowledge an unsettling truth about his people. And, Captain Pike receives new Read more…

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 4
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 was mostly a Klingon soap opera

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 3, a surprise visitor brings shocking news concerning Spock, dredging up past regrets for Burnham. Meanwhile, in the wake of the asteroid incident, Ensign Tilly struggles to keep a grip on reality. And, elsewhere, L’Rell’s authority over the Klingon Empire is threatened on Qo’noS. This was my Read more…

Vikings Season 5 Episode 20 *Season Finale* – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Vikings Season 5 Episode 20. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Vikings Season 5 Episode 20, a new war for Kattegat ensues with only the gods knowing the fated victor. Taking a page from the Game of Thrones playbook, nearly the entire episode revolves around the battle. What results is probably the best episode of the season, full of worrisome suspense and masterfully setting up the Read more…

Vikings Season 5 Episode 20 battle sequence
Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 2 crew on an away mission

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 2 – Viewing Notes

The following are a few notes I took while watching Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 2. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned. In Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Episode 2, a new signal appears, prompting an emotional return to the mycelial network. This leads the crew of the Discovery to a complex ethical dilemma involving a pre-warp culture. Meanwhile, Tilly’s overeagerness lands her in trouble. However, when the planet – and Discovery’s landing party – faces Read more…

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