The Drive to Complete.

Just recently, having submitted the first full draft of the second Watson novel to my publishers, Burns and Lea Media, I have gone back to a coming-of-age novel, with the working title, Starling.  It’s a sea change, one of those moments where I must get my head into a better, clearer place for another project that... Continue Reading →

Pressfield’s The War of Art: Read It.

  Steven Pressfield wrote The Gates of Fire, one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Like Bernard Cornwell, Pressfield has earned my trust. History comes alive in his hands. And, yes, Pressfield has written books not nearly as good as “Gates” or as successful as The Legend of Bagger Vance. But he has earned... Continue Reading →

Why Zombies in “Undead Client?

M.J. Downing Now that my “UnDead Client” has hit the streets and some few folks are going through it, I know someone will ask me, “Why Zombies and Sherlock Holmes?” My first response would be to rephrase the question into, “Why zombies and the Whitechapel Murders?” which were more numerous and of nearly the same... Continue Reading →

The Tolkien Movie: Hope and Sacrifice

Above, you can see a screenshot of my favorite author, J.R.R.Tolkien.  This shot was taken in his early days, which are also the subject of the new biopic that bears his name.  If you are a devoted fan of this author, I urge you to go see this movie.  It is beautifully shot, paced, edited... Continue Reading →

See “Avengers: End Game”

I want to spoil nothing about this movie for anyone, and I will write more about it when folks who care to have gone to see it.  For now, I will simply quote J.R.R. Tolkien: A fairy tale “does not deny the existence of...sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy... Continue Reading →

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