The Captain Marvel kerfuffle

We’re only three or four days away from the next installment of the Marvel Universe and if you’ve been paying attention, it appears the MCU is circling the drain. This universe, that has been in creation for the past ten years, looks like it is going to be brought down by a 29-year-old woman that can’t seem to keep her mouth shut when it comes to politics and her hatred of all things “white males.”

When Brie Larson was announced as Captain Marvel, I was thinking, “Okay, this could work.” I didn’t really know anything about her, having never seen anything she’s been in. But, I figured Kevin Feige and Stan Lee knew what they were doing so I was just going to take a wait-and-see position.

Now, we get to hear Brie tell us she doesn’t care what any white man has to think about movies or that she doesn’t want any white, male reporters to be at her press conferences. Over the past couple of weeks, she’s tried to clarify her statements and each time she opens her mouth, she just pushed her foot further down her throat. She would have been better off just saying, “I’m sorry,” and then taking a two month vacation away from any press microphones.

And Marvel and Disney haven’t been doing any better. Telling us that this hero is a HERo is beyond ridiculous and made me cringe when I saw it. It’s sad that this once great company (Marvel) has decided to get into identity politics and with one move, destroy everything they’ve built over the last ten years.

I’ve already decided that I have no intention of seeing Captain Marvel in the theaters and will wait for it to come to the Redbox down the road. I’ll even wait until they send me a discount code or even a code for a free rental. But, I will not support Brie’s brand of feminism with my dollars at any point. Besides, being a sixty-year-old white dude, I guess I’m not welcome to see her movie anyway.

Now, when Avengers: End Game comes out next month, I will hope Marvel has come to their senses and let her play a minor role in the battle with Thanos, but not deliver the death blow to the titan. She does not deserve to have that honor given to her. It should be one of the original Avengers or the whole team that does the deed, maybe with the help of the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

If Captain Marvel swoops in and kills Thanos with a couple of blasts from her fists, while the Avengers stand there wondering, “Who the hell is that?”, that would be the beginning of the end for Marvel. No one would ever take Marvel seriously again. The feminist extremists have already destroyed the comic book side of Marvel and now they are setting their sights on the studio side.

If Marvel Studios was so set on having a woman defeat Thanos and raise the standard for “girl power” then have Black Widow meet and team up with Nebula and have them deal the final death blow. I’m pretty sure there is nothing Nebula wants more than to drive a dagger right through Thanos’ eye.

Oh, and one final thought on the Captain Marvel movie, any movie that comes out and makes Nick Fury look like a useless side-kick is a movie to be avoided. Nick doesn’t take a backseat to any superhero. Not Thor, not Ironman, not Hulk and definitely not Captain Marvel.


What is the Writing Life today?

I have re-imagined this website and I am trying to throttle it into submission. Easier said than done. When I started this journey back in 2016, I had this idea to take a couple of screenplays I had been working on and convert them to novels and hit the Self-Publish button.

Little did I know that, five titles later, I would have two thirds of an epic fantasy and the start to a life-long series in horror cluttering up my computer’s hard drives. Not only do I have these titles up and published, I have about two dozens story starts in a top-secret folder on my computer, all begging for their time to shine.

I am smack in the middle of NaNaWriMo, as you can see from the chart to the right and I am working on my second Cold Shivers Nightmare novel, which I hope to have done, edited and published before Christmas. I also want to finish another CSN novel, which is about 65% done and get that out by February.

Then, I need to begin writing the third and final installment in The Chronicles of Wyndweir trilogy, hoping to have that one finished and out by fall of next year. I’ve already started the outline and timeline for it and it is coming together nicely.

I’d like to start writing more blog posts dealing with the writing life as I see it and how I am growing and learning as an author. As always, I appreciate any questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you.

Oh and, R.I.P. Stan “The Man” Lee.  Excelsior!!


Beware The Boogerman

I finally got my next novel up and on Amazon. No, not the next Chronicles of Wyndweir. I’m still working on that and hope to have it to my editor by the end of June. It’s been going a lot slower than I would have liked.

Anyway, I wanted to write something quick and fun and here it is.

What would happen if a terror drifted into town that scared the holy bejeezus out of your average, law abiding monster? The Sheriff’s Department of Prattville are faced with just such a question and it is up to them to put a stop to the horror.

Check it out by clicking on the image above.


51iilxql5jl-_sy346_I just hit my target milestone for the halfway point in the second novel in The Chronicles of Wyndweir series. I am buckling down for the long haul and looking to finish books two and three by tax day. I have so many things I want to get to in the stories, but I only have so many hours in the day and my fingers won’t take much more than three or four hours of typing. I really should put in some time with my Dragon Naturally Speaking software and see if I can take some strain off the hands.

But, we are making progress.

The right tools …

I’m settling in for a long writing session, getting ready to bring a long battle scene to life. I need to make sure I have the right tools for the job.

  1. The right music … Epic Battle Music … check!
  2. The right nourishment … check!


We’re off! See you on the other side of the battle.

So, it begins again …

Wrath 003dYes, it is National Torture … err, I mean … National Novel Writing Month again, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know. I got off to a good start today with just over three thousand words. I have a goal of hitting 100,000 words again, like I did last year, so I’m a couple hundred words behind, but it is not time to panic.

I will be switching back and forth between two novels, one of which is the sequel to Wicked Rising. I hope to have The Wrath published by the first part of the summer next year.

The other novel I’m working on I’m not ready to divulge the particulars about it. Not because I’m afraid of giving out the idea, but because it may die a slow, painful death if I can’t take it to the finish line. I’ve written enough of the plot and outline that I think it will make a decent novel, but I’ve seen this type of thing before. It starts off like gang busters, but then runs out of gas somewhere out in the desert and ends up dying and getting its bones picked over by the buzzards. I’m just going to wait on that.

You can follow my progress on the spaceman chart in the right hand column. So, time to get back to work.