Greatest Weekly Update Ever

After nearly 24 hours of labor, the greatest present my wife and I have ever received came into the world at 11:35PM, August 13th. He has us frazzled and sleepless, and though I knew I’d love this little guy a lot, I never knew just how much until I [...]
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Weekly Recap – August 8th, 2014

One week from today, it’s very likely there will be a new McCollum in the world. Time certainly has her wings, because that girl can fly! Between now and then, we’ll be making sure as much as possible is in place for Angus (I’d say [...]
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Weekly Recap – August 1st, 2014

It’s been a long while since I posted a Weekly Recap. In all fairness to myself (it’s good to be fair to yourself every once in awhile), I’ve been spending a lot of writing time on Wolf’s Tail and other fiction. Tomorrow is my [...]
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Clyde Penny’s First Day

“At least he dies quietly.” “Dies?” “In a sense. At some point, he will just start over in receiving.” “Oh.” “Does that trouble you?” “Well, no. It just seems…” The small man raised an [...]
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Book Review – Zero by J.S. Collyer

“A little faith wouldn’t go amiss, Commander.” Disclosure: I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this novel directly from the author. Zero is the debut novel from author J.S. Collyer and the first in a series of what promises to be [...]
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How to Read a Novel – Part Two of Two

Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth. – Mortimer J. Adler I assume you’ve arrived at Part [...]
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Weekly Recap – July 3rd, 2014

Half of 2014 gone already? Time really is precious, so don’t waste a moment. Make sure you’re happy. Make sure someone else is happy. I drafted out the bones to Part Two on my How to Read a Novel post. I was hoping to put it up this week, but [...]
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Weekly Recap – June 27th, 2014

I’m giddy with effervescent joy at how well-received my post was yesterday. Thanks for taking the time to read it. Part Two should be ready for your eyes next week. You guys are awesome. Other than that, my at-least-250-words-a-day writing streak has [...]
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How to Read a Novel – Part One of Two

There have always been literate ignoramuses who have read too widely and not well. The Greeks had a name for such a mixture of learning and folly which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages. They are all sophomores. – Mortimer J. [...]
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Book Review – Storm Rider by Akira Yoshimura

Hikotaro turned to his stepfather and said, “Take me with you.” Storm Rider attempts to semi-fictionalize the true story behind Hikotaro (aka Joseph Heco), a thirteen-year-old boy living in 1850 Japan. His father died when he was an infant and [...]
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