The Third Eye Initiative

I’m as proud as an American parent whose son just won his first baseball game. My friend’s book has been doing very well since its long-awaited launch last week. Now you know what I’ve been talking about. If you haven’t picked up this bestselling e-book for Kindle yet and you’re in Canada, you can find The Third Eye Initiative here. If you’re in the USA or outside, it’s here. Share the post “The Third Eye Initiative” FacebookXShare‚Ķ Continue reading

New Book: The Third Eye Initiative by J.J. Newman

As someone who always plans to write something incredible and never quite gets around to it despite a shameful amount of free time, it makes me proud to say that a friend of mine has spent a long time writing his book and released it on Amazon yesterday. You can find his book for just $2.99 CAD¬†here¬†or by clicking on the link above.¬†Likewise, if you’re in the States, it’s $2.95 here. Please support this new author if you’re a fan of dark fantasy novels. He’s ‚Ķ Continue reading

Never Growing Up = Better Children’s Author? Hm. Makey Sensey.

I found an interesting article on author Margaret Wise Brown today, who wrote Goodnight Moon. ¬†It spoke of how she wasn’t particularly fond of children, but was more like a child herself. ¬†From the article: Is it possible that the most inspired children‚Äôs book writers never grow up? By that I don‚Äôt mean that they understand or have special affection or affinity toward children, but that they don‚Äôt understand adulthood, and I mean that in the best possible sense. It may be that they haven‚Äôt ‚Ķ Continue reading

The Sun Also Sucks

If there’s one thing that gets me every time, it’s having a wet shirt sleeve. ¬†Man oh man, do I hate that! I decided a couple weeks ago to try another Hemingway novel to test its “any better”-ness than A Farewell to Arms. Well, 100 pages in, I again felt I was wasting my life, so I quit The Sun Also Rises. ¬†Now on to Deadeye Dick, one of the Vonnegut books I surprisingly have not read, because a friend once told me it wasn’t ‚Ķ Continue reading

So it Goes.

From the article,¬†15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better than Anyone Else Ever Has or Will: 13. “So it goes.” Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut’s classic¬†Slaughterhouse-Five¬†isn’t notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion‚ÄĒand dismissal of emotion‚ÄĒit packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There’s a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut over the past two weeks (yes, including ours): It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. ‚Ķ Continue reading

I start to feel old when the hydro company sends me an information packet complete with off-peak times graphed onto¬†stickers and I wish they instead sent me magnets. The dog has a habit of scrambling up in a clamour when I move my foot or even when we look a different way than we have been. ¬†She also has a habit of being right at your feet when you haven’t been paying enough attention to notice her creeping up. She’s like a fluffy and more ‚Ķ Continue reading


Too bad for Mixi. Came across kind of a neat pick-me-up in the morning if you enjoy punctuation marks that are rarely used: 14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed It’s morning, and we’re about to sample some Melitta coffee that we only got charged 13 cents for at the store thanks to a broken scale.  If it’s not any good, I still have the receipt. Last night I played a guitar solo on a naked mannequin. Crest Pro-Health: Tastes great, but my tongue ‚Ķ Continue reading


Facebook and Twitter have nullified any valid argument for having a blog unless you’re terribly long-winded.  (Which at one point, I cared to be.)  Well this certainly is a personal conundrum! Share the post “Debating.” FacebookXShare‚Ķ Continue reading

Not a creature was stirring, not even a …

I dedicate this poem to the lowly critter we caught trying to steal hubcaps from a vehicle in the driveway last night. He left at the scene (1) a screwdriver, (2) the hubcap he meant to take with him, (3) a freshly picked tomato from the garden, and (4) a sullied reputation. And Miklos in his kerchief (or the bathroom) and I in my cap (or PJs),We’d just settled down (or were about to) for a long summer’s nap (or sleep);When out of the yard, ‚Ķ Continue reading

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