Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quote from American Gods by Neil Gaiman (and Observations on Life and Death)


I was listening to America Gods by Neil Gaiman, and a scene with the main character, Shadow, dealing with his own mortality stuck out:

"We do not always remember the things that do no credit to us. We justify them, cover them in bright lies or the thick dust of forgetfulness. All of the things that Shadow had done in his life of which he was not proud, all the things he wished he had done otherwise, or left undone came at him in a swirling storm of guilt and regret and shame and he had nowhere to hide from them…

The examination did not stop. Every lie he had ever told, every object he had stolen, every hurt he had inflicted on another person, all the little crimes and tiny murders that make up the day, each of these things and more were extracted and held by the jackal-headed judge of the dead." --From America Gods, by Neil Gaiman

The quote made me think and reflect, and here are my observations based upon it:

I think there are a  lot of 'what ifs' and 'if onlys' we all have with respect to our relationships with others, especially family and those close to us who have passed.

Over the years I have learned to forgive, and sometimes ask forgiveness (maybe I'll improve with the latter).

My belief is that it will all be sorted out eventually in Heaven, and there, of course, none of it will really matter.

Monday, August 8, 2016

In Memory of Jerry Doyle (from Babylon5MusicVideos)


Jerry Doyle recently passed away. If you didn't know who he was, he was an actor (mainly Babylon 5) and a radio talk show host.

Anyway, here is a video posted, that touches upon the character he played on B5, Security Chief Michael Garabaldi.

The last statement he makes in the sequence, Jerry Doyle speaking himself, seems pretty much on target:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Memory as a Kid: Stegosaurus vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex


Some Readers here may know that Stegosaurus is my favorite dinosaur. I believe it traces back to one of my earliest memories of dinosaurs, watching Fantasia on our old black & white TV. That led to countless books being read and re-read, staring at the pictures and imagining, and hours upon hours playing with plastic dinosaurs in the back yard. I'd set up scenes in the grass and gardens, putting the various herbivores in herds and in the blue bricks that represented water, and the carnivores stalking out of the deep grass and flowers and weeds.

Watching Fantasia, I remember rooting for the stegosaurus, over matched and fated to lose. Being 4 or 5 years old, I have a vague memory of that time, thinking how brave the stegosaurus was, turning to fight the scary enemy.

Hope this little clip brings back memories:



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Guild: Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?


A while back I wrote a post about The Guild (link here).

Anyway,  here's a music video that features the characters. Kind of a catchy tune...well, it's moving on toward 26 million views.

Click on it and see what you think...and maybe watch the series. It's on Netflix, or free on Youtube, and you can get it on DVD too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

My Interview at WritingForums.com



Click on over and check out my interview at WritingForums.Com.

I discuss details in my path to being published, why I don't write romance, and more.

Link: Author Interview with Terry W. Ervin II (TWErvin2)
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Follow Up: River City Comic Con 2016


I had a great time at River City Comic Con, meeting readers and authors and artists and some pretty cool vendors. The only drawback was the temperature in the ballroom--it was very, very hot, making it uncomfrotable for the con-goers/visitors, as well as the authors, artists and vendors. Even worse, the cosplayers. :(

Still, there was a steady crowd of fun and interesting folks, just too hot for them to linger and talk. I strongly suspect the situation will be improved for next year.

Anyway, here are some pics from the events. Funny thing is that about 1/2 the folks who purchased books declined a pic for my blog, which is cool. I really enjoyed return readers, who picked up the next book in the series, or started another one of my series, based on the novel or two they picked up at last year's River City Comic Con.

Heck, I even made a sale (got to sign a copy of Flank Hawk) in the parking lot after the event, as I was getting ready to drive home.

Set Up Before Event

Travis and Trinity
(She removed her Cosplay outfit soon after this pic)
Nathan and Barbara

James and Jody
(Cool Shirt, eh?)
Brian
(Who indicated my books are popular on the West Coast)
 



Kraig


Richard and his Son
Katrina

Velma
(Looking into the Mystery of the Soul Forge)
Me and Kesha (of Schmo Mo News fame)

I want to again express my thanks to all of the readers willing to give my novels a try (or for coming back for more)!