Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’

On October 5, 2011, Oxford University Press published Craig L. Symonds’ The Battle of Midway, one of the 18 books in the Pivotal Moments in American History series, which is edited by David Hackett Fischer, James M. McPherson, and David Greenberg. Based on exhaustive research and drawing on a cornucopia of new revelations about theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Battle of Midway’”

Book Review: ‘From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

On November 10, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Penguin Random House – published From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, a collection of 39 short stories and one cartoon that depict events from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back from the perspectives of various supporting characters. Created byContinue reading “Book Review: ‘From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 5, 2020, or: Trying to Get Back into the Swing of NaNoWriMo 2020…and Other Trivial Thoughts

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, November 5, 2020. The current temperature is 78˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the feels-like temperature is 78˚F (25˚C). Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 5, 2020, or: Trying to Get Back into the Swing of NaNoWriMo 2020…and Other Trivial Thoughts”

My Adventures as a NaNoWriMo 2020 Participant: Day Three Recap

Hi, Dear Reader! It’s Day Three of the NaNoWriMo 2020 writing challenge, an annual Internet contest in which tens of thousands of participants from around the globe vie to write a 50,000 novel in 30 days for the sheer fun of it. It’s not the easiest writer’s challenge in the world; on the other hand,Continue reading “My Adventures as a NaNoWriMo 2020 Participant: Day Three Recap”

My Adventures as a NaNoWriMo 2020 Participant: Day One Recap

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s now late afternoon here in my corner of Florida, and I have to tell you, it’s hot and muggy here. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 73% and the wind blowing at 4 MPH (6 KM/H) from the west-northwest, the heat index isContinue reading “My Adventures as a NaNoWriMo 2020 Participant: Day One Recap”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 1, 2020, or: N-Day (as in NaNoWriMo 2020, Day One) Hath Arrived

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, November 1, 2020, and it is mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida. The temperature outside is 79˚F (26˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 80%, the feels-like temperature is also 79˚F (26˚C). The forecast for theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, November 1, 2020, or: N-Day (as in NaNoWriMo 2020, Day One) Hath Arrived”

More Thoughts, More Musings for Saturday, October 31, 2020, or: It’s the Eve of NaNoWriMo!

Hi, there – again – Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida, and it’s warm and humid outside. As I start this post it is 5:42 PM Eastern, and the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 10 MPH (16 KM/H) and humidity atContinue reading “More Thoughts, More Musings for Saturday, October 31, 2020, or: It’s the Eve of NaNoWriMo!”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Morning Walks and Other Trivial Matters

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, FL (9:30 AM Eastern) as I start this first post for Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies, but with humidity at 82% and an easterly wind blowing gently at 5 MPH (9 KM/H), the “feels like”Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Morning Walks and Other Trivial Matters”

Last Words for Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Another Walk in the Neighborhood in a Warm Florida Evening

Hi (again), Dear Reader. Well, here in New Hometown, Florida it is 6:44 PM Eastern, and it is starting to get dark outside. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under mostly sunny skies (although that “sunny” thing is relative since sunset is only a few minutes away). With humidity at 69% and the wind blowingContinue reading “Last Words for Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Another Walk in the Neighborhood in a Warm Florida Evening”

More Musings & Thoughts for October 27, 2020, or: NaNoWriMo 2020 – We Have a Dramatis Personae…or Part of One, Anyway

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s now early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature outside is 86˚F (30˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 11 MPH (17 KM/H) and humidity at 72%, the feels-like temperature is 97˚F (36˚C). The rest of the afternoon will be partly sunny,Continue reading “More Musings & Thoughts for October 27, 2020, or: NaNoWriMo 2020 – We Have a Dramatis Personae…or Part of One, Anyway”