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Posted 11/28/2015

I usually only get one day a week off, if I get that, and that's always taco night.  Well, this week I had four days off and I wanted to try something new for dinner.  So last night I made garlic chicken.  And now you can too:

Garlic Chicken 'n' Gravy

prep/total time: 25 minutes.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth, divided

1/2 cup white wine or additional broth (I went with the broth; no point in buy a bottle of white wine--I prefer red--if this dish sucks)

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, cook chicken and garlic in butter over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until browned.  Add 1/2 cup broth, wine or additional broth, basil and oregano.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 7-9 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and keep warm.  In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining broth until smooth; stir into pan juices.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.  Serve over chicken.

Serves 4.

(from Taste of Home: Simple & Delicious Cookbook, Readers Digest Press, 2007)


I liked the chicken, and the garlic made the kitchen smell great.  However, I forgot to halve the chicken, so I had these four HUGE, fat chicken breasts, and could only fit 2 in the skillet, so I had to use a second skillet to cook the other two.  Instead of chopping ANOTHER 5 cloves of garlic, I just transferred half of what I already had cooking into the other skillet, halving the amount on each side.  I think this was a big mistake; the chicken wasn't as garlic-y, in the end, as I'd hoped it would be.  In fact, most of the real flavor in each bite came from the garlic/broth gravy I poured over it at the end.  I need to try this one again, this time with the proper amount of garlic in the pan.

I served it with garlic roasted instant mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

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Posted 11/27/2015


If you only know him from his dark, deconstructionist eighties revival, then you don't know Marvelman!  Go back to the very beginning and witness firsthand the earliest atomic-powered adventures of the mightiest man in the universe...the fearless fighter of evil known as Marvelman!

Collecting material from Marvelman #35-44 in the original black and white.

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Posted 11/25/2015

Decent hall this week.  For my son.  He got 8 books.  Nothing my daughter reads came out this week, and I only found 4.  Here's the haul:




















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Posted 11/23/2015


Prep/total time: 20 minutes.

2 lbs walleye, bass, or perch (I had perch, but watch out for the pin bones)

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of salsa

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Coat fillets with bread crumbs.  In large skillet, brown fillets on both sides in oil.  Transfer to a greased baking dish.  Top with salsa and cheese.  Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and cheese is melted.


Serves 6.

Tastes better than it looks.  I had mine with a Caesar salad.  Enjoy.

(from the Taste of Home, Simple and Delicious Cookbook, Readers Digest Press, 2007)

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Posted 11/22/2015

It's LOOT CRATE TIME!!!  This month's theme is Combat and while I don't know anything about half this box, I still like it.  Here's the haul:











This month's Loot includes:

Exclusive Fallout 4 Vault Boy Bobble Head (Bethesda)

Cute But Deadly Vinyl Mystery Figure--I got Murloc (Blizzard Entertainment)

An Exclusive Cute But Deadly Magnet Set (Blizzard Entertainment)

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 pin (Loot Crate Labs)

Exclusive Street Fighter Hyper Looting Comic Book (Capcom)

TMNT Shredder Sunglasses (H2W)

You ask me, this crate is worth it for those sunglasses alone.  I'm wearing them now.

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Posted 11/20/2015

BLOOD TIDES, by David Bain

Will Castleton is a "slightly psychic" U.S. Marshal. 
Three weeks. Three visions. 
Three lovely ladies 
Three face-to-face encounters with death. 
Lately, Will's visions have a habit of coming a little too late... 
Can he win three races against time? 

1. PHOENIX BLOOD - US Marshal Will Castleton receives one of his most powerful visions of danger while delivering a federal witness - all he knows is a blood-covered man holds a woman captive in an unspecified motel room. Within minutes Will is racing through the streets of Phoenix - can he fight and subdue the killer and rescue the woman, all while keeping his witness safe? 

2. ISLAND GHOSTS - U.S. Marshal Will Castleton's forced tropical vacation is no escape from his past. The reporter who cashed in on the tragedy resulting in Will's psychic abilities is hot on his trail as Will races time through a hurricane to save a woman's life. 

3. COLD TIDE - U.S. Marshal Will Castleton finallly escapes the literal and figurative whirlwinds of the past two weeks for a romantic interlude in Miami - only to find himself trying to save a teen from succumbing to her addiction and death at the hands of an old nemesis from up north...

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Posted 11/19/2015

Before I get started on the DOOM PATROL trades, I'm going to dig into the individual back issues I have, which span 4 different volumes.  So for the next few days I'll be reading:















































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Posted 11/18/2015

Not a bad haul this week.  My son got 5, but nothing my daughter reads came out.  I, however, got 6.  Here's the haul:











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Posted 11/17/2015


His true identity as Frank Castle revealed for the first time, the Punisher is locked away with New York's most violent criminals--a fox trapped in the proverbial henhouse.  But his rise to the top of the prison food chain is disrupted by the super-scarred Jigsaw, the man responsible for the Punisher's incarceration in the first place!  Shot during a prison break, the Punisher risks his life to keep his fellow inmates behind bars--only to escape himself with the help of the Trust, concerned citizens who want him hunting criminals in the streets instead.

When the Punisher tries attacking the Kingpin of Crime, he sets in motion a war for power that could cause the city's mobs to wipe each other out.  Fine by him--but when innocents get caught in the line of fire, Castle must restore peace among those he'd just as soon see dead.  Meanwhile, as criminal fights criminal, the Trust sets out to kill everyone with an army of mind-controlled soldiers in Punisher uniforms, including a familiar fractured face: Jigsaw!  The Kingpin's rivals are down, the rust's body count is up, and the Punisher is left going in circles...of blood!

Fed up with being a pawn, the Punisher makes a play for the Trust itself, only to risk being brainwashed into joining his own imitators!  Hunted, betrayed and down to his last gun, the Punisher's got nothing to lose--and no one he needs to let live!

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Posted 11/16/2015

I gotta say something about writing advice.  Over the past few years I've seen a lot of writers doling out advice to other writers as if they're the experts.  And while most of these writers are doing the job full-time, for some of them, I have a feeling that's just barely.  Others claim they're having fun and making scads of money, but their Amazon rankings don't match their bragging.  Anyway, the piece of advice I want to address today is the one about pen names.  So many people ask the same question: Should I write under a pen name if I write in multiple genres, and many of these people say yes.


Because you don't want to confuse your audience.

To this I say go fuck yourselves.  Did Clive Barker use a pen name when he went from extreme horror to dark fantasy?  Did Stephen King use a pen name when he published Different Seasons?  "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and "The Body" were two stories that were about as far from the horror King was best known for as one could get without being outright romance or western, and he still used his own name.  Was he worried about his audience being confused?  No.  Why?  Because Stephen King is not a moron.

I write because I love to write, and while I grew up wanting nothing more than to be known as a horror writer, not everything I write is horror.  But I still publish the non-horror stuff under my name, C. Dennis Moore.  Why?  Because I did the work, why the hell would I let someone else who doesn't exist take the credit?  Besides, what better way to show your true skill as a WRITER, as opposed to a horror writer, than proving to your fans you can write genre-be-damned?  You know what the Dean Wesley Smith/Sterling and Stone method of publishing shows your audience?  That you can write horror.  Or science fiction.  Or whatever genre you're most known for. (but don't YOU write under a pen name, you're asking.  Technically.  However, my name is Charles, which is where the C. comes from, and everyone calls me Dennis, hence C. Dennis Moore.  I AM C. Dennis Moore.  And everything I've published is under than one name)

Oh, but I forget, the SPP guys at Sterling and Stone SAY to publish your off-genre stuff under a pen name, but they don't actually DO it.  Because they're above it all, I guess.  After all, they came up with the StoryShop app, the most worthless piece of tech I've ever heard of.  $80,000 to develop an app that helps you take notes?  Wow, seriously?  I can do that on my own with things I have on my desk right this minute, I call them "pen and paper".  Maybe you should look into it before you try to dupe a bunch of sheep into paying for your amazing new invention.  Holy Christ, the comments on the Kickstarter page for that thing kill me.  "Come on guys, this app needs to happen."  Does it really?  Does it REALLY???  Because no writer in history has ever written or published a successful story before the StoryShop app was conceived.  Well, I mean no writer other than EVERY WRITER IN HISTORY, INCLUDING THE GUYS WHO THOUGHT OF IT.  But I'm really digressing here.  The StoryShop app speaks for itself and for the, currently, 496 people who think otherwise, well, you already drank the Kool-Aid and all I can do is pray that, one day, you get out from under the shadow, and blaze your own damn trail.

Back to the point.  Dean Wesley Smith is another big advocate of the pen name, but I have to believe that's a holdover from the old days when publishers didn't want more than 1 or 2 books from an author in a year.  This was part of the reason King created Richard Bachman (a decision that had NOTHING to do with genre).  Smith writes a LOT and he writes fast, and back in the day, that kind of speed wasn't rewarded, so the only way to get that kind of volume out to the world was to do it under several different names.  Those days are gone.  I've published one title every month in 2015 and all of them are under MY name.  But when it comes to using a pen name just because you're writing something your audience doesn't expect, you're never going to TEACH them to expect anything else if you keep hiding the true range of your talent.

The SPP guys at Sterling and Stone claim they want to be known as "storytellers", but tell their audience to use a pen name if they go outside the genre they usually write in.  Why?  Don't you want your audience to also be known as "storytellers"?  Most of them are writers, aren't they?  Why shouldn't what's good for you be good for them as well?  I just don't get this.

Would they have told King "You'd better publish those Dark Tower books under a pen name, Steve; you're audience knows you as a horror writer.  You don't want to confuse them, do you?"

Fuck you.  That's what King would say.  And if he didn't, I'd say it for him.

I am, primarily, a horror writer.  But I've written science fiction, fantasy, super hero stories, poetry, crime stories, and I published them all under my name.  To do anything else is to teach your audience that you're a one-trick pony

I spent the better part of today turning a crime/mystery novella I wrote 13 years ago into an Angel Hill story.  This novella doesn't have any ghosts or monsters, and that's what the Angel Hill audience has come to expect.  So why is this story, that is a simple crime story, an Angel Hill story?  Because it can be.  Because supernatural things happen in Angel Hill, but not everything that happens in Angel Hill is supernatural.  The people there live their lives just like everyone else.

If you want to live and write in fear, then go ahead and do everything the SPP guys and Dean Wesley Smith tell you--because these are the guys who've placed themselves at the head of the table and claimed to know everything after all (why else would Sean and Johnny have started their own podcast network with podcasts like "The Smarter Artist" and "Ask Us Anything" and "The Authorpreneur's Almanac" if they weren't the best there is at what they do?)  Sure, they have to game the system by re-naming their two most popular shows as the "2.0" versions just because their egos need that boost of being in the iTunes New and Noteworthy chart, but come on, who hasn't?

Personally, I couldn't live, or write, that way.  I've been doing just fine thinking for myself, thank you.  I think I'll keep doing that.

The bottom line is this: if you want to write across genres, do it.  If you want to use a pen name, do it.  If you want to publish under your own name, do that.  Who gives a fat fuck what anyone else THINKS you should do? It's your work, it's your career, it's your life.  And I don't know about you, but as long as I'm paying my own bills, I'm gonna be the one telling me what to do.  I honestly couldn't care less what someone else thinks is best.  And the LAST person I would take advice from is a fucking hypocrite.  Telling people to write under pen names for different genres, but we don't do it because, as they've said MANY times on their podcast, this is a case of do as we say not as we do.  Go fuck yourselves.  You want to talk the talk, know the rest.

Believe me, there is NO ONE out there qualified to give anyone business advice when it comes to writing, because no two paths are going to be the same.  You can watch what someone else is doing and copy their every move--right GR?--but that doesn't mean for a second your road to success is going to look just like theirs.  Writing is one of the most fickle damn businesses around, and you just have to work to make yourself happy.  Anything else is asking for heartache.

And you sure as fuck do NOT need an app--it's not even a mobile app, it's PC only, AND if it does become a thing, you have to pay $10 a month to use the fucking thing--to help you write better stories.  I promise you NO app is going to make your stories better.  You know what will?  Writing!  Writing is the ONLY thing that makes your writing better.  Fucking app.  You believe these guys?  And I used to respect them.  That's balls.

Meanwhile, here's what I'm reading now:


Adapted from Rod Serling's original scripts--in their entirety--this graphic novel series takes one of the most iconic shows in the history of television into the twenty-first century.  Sure to please both die-hard fans and series newbies alike!

Destination: Homewood.  Step off the beaten path as Martin Sloan takes the journey of a lifetime.  Somewhere up the road he's looking for redemption--but he'll find something entirely different.

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