Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: September 2010

Since the beginning of August, I’ve been ‘head down’ editing The Forgotten Road.  I’ve chronicled my efforts here a few times, but haven’t updated as much as I hoped to, because frankly, every spare writing moment I had was sucked up by the editing process.  That process is now complete for this version.  I sent the manuscript to Fedex Office for printing last night.  I plan on picking it up tonight, and… Read More

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Suzanne Collin’s book, The Hunger Games is truly an awesome read.  I knew it from the first five pages that this one was good, and by page 100, it was obvious that this was the book that I would measure my writing progress by.  It’s easily one of the top five books I’ve ever read for sheer enjoyment, and I found… Read More

A few years ago, my then girlfriend (now my wife) recommended I read this writer named Janet Evanovich.  I started with the first book in the the Stephanie Plum series, and worked my way through.  I think book 8 was out around that time.  The characters were funny and engaging and the dialog witty.  Sure some of the scenes were a little hard to believe, but hey, I don’t think it was… Read More

Scalzi has done it again with Zoe’s Tale.  He throws us back into the universe he created for The Last Colony and shows us the world from through the eyes of John and Jane Perry’s seventeen year old adopted daughter Zoe Boutin-Perry. There is nothing not to like about this story, and if my previous reviews of Scalzi’s work haven’t already convinced you to go out and read his books, you are… Read More

I ‘finished’ the latest edit of TFR today.  Finished as in got to the end of the book fixing passive voice, pov issues and a few grammatical issues.  I also chopped over 16000 words from the manuscript, which I think is pretty damn impressive. I also fixed an unusual problem that I don’t expect a lot of writers will have to deal with.  The book takes place in Canada, and the main… Read More