Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: October 2010

When I was in college, I lived in a very small apartment (440 square feet) in Toronto on the 17th floor of a 26 story building in a very bad part of town.  I lived on campus for my first two and a half years, but I partied too much, drank too much, didn’t get along with my roommates, my grades tanked and I needed a change.  In this little apartment with… Read More

I held off as long as I could in reading Suzanne Collin’s final book in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, not because I didn’t want to read it, but because I didn’t want the story to end, and I didn’t want to read it while distracted.  I wanted to immerse myself in the story, and with as busy as I have been lately (which I will explain in my next blog entry),… Read More

No, I haven’t just been reading books these days, I am still working on writing them.  More accurately, I am working on one, and while there isn’t a lot of progress in the area of word counts, I have been working on the plan.  What’s that you say, I thought he had a plan?  Well I did.  And it worked for the first half of the book, and the words were flowing… Read More

I saw the movie version, at least the edited for TV version of Deliverance years ago, long before I ever knew it was based on a book by James Dickey.  In fact, I probably wouldn’t have even known it was a book, had it not been for Jason Black mentioning it to me as part of the review he did for me on my novel, The Forgotten Road.  He mentioned it, not… Read More

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the Second Book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, and it’s just as fantastic as the first.  Katniss Evergreen has survived The Hunger Games, but her method of survival has left her with ruthless enemies who will do anything to contain the damage she has done.  It’s almost impossible to write a long review of this book without lacing it with spoilers, and I just won’t do… Read More

I picked up Warrior Writer by Bob Mayer shortly after the 2010 PNWA Conference where Bob Mayer did a full day workshop on writing.  I was doing a lot of volunteer work that day, so I didn’t get to see his whole presentation.  I bought the book instead. These days, there is a lot more to writing than just writing.  Writers have to be more cognizant of marketing themselves and creating a… Read More

I met C.C. Humphries at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association conference in July 2010.  he’s a tall, engaging man, with a passion for stage and story.  He did the keynote on one of the nights of the conference, and as a volunteer for the conference, I had the opportunity to speak with him a few times in the hallway or at the front desk. I’m a big, big fan of historical fiction… Read More

John Scalzi continues to be one of my favorite authors, and Agent to the Stars is both original and wonderful.  Benevolent aliens discover earth and want to make first contact, but everything they have seen and heard about Earth (through watching seventy odd years of television broadcasts) indicates that humans are a nervous and twitchy bunch when it comes to interacting with aliens who don’t look like themselves.  And these aliens don’t… Read More