Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: January 2011

For the last year or so I’ve been hosting my web site on my own server in my house.  I built the site using some of the software technology I use at work, partially out of an experiment, and partially to save a little bit of money.  A few days ago, I had a disk failure on one of my computers, and while I was fixing it this morning, I realized that… Read More

If you’ve been reading all the book reviews since I moved to this site a few months ago, this book might surprise you. But if you go way back in my archives on Cranium Outpost, you’ll find I have read quite a few Jonathon Tropper books.  Still, this genre is completely different from what I normally read.  I’d classify as chick-lit for guys.  That’s not an insult.  It’s what it is, and… Read More

My wife read The Maze Runner by James Dashner a few weeks before I did, and told me I would really like it.  She said it was right up my alley.  The writing style was very similar to mine, and that it was similar to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which I loved. But before I started to read it, I mentioned I was going to read it to one of… Read More

I made the big decision this week to switch the point of view of my current novel from third to first person.  I was only about 2500 words into it, but the words were not coming.  Not because of plot of characters, but because of tone.  The distance created by the third person view seemed to push the story into the wrong tone, and I wanted it to be more personal.  It… Read More

If you look at my bookshelf, you will see that I have over half a long shelf devoted to Bernard Cornwell’s writing.  It’s not just that he is prolific – which he is – but he is also very, very good at what he does.  The Burning Land is the fifth book in the Saxon Chronicles, the story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a Dane at the service of King Alfred of Wessex… Read More

This will be a short, entry, mainly because I didn’t write very much this week – about 2000 words total, and most of that was in a single session last weekend.  I’m having a little trouble setting the tone for the opening for my new book, and I’ve rewritten some of it a couple of times. I also had two days off this week where I had big plans to do a… Read More

  It didn’t take me long to get around to reading Stieg Larsson’s second book in his Millennium series, The Girl Who Played with Fire. It’s a long book at over 600 pages, and continues the story of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, revealing more of Salander’s history amidst a new, controversial and dangerous story that finds its way into Blomkvist’s hands. If you liked the first book in this series, you… Read More

A new year, and a new book.  I started the actual writing of my newest book this morning.  The working title is Labeled.  This is another example of how bad I am at picking titles.  I won’t hold it against anyone if they think this name is ridiculous.  It’s a working title – so I have something to call the MS Word file when I save it, and something to call it… Read More