Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: February 2011

I’ve read a lot of John Grisham in my life.  I think I’ve got all of his novels on my shelf, but I may have missed one or two.  I’ve always loved his writing style.  Its easy to read, the characters are either likable or hate-able, depending on what he’s going for.  The plots fly by.  They’re great airplane reads, and usually, on a cross country flight, I can pretty much read… Read More

When I sat down with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, I expected it to take me a week or so to finish.  I got it in hardcover around Christmas (which I almost never do) by accident when I clicked the buy button on without checking to see what edition I was ordering.  Oops. My wife and I had just watched the the Swedish version of The Girl… Read More

As much as any other series in the last five year, SM Stirling’s The Change series struck a chord with me.  In fact, I think it was shortly after reading the first few books in this series back in 2008 that I decided to start writing again. Dies the Fire, the first book in The Change reintroduced me to the world of post-apocalyptic fiction that I had first seen with Stephen King’s… Read More

I wrote one chapter this week.  In a book I had already finished.  Okay, it’s not done, however I didn’t think I’d be writing entirely new chapters for Army of  the Risen.  But after cutting out four entire chapters, I wrote a new one.  I also edited a bit this week, and am about 40% through this pass now.  Hopefully the rest of  the book goes faster, because it’s taking an absurdly… Read More

I try to keep these weekly, but sometimes things get in the way.  Last week(end) it was my day job, requiring insane number of hours to try to get a project done.  Stuff happens, and sometimes the writing takes a back seat to, you know, things that actually pay the bills.  Some day, I hope my day job will take a backseat to, you know, a writing career that pays the bills…. Read More