Can’t Sleep. Anxiety Sucks.

Hello friends.

I’m currently laying awake in bed when I should be sound asleep. Writing helps me collect my thoughts, terrible as they may be, and forces me to look at them with cold, calculating, detachment. Usually.

Tonight, I’m hoping, as I lay here breathing through this relatively, mild panic attack that I can regain some semblance of control and get back to the calming abyss of sleep.

So what could be the cause of all this stress and anxiety you ask?

Well, friend, I wish I knew.

You see, I can only assume that while I am not, by any means unaccustomed to stress, anxiety, and depression, that there must be a reason for this now.

Perhaps it’s just the world closing in, or the disconcerting test results from my recent blood work that came back, there’s also the magazine deadlines to consider, but most likely, it has to do with my children.

Cadence has not been taking the idea of Riley’s surgery very well. I’ve been doing my best to help put her mind at ease and give her special attention that every 5-year-old needs so she doesn’t mistakenly think the extra attention Riley is getting right now, means we love her more. It sadly, wouldn’t be the first time she’s felt that way.

Tomorrow is Riley’s swallow study. The results of this test will indicate how urgently we need to schedule her surgery. After that, we still have a spinal MRI to complete–this is to verify one last time that there isn’t any other outside factors that might be the cause of this issue.

So much of our summer has been waiting for casts to be off and now waiting to find out about surgery.

Cadence’s Birthday is in August. We’ll be moving her party around so that way Riley can actually still be a part of it because we have no idea what will be happening post surgery. She needs her little shadow, her mini me, best friend and sister to be there.

I realize this post is very much just the rambling detritus of my mind but it IS my blog and it served its purpose. I’ve managed to get my breathing and heart rate back down. I think I’m finally ready to drift off to sleep for a couple hours before my alarm goes off at 4:15am.

Until Next Time,

-DSY

Before I Forget: an Update, an Interview, and a Story

Happy Friday!

I keep meaning to share some awesome news with you all but it’s been hard for me to think about little else besides the massive ball of stress I’ve been carrying recently regarding my daughter. If you’re unfamiliar with what’s going on there, here’s where you can get caught up. I would really appreciate thoughts and prayers and whatever positivity you can toss our way. We’ll need it.

Before I get to the awesome news, let me share a couple updates for those interested.

Riley’s Surgery Situation

Cadence, our five-year-old, was absolutely devastated by the news that her baby sister’s headaches aren’t going to go away with medicine on their own. She FaceTimed me at work, sobbing, “they’re going to cut her with a knife!” It’s taken the last few days to get her to calm down but she still gets emotional and has to talk herself into thinking about happy things. (NOTE: This is NOT how it was explained to her. Not sure how she came to this–perhaps she overheard a private conversation but we didn’t explain it that way.) It’s heartbreaking but also heartwarming because of the bond and love our girls have for one another.

Originally we had follow up appointments scheduled much farther out but I guess our doctor told them that this was important, so our swallow study got moved to next week and we’re on a cancellation list should an appointment open up sooner.

This appointment will dictate if we decide when the surgery is or if the doctor does. If her malformation is causing her to swallow or breathe abnormally, then it needs to be handled ASAP.

Naturally, we’ll keep you posted.

Riley Got Her Cast Off!

It’s been a long four or five weeks now and she’s been such a trooper! At first she cried because they were cutting her pretty pink cast that she loved and was so proud of but later, she came around and was super excited!

Her ulna has the knobby growth of new bone but is already correcting itself from where it started to heal at an angle. For those that don’t know–yes, she had a broken arm for about a week before we found out. No swelling, crying (except when she bumped it funny), or brushing, AND she was still using it. I digress, all is well now.

On to my awesome news!

I was recently interviewed by horror author and podcaster, Augie Peterson!

Augie is awesome! It was a fun interview and I was honored and surprised that I was even asked. Every month she features five creative individuals, authors, artists, etc. interviews and promotes their work. For June, I was one of the lucky few!

Check out my interview here.

Also, she did a Features Week Bonus episode on her podcast where she recaps the interviews for the week. Also, if you listen, you’ll hear her impeccably read an original story of mine, The Mountains That Whisper, which was originally published in Aphotic Realm’s fifth issue, ELDRITCH!

You can listen to that episode here.

(At 6 mins is my interview and 12:20 is my story but stick around for all the other great creative individuals!)

Grab a copy of Eldritch here.

Or, if for some reason you’re one of those folks that likes to help out indie writers, you can buy a signed copy from me. Just shoot me an email or DM me on social media if you’re interested.

In Other News!

The next issue of Aphotic Realm, Gruesome, is coming along well. Medina and I have each been swamped with craziness–if you’re reading my post, you know what I’ve been up to, however, Medina’s big distraction has been hunting and buying a house! The good news is they recently got the house! Congrats to them! Now it’s crunch time to get everything done before we bump up into a bigger mess with their move and all that excitement!

That’s all for now!

-DSY

My Daughter, A Neurosurgeon, and A Plan

What a day. For anyone that is clueless at this point about the stuff going on with my youngest daughter, you can get caught up below. The posts are short.

Part 1 | Part 2

So from the get go, I’ve shared that something was wrong, but I was vague on the details. This in part was due to holding on to that last shred of privacy that I talked about in my first post but mostly, because I–we (my wife April and I) wanted to talk to the neurosurgeon and hear it from them–what THEY thought when they saw the MRI. Too often a doctor has told us one thing but then another with slightly more (or different) experience says, “no, that’s not it at all.” Today was the day. After a weekend of research, as soon as we saw the image of Riley’s MRI for ourselves, we knew what we were in for.

Riley has what’s called Chiari 1 Malformation.

This is when there isn’t enough room in the back of the skull and the cerebellum is pushed down into/against the brain stem and out of the skull into the spinal chord. Sometimes this is treated by treating the symptoms while others require surgery.

Riley’s will require surgery. To sum the procedure up as best as I can, they basically remove a very small section of the skull and spine (c1) to make room. Riley’s case is still a little more than what the norm is though and they will need to take a portion of her neck muscle to create a pouch/patch.

There was A LOT of information given to us. Naturally, there are risks involved and lots of scenarios that were covered. However, she (the doctor) seemed very optimistic that Riley, given her age especially, would do well and be able to live a normal, happy, healthy life; seemingly without limitation–including sports and physical activity. The doc doesn’t see any kind of damage that might have been caused or learning disabilities bubbling up because of this either.

From here, we have two more tests that they want Riley to go through and a regular wellness checkup to make sure all the ducks are in a row before the surgery.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and well wishes. We could definitely feel all the love today. It gave us the strength to stay calm, clear-headed, and dry-eyed as we spoke to the doctor about the very serious situation affecting the well-being of my baby girl.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

-DSY

UPDATE On My Youngest Daughter

UPDATE on my youngest daughter Riley.

If you aren’t aware of what’s going on, you can catch up here.

Tomorrow 6/11 we have an appointment with the neurosurgeon to hopefully get more answers.

This will be the first time we’ve gotten a chance to speak with anyone since we were given the results last week. So, as you can imagine, we’ve been overwhelmed with information and different scenarios we’ve read in our research on Riley’s condition. Needless to say, we’re anxiously waiting to hear more about our specific situation and ask the questions that have been brewing all weekend.

In other news, on Thursday 6/13, Riley’s cast comes off! Hopefully, all has healed well and that appointment will go smoothly—we really don’t need anymore drama/trauma from these girls!

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers, likes and shares. We can use all that you can spare right now.

Calling All Friends: Please Read!!

I’m cautious about what I share on the web—esp when it comes to my kids. Imagine growing up in the world & every embarrassing pic, awkward phase, or difficult time was documented for ppl to find? I know I’m glad a lot of that stuff isn’t out there. I said that because I want you to know how important this is to us.

Riley (2 yrs old) has been complaining of headaches. At first we did what any normal parent would do, brush it off, associate it with the change in weather, sinuses, allergies, teething, etc etc. Assuming she had an inner ear infection or something, we took her to her doctor. All checked out well there, but we got referred out for an MRI.

Yesterday we got the MRI.

At 7pm we got a call with the results and since this isn’t what we were told to expect, we feared the worst.

At this time, I won’t get too deep into the specifics.

She does NOT have a brain tumor or Cancer. However, the MRI was concerning.

Our next steps are to talk with a neurosurgeon today to discuss the MRI results further and find out more of what is going on and what we’ll have to do.

So if you would, just keep this beautiful little child, our family, and the doctors/staff involved in treating my baby girl in your thoughts and prayers—we would so greatly appreciate it!

Thank you!

-DSY

By Year’s End [ERROR TITLE ALREADY EXISTS]

Good Bye 2018! Hello 2019! 

I stepped into 2018 with really only one goal and that was to write more. However, I also desired to find a balance in my life between work and play for the betterment of my mental health. For anyone that follows me–will know what’s coming next: I wanted to “Create a Positive Change” in my life. 

For the entertainment of myself, I’m going to break this down into a few sections as I recap 2018 and look ahead to 2019; the sections are Writing, Projects, Movies, Books, and Personal. 

Writing

At the end of 2017 I wrote a Christmasy themed horror story called, Oh, Unholy Rite. Coming into 2018 off of that high, and feeling guilty for not having focused on my primary goal, I was determined to write more. Editor duties kept taking a front seat but then I saw Bo Chappell’s call for submissions to his anthology based in his Year 47 world. The submission date was far enough out that I had a feeling I could meet that deadline. I spoke at length about this in my November Recap but I am, needless to say, excited to have my story, Dead Falls, among the pages of the other fine stories and great authors published in By Year’s End: A Year 47 Anthology.

Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, there is some potential for a return visit to the world of Year 47. Time will tell but there have been several conversations at length as to what that return might look like–get excited. While you’re at it, if you haven’t start the New Year right by reading By Year’s End and Year 47

Next, I actually got to have one of my stories published among the words of other fantastic Lovecraftian fiction in Aphotic Realm’s October/November issue, Eldritch! My story, The Mountains That Whisper, is an ode or almost companion piece to one of my favorite H. P. Lovecraft stories, The Whisperer in Darkness. The issue contains 10 original Lovecraftian Mythos inspired pieces, a few comics, articles, and an interview with none other than S. T. Joshi; one of, if not, THE leading Lovecraft expert in the community. I may be bias, but I do think this is a fantastic issue! Check it out here.

Aside from writing Dead Falls and The Mountains That Whisper, I wrote another revision of Oh, Unholy Rite and that was it for my fiction writing for 2018. For some of you writers, that may not seem like a lot, but considering what I did compared to the previous year, it is much better! Now, that’s not to say I didn’t start other things, or jot ideas down–every writer does–including me. I’m just counting complete stories here.

When it comes to non-fiction, I’ve done quite a bit. To kick off the year, I wrote two interview pieces in Aphotic Realm’s issue 3, Classified, with Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance and the other with best-selling author, Mylo Carbia, the Queen of Horror! Both were fantastic, informative, and a pleasure to work with! Check out their interviews, backed up with fantastic fiction, here!

In issue 4, Dystopia, I full-filled a life long dream and got to interview THE Kevin J. Anderson, master of universes, and author of every Star Wars book that got me into reading on my own as a kid. He was a pleasure to work with and I still can’t believe my name was anywhere near his when I wrote that. Not to be overshadowed, is author and musician, Ronald Malfi. You’d think working with KJA would be the highlight of this issue but I have to say, chatting with Ron for the interview and these last few months over Twitter, has been a complete pleasure! He is a talented musician, author, and just a cool dude. Check out Bone White by Ronald Malfi–one of my favorite reads for 2018 and his band VEER just released their new album Apocalyptic, Baby. You can read those interviews in Dystopia here if you haven’t already done so. 

In Aphotic Realm’s issue 5, Eldritch, we visited the mind of H.P. Lovecraft. I was quite honored to get to pick the brain of one of the folks who has studied him most, S.T. Joshi. It was really great hearing his thoughts on the man behind the mythos. Eldritch is as I mentioned before, one of my favorite issues we’ve released. I hope you all check it out. 

Oh and fellow Geek-Man, Bo Chappell and I wrote an Article for Kendall Reviews. Can’t forget that one! It was about the threat level of the Universal Monsters! 

Fiction, and non-fiction. That wraps up the year.

2019? Well, All I can say really is I hope to continue to do more.

I already mentioned that there is some discussion we might revisit the land of Year 47 but I have not begun that story or project yet.

A few of my writing friends have been encouraging me stop cutting things out of Oh, Unholy Rite, and instead expand on it to make it a full novella. You see, the story originally ended at somewhere around 8,000 words. In the process of trying to find a home for it, I’ve shaved words off to meet various publications maximum word count. Expansion may be possible. Or perhaps it’s hubris. Time will tell.

I’m aiming to submit a story to The Grey Rooms but I likely won’t get in if I can make that deadline. Season 1 is so fantastic that the talent level, quality of writing, etc., is bound to be well beyond anything I could ever create. Best of luck and congratulations to everyone over there at The Grey Rooms. Seriously. Hats off. 

Thats all for writing! Now on to:

Projects

I’m clumping Aphotic Realm into projects. We’ve got a lot going on over there–which I talked at length about in THIS article should you be interested. I’ll try not to repeat myself here. 

The only things I can really say about Aphotic Realm is… well, okay, I don’t have much. We’ve got another year full of strange and sinister planned for you all so stay tuned! 

Actually yeah, I do have one thing: If you like to watch or read horror/sci-fi movies, TV shows, Books, etc. Hit us up. We’re looking to expand our reviews section on the website. I’d like to see a fresh review up there once a week which is why I’m hoping I can get a couple folks interested to help out, alternate weeks, etc. Let me know. Alternatively, if you want to do an audio or video review we could talk. Obviously, it would have to co-inside with our brand etc. This is me rambling and all very unofficial. Basically, if you want to be a part of our team, get in touch. 

Geek-Men! In 2018 I started a podcast with fellow geek and writer, Bo Chappell. Our podcast, which I’ve talked at length about on here, is about creating a positive change in the nerd/geek community. On our podcast, we talk about “all the things you love, without all the hate.” That’s what the Geek-Men and the Masters of the ThunderNerds are all about! Our first season went off without a hitch. We had a complete blast. 

Season 2 will be starting early 2019 so be on the look out for more about that. 

I have a few other projects, one that’s been heavy on my heart for a while now. I’m not sure where to start. Basically, I want to help people. But to do that, I think I need to line up some resources and work a few other details out. Vague, I know. 

Movies

To kick off the year, we got MoviePass. Initially a great deal that crapped out on us halfway through the year. To top it off, MoviePass, despite their initial claim cut us off at once per movie as soon as a movie came out that we wanted to see multiple times. So if you see (MP) that means we saw it using our MoviePass. If it has (2) or (3) after it, that means we saw it additional times beyond the MoviePass allowance.  

Black Panther (MP), Game Night (MP), A Quiet Place (MP), Upgrade (MP), Ready Player One (MP), Pacific Rim: Uprising (MP), Rampage (MP), Avengers: Infinity War (MP), Deadpool 2 (MP)(2), Solo: A Star Wars Story (MP)(2), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (MP)(2), Incredibles 2 (MP)(3), Hotel Artemis (MP), Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge (MP), Skyscraper (MP), Mission Impossible: Fallout (MP), The Equalizer 2 (MP), The Spy Who Dumped Me (MP), A-X-L (MP), Alpha (MP), Peppermint (MP), The Predator, Venom, Aquaman, Bumblebee.

Looking to fill the void of MoviePass in 2019 with a different service. We mainly go to Cinemark but their option is pointless. It’s 8.99 for 1 ticket and 20% off snacks and stuff. Additional tickets are 8.99. Thats great if you only see 3d movies or go see movies at night time. The Mrs and I are old. We only go to the first or second showing on a Saturday for multiple reasons. It’s easier that way for us primarily. With that being the case, we get the early bird pricing which is like 6 or 7 bucks for a regular show or 8 bucks or something like that for a 3d show (don’t quote me on the second one-we rarely see 3D since we got MoviePass). So–on the look out. 

Books

I keep my Goodreads updated and I surpassed my 2018 reading challenge of 30 books by completing 35 books last year! 

Among my favorite books that I read in 2018, I’ll narrow it down to a few of my favorites. (My writing and Aphotic Realm works aside)

  • Death Without Company by Craig Johnson: I loved the Longmire TV Series so coming to the books was a great decision. The first book was good, but I think the second was better as the author Johnson, found his stride with the voice of the characters a bit more and didn’t info dump as much. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series!
  • Kill Shot by Vince Flynn: My I mentioned this at length in a blog post earlier but this series came highly recommended and I quite enjoyed this book!
  • Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan: Again, loved the Netflix series so I came to the book and couldn’t put it down. 
  • Bone White by Ronald Malfi: I already spoke about this earlier. It’s good. Read it. 
  • The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor: I gushed all over Goodreads about this. You can read my review there if you like. 
  • Siphon by A.A. Medina: The debut novel of my business partner and good friend. I couldn’t be more proud. I can easily say without a doubt, that this is here and would be here regardless of my association with him. Great characters, pacing, an inspiring first at-bat. 

I set my Goodreads 2019 challenge at 40 books. I doubt I’ll make it but I plan on giving it a good try! 

Personal

We took my oldest daughter, Cadence, to see her first movie this year. FIRST movie. AT the THEATER. She was a few months shy of turning four. It was kind of neat. I was sitting down, talking with my mom and wife about it and I realized, I was about the same age when I saw MY first movie in the theater! 

My first movie at the theater? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cadence’s first movie? Incredibles 2!

Both superhero movies if you didn’t notice. Yup. Ya gotta raise ’em right! 😀

She loved it. We loved it. Saw it three times in the theater. Took her to see it opening weekend. Then again the following weekend. Then, on her birthday a few months later, it was still in theaters so I took her on a daddy-daughter date. 

2018 has been a bittersweet year. We’ve had good times and bad times. As a result of both being busy, wanting to avoid the drama, and a bit due to the bad times, I’ve withdrawn a lot from social media. But we’re still ticking! 

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking around and I wish you all the best in 2019! 

Until Next Time, 

Happy New Year! 

-DSY

ps. I ended 2018 with Kidney stones. Wish me luck that I’m through the worst of it as I head back to work tomorrow. 

November Catch Up

Wow, it’s November already?

So many things have been going on lately!

I guess I’ll start with where I left you last: Reading! I’m super behind on updating my GoodReads account and I’ve actually read quite a few books since I last posted on here. Just to shotgun a few to give you an idea of the range: Joe Hill’s Strange Weather, Stephen King’s The Outsider, CJ Tutor’s The Chalk Man, another Mitch Rapp Novel, A collection by H.P. Lovecraft called Necronomicon and now I’m reading The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. There’s probably been some more speckled in there but I won’t bore you all with a list. Great fun all around!

What’s next? Podcast. It’s been a while since the last episode of Geek-Men and the Masters of the ThunderNerds podcast but Bo and I have full plates. If we had a volunteer to take over editing duties (wink, wink), we could continue on but until that volunteer steps up, we’ll have to wait until we have more time. Over all, a great first season—eleven episodes that we’re very proud of! You can watch for Season 2 after the holidays. There is potential that other avenues for Geek-Men talk will open up though–more on that to come.

Speaking of Geek-Men, this is a perfect time to segue into Writing! For Halloween, Bo and I wrote an article for Kendall Reviews where we assess the threat level of the classic Universal Studios Monsters in typical Geek-Men fashion. It was great fun!

I have to give Bo all the credit as he put so much work into making that happen, I went back through and gave it just enough of a smattering or #StrokeofYoak, if you will, to allow my name to be associated with the article. Even though Halloween has passed, I genuinely hope you read it as it was great fun. You can find the article here.

A quick note for anyone who isn’t familiar with Gavin over at Kendall Reviews: it’s this great site that is much more than book and movie reviews, they have interviews, guest articles and overall, he does a tremendous amount to help promote horror especially within the indie scene. Give the site a stroll when you have a minute.

Where was I? Writing! Still have some writing news. Several months ago–I want to say it was in March of this year, Bo Chappell, author of Year 47, opened up submissions to what would be an anthology that takes place within the world of his novel Year 47. First of all, for those that don’t know what Year 47 is, do yourself a favor and head over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy. It’s great. To over simplify it, this catastrophic event happened and now, “there is no Heaven, there is no Hell, there just is.”

Needless to say, I wanted in. Months went by, the deadline arrived in August and I submitted my story. I am proud to say, that my story Dead Falls, has been accepted and will appear in the anthology alongside a number of other talented writers on November 27th.

Bo did a fun video where a bunch of folks in the Twitter Horror/writer community all said that we couldn’t help him with the video–it was quite funny if you care to watch it can be found here.

If you skipped that, here is the Book Trailer ONLY without the fun bit at the beginning. Watch that here.

Here’s the gorgeous cover–art by Bo Chappell who, in addition to being a talented writer is also an artist! Dude just hit all the talent branches when he fell from the tree right?

So proud to be in this anthology! I can’t wait to hear what you all think of my story.

Oh and by the way–the image at the very top of this post (the featured art) is the artwork that is inspired by my story, also courtesy of Mr. Chappell.

 

 

 

Ok. So, this post is getting long in the tooth. Well, it feels that way but as of THIS word it’s only 652 words long so far. Hang in there with me as it has been a while and these posts come few and far between.

Aphotic Realm! Ok, well for the latest on AR, you can always follow us on Twitter or head over to our website, but I do want to touch on a few things. First of all, I’ve had the chance to interview some fantastic folks. I don’t think I’ve been able to talk about this enough.

Just THIS YEAR ALONE I’ve interviewed, best selling authors Mylo Carbia, Richard Chizmar, Kevin J. Anderson, and Ronald Malfi. These interviews have been fantastic! I had such a blast and they are all great folks! I don’t think I can stress enough how much fun I have in these interviews.

Check out our issues CLASSIFIED and DYSTOPIA to read their interviews.

If you want a good sampling of what Aphotic Realm has to offer, Tales From the Realm: Vol. 1, will do just that and was edited by yours truly!

On to more writing news! Aphotic Realm’s latest release, ELDRITCH, will feature an interview I did with S.T. Joshi, one of–if not the leading experts on H.P. Lovecraft and his work. It was a lot of fun hearing his insight. But in addition to that, Eldritch will also feature a tale of my own!

One of my favorite stories that I’ve read of Lovecraft’s so far, has been The Whisperer in Darkness. It’s a tale about a man who publicly disbelieves that there are things in the mountains of Vermont. One day he receives a letter from a man who lives there and says he can provide proof but wants him to stop drawing attention to himself publicly for he fears these creatures will come after him. The correspondence and mystery unfolds from there.

My story, The Mountains That Whisper, is designed to be a companion of sorts to Lovecraft’s own tale. I wrote in many references to his story creating new characters within that setting. I sincerely hope you all enjoy it! Watch for it mid November!

If you haven’t seen it yet, the official cover for ELDRITCH is pictured above!

 

Until Next Time!

-DSY

ps. I’m overly proud of the latest bio I’ve written for myself, so I’ll leave you with that. Hey, someone has to laugh at my jokes, might as well be me! HAHA.

 

While traveling across the cosmos, Dustin Schyler Yoak, a writer, editor, and podcaster of little renown among the outlying planets of our solar system, crash landed in a small suburb of Ohio. Seeing the value of a quaint and quiet lifestyle, he put down roots. In 2017, he graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing receiving high marks from his peers and professors all around. Having successfully infiltrated our culture, he co-founded Aphotic Realm Magazine in 2017 and the podcast, Geek-Men and the Masters of the ThunderNerds the following year in 2018. His latest work, Dead Falls, can be found in the forthcoming, By Years End: a Year 47 Anthology, November 2018. 

To this day, Dustin resides at his home in Ohio, hidden among us with his wife and two female offspring, whom he spends his free time mediating arguments and maintaining galactic peace. 

To keep up with the latest from Dustin, visit his website, http://www.dustinschyleryoak.com and follow him on Twitter @DustinSchyler. 

 

 

Mitch Rapp Novels: Kill Shot Book Review

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My friend Robin Murdick first recommended both the Vince Flynn and Brad Thor novels to me. By recommended, I mean sang their praises. Which at the time, I didn’t think he did about anything other than Captain America so in the back of my mind I took note.

I liked spy movies but took one look at the cover and imagined it would be a similar experience to that of my high school required reading of Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton–the last thing I would willingly do as a free teenager.

Well, one book led to another, which finally triggered my memory to revisit this suggestion. Specifically, I think it was The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer, The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer, and then A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner. I’m sure there were others, but I recall those specifically over the last year or so.

Regardless, here I am, two books in and scratching my skin raw like a crack addict looking for more. I’ve been getting them from the library and there is a super long wait for each book. It seems that twenty or so people are reading this book series all at the same time. George Guidall by the way, has done an amazing job once again.

I blew through book one of the Mitch Rapp Series back in July I believe and anxiously awaited book two, Kill Shot, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m honestly a sucker for strong leading characters that are misunderstood, but unflinching with their moral compass, always gets the job done, etc. You know the type: Excels at everything and always the smartest people in the room. Jack Bauer, Jack Ryan, Mitch Rapp, Batman, Superman, etc.

I will read anything even remotely similar.

Start to finish everything was exciting, lines were drawn, and you’re racing to see the outcome. Pacing was flawless. Characters, fascinating, engaging, etc. If you like thrillers, espionage, and characters you can root for, read this series.

Can’t wait to get book three.

 

-DSY

 

Geek-Men and the Masters of the ThunderNerds Podcast

I’m a creative guy. So when I’m not creating I like to consume things that others create. Well, I found a like-minded geek friend, Bo Chappell (author of Year 47) & decided to create once more.

GEEK-MEN AND THE MASTERS OF THE THUNDERNERDS is a podcast about all the things you love without all the hate.

You heard that right. I took my drive for mental health wellness and my ‘creating positive change’ initiatives, combined them with my love for all things in geek culture, and turned it into a podcast.

Podcasting has notoriously been known as a soapbox for overweight white guys to hate on literally everything. NOT US. The internet in general has given voice to millions of people that only want to tear things down. Star Wars is notorious for this. Ahmed Best and Kellie Marie Tran are just two recent examples of cyber bullying and negativity.

The first three episodes are available now, with more on the way.

Patreon members get access to early access of the weekly episodes, exclusive episodes, outtakes & more.

I’d really appreciate any signal boost you guys can provide on this as we build our audience.

If you have time, give one of our episodes a listen. I’d love to hear what you think. We’re having a lot of fun, & we’d like you all to join in.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mastersofthethundernerds

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MastersoftheThunderNerds

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