10 Things I Love About Wine

Practicing my comedy writing skills with the reasons I love wine. Enjoy! 1. My therapy group only meets once a week, while wine is supportive 24/7. 2. A glass of wine qualifies as a daily serving of fruit, it’s good for your heart, and all the other delusional health crap. 3. Swirl, sniff, sip, repeat is a workout that never gets boring. 4. The more empty wine bottles I put in the recycle bin, the … Read more

This Week’s Music-CD-Mishmash Archive #2 Featuring ’80s Underground

Found this box set in the back of the cabinet, a bit of dust covering it. Considering I graduated from high school in 1983, music from the 80s was my first opportunity to really define my own taste in music. Prior to that, I grew up in a household filled music from the Allman Brothers, Cream, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Humble Pie, Rolling Stones, and countless other 70s classic rock. Lucky for me, I grew … Read more

A New Appreciation for Horror Comedy Actor Adam Scott

Initially I had intended to review the movie Little Evil staring Adam Scott as the step father of the ‘little evil’ boy. Then I remembered Scott is a father in Krampus and is currently starring in one of my new favorite TV horror comedy series, Ghosted. I was first introduced to Scott as Ben Wyatt in Parks and Recreation, a show I’ve watched over and over during down times in life to lift my spirits. … Read more

This Week’s Music-CD-Mishmash Archive #1 Featuring Big Beat & European Folk

Before we start, let me mention that I’m a news junky to the point of near panic attacks after morning and evening doses. It’s like a drug, and I need a break/support group. So, I’m turning to music for needed therapy because there’s no chance I’ll stop traumatizing myself with the political horrors of the day. Sad to say music’s a lost love of mine over the last 8+ years. While many authors have their … Read more

Wastin’ Time

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a update on what I’m up to. Mainly it’s because I’m having a summer of avoiding editing. Instead, I spend most of my time on household stuff, especially gardening. Just spent the last week enjoying time with family and moving rocks from the neighbor’s front yard to our backyard. To save us all some money, they’re simplifying and we’re re-purposing. The plan is to replace the current mishmash of … Read more

Corkscrew Design is Like Building a Better Mousetrap

We love wine clubs not only for the amazing wines they deliver, but also for the goodies. A couple shipments ago we got the new corkscrew shown left. It’s a familiar one. I’d used it at a party once and found it easy to use and effortless to pop the cork. When I used the new one again, I thought about how corkscrews have become an inventive project like building a better mousetrap. I’m kinda … Read more

Derren Brown: The Push

This week I’m reviewing the truly disturbing documentary, Derren Brown: The Push. I’ve even tagged it for my Evil in Pop Culture articles because this sort of human manipulation more than qualifies for the series. Let’s start with what it’s about: “Four people are being put through a huge choreographed scenery created to persuade them to do things they normally would not do. The finale minutes reveal who would be ready to push a human … Read more

Movie Review: The Babysitter

Time for a movie review. This time it’s The Babysitter. Here’s what it’s about: “Cole (Judah Lewis) loves his babysitter (Samara Weaving) Bee. She’s hot, funny, and popular. One night, in a moment of defiance, Cole secretly stays up past his bedtime to discover she’s actually a cold-blooded killer who’s in league with the Devil. He now must spend his night evading Bee’s band of killers who will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from … Read more

Trailer Park Boys Joke Contest

Thought I’d posted my bad joke, so try not to laugh at how bad it is. Either way, you get a laugh. This took 2 hours to write and now I’m stumbling over the read. Joke writing is challenging. Sheesh! R: What? City took my car. Says I’m pounding…for to being in a pubic place. Morons. My car stalled on Main St., and I was NOT banging Susan. B: Hmmm… This time Julian can pay … Read more

Movie Review: Haunted House (1921)

Hey folks, welcome back to weekly entertainment reviews. Until whenever, I’ll be focusing on horror comedy, so join me for a few laughs. This week I’m reviewing Haunted House, staring Buster Keaton. Here’s what it’s about: “Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can’t “stick ’em up” because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers’ hideout is a haunted … Read more

Why the Name Change?

Fans out there may have noticed I’ve changed my name. Why? Strictly related to advice about comedy writing, and that the name of the writer is telling. W. J. Howard sounds more like an accountant. In fact, if you look up W. J. Howard on Amazon, you’ll find another author who writes about math under the same name. Thinking back, the only reason I went with the initials was because I started writing many many … Read more

New Evil in Pop Culture Blog Series Starts with Bad Advice

I’ve been wanting to start an Evil in Pop Culture series, and I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends in the New York Times seemed to be the trigger for the first post. So school shooters are category number one, but also bad advice to put oneself in harms way. Hmmm…what category would that fall under? I posted this on Facebook for discussion. It pretty much says it all for this … Read more

Best Low-Budet, Low-Rated Zombie Movies

As I moved into my new website design, I realized that my list of the best low-budget, low-rated zombie movies needed a new home. So, I’m putting it in a blog post and will update it here now. Looking at this list is reminding me that I need to get back to reviewing movies. Stay tuned! Beneath the Surface Days of Darkness Dead and Deader Dead Heist Dead Snow Dead Snow – Red vs. Dead … Read more

What’s Up Doc?

Howdy all! I’ve been absent for quite some time from my blog and social media, and plan to continue my aloofness through the end of the year at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed there have still been quite a few visitors to my blog every month. So I’m going to write a blog post a month to let you know what I have been doing. I’m Writing! Yes, I am writing…A LOT. Half … Read more

More Ways to Waste Energy

Welcome back to a new #WineWednesday drinking gadget feature. This week I’m hopping mad and not because this week’s gadget keeps your drink warm. I’m here to say we need to stop creating gadgets like the USB Beverage Cup Cooler and Warmer in the video below. Like we don’t already use way more energy than we need. Drink your beverage while it’s hot or cold, or get your ass up to reheat it or add … Read more

Movie Review: Hell and Back

This week I’m reviewing Hell and Back, an animated horror comedy. Here’s what it’s about: “Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he’s accidentally dragged to hell.” This is a fun movie. I did enjoy it, although I can’t give it a spectacular review. Hell and Back was completely and totally predictable. The comedy was the same old same old, as if the writers stole a bunch of jokes an threw them … Read more

Wine Wipes

Happy #WineWednesday! Although I won’t be partaking today. I’m going in for part 2 of a root canal tomorrow and really don’t want to face the dentist with a wine headache. It’s bad enough going to the dentist (my greatest fear), so I’ll be saving the wine guzzling for after the torture session. I’m back after a few years away from weekly wine blog posts. I’ve decided to bring back this fun event, but instead … Read more

Zombies and Real Life Monsters by Christine (C.A.) Verstraete

Today, I’m excited to have Christine Verstraete back in my blog for the Brain to Book Cyber Convention’s Genre Tour. Christine is an award-winning author and journalist from Wisconsin. She loves writing odd little stories with a touch of the macabre. I’m currently reading her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and loving it. When I mention zombies to some people, they cringe and complain about the blood and gore. They’re grossed out. Maybe they don’t … Read more