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

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

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

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

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

Why We Create Monsters

Scavenger Hunt & Drawing Details Below Welcome to the final stop on the Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop and Stalk the Monster’s Scavenger Hunt. Be careful! It’s dark at the end of the road and there are dragons lurking. Who doesn’t love dragons, one of the fiercest of monsters created across world cultures? How did they become such a universal threat in the minds of man? I particularly love David E. Jones take on … Read more

Welcome 2017 B2BCyCon Visitors

Hello and Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention Visitors! I’m author W. J. Howard, but you can call me Wendy. Tomorrow starts the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, so I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to the next three days. I write dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. My main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people who are looking for books as fast paced as … Read more

Movie Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment

This week I’m reviewing The Stanford Prison Experiment. Here’s what it’s about: “Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.” I have always been fascinated by how disturbing this experiment is. And right off, I was impressed by the format in which it was filmed. Something was missing though, in that I … Read more

Movie Review: Oculus

This week I’m reviewing Oculus, an excellent mix of suspense and horror. Here’s what it’s about: “The twenty-one year-old Timothy “Tim” Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need … Read more

Movie Review: Night of the Living Deb

This week I’ve got a goody, at least in my opinion. I’m reviewing Night of the Living Deb. Here’s what it’s about: “After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but she can’t remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. … Read more

Movie Review: Freaks of Nature

This week I’m reviewing Freaks of Nature, a mishmash of  zombies, vampires, and aliens. Here’s what it’s about: “In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived … Read more

Movie Review: Little Red Rotting Hood

This week I’m reviewing Little Red Rotting Hood, and here’s what it’s about: “For years, the old woman in the woods has secretly kept the wolves of the forest at bay. But when the woman dies, the creatures suddenly attack the residents of a nearby small town. As more and more people turn up dead, the townsfolk discover something far more sinister than wolves lurking in the backwoods and fight to save their home from … Read more