May 22

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Books for Boys Review

Welcome to Toonopolis, The Blog! Subscribe to email updates to make sure you don’t miss any Old School Wednesday Reviews, Saturday Morning Cartoon Reviews, or updates about my work. Thanks for visiting! Introduction Title: Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) Author: Brandon Sanderson Genre: Urban Fantasy/Dystopia Release Date: September 24, 2013 Synopsis (from Amazon): Ten years ago, Calamity …

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May 15

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, Books for Boys Review

Introduction Title: Dear Mr. Henshaw Author: Beverly Cleary Genre: Literary Fiction/Epistolary Release Date: August 1983 Synopsis (from Amazon): Beverly Cleary’s timeless Newbery Medal-winning book explores difficult topics like divorce, insecurity, and bullying through the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy as he writes to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. After his parents separate, Leigh …

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May 10

Now presenting: Toonopolis, the Blog’s Books for Boys reviews!

I am excited to announce that I have added a new feature to my blog: book reviews. Here is a quick explanation as to why I am doing this from my new Books for Boys review page: “While searching for book blogs for submitting my own works, I realized that the majority of middle grade/young adult blogs …

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Jan 23

New Project – Toonopolis Pixel Art Comic

So I’ve always wanted to do a webcomic. It’s true. In fact, Toonopolis: Gemini was originally supposed to be a comic or graphic novel or something along those lines. Going back to when I was in college in two-thousand *cough cough cough*, I’ve wished I could work on a comic. The problem is I can’t …

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Jan 17

Listening to Green Day and Realizing They’re Old Like Me

So a funny thing happened the other day. I purchased tickets to the upcoming Green Day concert near me for my 11 year old son and I. He has been enjoying listening to Punk Pop bands (started with Fall Out Boy and started working into ‘older’ material) so it’s been awesome introducing him to some …

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Dec 26

My son and I shipping King Midas and Medusa

Source: http://www.greekmythology.com/images/mythology/king_midas_515.jpg

So earlier today my 11yo son and I were in the car together on a long road trip for the holidays. The following conversation in transcribed to the best of my ability: 11yo: If King Midas and Medusa had a child, would the child be able to look at you and turn you to gold …

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Dec 03

Writing In Life’s Margins

When I last wrote on my blog, I talked about how the election of Donald Trump helped me end my imposter syndrome. Since then, I’ve continued to feel way more confident about who I am as a writer and continued getting back to work on the second book in the Toonopolis Files series. Of course, …

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Nov 14

How Donald Trump Helped End My Imposter Syndrome

So I have to admit that I’ve been struggling these past few years to really get my bearings back under me as a writer. Even on my blog here I’ve had numerous false starts. Such as this one back in March of 2015 or my memorial of my best friend in July of 2015. A …

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Sep 10

#tbt My High School Yearbook Editorial About Gun Violence

During my senior year of high school (Class of 2000), three friends and I decided we were going to be the yearbook editors as one of our school activities. We didn’t realize when we signed up that we’d be doing 95% of the yearbook ourselves (as virtually none of the rest of the slackers we …

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Sep 05

A World Of Their Own – New Release – A Charity Short Story Anthology (GIVEAWAY)

Today marks the end of a long journey for myself and a slurry of fellow sci-fi and fantasy authors who became friends on the soon-to-be-defunct Authonomy website run by Harper-Collins. Back in 2010, the Alliance of Worldbuilders thread began to take off and became *the* go-to site for fantasy/sci-fi writers to share ideas, critique each …

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