About a year ago, James Brown (aka Seti Net) asked me to write a short story to post on his website http://www.seti.net. This story is a tie-in to my novel, THE HALO REVELATIONS. I'm reproducing it here as an early anniversary celebration of the publication of the book. I hope you enjoy. The Dragon Crown … Continue reading The Dragon Crown
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Theresa Bernstein, The Readers, 1914 I normally avoid World War II novels, or novels about Nazis, for no other reason than I’ve read so many, but a friend recommended Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan. She wanted to discuss some things with me after, so I obliged. It’s billed as the true … Continue reading Nazi Novels
Note: I’ve been thinking about, and tinkering with, a novel about my paternal 5th great-grandfather, Richard “Fightin’ Dick” Colley, who was well-known around my birthplace. It is claimed he was the first white (non Indian) settler in what is now Dickenson County, Virginia. He was a hot-tempered Irishman (or Welsh?), who reportedly fought a bear on … Continue reading Excerpt from The Bear Hunter
I thought I would try something different...and scary. These poems were written in one go, no censoring, no editing. I thought I'd post them as is. I hope you enjoy. Skin Wearing every decision Inside this skin Around these bones Beneath this skull Every decision weighted, Practical and pragmatic The right thing to do Wearing … Continue reading Random “Flash” Poetry
Some of my friends on social media are Christian, some Atheists, some Muslim, some Buddhist, and others Wiccan, but, no matter what your beliefs, having rituals—traditions—at a time of death is helpful. Recently, a favorite uncle passed away. He was prepared. He’d been suffering for a long time, bedridden, and was ready to go. But … Continue reading Go Rest High On That Mountain
A discussion was started on my Facebook page about a couple of movies: Looper and Beasts of the Southern Wild—two very different movies. Feeling my remarks would be too long to leave in a comment on Facebook, I decided to write a blog post instead. This is a book DISCUSSION, not a review, so expect … Continue reading LOOPER: Hollywood — Putting Up, or Shutting Up
This is a good movie for six-year-olds or older, and someone who is sick and needs something to do. There are funny parts—like the part where the wimpy kid fakes like he’s drowning and a big, old guy gives him CPR instead of the cute girl. There are other really funny parts, too. It was … Continue reading Joey’s Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
As a gift to all those who found a Kindle Fire under the Christmas tree, The Halo Revelations is only 99 cents Dec 25-26th! Enjoy. (Available in all countries.) Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, J. S. Colley
My your hearts be filled with the spirit of the season. J. S. Colley
An Interview with @SETINet (aka James Brown) Part I
When I first met James Brown on Twitter, I looked at his alien-head avatar and secretly wondered if he was some kind of kook. So, of course, I went to check out his website, Seti.net, to see just how afraid I should be. Turns out, the only thing I had to be afraid of was my own lack of knowledge concerning all the technical stuff posted there—charts and graphs and sky maps (well, those I understood a little).
There was other not-so-technical stuff, too. I found that Jim, a retired engineer, was the 2005 SETI League’s Bruno Award recipient. The award was given “honoring his significant technical contributions to amateur SETI science.”
For those of you who don’t know (what? have you been living in a cave?), SETI stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. No, this isn’t some crazy UFO organization; it’s…
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