When you're with the one you love and you feel the earth move it's a good thing. When you're in a 100-year-old building and you feel the earth move, it's probably a good idea to get the heck out of there. But there is another kind of shaky ground, and that's the sort that … Continue reading The Ground Is Shaky…
Three. A number that throughout the ages has been imbued with symbolic and magical importance. To wit: The Holy Trinity The Three Wisemen Three days in the tomb Three-for-one jelly donuts at Dunkin And that's just in the Christian and the carbohydrates traditions. Here are a few others: The Pythagoreans taught that 3 was the … Continue reading Three is a Mystical Number
The phrase "going downhill" carries with it a mainly negative connotation. We use it to denote failing health: How's Pops? He's going downhill fast. I don't know if he'll last the night. Just in case you were wondering, that's a direct quote from my own children, spoken on an almost daily basis. The truth … Continue reading Going Downhill
Every now and then, despite knowing better, I just get the feeling that the Universe doesn't like me. Why else would I get the flu right when I was ready to start on the second half of my new project, Cleanup Crew #1 - The Beauty of Bucharest? Forget the fact that sitting up for … Continue reading Well, This is some B.S.!
Now that Craig Hart and I are poised to release SpyCo #6, Assignment: Dublin, (our 4th book together), I feel it's time to address some of the... I must call them what they are... bloodcurdlingly frightening similarities between the two of us. I'll start with the fact that both of our wive's are named Kim. … Continue reading Craig and Scott – A List of Similarities
I am a proud member of Goodreads, both as an author and as an avid reader. One of this site's best features is its annual readers' challenge, in which it asks members to pick the number of books he wants to read for the year, and then tracks his progress. This will be the second … Continue reading Some Reviews
As of about 4 pm, Eastern, Craig A. Hart and I finished our final edits on the newest episode in the SpyCo novellas, Assignment: Dublin. OK, I finished this afternoon, he finished last night. Here are some fun facts: This took us longer than any of the previous Assignments to write, BUT in our defense, … Continue reading Another Assignment Completed!
It's been very cold here in Central New York. I'm talking below zero on a regular basis cold. When it's this cold there are only a few things I enjoy doing, and most of them I can't talk about here. Because they involve things like shoe sales and peel and eat shrimp. I also … Continue reading All Our Writing Secrets…
This blog has been around almost exactly as long as my official website, sjvarengo.com. It was started to capitalize on the fact that feed from the blog will show up on my Amazon.com Author page, a function which my website cannot provide. Originally the website had a lot of extra features that the blog didn't, … Continue reading Website Blues
Although my writing over the past several months has taken me in new directions, my thoughts have been recently drifting back to my first two novels, collectively the Cerah of Quadar series, and I've been dealing with the fact that I have never really been happy with the cover design. I was talking with a … Continue reading Cerah of Quadar Cover Redesigns