10 Tips to Prevent Hoverboard Injuries

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Hoverboard injuries are quite common. Kids love this wonderful new technology, but parents are consistently worried that their child will come home with scrapes, bruises, broken bones or worse!

Christmas is just around the corner, and if your child is longing for a brand new hoverboard for the holidays, don’t fret! There are many things you and your child can do to prevent hoverboard injuries.

Hoverboard Injury Prevention Tips

  • Always wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads!
  • Supervise your child as they learn to use their new hoverboard.
  • Ensure that self-lacing sneakers are fully laced and secure.
  • Do not remove the handlebars from your hoverboard until you are experienced and proficient.
  • Don’t sip your Pepsi Perfect while hoverboarding.
  • Don’t be startled by the Jaws 19 sign. The shark still looks fake.
  • Don’t read while hoverboarding. There is plenty of time to check your sports almanac while stopped.
  • Do NOT hang on to the back of vehicles. You may see this from time to time, but that doesn’t mean it is safe or legal.
  • Hoverboards don’t work on water! (Unless you’ve got power!)
  • Don’t hoverboard with thugs. Whatever Griff says, just say “no!”

Follow these safety tips and hoverboarding will be a wonderful experience! It is even safer than skateboarding in many regards. For example, hoverboards are safer in winter due to their ability to safely hover on ice.

Be proactive. Talk to your child about hoverboard safety. Make sure they know the ropes before sending them out on their own. If feeling nostalgic for the good ol’ days, try it yourself! It’s so authentic when compared to actual skateboarding, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Together, you and your child can prevent hoverboard accidents.

We wish everyone happy, safe hoverboarding, a joyous upcoming holiday season and a fantastic #BackToTheFutureDay!

(Yes, this is a joke! Enjoy!)

Go Set a Watchman – Not a Sequel, a Glimpse at the Literary Process

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Despite my most diligent efforts to avoid spoilers online, I caught a glimpse of a few Go Set a Watchman leaks. Namely, these two: “Atticus Finch is a racist and Tom Robinson was acquitted.” In my opinion, as far as Mockingbird is concerned, one of these is just as false as the other.

I think there is a good reason for these inconsistencies. To Kill a Mockingbird was written after Watchman, at the suggestion of someone affiliated with publishing. In other words, as Lee wrote Mockingbird, no “fictional truths” were in place to govern the rules of the book.

She was at complete literary freedom.

Regardless of reviews and astonishing headlines, I don’t fault Harper Lee at all. I still think she is an amazing writer and Mockingbird will continue to be one of my favorite tales. Facts, characters and more can change from draft to draft – that is especially true when jumping from manuscript to manuscript.

Let’s try to put this in perspective.

Have you seen the Back to the Future trilogy? In part two, remember when Biff steals the sports almanac, takes the DeLorean back to 1955 and gives it to his younger self? This created a parallel, alternate timeline, as explained by the thick-tufted Doc Brown himself.

Think of Watchman like that. Being written before the classic we have all come to know and love, what was true in that book did not have to be true in Mockingbird. As far as Lee was concerned, she was writing a different novel, governed by a different set of truths, completely unaware that anyone would ever set eyes on Watchman.

This inconsistency created the alternate timeline where Atticus Finch is a racist, Tom Robinson was acquitted, and Biff is corrupt, powerful and married to your mother.

I am still counting down the minutes to midnight, waiting to get my copy and start reading. I will definitely post a review once I finish the book. I just don’t want to jump to any out-of-context conclusions.

I believe I (and many others) can still enjoy Watchman, especially when you consider it for what it is: not a sequel, but a glimpse at the creative process that ultimately gave us the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.

John Hurt – Doctor Who?

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I just recently found time to sit down and watch the much-anticipated season finale of Doctor Who. Man, did it deliver! It presented an entertaining show that left me with several questions after I was done watching. That type of thought-provoking entertainment is what I love – and there is a serious lack of it in my opinion.

So, the big question is: Who is John Hurt’s incarnation of the Doctor? Is he the twelfth Doctor? Is he the actual ninth Doctor who ended the Time War and regenerated into Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor? Wouldn’t that make Matt Smith the actual twelfth Doctor? Is he really the first Doctor who regenerated into William Hartnell’s Doctor? Wow! It’s all too much to ponder. But I, along with every other Whovian, will ponder it nonetheless.

I can’t tell you what I think this means for the Doctor Who Universe because I haven’t drawn a conclusion. I can, however, express what I hope is in the works. I hope John Hurt is the Doctor who ended the Time War – the true ninth Doctor in between Paul McGann and Chris Eccleston. I feel this would make the most interesting story and certainly shake up the Doctor Who Universe. It also fits with the evidenc8th Doctor, John Hurt and 9th Doctore we were given in the Season Seven Finale.

John Hurt’s Doctor said something to the effect of, “What I did was in the name of peace and sanity.”

Matt Smith’s Doctor replied, “But not in the name of the Doctor.”

Ending a war could be done in the name of peace and sanity, definitely. Furthermore, ending a war via double genocide would not be something the Doctor would do. Therefore, perhaps Hurt’s Doctor revoked the chosen name (broke the promise) to end the Time War by the most devastating means possible (perhaps which he thought was necessary).

However, with the announcement of Matt Smith’s leaving the show, this has changed some perspectives as to who John Hurt’s character could be. Could he simply just be the next Doctor? I don’t think this is the case – at least I certainly hope not. I have high expectations for the 50th anniversary episode, and another by the books regeneration would certainly disappoint.

I urge everyone to comment and tell me your thoughts! We certainly have a long way to go until the 50th anniversary episode, and speculation is all we have to hold us over.

Lancaster House, by Taylor Dean: A Haunting Love Story for Valentine’s Day


I picked up Lancaster House by Taylor Dean from the Kindle Store on a whim. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded like an intriguing “haunted house” story – plus it had a cool cover. I must say, I was not disappointed with my purchase. Lancaster House had twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and an intelligent, reliable, logical narrator – which is more than I can say for most paranormal romance novels that I’ve read. Yes, I said romance.

Allow me to begin by saying: I’m not a huge fan of romance novels. As a matter of fact, I loathe most of them. Not because I’m a heartless ice king, but because most romance novels are trite, formulaic tales that lack imagination. Romance is a hard genre to pull off. However, I love when romance is expertly woven into a story – which is the case with Lancaster House. Is it a romance novel? Yes. But there’s so much more going on beneath the surface.

Zoe Grayson, central character of the tale, is a 25-year-old independent woman who has recently lost her father and fiancé – her father to death, her fiancé to infidelity. She’s decided she has to move on, and therefore purchases an old Victorian mansion with tons of quirks and architectural oddities – very reminiscent of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and its film counterpart Rose Red.

The Strongest Points of the Novel

The strongest points are easily the setting and the development of Zoe. The setting was very well done. Taylor Dean constructed a house so vivid that it was easy to conjure images of the old Victorian and all its hidden rooms and stairs that lead to nowhere.

Zoe was real to me. She was so well-developed, with her own morality, philosophies, talents and flaws. She was logical and never made decisions that seemed ignorant or out of context. And that’s really my biggest beef with paranormal romance novels (especially Twilight): the central characters often make decisions that are convenient to the plot, but make no sense logically. Zoe did not suffer from this flaw. Her flaws were real-world flaws – a sense of detachment due to the loss of her father, a lack of trust due to experiences with past loves, and so on. Not, yes I want to become a vampire but marriage is such a big commitment.

The Weakest Points of the Novel

There was only one thing I would have done differently in this book. And that doesn’t mean that Dean’s choice was a bad one, it just means all writers are different. And isn’t diversity a wonderful thing? The story is framed by Zoe living in a mental health facility and telling her tale to her doctor. The framework is in third person, which is fine. But when Zoe starts to tell her story, she begins in first person and trails off in an ellipsis. The next chapter begins as Zoe’s tale, but it reverts to third person. I just would have felt more immersed in the story had it been in Zoe’s own words.

But that’s just me.


Taylor Dean did a wonderful job in crafting Lancaster House. It brought me out of my element and got me reading a genre I’m not terribly familiar with. Bravo! This book was an easy 5 stars. I highly recommend it (only $2.99 on the Kindle store), especially for fans of romance novels. Well done, Taylor! I’ve already purchased the sequel!

About Taylor Dean

“Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.”

Taylor tells me she wrote Lancaster House because of an agreement with her daughter, who is a huge Twilight fan. “Mom,” she said, “let’s both write a paranormal story and see what comes of them.” Taylor was reluctant to try her hand at paranormal romance, but finally gave in. I, for one, am glad she did.

50 Shades of Bateman


Christian Grey of the hit series 50 Shades of Grey is a 27-year-old businessman, who is very wealthy, lives an extravagant lifestyle, and has overly-aggressive tendencies (especially towards women) that some would consider psychotic. Does that sound like anyone else you may have read about? Or watched in a movie? I’ll get to that in a moment.

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t knock something until you’ve tried it (I know, dangerous statement in a blog that talks about a bondage / erotica novel). And literally everyone I know had a very strong opinion of 50 Shades of Grey, whether they loved it or hated it. So, I said to myself, “I want an opinion too. I want to see what all the hype is about.” So I read it. I regret it now, as that’s a few hours of my life I’ll never get back — but oh well.

I’d heard every argument, both for and against this book before sitting down to read it. Many feminist critics were against the series because it strengthens the portrayal of women as objects and gives the impression that every man, no matter how abusive, can be fixed. Many love it because it casts a mainstream spotlight on erotica. There’s nothing wrong with erotica, in my opinion, just so long as it’s well-written. (Key phrase: well-written.) Some people hate it because of its graphic imagery; some love it for exactly the same reason. But one trait pushed all of that out of my mind while I was reading, for at least a while.

Christian Grey is very similar to Patrick Bateman, madman and wealthy playboy from Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. However, I believe the character shows even more similarities to the big-screen adaptation of Bateman, portrayed by Christian Bale — possibly because more people are familiar with the film than the book.

Let’s do the list. Similarities include:

  • Christian Grey shares a first name with Christian Bale.
  • Both characters are 27 years old.
  • Both lead extravagant lifestyles due to a very fine career in business.
  • Both have psychotic tendencies, disturbing obsessions, and inflict crude sexual acts on women.
  • Both mask their psychotic behavior with a very professional appearance.

It got to where I was expecting Christian Grey to “return some video tapes” at any moment.

I am in no way implying that Christian Grey was derived from (or even inspired by) Patrick Bateman. I’m merely pointing out a few similarities that I found striking and interesting. It was these similarities that got me through the book. I realize the characters aren’t identical. The above traits just caught my eye.

I now have an opinion: I am not a fan of 50 Shades of Grey. In my opinion, feminist critics hit it spot on. I felt the book cast women in a very negative light, was poorly written, and lacked a logical, intelligent narrator. It’s like how plot, acting and execution (more often than not) don’t matter in porn. All can be terrible and the movie can still accomplish its goal. But 50 Shades of Grey was erotic, to say the least.

But that’s just my two cents. Read it for yourself if you haven’t already (I realize I’m late to the party).

Superior Spider-Man – It’s Just the Beginning…



Like most Spider-Man fans that I know, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new Superior Spider-Man #1. ASM #700 left me with a thirst that Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 just didn’t quench. Amazing Spider-Man #698 made me say, “Oh sh*t!” ASM #699 made me say, “No, Dan Slott wouldn’t. Not like that!” And ASM #700 left me stunned, saying simply, “Wow, he did it.”

For me, Superior Spider-Man #1 was the most anticipated comic in a long time. I knew deep down that Dan Slott and Marvel wouldn’t just up and expect everyone to be okay with Otto Octavius being the new Spider-Man (not to mention the new Peter Parker!) But I knew whatever was in store was going to be one hell of a ride. Superior Spider-Man #1 did not disappoint!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen buzz on the Internet discussing hate-mail to Dan Slott (not to mention threats on his life), pics of ASM #700 in the toilet, and an overwhelming negativity towards ASM #700 and the upcoming story arc. To this, I say, well done, Mr. Slott.

This concept has evoked such passionate responses from fans that you couldn’t go within five blocks of a comic shop without hearing something about it. Literally, everybody I know who reads comics was talking about “what happened to Peter Parker at the end of ASM #700” – whether they loved it or loathed it. The result: excellent publicity and marketing. Everyone I know – regardless of their feelings about ASM #700 – bought a crisp new copy of SSM #1. The unavoidable buzz even brought some folks I know back into comics after not reading any titles for years.

Come on, let’s be realistic. We’re in the middle of a new Spider-Man movie saga. No one is killing Peter Parker off for good – not while there’s money to be made off him on the big screen and in comics. Publishers kill main characters all the time (let’s do the list, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, on and on) and then a little while down the road, they come back into the outstretched arms of fans.

One last thing. A friend and I were discussing this today: If Peter returns to his body, what will become of Otto?

Just relax, kick back, and enjoy what’s coming in Superior Spider-Man. It’ll be okay! Promise! Feel free to leave comments. I’d love to hear from everyone! J

SSM will be on my list for the foreseeable future. How about you?

(P.S. I totally got the baby variant XD )

Look Everybody, a Blog!

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Hey everyone, I am very pleased to launch my website and blog. I hope to update regularly with random thoughts, pics of new art, samples from new stories, scipts, etc, and the occasional mindless rant about … stuff. So check back regularly!

My first novel is now available on Amazon.com! It showed up on December 24 of this year. It was a very nice Christmas present. I’m super excited to share this story with everyone. Check it out!

Many, Many Thanks

I would like to thank design extraordinaire Julie Butrymowicz for helping design everything in my life that needs designing (including my book cover!) Thanks, Julie!

Also, thanks to Ben Taylor for reading rough drafts and short stories, for keeping me motivated in my writing endeavors, and being a great friend ever since college.

Until next time, folks. 🙂