How do I Love Thee…

How do you know that you have a good book in your hands?  Well, for me it is when I look up to see that I am 200 pages in when I could have sworn I only started reading a minute ago and it is now dark outside.  You also have this angry feeling because you have to put the book down to go to bed and go to work tomorrow.  That is where I was this weekend when I started reading “Nemesis Games” by James S. A. Correy.


My 2017 Reading List

Here is the final round-up of the books I have read this year.   I think I may have missed a few and my reading habit of late is next to nothing or else I would have more to report.  Luckily, many do have reviews on my Librarything page.


The Iron Tactician                               Alastair Reynolds                               Free Arc

Caliban’s War                                     James S. A. Corey                               New

Shadows of Self                                 Brandon Sanderson                            New

Nemesis                                               Louise Cooper                                     New

Dragon’s Bane                                    Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Dragon’s Shadow                               Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Knight of the Demon Queen              Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Dragon Star                                         Barbara Hambley                                Reread

The Bands of Mourning                      Brandon Sanderson                            New

Abaddon’s Gate                                 James S. A. Corey                               New

At the Speed of Light                         Simon Morden                                    Free Arc

The Immortals War                             Leah Cutter                                         Free Arc

The Way of Kings                               Brandon Sanderson                            Free E-book from

2 DEE                                                 Robin Wyatt Dunn                             Free Arc

Cibola Burn                                         James S. A. Corey                               New

Haunted Futures                                 Salome Jones                                       Free Arc

Compostela (Tesseracts 20)                Spider Robinson                                 Free Arc

The Heart of What Was Lost              Tad Williams                                       New

As You Wish                                      Carry Elwes                                        New

The Bone Hunters                               Steven Erikson                                    New

Bad Rock Beat Down                                    Michael Prelee                         Free Arc

Tooth and Talon                                  Alex Hernandez                                  Free Arc-Current Read

Positivity From an Unexpected Source (from my Patreon page)

Most of my adult life I have been considered to be a negative person.  If you look at a lot of my earlier posts you may find it easy to go along with this point of view; even I have believed it.  However, if you take time to read enough of the short stories I have posted on my Patreon page, you will find a surprising reality.  Many of my stories have up beat endings.

Some spoilers ahead, “Dragon Dreams”, while full of battle and strife, is essentially a dream come true for Jason Conners.  He becomes a creature that can turn his creativity into a reality through dreams.  What writer/artist would not love that.  The story “Cast the First Stone” deals with the end of Nazi Germany in a very brutal and graphic way with the death of Hitler, yet it holds out hope for us all with the potential for redemption.

My artwork almost always focuses of the beauty of life.  “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability” deals with the potential man has to destroy the majestic tiger.  However, the image is very beautiful and vibrant and the symbolism used expresses my love for space, the stars, the planets, and big cats.  “Rodeo” deals with suicide and Hell, but the story that accompanies this painting ultimately is about hope and salvation.  So while even I sometimes believe that I am a negative person, my stories and artwork paint a different picture.


What Dreams are Made of (from my Patreon page)

Once again we are nearing another end of a month and it is time to step aside from my painting to tell you of the next story.  I have been hem-hawing about starting the next months story because it is more personal than others and contains actual elements of dreams I have had.  Also, every time I have felt I put this story to bed, a reread reveals something that needs fixed.  Hopefully with the help of my patrons, I can make this a story worthy of them.

To begin with, this will only be the first chapter of a series of connected short stories collectively titled “Dragon Dreams”.  Each short story has a subtitle, the first one being “Paths of the Wise One”.  The later tales are “Currents of the World” and “Embers in the Sky”.  Each title of the tale is tied into scenes from or act as metaphors for the story they contain but all deal with multiple levels of dreams.  The stories are very complex since you pass through multiple realities.

The first reality is our world (no defined time frame) followed closely by dreams in our world, which lead to a transfer point between our reality and the “Dragon Dreams”.  The “Dragon Dreams” are where the real fun begins because each is completely different from the last.  Our protagonist Jason Connors finds himself drawn into dreams so realistic that he loses himself there.  However, something or someone is directing those dreams and they always appear as a giant blue dragon, attacking the naive Jason in richly diverse settings.  Jason’s dreams occur on so many levels that he finds it hard to separate one from the other.  What does the terrifying entity want?  Why did it chose him as prey?  Learn these and many other details in the serialized version of “Dragon Dreams” starting with chapter 1 in “Paths of the Wise One”.

P.S. There will be 10 chapters total.


Books Here, Get Your Books Here

I have seen people list the books they have read through out the year in an end of the year write up so I decided to join in.  Here is what I have read so far since the beginning of the year.  I have posted reviews of most of them on my page that you can find a link to on the left side of this page.  You will need to scroll a little.  The last book listed is the one I am working on and I will say so far that it is not making sense yet.  I am still hoping for an aha moment that will make everything clear.  Check my librarything page to find out.  So, without further ado,:

2017 Read Books

The Iron Tactician                            Alastair Reynolds                             Free Arc from

Caliban’s War                                    James S. A. Corey                            New

Shadows of Self                                 Brandon Sanderson                        New

Nemesis                                              Louise Cooper                                   New

Dragon’s Bane                                   Barbara Hambley                             Reread

Dragon’s Shadow                              Barbara Hambley                             Reread

Knight of the Demon Queen           Barbara Hambley                             Reread

Dragon Star                                        Barbara Hambley                             Reread

The Bands of Mourning                   Brandon Sanderson                        New

Abaddon’s Gate                                 James S. A. Corey                            New

At the Speed of Light                       Simon Morden                                  Free Arc from

The Immortals War                         Leah Cutter                                        Free Arc from

The Way of Kings                             Brandon Sanderson                        Free E-book from

2 DEE                                                 Robin Wyatt Dunn                           Free Arc from




Hello, who am I? Why do you blame me? (new $1 reward from my Patreon Page)

Here is the latest entry on Robert Garbin’s Patreon page


“These are some of the mysteries facing the protagonist of this month’s story “Stubborn”.  That and the world of misery he is wandering through.  Do you know who he is?  Can you make it through this torturous world with him and can you continue even it there is no hope of redemption?


“The man paused at the edge of the plain, watching as the ground devoured the wailing waters of responsibility before his eyes, leaving his heart laden with the guilt that he felt honor bound to carry. Soon the land before him was as parched and barren as the mountains he now left behind. A hot, dry wind blew through the dead, brown grasses of the plain, dredging feelings of remorse from the solitary figure that moved silently onward. He knew no other way. Madness returned as he conversed with no one.

Where did I go wrong?

Long ago, cried the land.

What have I done to deserve this torment?

Everything, rasped the grasses.

Who was to blame?

You moaned the wind.

Did I cause this desolation?

Yes, echoed the earth.”

Will stubbornness be your strength or your downfall?  Come with me on this journey and find out.


Also, don’t forget to grab your free copy of “The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity”.


“How do I tell a tragedy? 

Do I start at the beginning or the end?

Should I show how events affected me or how they affected the world? 

Must I tell you why they occurred or why no one tried to stop them? 

I do not know.”


$5 Reward (from my Patreon page)

I added another image file:

“I realized I hadn’t added a jpeg file of Barnacles and Butterflies so, problem solved.  This was the first image I used as my banner for this site.”


Also, I am working to improve the look of the page so you will have a better sense of what I am about.  I am thinking a redoing my video and making a better write up because the original stuff is bland.  Hey, at 51, I am still a work in progress.  Check into Robert Garbin’s Patreon page to see what’s going on and don’t forget to pick up your fee copy of “The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity”.