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My Review of Grinders by C.S. Boyack

Don Massenzio posted a wonderful review of Grinders today. Stop over and check it out. Don is an author and a super supporter of the author community. Take some time to check out his site, you might find another blog to follow, and another author to read.

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I recently finished reading Grinders, by C.S. Boyack. I always look forward to reading new books by Mr. Boyack and I was not disappointed with this one.

The thing that struck me immediately was the mixture of imagination and possible natural evolution of the developments in both the environment and technology in the future. The book takes place in a future iteration of San Francisco which sees it’s citizens dealing with rising waters that cause them to live beneath the surface in some cases and deal with the effects of rising tides within the city.

The use of the ‘grid’ for the mobility of vehicles is ingenious even describing a sync with handheld devices to warn those absorbed in their cell phones (yes this is predicted to still be a thing in the future) that they are approaching traffic by sending a warning to their screens.

It’s these little touches…

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No regrets today

I had a reasonable opportunity to do some writing today, and squandered it away. This is my two day weekend, and Old What’s Her Face is off. That makes it kind of hard, but not impossible.

I dabbled. I switched back to Lanternfish, but it probably didn’t amount to 300 words. I also made some adjustments to an earlier part of the story. Nothing too Earth shattering.

Mostly, there were some decent movies on television. A couple of old James Garner comedies were on, back-to-back. I keep thinking I create wild characters, but I have a long way to go. Watching Harry Morgan and Dub Taylor yell at each other was hilarious. I’m calling it a study session.

Old What’s Her Face had to get her Toyota serviced, and I just kept watching movies. She was nice, and brought home an empanada and an apple fritter for me.

I also watched game 7 of the 2001 World Series. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It might be the only baseball I get this year.

In a few minutes The Invisible Man is coming on Pay-Per-View. I’m going to rent it and see what it looks like. Haven’t heard a thing about it, but the trailers look pretty good.

Hope all of you are staying safe, and enjoying the weekend.


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Local Excitement

We just had an earthquake. Early reports are a 6.5 centered in the backwoods of central Idaho. It shook our house in the Boise area, and made the chandelier over the dining table rock.

We also have a bell on a stand out back and it was ringing. I immediately contacted our daughter, and she felt it in Sun Valley.

The west has many fault lines, but in nearly sixty years, I’ve never felt one. There really wasn’t any danger out here in suburbia. We aren’t near any tall buildings or anything. Honestly, I thought it was kind of cool.

Guess I can check that one off my list. I’ve been trapped in Alaska by a volcano, so I don’t need to repeat that one. I feel like I ought to make a trip to see the Northern Lights now. Either that or a tropical storm, but the Northern Lights sound like more fun.


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Trying for fun

While the world is in exile, it’s important to enjoy the little things. I snapped his photo when I got up this morning.

I think the dogs are trying to tell me something, but their penmanship is horrible.


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Grinders – New Release from C.S. Boyack @virgilante

I’m over at Jan Sikes’s place today as part of the Grinders blog tour. My topic is The Grid. This bit of technology is almost a character in its own right. While you’re at Jan’s check out her blog and wares. She is a super supporter of the writing community, and someone all authors should know. She also has two short reads out that make for nice afternoon reading.

Writing and Music

It is with excitement and great pleasure that I turn my blog site over to C.S. Boyack today so that he can tell you about his latest cyberpunk novel, Grinders!

Take it away, Craig!

Thanks for the invitation today, Jan. I’m honored to address your fans with my new book, Grinders. I’ve offered multiple topics on this tour, and I’m really excited that you chose The Grid.

Grinders is a cyberpunk story, set in San Francisco. This means an environment with a lot of neon, holographic advertising, and bustle. Computers and the Internet are a big part of these stories. That’s the “cyber” part. They also seem to have a seedy, almost underground, element to them. That’s the “punk” part. Now that you know what we’re dealing with, let’s talk about The Grid.

The Grid falls firmly under the cyber part of the environment, but it’s more than that. It’s…

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#Booktour – Grinders by C.S. Boyack

Solving problems always seems to create new ones. That’s the topic on the Grinders blog tour today. I’m at Robbie’s place, and hope you’ll come chat. Robbie is a pretty diverse author herself, so look around while you’re there. Maybe you’ll find a couple of additional books to add to your list.

Robbie's inspiration

Today, I am delighted to have author C.S. Boyack or Craig from Entertaining Stories over to tell you all about his fantastic new book, Grinders.


Thanks for the invitation, Robbie. I’m here to talk about my new book, Grinders. I’ll let the blurb speak as to the plot and characters today, because this post is about the environment the story is placed in.

Grinders is in a sub-category of science fiction known as cyberpunk. This is neither dystopia nor utopia, but a futuristic world where computer technology is a driving force. Which is getting me to the main topic today: Solving Problems Creates New Ones.

Science Fiction is a great exercise for any author. We have to ask ourselves where we will be in the future based upon what we see today. I see a world where Alexa and Siri are pretty prominent. A world where home security runs through…

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Still trying to post a nice thing or two

In light of current events, I’m sharing what little bits I can. In this year’s race toward Spring, it was neck and neck between the Asian pear tree and the flat peach tree.

The peach tree took the checkered flag.


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