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New Year’s Resolutions and “Wayward Pines Book 1: Pines”

January 6, 2016

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

Happy new year one an all.  I hope that all of your holidays were festive, relaxing, and, most of all, fun.  Ours had a few hiccups, but we survived the dawning of a new year.  As with the beginning of a new year, resolutions are the order of the day, so I thought I’d share some of mine with you.

  1.  Blog regularly — This one I’ll admit I had a difficulty doing in past years, but it is still one I’m hoping to improve on this year.
  2. Finish writing more stories — I have some that I have started and stopped before finishing for one reason or another
  3. Submit more stories for publication — In 2014 I had two stories accepted for publication, but this past year I only submitted a couple of times without any success.  I plan on changing both in 2016
  4. Start a podcast — This one I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  I think this year will be the year I finally get that off the ground with stories I hope to draw you in and entrap your imagination.
  5. Audition for and record more audio books for other authors to diversify my creativity
  6. And, finally, perform in a theatrical production for the first time in almost three years — My youngest three have been wanting to see their dear old dad performing on stage, which I think is pretty darn cool.

With any luck, much perseverance, and a lot of hard work, I will be able to meet all of these.  I hope that sharing this with all of you it will help to give me accountability if I find myself lagging behind.  Wish me luck and stay tuned for future news.

To start the year off review wise, I thought I’d provide a review of the first novel in the Wayward Pines Trilogy, “Pines” by Blake Crouch.  For those of you who have not read the novel or seen the television series this past summer, the story is about a man who wakes beside a river with no real memory of who or where he is.  As the story unfolds, he remembers his name is Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent sent to Wayward Pines, CO, to search for two of his fellow agents.  As he struggles to find the missing agents and contact his wife and boss, he finds only unanswered phone calls and unanswered questions.  The story starts out much like Twin Peaks or a Twilight Zone episode, but the ending is one that you definitely don’t see coming.  I definitely recommend this book for those of you looking for a book you can’t, or don’t, want to put down until the final page.  I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Until next time…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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