Mike Sirota's Blog – Swords, Specters, & Stuff

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I started this blog in January 2012 for one simple reason: I love to write. I named it “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” because I especially love to write about writing, about books and movies in my favorite genres, about authors that mean a great deal to me. But there’s so much more than that, hence the all-inclusive “Stuff” in the title. It is “Stuff” that gives me carte blanche to write about anything, which is why you’ll see stories about special trips to Cooperstown, Sedona, and other places; about getting older; about baseball; about the otherworldly way in which I met my soul mate; about the loss of good friends, and so much more. Enjoy! And feel free to leave a comment.

 

 

Revisited: The Bill Russell Syndrome

Bill Russell, a great basketball player and an even better human being, passed away last week at the age of 88. Russell had an, uh, “interesting” quirk that I’ve written about in the past. Here is that article.

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Throwback Thursday: Using Fiction To Introduce Fact

Throwback Thursday: Using Fiction To Introduce Fact

When writing historical novels based on true events, the challenge is to not make the scenes read like dry, academic research for a thesis. My award-winning historical novel, STONE WOMAN: WINEMA AND THE MODOCS, offers many examples of how (hopefully) not to bore readers.

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The Last Dinosaur (Movie)?

The Last Dinosaur (Movie)?

The recently released JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION is the third film in the JURASSIC WORLD trilogy, and the sixth film in the Jurassic DinoVerse, which began with JURASSIC PARK in 1993. Being the lowest-rated film of the franchise, will it be the final one? Maybe…or maybe not.

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“Dinosaurs Eat Man…Woman Inherits The Earth”

“Dinosaurs Eat Man…Woman Inherits The Earth”

Paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) uttered that awesome comeback line in JURASSIC PARK (1993). I’ll give you the full context shortly. There are a lot of great lines in what I consider the best of all the films in the Jurassic DinoVerse (my word). Here are a few more.

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Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—HALF LIGHT

Throwback Thursday: Films About Writers—HALF LIGHT

The 2006 mystery/ghost story, HALF LIGHT, starring Demi Moore, somehow got past me all these years. Well, better late than never. Here is a brief introduction, with absolutely no spoiler alert. I do not want to ruin this compelling film for anyone.

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Throwback Thursday: Guilty Pleasures—10,000 BC

Throwback Thursday: Guilty Pleasures—10,000 BC

The 2008 “epic adventure” film, 10,000 BC, would not be a guilty pleasure if judged only by its box office. It made a fair amount of money. But the reviews for its story, which is set in prehistoric times, were uniformly harsh, many citing it as “archaeologically inaccurate.” Give me a break!

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Cannot Hit Curveball? Jobu Maybe Help…

Cannot Hit Curveball? Jobu Maybe Help…

The 1989 baseball film, MAJOR LEAGUE, is one of the most outrageous comedies ever to hit the silver screen. The characters and their lines are still quoted to this day, thirty-three years later. But one such character, who had no lines in the movie and was not even alive, may be more popular than any of them. I’m talking about Jobu, the cigar-smoking, rum-drinking voodoo demi-god.

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