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Author: C. M. Lanning

C. M. Lanning is an Arkansas journalist and author. They spend most of their time daydreaming about writing. And in their spare time they like to write and actually fulfill that dream. Lanning has written books "Starlight Taxi" and "The Last Fire Mage." The latest book out is the first in a new science fiction young adult series called "Ragtag Gamblers." When they aren't writing, Lanning is probably playing video games, watching a movie, or reading a book. Yeah, life is just that exciting. If you seek to summon them, an appropriate sacrifice of Pepsi must first be made. Then you must speak the words "Miss Chenandler Bong."
Just One Action Figure

Just One Action Figure

For those that know me in real life (and those that follow me on Twitter), it’s pretty obvious I’m a huge nerd, and I love Japanese animation. And my favorite anime of all time is Gundam Wing, has been since it was introduced to me back in the late 90s. I’m fairly certain I caught hints of Sailor Moon when I lived in Washington and was about six or seven. But I really came to recognize anime and love the…

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Book Review: Make Me No Grave

Book Review: Make Me No Grave

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, and some might be wondering where I’ve been. The short answer is reading and working. I’m trying to find a publisher for my new contemporary fantasy book, Funky Dan and the Pixie Dream Girl, and I’m about half-way through the Dresden Files, my new addiction. While submitting a space opera manuscript of mine to Aethon Books for consideration (jury’s still out as of this writing), I came across…

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Where is your faith?

Where is your faith?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about faith and reliance. Christians are taught we’re supposed to rely on God, that our Father in Heaven is a first resort, not a last resort. But what does the practical application of that look like in our lives? It’s one thing to say you rely on God, but how can you be sure that you really do? The only real way to figure this out is to ask where your faith is. And…

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Becoming A Newsperson

Becoming A Newsperson

This year will mark a decade of me being a journalist. That time includes some radio station work, some newspaper work, some television work and some digital work. Newspeople don’t make tons of money (if they decide they want to, they can leave and go into PR), but looking back on my childhood, it seems I was fated to enter this career. I’ve loved to write since I was a kid. But there are two time periods I remember growing…

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The Benefit Of A Hero That Struggles With Mental Health

The Benefit Of A Hero That Struggles With Mental Health

I’m rather pleased with the new Justice League animated flick, and not just because the movie featured a return to its 2001 Bruce Timm animation style. The part of the movie I admired most was a portrayal of a superhero that struggled with mental health. It was just so refreshing to see that show up in a movie. When we watch Captain America or Superman fighting crime, they’re great. They have their own flaws and struggles to deal with. But confidence? That…

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Softball Afternoons with My Father

Softball Afternoons with My Father

It’s funny how memories pop up at random, influenced by smells, sights, etc. Music will sometimes jog my memories, and as I walked home from work the other day listening to some Third Eye Blind, it did just that. It was a warm spring day in the 80s (WAY too soon for that weather), and I was reminded of when I was but a young’un. The memory hit right as “Semi Charmed Life” began to play through my ear buds….

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Author Interview: Desdemona Wren

Author Interview: Desdemona Wren

I happened to snag a little bit of time from LGBTQ+ author Desdemona Wren recently and asked her a few questions about herself and her upcoming book. She is the author of the Marjorie Diaz Series that starts with Marjorie Diaz’s Unfortunate Introduction to Magical High Society. That book can be found here. It’s out! Go get it! Here’s my interview with the supernatural romance writer. When and how did you decide to give writing novels a try? I’ve known…

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Book Review: Masters of Atlantis

Book Review: Masters of Atlantis

I honestly have no idea how to describe this book to people who haven’t read it before. I’ve struggled in the days since I’ve finished it to figure out how to summarize it, but it’s just so insane, I don’t know if I adequately can. But I’ll try. Masters of Atlantis is a book by Charles Portis. Yes, the guy who wrote True Grit, and no it has nothing to do with Aquaman. So, with those obvious questions out of the way,…

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Preorders Live for ‘Ragtag Gamblers’ & Other Updates

Preorders Live for ‘Ragtag Gamblers’ & Other Updates

Well folks, it’s finally time to release my new young adult space opera novel into the wild. Ragtag Gamblers is its name, and it kicks off a fresh trilogy that follows the exploits of young Captain Selena Karmen and her oddball crew. The captain leads her crew with an eye that can see the future as they take on odd jobs, avoid the Galactic Federation, and maybe just save the galaxy from a swarm of planet-eating insectoids. We can always…

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Book Review: Dark Run by Mike Brooks

Book Review: Dark Run by Mike Brooks

I don’t do many book reviews because I’m such a slow reader. I do good to finish a book every month, and last month I had the pleasure of finding a space opera called Dark Run. As I’d just finished my own space opera novel called Ragtag Gamblers (still looking for a publisher, by the way), I figured it’d be a good book to further sample the genre. The reviews I’d seen for the book looked mostly positive, almost all of…

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