A Discussion on Worldbuilding

J.L. Weinmeister Today I’m doing and informal discussion on worldbuilding. I highly recommend you watch my YouTube video of this. I think it’s a more enjoyable experience, but you can read a cleaned-up version of the closed captions here if you’d prefer. I will be sharing my favorite things about worldbuilding, my favorite worlds, myContinue reading “A Discussion on Worldbuilding”

February 2021 Life and Writing Update and Surprise Special Announcement

J.L. Weinmeister Hi, everyone. This is a more informal post. I’ll be doing these on the second Wednesday of every month. I’m breaking this into four parts. The first is a life update about non-reader/writer things. The second part is my reading and writing update. The third part will be some information about my novel.Continue reading “February 2021 Life and Writing Update and Surprise Special Announcement”

The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Review

J.L. Weinmeister Today I’m reviewing The Fellowship of the Ring movie. I’m focusing more on the quality of the story and adaptation than I am on the technical aspects. I’m coming from the perspective of someone who saw the movie before reading the book. This review contains spoilers for the book and the movie. ItContinue reading “The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Review”

The Survivors

J.L. Weinmeister We finally reach land again. Even those of you who love the ocean are happy at our return, for you were growing tired of the endless days at sea with nothing eventful to break up the sameness of each day. We follow the Tiasa River northwest, travelling through the same forest that wasContinue reading “The Survivors”

The Gift of Names

J.L. Weinmeister Our final night at sea has arrived. I have one last story to tell you about the bima while here on Kareena. While I have told you much about their history, there is still much you don’t know about their culture. Tonight, I’m sharing one of my favorite bima stories. * * *Continue reading “The Gift of Names”

The Seven Worst Parts of The Fellowship of the Ring

J.L. Weinmeister No book is perfect, so today I’m sharing the seven worst things in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Unfortunately, I can’t discuss my least favorite parts of the book without including spoilers, so if you don’t want the book spoiled, you shouldn’t read this post. Disclaimer: These are my opinions,Continue reading “The Seven Worst Parts of The Fellowship of the Ring”

The Seven Best Parts of The Fellowship of the Ring

J.L. Weinmeister I first read The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien when I was in middle school after my uncle watched the movie with me. I reread it (audiobook this time) when I was in my final semester of college, which was last fall. Today I’m sharing my favorite things about this fantasyContinue reading “The Seven Best Parts of The Fellowship of the Ring”

The Great Exodus

J.L. Weinmeister *Trigger Warning: This story contains brief descriptions of violence and gore. As we continue our sea voyage, you spend much of your time on deck, staring out across the ocean. Your mind returns to the bima over and over again. “What happened to them?” you ask me at least once a day. IContinue reading “The Great Exodus”

Grandfather and the Hurricane

J.L. Weinmeister One afternoon the skies fill with dark, foreboding clouds. Those of you who aren’t confined to your beds with seasickness anxiously watch the storm build. After several hours, the wind picks up, and lightning flashes on the horizon. We have no choice but to sail through the tempest. The world darkens, and coldContinue reading “Grandfather and the Hurricane”

The Hobbit: Part Three Movie Review

J.L. Weinmeister Today I’m reviewing the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies as a continuation of my last blog post. I like the addition of the acorn Bilbo takes to plant at Bag End. I think it’s a nice touch. I also like how this movie shows the dwarves helping the survivorsContinue reading “The Hobbit: Part Three Movie Review”