In 1969, Michael Crichton published a techno-thriller entitled The Andromeda Strain. The novel, which became a worldwide hit, featured an alien virus which behaved in unexpected ways and threatened the existence of life itself on Planet Earth. If you loved Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Timeline, or Sphere, then you would appreciate this one. It was fast-paced, scientific, and […]Read more "Why “The Andromeda Evolution” is a Must Read for 2020!"
This past weekend we hired a babysitter and joined hundreds of other fans in the theater so we could lose ourselves once again in the Star Wars universe. And I must say, The Last Jedi did not disappoint! With superb acting, stunning visual effects, and a plot with more than a few unexpected surprises, this film […]Read more "3 Powerful Lessons “The Last Jedi” Can Teach Us…"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
Summer Selections For me, summer is all about escape. Most of us will be fortunate to travel a little this summer, but we may only get away for a few days or a week at the most. Of course, our entire summer can become an exotic getaway… if we have the right book […]Read more "Summer Selections – Escape Through Reading!"
“It’s not nourishing. It’s like snack food. You know how they engineer this food? They scientifcally determine precisely how much salt and fat they need to include to keep you eating. You’re not hungry, you don’t need the food, it does nothing for you, but you keep eating these empty calories. This is […]Read more "S – Social Media Creates Dystopia in “The Circle”"
“We were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. … I spent the weekend with my kids and said, ‘You know what? The next four and […]Read more "R – “Rogue One”: A Film Score Worth Remembering"
This original piece of flash fiction won honorable mention in the Flash! Friday Contest when I first shared it three years ago, (July 2014). I’m proud of the multiple layers of meaning I was able to achieve in such a short piece, and thought I would share it with you all again… Intrepid Captain’s Log: […]Read more "I – “Intrepid”"
(Photo Copyright: Rich Voza) One breathtaking photo. 100 well-chosen words. The following story was submitted as part of Friday Fictioneers – a weekly fiction contest for writers to hone their skills. Find other entries by visiting https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com Final Sunset “THEY’RE COMING.” Her text message bounced onto my phone’s glowing screen, causing me to choke on […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Final Sunset”"
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. An admitted Trekkie, I went into official mourning last week as my wife and I watched the concluding […]Read more "What I Learned from “Star Trek Enterprise”"
Sitting in a movie theatre and hearing the oh-so-familiar opening credits for the most recent “Star Wars” film was absolutely thrilling… and listening to the final strains of the closing credits was heartbreaking. As the theatre grew eerily still, my wife glanced over and said, “Aww… it’s really over.” Fortunately for fans of the franchise, […]Read more "“The Force Awakens” – A Double Review"