Manly Story Formula: Your Guaranteed Guide to Writing a Best Selling Book

Luke posed some interesting questions yesterday. It got me to thinking about what makes a story interesting and engaging? Without any writing style at all, can you create a story base that would make people excited for the tale about to be told. And with that, I present you with the quick and easy Manly […]

Language vs. Story

One of the things we discussed at our last book club meeting was that Harbach was clearly a very good writer, but that most of us didn’t really like the way the book went, how the story unfolded. But wouldn’t being a “good writer” include having something to say that is compelling and engaging? To […]

Front Cover Fridays #12

Mucho kudos to John, a fellow iUMBC member, who discovered this gem last week and shared it via twitter. The cover of Are You Psychic? encourages you to “find the answers you’ve always been looking for.” John counters: “Shouldn’t you already know?” – @Creagarmania Touche, Johnny. Touche. Also, what an unfortunate last name…

Divergent: Quick Hit Review

Quick story on how awesome my wife and I are.  We just took a weekend getaway to Branson.  During the off season.  On Sunday night.  Even cooler, we listened to a book on CD the whole way there and back.  Even COOLER, it was a young adult book filled with sappy “omg- we kissed” and […]

Award for Manliest Retailer: Duke Cannon

I’m not entire sure what they sell exactly.  All I know is I’m buying it. iUMBC insider, Graham, says that they sold out of product immediately.  Orders meant as Christmas presents still haven’t come. Some quotes from the website: “Duke Cannon would never spend $129 on a f****ing polo shirt.” “Duke Cannon doesn’t give a […]

January Book Club: Art of Fielding REview

The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach [xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.125/5] [xrr rating=3.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]     Consensus on a book sucks.  It makes for boring conversation, a bunch of agreement, and a lot of slaps on the back.  Fortunately, we’re men.  So even when we agree on something we don’t communicate it well, giving us hours of […]

Early Super Bowl Picks

Well if you are a manly man I’m going to assume that you spent (wasted?) your entire day doing nothing but watching football, as both conference championship games aired today. It’ll be two weeks before another football game is on (don’t even try to convince me that the pro bowl has any resemblance to a […]

Front Cover Fridays #11

Hundreds of bearded men strutted their stuff at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, and photographer Matthew Rainwaters was there to capture it all. This resulting collection of portraits features the bushiest, most stylish, and downright weirdest beards from around the world. Taken straight on, the photographs are stark and stunning the […]

Movie Heroes

  -Thanks to John for referring me to this

The Most Manly Sport?

Since we’re reading about baseball (among other things), I thought I would take a little survey. What is the most manly sport? Let us know in the comment section and state your case. One might go with football, because it’s physical and fast–but one could say the same thing about hockey, or rugby. And yes […]