About Me


Hi!  I’m J.W. Kurtz.  I’m excited to share my thoughts and observations with this blog.

Originally this blog was meant to singularly explore and share the details about my writing projects and the trials and tribulations of that endeavor.  But recently I decided to expand my scope.  Soon (as in the summer of 2016) I hope to begin offering reviews on the many, many (many many) items I order from online stores such as Amazon.com and Costco to name but a scant few.  These reviews will be submitted for the followers of my blog either in written form or video (YouTube channel will be forthcoming!).  The focus of these reviews will be broad for no other reason than I am interested in so many things.  Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is a little about me:

I love reading history and science fiction (I just love reading actually), walking my dog, course hanging out with my wife, following and discussing politics, and testing out new toys I’ve procured in my quest as an American to accumulate more and more stuff.  I also watch movies as often as I can which is sadly not often enough!  Yeah…beer and scotch…I like these as well!

My writing continues.  I have dozens of ideas outlined and ready to go BUT my day job keeps me rather busy so it’ll take me awhile to get everything I want to write done.  If you are one of my readers, please bear with me as I navigate the self-publishing world.  I’m doing this pretty much alone all the while carrying the responsibilities of a full time job that seems to think it’s allowed to come home with me.  I try to keep work at work and my writing at home but all too often my time, strength, and creativity are stolen by the day job in efforts to be a “team player.”  It is what it is…at least for now!

Please support my endeavors by using the Amazon.com links to purchase some of the items I have reviewed favorably.

Many thanks and, as always…cheers!




55 thoughts on “About Me

    Don Royster said:
    October 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Well, you went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog

    adegrandis said:
    October 14, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Hi thanks for the follow glad you liked my stuff – I’m just about to release my first book – scary time! Good luck with your second

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    October 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can just about unequivocally state I haven’t met a book I didn’t like. Yes there are the odd exeptions, which shall remain nameless, but overall I find it rare that I don’t like a book. I don’t read a lot of military science fiction, but I do love a good apocalypse and of course aliens!!!

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      October 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Beautiful! I say write a book yourself before you can call anything else ever written “bad.”

    hcurci said:
    October 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hi JW: Thank you for logging on to my post http://www.hcurci.wordpress.com
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    Gone Wild said:
    October 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for visiting Artsyberger!

    fallcorn1936 said:
    October 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I’m envious. All of my efforts are waiting to be finished. Thanks for stopping by.

    araneus1 said:
    October 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    thank you for the follow, it’s very encouraging.

    Andrew Mark Watkins said:
    October 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the follow. I echo the sentiment above. Its very encouraging.! Be well.

    kenrepez said:
    October 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Hi, I appreciate the follow – especially from an educated student/thinker/creator of philosophical sci-fi. Thus, I’d be interested in your thoughts/feedback on some of my fantastical parables( short stories, excerpts from novellas) such as “Spencer and the Tankbuster'(takes place in a futuristic fascist society – full text available) “Boxing Sugary Nina’ and others on my ‘interdimensional blog’. Thanks.

    Aetherielle said:
    October 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for the follow. It’s always nice to meet fellow writers.

    tashpix said:
    October 27, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for following “What I Watched Last NIght…” I don’t write about sci-fi titles that often, but hopefully you’ll find enough to stay interested!

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      October 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

      I watch and love just about any genre of film. Just keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

    mmwelch said:
    October 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck with your writing. Watching those Amazon rankings is always nerve-wracking!

    benlees said:
    October 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for visiting and following!

    Dude the cleaner said:
    October 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for following my blog. Have fun with yours. Looking good.

    Matt Harris - Tech Guy said:
    November 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for following, I’m sure there will be more sci-fi reviews coming soon….

    Vida Cruz said:
    November 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for following!

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      November 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Same to you! Enjoy!

    mtmedlock said:
    November 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, is The Bellerophon: Ambush available as a paperback or just e-book?

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      November 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Just an e-book right now. As more in this series (as well as other books – I have more than a dozen in the pipeline over the next several years) come out paperbacks will also be available. Thanks for the question and interest!

    Sheetal said:
    November 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Hey, Thanks for following my blog! Yours looks quite interesting too. I would love to read your posts. Thanks again for stopping by.

    migarium said:
    November 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Even if as an earthling, who writes about the aliens makes me little bit nervous, as being an extra-terrestrial, thank you for your visit to my blog:) And, I hope to read what you’ve written about us as soon as possible.

    midmiocene said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for the follow! J.W. Allow me to return the favor.

    Andrew Updegrove said:
    December 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for following me at my blog, and I look forward to doing so at yours

    Thanks for a Great 2014 | The Irresponsible Reader said:
    January 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

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    gahlearner said:
    January 29, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Thank you for following me on Flights of Fancy. You have a very interesting blog, it’s fun to look around. I’ll be following, too, and look forward to reading more. 🙂

    Janeen Ippolito said:
    January 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the follow! Hope you enjoy the ride–and love the picture!

    Galaxy Jane said:
    March 8, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Thanks for the follow, I hope you’ll enjoy my takes on the B-Movie world. I’m also a big fan of Military SF and arguing politics, so I think I’ll fit in around here just fine.

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      March 8, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Now all I have to do is find the time to write some more posts and reviews so you have more places to post comments! I’ll get to it then! Thanks for the follow. JW

    samuelstrader4491 said:
    March 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the follow! I look forward to hearing more about your book’s newest edition.

    Matt Bowes said:
    April 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve been enjoying Bellerophon Ambush, a lot. The story line is compelling, and there is so much great about it. Are you interested in a beta reader? Drop me a line at matt dot bowes at gmail dot com.

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Good to know Matt. I’ll remember you for sure. Steadily working through several projects including the sequel. I think you’ll enjoy it much more than the first. Cheers!

        Matt Bowes said:
        April 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

        Usually, subsequent works reflect a higher quality of work as the author goes through the learning curve, right? I hate the learning curve, but I’m glad it exists as it means that there’s hope for my stuff down the road.

        Or hope for an editor to get a lot of work. One of those two.

        J.W. Kurtz responded:
        April 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

        I like the “don’t worry…your first million words will be crap” line I’ve heard. I look forward to the 2nd million words. 🙂

        Matt Bowes said:
        April 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

        I just posted a reblog of Author David Gaughran’s post regarding that whole thing of, let’s call it the writing arc. The big thing that hit me was that an author sat down and mapped it out, and figured out the successful authors didn’t really hit it big until their fifth book, and they used series to successfully push forward to their readership their content. So, figure each book is 120 k? You need to do 600 k to kind of hit the big time. That’s still 400 k under the crap line. Aw, me, what will I do??? Perhaps I can count the blog words toward my crap total? (If so, that’ll take maybe 15 k off. Blog faster, I think.)

        J.W. Kurtz responded:
        April 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        I like the way you think! I know I’m counting my blog lines and movie reviews towards the first million!

    wizki said:
    April 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for liking/following my blog, J.W.! Seems like we might have a few things in common (sci-fi love, copious reading, wives), although you’ve actually published…congrats! I hope you don’t mind if I follow you on “the twitter” as I call it, as well. Find me @dc_graylocke look for the goat.

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      April 16, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Sounds great! Thanks for the follow! Spread the word! Cheers JW

    Salvageable said:
    April 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for following! Like you I love reading history and science fiction. I’ll probably mention history more often than science fiction, but I” just have to see how inspiration strikes. J.

    kinneret said:
    April 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for following my blog. I looked at Bellerophon and your prose looks very well written. My knowledge of sci fi (although I love movies) is limited to Philip K Dick, but I’m definitely intrigued by the military sci fi. I didn’t even know this was a subcategory. I love military history, so… Good luck with your continuation of the series!

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      April 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. Greatly appreciated. And thanks for the wishes! Cheers!

    d3b01946 said:
    April 26, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for following my blog after my post about Michel Faber’s new book. Greatly appreciated

    Dee said:
    May 26, 2015 at 4:12 am

    You might enjoy a book that I’m reading now called The IX by Andrew Weston. And of course we hope you’ll enjoy “Masters of Time.”

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      May 26, 2015 at 7:05 am

      I’ll check it out. Thanks!

    Lori L MacLaughlin said:
    June 23, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Thanks very much for following my blog! I’m looking forward to reading more about yours. Your book looks intriguing.

    Helix42 said:
    July 17, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Wow! Thanks for the like and follow over on my little blog, it means a lot. I’ll definitely have to pick up your book, it sounds really cool!

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      July 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Sounds great! I’m nearly done with the sequel. The followups to that will be out quicker. Was on a bit of a boondoggle this past year.

    Dave said:
    September 28, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Good stuff here, J.W. Kurtz. Enough so that it might distract me from my writing….. 🙂

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      September 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Sorry about that!

    rrwillica said:
    December 29, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Hi, J. W, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Do with it as you will.

    Have a nice day.

    kabrown4 said:
    January 22, 2016 at 7:20 am


    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have nominated you for the Liebster Award.

    Hope you have as much fun with the nomination as I have and I can’t wait to read more of your blog in the future.

    You can find all the information about the nomination here: https://katherinebrownwriting.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/the-liebster-award/


    pandanra said:
    February 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you for the follow! Your book sounds like something I’d love to read! I added it to my towering TBR pile ^_^

      J.W. Kurtz responded:
      February 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Great! Thanks for the follow. I’ll be posting more often soon. My next book will also be out in a month or so. Stay tuned!

    GP Cox said:
    May 8, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Very pleased to meet you.

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