Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

2017-09-20
War Demons: A review
VAMPIRES, WIZARDS, ZOMBIES AND DRAGONS! Oh, my! Michael Alexander has returned from Afghanistan, where he sought vengeance for his fiancée – one of many lost in the Twin Towers on 9/11 – and found only more death and misery. Now medically discharged from the Army after a copter crash and...

2017-09-12
Another friend gone
A few days ago I shared the news that a fellow sci-fi writer, and a good friend too, Gibson Michaels, had died suddenly in his home near Houston, Texas. It was a hammer blow to his family and friends. We were going to meet up in Santa Barbara this Thursday,...

2017-09-11
Hey Reddit, is this proof enough?
Good lord, sometimes I worry about people. I set up an Ask Me Anything page over at Reddit, under my user name ScribesShade which is also my Twitter handle, which was promptly taken down because Skynet over there is worried I’m going to terminate it, or something. So I am...

2017-09-07
My firend, Reb
I am sad to report that sci-fi writer, Gibson Michaels , suffered a massive heart attack in his home this morning and passed away. He passed quickly and with apparently little suffering. His wife called me this morning with the news and it has taken me this long to be...

2017-09-04
A counter to the Anti-Dragon crowd
POSTED IN REPLY TO ANOTHER BLOGGER’S SCREED: I know this won’t set well with the tin-foil hat crowd (i.e. Contrarius & China Mike’s Vile 770 crowd) but the Dragon Awards were never the Puppy’s. Were the Puppies the first to recognize the potential of the brand new Dragon Awards in...

2017-09-03
Thoughts in the aftermath
The 2017 Dragon Award winners have been announced and there were 15 very worthy winners. Sadly, I wasn’t one of them, but I still I am very honored to have been one of the finalists. Congrats to James SA Corey for winning Best Sci-Fi Novel (my category) I can’t think...

2017-09-02
My Dragon Ballot
I put this off to the very last minute, but I’ve decided to share who I voted for in this year’s Dragon Awards. It was a very tough ballot because I know several of the nominees and I hate choosing between friends. So here goes: Best Sci-Fi Novel Escaping Infinity....

2017-09-01
Heartfelt Thanks
Sometime after 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia at DragonCon, the 2nd Annual Dragon Awards will get underway. Fifteen categories make up the second annual award and 15 winners will be announced. My novel, Escaping Infinity, is one of eight finalists in the Best Sci-Fi Novel. Even now, on...

2017-08-09
Good Times
An old back injury that has only worsened with time has flared up just as my wife underwent shoulder surgery that will keep her laid up for at least four months. You might think it’s all doom and gloom around Casa Paolinelli these days. Far from it. The back comes...

2017-08-09
My Thoughts On The Dragons
If you are a regular follower of my blog you’ve heard about the Dragon Awards. They started last year and I like to think I was one of the earlier supporters of it. What drew me to the Dragons was the fact that, unlike two other “major” sci-fi/fantasy awards, voting...

2017-08-04
Chasing the Dragon
Wow, what a whirlwind 24 hours it has been. I got a late call to fill-in as a guest co-host on The Writer’s Block last night and quickly prepped for the show and then made the 30-mile drive to the studio in Sherman Oaks. Not one minute before we were...

2017-07-24
As We Wait, A Thank You
The nominations for the 2017 Dragon Awards closed about an hour ago. Over the next 7-10 days the nominations will be tabulated and the finalists in each category will be announced and the final vote to determine the ultimate winners will get underway. The Dragon Award nominations for 2017 are...

2017-07-18
What’s The Hold Up George?
So apparently, it’s a thing now and I want to jump on board the bandwagon too. So here goes. It has been several years since George R.R. Martin has released a new book, 2012 to be exact. Some authors are listing all the books they’ve written and released since 2012....

2017-07-17
Award Season Off To A Nice Start
So this arrived in my inbox yesterday and, of course, I was on the road traveling and just now back home so I can post the news here. The East Texas Writers Guild has awarded Escaping Infinity its Second Place Ribbon in the Guild’s 2017 Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest...

2017-06-29
Only Regret
I’m occasionally asked about my run as a sports writer – starting in 1984 as a freelancer until that day in 2010 when I decided I’d done all I could do – and if I have any regrets. Usually, the questioner is asking more along the lines of not being...

2017-06-25
Movie Calendar
It occurred to me after watching/surviving yesterday’s movie trifecta that there’s quite a few movies coming up in the second half of 2017 that are definitely on my schedule. In July there’s War For The Planet Of The Apes. I haven’t been a fan of the reboot but the wife...

2017-06-25
Cinematic Trifecta Saturday
So what do two people with no kids at home any longer do with a Saturday off? We go spend eight hours at the movie theater, that’s what we do. So the wife and I trundled off to what has become our favorite theater ever – assigned seats, reclining chairs...

2017-06-21
Nice First Day Of Summer Surprise
So my first day of summer begins with this 5-Star review of Escaping Infinity… “Richard Paolinelli’s “Escaping Infinity” is a damn good read. It has the vibe of a “Twilight Zone Episode” while also reminding me of the film “Dark City”, while building up into something truly sensational. The story...

2017-06-18
Happy Dad’s Day
Nothing major or massive to post today. Just my hope that all my fellow dads have a great Father’s Day....

2017-06-16
A Place To Call Home
The problem with Barnes & Noble, and Borders when it was open, was that their shelves were lined with books from the big traditional publishers. There simply wasn’t any bookshelf space to be found for the independently published. We’re hoping to change that. Together with my good friend Jim Christina,...

2017-06-15
Writing Beverages
Quite a few readers of my sci-fi novel, Escaping Infinity , have asked me what I was smoking or drinking when I wrote it. I’m taking it as a compliment because those questions are usually followed by a lot of praise for the book. This is one example from a...

2017-06-14
Dear….,
Dear CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and all of its news and entertainment shows, This is the new face of your networks. Dear USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, McClatchy News Services, Associated Press and every newspaper and online news sites based in the United States. This is...

2017-06-14
One last word….
…about the folks over at Vile770 (aka File 770, aka A hive of scum and villainy) and I am never typing another word about them here. Ever. This is all I have to say to the person who runs it and every single creature in the cesspool of extremist social...

2017-06-13
Finally, DC gets it right
Growing up as a kid moving across the west, reading a comic book in the backseat of our family car as we moved on to the next location for my father’s drilling business, was commonplace. My two favorite were Batman and Wonder Woman. I never cared for Superman because he...

2017-06-07
No Frost I
Ok, so we can probably rule out me being the reincarnation of Robert Frost, who died 15 months before I was born. There is an upcoming anthology, a two-parter, entitled Trumpocalypse and Trumptopia. I missed the deadline for the former but submitted a poem for the latter. It was declined...

2017-05-28
Of Rebooted Series Done Right And Not
In 2001 a new cartoon, Samurai Jack, hit the airwaves and for four great seasons Jack battled the evil Aku, trying to get back to the past and undo the evil Aku had inflicted on the Earth for centuries. When season four ended in 2004, Jack was still trapped in...

2017-05-17
What the…?????
There is a blogger, nominated for an award and neither of them are worthy of being named or even having a link posted and I have no intention of giving either one single ounce of publicity. But there is something this blogger recently stated that needs to be addressed. No,...

2017-05-14
The Game Is Afoot
Growing up in a drilling family, we moved about quite a lot. It was not uncommon for me to start a school year in one school, finish the year in a second and start the next year in a third. So most of the time I would head for the...

2017-05-10
A Sports Guy At Heart
What with all the doom and gloom in the news lately I thought it might be nice to focus on something positive for a change. Like the fact that it is May 10th and the Colorado Rockies are alone in first place in their division this year!!!!! Yay!!!!! I might...

2017-05-07
A Time For Change
For the last couple of years I’ve been what is known as a hybrid writer. Both traditionally and independently published. There were some books I wanted total control over from start to finish and indie publishing offers exactly that. But I was also traditionally published and I even had an...

2017-04-29
When All You’ve Got Is Snark, You’ve Got Nothing At All
So apparently some new “friends” from another blog, that purports to be about sci-fi but is running about 80% politics, have taken umbrage with my post on “Bein’ Born” the other day. I’m not surprised. As my grandfather used to say: “When you toss a rock into a pack of...

2017-04-28
2017 Dragon Award Nominations
I’ve been meaning to get to this much earlier but it seems like every time I get ready to start in on it about five or six fires spring up that require my attention. Well, all the blazes are out so it is time for me to hand out my...

2017-04-27
Inside The Mind Of A (Crazy) Writer
So there I was yesterday, trapped inside the too-cozy confines of an MRI tube as my doctor tries to figure out what is going on inside my left shoulder (I reach to pick up a pen and a getting sharp pain shooting down from the shoulder to the elbow) when...

2017-04-26
Revenge For Being Born?
There is a scene in the 1993 film, Tombstone, when Wyatt Earp is preparing himself for a final showdown with Johnny Ringo, and he is trying to figure out what drives the man to be so evil. “What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things...

2017-04-10
Rogue One
So I was a guest on Declan Finn’s weekly radio show last night, listen to the two-hour show here , when the subject of Star Wars came up. I loved the first three movies that were released, 4-6 if you count them in linear time in the Star Wars universe....

2017-03-12
Samurai Jack is back!
While a touch of food poisoning put me down for the count, and away from the blog for awhile, it could not prevent me from catching the Season 5 premiere of Samurai Jack Saturday night. I was a huge fan of Samurai Jack, I even have all four seasons on...

2017-03-09
Your thoughts?
So I’ve been pecking away at this blog for a bit and now I’m wondering: What would you like to see here? Sports? Sci-Fi? Mysteries? News of the day? Politics? Let me know in the comments section below and help shape the future scribbles to come....

2017-03-06
A sad reminder
Facebook’s penchant for reminding us of all of our friends’ pending birthday’s or other events usually brings on happy thoughts. But today one of my notifications was about Carl Knappe’s 63rd birthday today. Only Carl isn’t around to celebrate it. He passed away back in 2015. His daughter occasionally posts...

2017-03-05
Shameless self-promotion time
Declan Finn over at the A Pius Geek Blog just posted his full review of Escaping Infinity. Give it a read, then go here and buy a print or ebook version of the book to see why two members of the SFWA nominated it for a Nebula and why Declan...

2017-03-03
Tarnished Dream
Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers today . Now you might be asking why I care enough to mention this minor event on my blog and the answer lies right here . (Go ahead and follow the link, I’ll be here waiting for you...

2017-03-02
Marvel Keeps Schooling DC
I rarely go see a movie at a theater. I don’t like the high prices for the tickets or the food. I don’t like the uncomfortable seats that turns your butt numb in 20 minutes or less. I don’t like that you always get someone in the crowd that has...

2017-03-01
Death On The Range
In lieu of an account of my sojourn along the Gulf Coast – a trip postponed due to illness as mentioned earlier – I thought I would dig into the archives and share with you this 1,100-word short story I wrote several years ago as part of a contest. It...

2017-02-28
The Best Laid Plans…
I should be writing this post from my hotel room in Port Arthur, Texas. I should be looking forward to a busy Wednesday schedule of visiting some old family haunts in Sabine Pass and Galveston, followed by a tour of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and capping the day...

2017-02-27
Hit & Miss
Busy week lies ahead so posts between now and Saturday will be spotty to unlikely. I hope you all have a great week....

2017-02-26
A Waste Of Talent, Life
Without commenting on his guilt or innocence in this particular case and more of a general statement of athletes in general who are arrested, charged and eventually found guilty: Seriously, what the hell people? Former Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested and charged with, among other things, possession of...