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.

2017-11-16
Why Copyright Matters
Ok, I think I’ve run off the last batch of trolls so let’s get back to talking about writing. One aspect of being an Independent Publisher is what happens after the manuscript has been polished to a bright shine: The book cover. I’ve seen some great ones and some not...

2017-11-16
Trolls II: Attack Of The Sock Puppets
Is Mike Glyer of File 770 infamy and blogger Camestros Felapton one and the same? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, but I have reason to suspect they are and it may have been a case of self-outing that leads me to this conclusion. Camestros – seeing...

2017-11-13
Trolls, Damned Trolls and Lying Trolls
It is the bane of every writer’s existence to have to put up with trolls. Even one of my all-time favorites – Edgar Allan Poe – had to tolerate the existence of a troll. (Only they called themselves “critics” back then.) Unfortunately, I’ve got one attached to me that I...

2017-11-11
To Absent Friends On This Solemn Day
My grandfather served in the Pacific Theater during WW2 along with other members of my family. In the years before – and since – on both my parents’ side of my family tree there have been those that served their country in times of war and peace. This is the...

2017-11-08
Free Book – Limited Time Offer
I’ve talked about my political-thriller series a few times. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s your chance to read the first book of the Del Rio trilogy – for free!!! If you have a Kindle, go to Amazon on Nov. 8th and 9th and download Reservations, the first...

2017-11-04
Market Till You Drop
Happy Saturday writers. What did I do most of this fine day? I worked. I wrote some, I QC’d the latest chapters from the Escaping Infinity audiobook project, started taking auditions for the Del Rio Series audiobook project and welcomed quite a few new followers on Twitter. But more importantly,...

2017-11-03
So Now What Do I do?
Ok, I’ve scared you away from the vampires agents/big publishers, and I’ve scared the vampires so much they have resorted to name-calling only because they cannot refute anything I posted. (My favorites so far are MAGA-lover – I didn’t vote for Trump – Rabid – I was never a member...

2017-11-03
Ok, So You’ve Decided To Go Indie. Now What?
First off: Congratulations. Second: Now the hard work starts. Oh yes, you thought writing the book, getting it edited, getting a nice cover for it and uploading it to Amazon was the tough part and now its time to sit back and watch the royalties flow into your bank account,...

2017-11-02
A Word On Literary Agents To New Authors
If you are writing your first novel I want to share some advice with you. Whatever you do, once the manuscript has been polished to perfection: DO NOT APPROACH AN AGENT WITH IT. EVER!!!! Join writers groups and have them critique it. There are many very good editors out there...

2017-11-02
The Problem With “Sensitivity Readers”
Wednesday carried over into Thursday, this time with a NYC literary agent deciding to cross swords with yours truly. Its premise (and yes, I said it because one thing literary agents are not is human) is that authors should use ‘sensitivity readers’ before releasing their work. You’ve already heard the...

2017-11-01
So Yeah, I’ve Been Around The Block
We’ll chalk this up to one weird Wednesday afternoon. I actually found myself engaged in a couple of online discussions with a couple of millennials who are just absolutely certain they walked off their respective campuses with a piece of paper in their hands that certified them as “The All-Knowing,...

2017-10-30
Del Rio Is Live
The third and final book of the Del Rio series, Endgames, just went live on Amazon. The first two books, Reservations and Betrayals, have been re-released along with an all-three-in-one option to buy the entire series in one volume (and this one in either e-book or print). Here’s the links...

2017-10-23
Blade Runner 2049: A Review
So I finally got around to seeing Blade Runner 2049 on Saturday. (Newsflash: I don’t rush out and see any movie on opening weekend anymore. Which meant my wife and I were among a group of eight souls in the entire theatre. It was gloriously devoid of people on their...

2017-10-20
New Sherlock Holmes Adventures!!!
Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? (Yay!!) Are you an H.G. Wells fan? (Yay!!!) Are you a Richard Paolinelli fan? (*crickets* Hey!!! *shakesfist*) Then I have some great news: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realm of H.G. Wells by Belanger Books is coming out in December and the Kickstarter for...

2017-10-15
Dear Colin Kaepernick,
You and I both hail from Turlock, California – well, I was actually born there while you were born in Wisconsin and then adopted by a family that later moved to Turlock – but we both spent significant portions of our youth in that Central Valley city in California. Of...

2017-10-13
A Nice Review Of A Nice Book
Escaping Infinity just got another 5-Star review on both Amazon and Goodreads and I wanted to share the first paragraph: “This is a very nice book about very nice people. That’s not intended as a criticism; it is a relaxing change of pace not to have to deal with one...

2017-10-12
The Road To Del Rio
One thing I want to start doing – when I’m not fighting off the Chinese Bot Troll Army of Arcadia – is to start talking about the path my books have taken from initial concept to final production. So we’ll start off with the recently concluded Jack Del Rio series....

2017-10-12
Question From A Reader, Vol. 2
Q: Richard, you keep destroying the Earth in your sci-fi stories. Are you ever going to write a sci-fi where the Earth doesn’t get wiped out? A: No. Blame it on the cartoons I grew up watching....

2017-10-12
Attack Of The Chinese Bot Trolls
Sounds like the title of my latest sci-fi novel, doesn’t it? Sadly, it isn’t. What it is basically is a one-line explanation of what I and several other writers have been putting up with. In my case for about the last year but even longer for others. I won’t speak...

2017-10-10
Question From A Reader
Q: Most authors stick to one genre to help create their “brand” but you write in several. Why? A: Good question. The simple answer is I write what I read and I am an eclectic reader. I grew up reading H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Louis L’Amour,...

2017-10-10
Welcome new subscribers
So I am seeing an uptick in people signing up to receive notices of new posts and events here at my site. I just wanted to say hello, thank you for following me and I hope I can provide you with plenty of things to comment on soon. So, feel...

2017-10-10
Busy Winter Lies Ahead
Ok, maybe it’s a good thing I’m boycotting any sports league that allows its players to kneel during the national anthem, because I just took a look at my writing to-do list and DA-YUM, is it long. I don’t have time to watch many games on TV right now. St....

2017-10-09
A Little Separation, If You Please…
Those of you old enough to remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial where two people – one carrying an open jar of peanut butter and the other an open chocolate bar – collide and get some of what they were about to consume into the other’s food will...

2017-10-07
On This Date, Oct. 8, 1956…
The defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers – who had finally broken through to beat the Yankees in 1955 – met those same New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium for Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. The series was tied 2-2 and Sal Maglie was pitching for Brooklyn while Don Larson...

2017-10-07
Meanwhile, in Turlock, CA…
A book you probably haven’t read yet is From The Fields: A History of Prep Football In Turlock, California . The book covers the history of high school football played by Turlock’s high school’s since the first game was played back on Oct. 30, 1920. While the majority of the...

2017-10-06
Dear John,
You’ve had a rough week this week, even for you, and I think I may have figured out why you are lashing out at others and inciting what few non-Tor employee relatives that still buy your books to attack other writers who’ve done nothing to harm you. You shouldn’t be...

2017-10-03
Del Rio’s Last Stand
On October 30th the last installment of the Jack Del trilogy will be released. But you can pre-order your e-book copy on Amazon right here: ENDGAMES Despite withdrawing from public view after stopping the assassination of the President of the United States, Del Rio is drawn back into the fight...

2017-10-01
Three free books!!!
Limited offer folks – to the first 20 that take me up on it – and it comes with one small catch so read the fine print! The final book of the Jack Del Rio political mystery-thriller series, Endgames, will be released as an e-book only at the end of...

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...