The Desolation of Peter Jackson

Okay, I finally went to see The Desolation of Smaug…I liked the movie, as long as I prevented myself from remembering it was supposed to be an adaptation of a classic novel. I’ve been reading The Hobbit just about once every year or so for the last twenty-thirty years, so there were way too many times I had to avoid yelling at the screen (I couldn’t help but wonder if they could have done the story in one installment if they didn’t put so many of the gratuitous 3-D shots that every producer seems to think are required, but I wish warranted the death penalty–but I digress).

I liked most of the characters (hey, wasn’t that Doctor #7?), and the conversation between Bilbo and Smaug went almost as I would have imagined it.

As a generic fantasy adventure, I’d give the story a 3 out of 5 (points get knocked off every time someone throws something at the camera).

As a Tolkien fan, though, I give it a 2, for ruining the whole Beorn encounter, and for all the Sauron-is-coming foreshadowing. We’re not idiots, Mr. Jackson.

As the Year Ends


It’s that time of year again! More specifically, it’s the end of time. Well, it’s the end of the year, anyway. 2013 was a pretty good year for me. My only resolution last year was to publish A Time To Build (which I did, in case you haven’t noticed). Next year, I plan to publish two more volumes in the Umea Bakearen series. Early in the year, look for A Time To Mourn. The volume after that doesn’t have a name yet, but I’m working on it. Really!

Another resolution for next year is this website. It’s going to become more active. I’ll post updates more frequently, from story excerpts, to backstory information, to giveaways, to…whatever strikes my fancy. If there’s something you’d like to see, drop us a note!

Watch the skies!

Smashwords to Team Up With Scribd

I don’t know about anyone else, but as an indie author and self-publisher, this is pretty big news to me. Scribd is a relatively new subscription service, like Netflix, except for ebooks. That means that for a low monthly rate ($8.99 US) a subscriber can read unlimited ebooks on their PC, Tablet, iPad, or phone. As an avid reader, I think that’s a great deal!

As an author, it’s even better. A reader might be more willing to read a relatively unknown author’s work if they don’t have to pay for it. There’s less risk involved. How many times have you passed over a book because you’re not sure you’ll like it? If it’s an author you’ve heard of before, maybe, but who’s this Rick Rossing guy? 😉

I’m told that distribution to Scribd begins in January, so I’ll be looking for my book there! I hope that you will, too.

Watch the skies!

Rick Rossing
for the Office of the Mediator, Sol III Div.

The 25th Century as Envisioned by Glen A. Larson in 1978 (Buck Rogers)

We were watching the 1970’s Buck Rogers TV show, and noticed a couple of weird things about the 25th Century:

First, CapiTaLizAtiOn is rAndoM. Almost every sign is printed in a computerized font with randomly capitalized words (just as annoying then as it is when people do it now).

Second, all female military uniforms include spiky heels and short skirts.

Third, Society is controlled by computers that look like talking hockey pucks, who are super intelligent, but never designed mobile bodies for themselves. They have to be carried everywhere, usually by ambiquads, little robots with annoying voices. “Bedebedebede, Oh Boy!”

Oh, and don’t forget those high collars. Because one thing they’ll have in abundance is starch!

I weep for the future.

Daughter of Mythos, by Melissa Drake

A Battle in Mythos for the Fate of the Earth

The cover looks awesome, too!

Anyone who loves magic, dragons, romance, fairies, wizards, and adventure will get a kick out of this book. Right from the beginning, this story had me enthralled.

I suppose every young person wishes that he or she had a place to go where they *belong*, a place where they can do heroic things and be loved by many. Nora is that person. Having lost her parents, she’s juggled from foster home to foster home, because a magical force keeps ruining her chances of finding a permanent place of her own.

When she finally learns that she has a destiny, her life changes forever.
But she also learns that where someone is important, there are just as many people who wish to destroy her as love her.

Nora will find love and friendship, but she’ll also find tragedy and heartbreak. You, the reader, will find it right along with her. Have a tissue or two at the ready!

I desperately hope book two is coming soon.

Available on

The Joys of Editing

Greetings, Terrans,

It’s been a busy month for Rick. Apart from the general hustle and bustle of this holiday time of year on Sol III (Earth, to the indigenous population), Rick’s been playing with settings for the website, editing books two and three, looking for cover art for book two, and trying to find a way to frame Gilder for it!

A Time To Build is slowly collecting readers. If you’ve already read it, bravo to you! Did you like it? Please let others know by writing a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or at Smashwords, where the book was first published. There’s no reason why you can’t submit your review to all of the above!

Once you do submit a review, send Rick a message telling him where to find it, and you can gain access to the Office of the Mediator, Sol III Div. group on Facebook. It’s a place for Agents of the OM to hang out, read not-yet-published stories, get free stuff, and enjoy other benefits of membership.

Have a blessed holiday season, free from destruction by alien death rays!


The Death Penalty

Greetings, Terrans:

Well, I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I got myself banned from a group that I really liked. Looking over the rules, I realize that I probably deserved it.

Facebook users have set up hundreds of thousands of groups, and all of them have different rules about posting. I belong to one group specifically designed for posting review requests, but promoting the book is strictly against the rules. If you post there, you must provide free copies of the book to be reviewed. No problem.

Then there is another group, which does allow book promotion in the group (once every three days, and don’t be annoying about it). Also, no problem. Except that the rules state that you may not post requests for reviews.

Whoops. Might have missed that bit.

I posted a promotion which included a sentence that may have violated that rule. One of the admins certainly thought so, so without so much as a “you have thirty seconds to comply,” I received the death penalty. Banned.


I’ll admit, I was lax in the rules, but I don’t think I deserved getting the death penalty without at least a warning. And I wasn’t doing (I thought) anything I hadn’t seen others do.

It’s all good, now. I’ve been resurrected, and I’ve promised to be more careful. Lesson learned. If you belong to any group, I’d advise you to make sure you know all the rules BEFORE you post something that will get you kicked off.

And if you’re a group Admin, please consider the doctrine of due process and benefit of the doubt. Not every faux pas is a blatant foul.

So this is Earth.