X-Files Episodes – The MYTHARC

The mythology of The X-Files, sometimes referred to as its “mytharc” by the show’s staff and fans, follows the quest of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), a believer in supernatural phenomena, and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), his skeptical partner. Their boss, FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, was also often involved. Beginning with season 8, another skeptic named John Doggett, and Monica Reyes, a believer like Mulder, were also introduced. The overarching story, which spans events as early as the 1940s, is built around a government conspiracy to hide the truth about alien existence and their doomsday plan. Not all episodes advanced the mythology plot, but the ones that did were often set up by Mulder or Scully via an opening monologue.



2017 Book List – Audible

I did not retain any Arabic, which bums me out.
I need some help with language learning this next year.

Lot of good stuff this past year though. Tom Hanks was surprisingly delightful. David Litt was great, and turned me on to Axios. John Hodgman’s book was a recommendation from Fresh Air, and was nice to listen to on my commute to Ann Arbor. Good mix of non-fiction and fiction this past year.

  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories, Tom Hanks
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Jonathan Maberry – editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
  • Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches, Denis Leary
  • Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches, John Hodgman
  • Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, David Litt
  • A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
  • Nevertheless: A Memoir, Alec Baldwin
  • Dogs of War: A Joe Ledger Novel, Jonathan Maberry
  • Learn Arabic with Innovative Language’s Proven Language System – Level 1: Introduction to Arabic
  • Learn Arabic with Innovative Language’s Proven Language System – Level 2: Absolute
  • Learn Arabic – Word Power 101: Absolute Beginner Arabic #1
  • Fight and Flight: Magic 2.0, Book 4, Scott Meyer
  • Change Agent: A Novel, Daniel Suarez
  • The Spaceship Next Door , Gene Doucette
  • Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
  • Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1, Dennis E. Taylor
  • A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2, Marcus Sakey

Getting started with Gutenberg

After struggling with an out-of-date website that needed to be reset and refreshed for the coming year, and presented in multiple languages, I’ve decided to rip everything out, use a blank Bootstrap theme, and replace the entire framework with #Gutenberg pages.

This is a very simple site, with text and images, and a couple forms. So far, it has been a very tidy, very quick process. My plan is to build the top level pages in English, then clone my FlyWheel site to then generate the German, Chinese, and Spanish versions.

There has been some feedback in the #WordPress community about developers and agencies being concerned about clients not being able to understand and use Gutenberg.

My business, RP Creative, focuses on building, maintaining, and updating WordPress sites for my clients. So, I do the content work.

My first impressions are that Gutenberg will be a nice time-saving solution for some of the simple websites I build, and less bloated then some of the Page Builders I’ve used.

#make #WordPress #Gutenberg

The State of the Word 2017


An excellent day today, here at RedPawn Creative, as I close out another year of WordPress building, maintaining, and creating.

What a way to inspire my SEO updates today for one of my best clients than to listen to Matt’s State of the Word from WC US 0217.

I am looking forward to Gutenberg as a replacement for some of the page builders I’ve been using. They tend to be pretty bloated and Gutenberg seems quite clean and tidy.

I’m very happy to hear that the focus for 2018 is clean, speed, and performance.

Joe Ledger Series – Story Overviews

Source: jonathanmaberry.com

Patient Zero – Book 1 in the Series
When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills… and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good, and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle.

This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance….

The Dragon Factory
Joe Ledger and the DMS (Department of Military Sciences) go up against two competing groups of geneticists. One side is creating exotic transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenary armies; the other is using 21st century technology to continue the Nazi Master Race program begun by Josef Mengele. Both sides want to see the DMS destroyed, and they’ve drawn first blood. Neither side is prepared for Joe Ledger as he leads Echo Team to war under a black flag.

The King of Plagues – Book 3 in the Series
Saturday 09:11 Hours:
A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured…

10:09 Hours:
Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate.

The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Joe rejoins the DMS and within hours is attacked by a hit-team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission into a viral hot zone during an Ebola outbreak. Soon Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences begin tearing down the veils of deception to uncover a vast and powerful secret society using weaponized versions of the Ten Plagues of Egypt to destabilize world economies and profit from the resulting chaos. Millions will die unless Joe Ledger meets the this powerful new enemy on their own terms as he fights terror with terror.

Assassin’s Code – Book 4 in the Series
When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

Accompanied by the beautiful assassin called Violin, Joe follows a series of clues to find the Book of Shadows, which contains a horrifying truth that threatens to shatter his entire worldview. They say the truth will set you free…not this time. The secrets of the Assassin’s Code will set the world ablaze.

Extinction Machine – Book 5 in the Series
In Extinction Machine, the fifth Joe Ledger book by Jonathan Maberry, the DMS must go up against someone—or something—in search of new technology that could bring about world war

The President of the United States vanishes from the White House.
A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds.

All over the world reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate.
And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us.

Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences rush headlong into the heat of the world’s strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone—or something–wants that technology back.

Code Zero – Book 6 in the Series
For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons—designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility.

Until now.

Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons. Within days there are outbreaks of mass slaughter and murderous insanity across the American heartland. Can Joe Ledger stop a brilliant and devious master criminal from turning the Land of the Free into a land of the dead?

Predator One – Book 7 in the Series
On opening day of the new baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.
Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.

Joe Ledger and his team are back in Jonathan Maberry’s seventh book in the series. They begin a desperate search for the secret to this new technology and the madmen behind it. But before they can close in the enemy virus infects Air Force One. The president is trapped aboard as the jet heads toward the heart of New York City. It has become PREDATOR ONE.

Kill Switch – Book 8 in the Series
What do you do when the power goes off?
Terrorists have acquird a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to ten major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come.

And in that terrible darkness a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions.
At the same time the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder and suicide. Even the Department of Military Sciences is stumbling in its response to the growing threat.

Time is running out.And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of asassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Where can you turn when there’s nobody left to trust?

Joe Ledger faces his deadliest challenge as friends and allies become enemies and all of the lights begin to go out…

Dogs of War – Book 9 in the series
Dogs of War: Robots are no longer science fiction. Autonomous, programmed to react like animals: fast, relentless, deadly. From microscopic nanobots to massive self-guided aircraft. This technology is here, it’s assessable, and it’s dangerous. What’s even scarier is that almost anyone can get their hands on it.

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming and we may be too late to stop it.
Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat. Dogs of War pits Joe against a merciless new enemy and an army of techno-terrorists in a race to prevent a global destruction.
Let loose the Dogs of War.

Joe Ledger: Special Ops
Want more Joe Ledger? Fill in the gaps between books with this short story collection!
Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff. If they have to call Joe Ledger – it’s already hit the fan. JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories (Listed below) and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences.

Join the Hunt!
Included in the book:

“I didn’t plan to kill anyone. I wasn’t totally against the idea, either. Sometimes things just fall that way, and either you roll with it or it rolls over you. Letting the bad guys win isn’t how I roll.”

Meet Joe Ledger, Baltimore PD, attached to a Homeland task force … who’s about to get a serious promotion.

A straight up prequel to the first novel in the series,

Zero Tolerance
This sequel to PATIENT ZERO brings Joe Ledger back into action, hunting for zombies in the deadly mountains of Afghanistan.

Zero Tolerance picks up a few weeks after the close of PATIENT ZERO. Dropping back into the world of former Baltimore cop Joe Ledger, the Department of Military Sciences, and flesh-eating zombies, fans of the series will finally see the tying up of a few loose ends Available in collections and as an audio short story.

Deep Dark
It was the dirty end of a dirty job.
Three of us were hunting horrors in the dark, seven thousand feet below Camelback Mountain. If we couldn’t wrap this up before the clock ticked down then the whole place would go into hard lockdown. The Vault would become our tomb. The government would disown us, our own people would have to write us off. But the things we hunted wouldn’t care. When our lights and weapons and food ran out, they’d hunt us.

Material Witness
A Joe Ledger/Pine Deep Story!
A stand-alone short story that takes place in the early days of Joe Ledger’s service in the Department of Military Sciences, a top secret division of Homeland Security. Joe Ledger and the DMS must protect a Pine Deep resident spook and author who is in over his head with the wrong people and may know more than he is letting on.

Dog Days
Joe Ledger returns in this tale that follows the tragic conclusion of The Dragon Factory. In the wake of a devastating personal loss, Joe Ledger and his new canine partner, Ghost, go hunting for the world’s deadliest assassin.

Joe Ledger teams with a mysterious British agent named Felicity to investigate a dangerous bioweapons factory.
Originally published in Midnight Echo Magazine, June 2013.

Mad Science
Joe Ledger and Violin go after a kill-squad of Red Knights in this sequel to

Joe Ledger goes after an enigmatic device that could hold the key to permanent sustainable energy –or could become the most dangerous weapon on earth.

The Handyman Gets Out
Joe Ledger is naked and unarmed and has to escape a high-security facility armed with whatever he can find. Expect Joe to get cranky.

Borrowed Power
Some secrets should remain hidden.
Some secrets refuse to die.
Something evil is buried beneath the streets of Paris.
Time is running out.

Thirty years ago the man known as Mr. Church and the assassin called Lilith teamed-up to stop a terrible weapon from being used against the innocent.

Now that same evil rises again and Joe Ledger teams with Lilith’s daughter, the beautiful killer Violin, to keep the world from falling into darkness. BORROWED POWER is an original Joe Ledger adventure featuring an action cameo by Mr. Church.

Mister Pockets
A Joe Ledger/Pine Deep Story

From Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One.
Step into a dark, new world of evil with this Bram Stoker Award® Nominated volume of horror.

Somewhere beyond the veil of human perception is a darkened plane where evil things reside. Weaving their horrifying visions, they pull the strings on our lives and lure us into a comfortable reality. But it’s a web of lies.

This book is their instruction manual. And it’s only the beginning.

DARK VISIONS: A COLLECTION OF MODERN HORROR – Volume One includes 13 disturbing tales of dread from some of the most visionary minds writing horror, SciFi and speculative fiction today. It uncovers the truth behind our own misguided concepts of reality.

Inside the DMS (Character Profiles)
Joe Ledger Reading Chronology

Interview with Ray Porter (The voice of Joe Ledger!)
About the Author

Joe Ledger: Unstoppable
Original stories in Jonathan Maberry’s New York Times bestselling Joe Ledger universe by Larry Correia, Mira Grant, Scott Sigler, David Farland, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, Steve Alten, Jon McGoran, Dana Fredsti, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, GP Charles, Keith DeCandido, James A. Moore, Aaron Rosenberg, Nicholas Steven, James Ray Tuck, Jeremy Robinson, and Maberry himself.

Fall Photography

This set will be available on Adobe Stock under Standard and Extended licenses starting the second week of November, with links to follow.

This composite image is also available, measuring 72x48inches. It is the first in a series of photos featuring my favorite nature shot, looking up through the trees.

Fall is here in Michigan!


Living Awesome at Sunday Assembly


Last Sunday I had the privilege of presenting Living Awesome at Sunday Assembly

Sunday Assembly Detroit is a secular congregation that meets to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often, and wonder more.

Never settle for ordinary, for You Are Awesome! You also have the ability to be fabulous, You are filled with passion, and You can experience fantastic things. Our guest speaker for the month of September will be Doug Van Slembrouck, will tell us about the 10 Principles of Living Awesome, followed by a Q&A session.


2017 Reading List


Current Books (Feb)

Norse Mythology

Advanced Selling Strategies: The Proven System of Sales Ideas, Methods, and Techniques Used by Top Salespeople Everywhere

Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists

Books completed, Jan 2017
Dark Matter: A Novel


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck:
A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

A Better World: The Brilliance Saga, Book 2

We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1

The Power of Now


Reading (Hard Cover)
Makes it much easier to take notes