I am Scott Quiggle
Novelist, Entrepreneur, Software Professional.
Welcome to my personal Blog. Here I will write about business, sports, games, entertainment, food, wine-making, philosophy… Though it is hosted at Cool Queue Studios, these are my personal thoughts and opinions and do not necessarily reflect that of the company (as if that matters now). I do my best to avoid politics and religion because they both annoy me. Recipes contained here are of my own design.
Read the Book, then Watch It
When I see a movie coming out that I think I’d be interested, and I’m aware that it’s based on a book I haven’t read, I always make an effort to read the book first. If you haven’t done this, you are probably thinking something like “Why would you want to ruin the movie?”. This post is largely about answering that question, and possibly convincing you to give it a try if you have not.
Save Net Neutrality
Included in this post are an entertaining piece from John Oliver’s HBO series that had me both laughing and hoisting a torch and a pitchfork, and the letter I received from “Demand Progress” on the upcoming Internet protest. FCC Chair Ajit Pai and his corrupt corporate greed backers that would take the “free” internet as we know it must be defeated.
My Advice to Rock Stars, Amazon, Apple, etc.
Maybe there ARE bands that cave into the pressure put on by record producers who feel that they can make more money if they “soften the edge” of their music, or mimic whatever is trending. I have a lot of trouble imagining that. In fact, I choose not to believe that. I’m glad that bands I love like Linkin Park and Shinedown continue to evolve and try new things and stay fresh. It’s part of what makes them exceptional. Every artist should…
My Ten-Year-Old Daughter was a Male Merchant Sailor in 1774
My daughter went on an overnight field trip as part of the Maritime Programs curriculum series through her elementary school. She went aboard the “California” as a male merchant sailor in the year 1774. I had a “parental assignment” of writing her a letter from home as if I too was living in the era. Being that I hadn’t let my creative lion roar in over two weeks (aka – work on my novel) I probably went a little overboard with it. I took the meat of what I knew of the Quiggle surname and family history, mixed in historically accurate names and facts about the area they settled in, threw in a dash of fiction, and made sausage.
An Introduction to the SoCal Dolfan Sports Blog
This blog is written by a well-educated mature football fan, inspired by the lively discussions of other men wearing the same colors, influenced by media both local and national, neutral and not, and will be full of insight and opinion of coaching, players, and the general management of the Miami Dolphins – with occasional other sports related topics thrown in.
Sports Radio Has Never Been Better
Do young people listen to AM radio? A quick google on the subject reveals a pretty even distribution from a few years ago. I’ll admit I’m mildly surprised by that. When I was a kid the only time I heard sports talk was on long car trips with my dad. I was an FM-head in perpetual search of a station that dared to play metal. I was certain I would find the same today. Since radio has found its way to the on-line world with streaming websites and apps like iHeartRadio, the life of the radio “vehicle” has been extended immeasurably. But what of the quality?
There’s a Hitch in my Unbelief
A week or so ago, a valued friend and mentor posted this link to her Facebook account: Scottish “Fight Song”
It gave me goose-flesh. Not because the music is beautiful, or expertly performed, though it is… but because of the strange effect these sights and sounds have had on me during my time on this planet. It has injected the drug of doubt into the Chronicles of Scott Quiggle the Unbeliever.
On Reading and Writing – 3 Book Reviews & My Draft
My favorite book on writing is On Writing by the master, Stephen King. Printed on the dust jacket on the inside flap is a quote from the book "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write." I often abbreviate this is as...
10 Reasons Why This Year’s Harvest Failed
This is my first post in this category so I will make a few brief statements here about Quiggle Vineyards. In 2002 I got the grand idea to raise a few grape varietals and from them make wine. I read a book called "From Vines to Wines" by Jeff Cox to...
A Story of Modding in Civilization V – Part I
Count this as my first post in SRQBlog in the games category and in being the first, I will take a moment to define “modding” as well as discuss where my “position” in this underworld is. Modding is a slang expression for modifying hardware or software to do something...