Ethan H. Gaines
I drink and I write things. Historical fiction is my jam, journalism my interest, and I am building an independent press based in Montana.
Dogs of War
JUNE 6, 1944, OFF THE COAST OF NORMANDY The stink of 225 men in a battleship stung my nostrils. All were sweating, making the stench worse. The only thing that kept me from getting to the deck of the ship for fresh air was the royal flush in my hand. At the table were a few men from other platoons, but the one I was most worried about was my platoon sergeant. He was sitting looking at his cards and then up at the players every now and then as though he was planning some dastardly sweeping win.
College Ruled at Thirty
Like most high schoolers, I jumped right from one educational institution right to another thinking that I knew exactly what I wanted. I would find out with a harsh reality that I did not know what I wanted. I went to school originally for Secondary Education, but couldn’t decide between History or Literature. My plan was to do two years at my community college FVCC and then go on to the University of Montana.
Why I Quit News Reporting
It seemed the perfect job. I would be getting paid to write. It was exactly what I wanted to do with my life...until it wasn't. Often I'll blame mental illness for it but I have to wonder exactly why I left. I do miss being the person who knew what was going on in my town. I knew that many writers started out reporting, so I figured I was "on my way" to greatness.
Plumette the Office Cat
I rather enjoy the simple fact that things always happen for a reason. It’s not a completely spiritual idea (although it does have a part to play in it) but rather my view of life in general. I’m a writer and have been for as long as I can remember, so when I think about life’s events, I can’t help but to think about literary elements that occur in a story. Things happen to teach us things, to create our character, or to simply move life along.
This year has been a hard one. Not just for employment reasons but for personal reasons, as well. I started the year feeling hopeful for what was to come, planning on growing my business, and maybe being able to write and publish full-time. I had a pretty good part-time job as a housekeeper for a vacation rental company, which enabled me to work on my business.
Roommate Wanted: A Review
For a college student housing is perhaps one of the biggest concerns, apart from food, thus this is where we find college student Maria (Angelique Sabrina White, Blood of Drago) and fellow roommate Ricky (Ricky Cruz, Through Troubled Waters) in Roommate Wanted from director Michael McCartney (The Rap). It is a horror flick with streaks of comedy, the majority of humor stemming from Ricky and his girlfriend Lucy (Isabela Valotti, 5150).
Learning to Duck
Chad Thornton was proud of his name. It wasn’t that he had done anything great...yet. He was proud of his name because he was named after his father, who had served during the Gulf War as an airborne trooper with the 101st Airborne. Also, John Wayne played a Thornton in The Quiet Man. Chad liked that movie.
A Reckoning Review
The end of the world has captivated minds for perhaps most of the 20th century. It’s taken on different visions as to what it would look like to see everything that humanity has gained to be wiped away in the blink of an eye When people think of a post-apocalyptic film, the classics such as Mad Max, Waterworld, and Book of Eli usually come to mind. They are films full of baddies and action, daring chases, and great actors. What happens, though, when they are no bad guys? In fact, there's no one there except you.
Booze, Broads and Blackjack
Despite being sidelined by COVID-19, Booze, Broads, and Blackjack has raked in the awards from film events on both sides of the US. It's a mob thriller film that presents the skill and on-screen power of veteran actor Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos fame. The film also shows that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.
Let Slip the Dogs of War
I never understood how books were worked on for several years, even ten, before the author felt it was finished. I never understood it until I realized that the majority of my work presently has been laying in abandoned notebooks or stuck in my head for decades not really knowing what to do with it.
Story-telling Through Video Games
From this day, I can remember what game it was that ignited my love of gaming. It was Medal of Honor: Frontline on the original Xbox console. That was the stuff, man. I was excited to play that game for the sole reason of the era. I'm a World War II nut, and have an epic trilogy planned for the era. But I digress.
Anxiety in the Workplace
I generally think of anxiety as this figure in the dark recesses of my mind. I'll have really good days where I'm on fire for projects and ready to do my best in the workplace, and then anxiety will come from the shadows as though to ask the question, "Remember me?"