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J.T. McDaniel
Dublin, Ohio
Author, playwright, philosopher, actor, general nuisance
Interests: History, writing, theater, music, acting, philosophy, skepticism, 1st amendment, politics, atheism, art, climate, submarines, evolution
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There's a rumour that Returning will be made into a six-part television series to run on the BBC. At least, there will be, provided you nice folks who stumble upon this post get it going. Do that for me. Please. After all, if enough people, bloggers, Twitterati, actors, trend-setters, start... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at J.T. McDaniel's blog
The Arkhgaiizim Passageway is a central element in my new novel, Returning, which goes on sale 3 April 2017. Essentially a wormhole in the space-time continuum, an Arkhgaiizim Passageway allows Imperial Gehunite spacecraft to travel astronomical distances without the need for several generations to be born, live, and die on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
As of yesterday, you can go to and pre-order your Kindle copy of Returning. It will be automatically delivered to your Kindle on 3rd April, 2017, or the first time after that date that you sync your device. The trade paperback edition goes on sale the same day, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
According to my copy of Word, Returning has reached 56,000 words. So it's officially a novel at this point, albeit, one still lacking the last three or four chapters. I know what happens in them. I just haven't finished writing them yet. That won't be the end of it. Once... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
Imagine you're part of a starship's crew. You've been away for 15 years. Feeling, perhaps, a little homesick, you return to your starting point. Except it's not 15 years later where you came from, it's 86,985 years later. Call it a penalty for trying to violate the laws of physics.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
As part of a discussion of Shakespeare in Facebook's playwrights' group, we've spent a bit of time on Hamlet. Partly my fault, as I mentioned my own abridgement (available at, and my Hamlet prequel, To Kill a King (available as part of my one-act play collection, The Sixth Victim... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
I was cleaning out my briefcase today, and found the legal pad I'd kept on my table during the courtroom scenes in Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution last year. Solicitor John Mayhew, the part I played, spends the entire second act sitting at a table in the courtroom... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
When I was in junior high school in 1964 I can remember sitting in English class and being informed that, in addition to reading one of Shakespeare's plays, we would also be celebrating the 400th anniversary of his birth. It didn't seem like such a big deal at the time,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
I try to keep busy. I should also probably try to remember to update this blog more often. Since the last time I wrote something here, a few more audiobooks have come out. The most recent was William M. Kaffenberger, Jr., and Gary D. Rhodes' Bela Lugosi in Person. Before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
Since the last time I updated this blog, three new audiobooks have been released at, another is in audio review, and one more is still awaiting final approval by the publishers. I'm currently working on three more. Published books include Diamond Nester's Reasons Not to Buy a Sugar Glider:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
I try to keep busy. It's nice to be retired, but I'm afraid I'd get horribly bored just sitting around all day. Too, with actual pensions now a thing of the past, I find I need to keep at least a little extra coming in to supplement the Social Security.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
Let's start right off with the most important one. The Universe is astonishingly random. There is no plan. None. There is order, certainly, but this is imposed by gravity, not fiat. Human life is also, mostly, random. It is nothing more than pure, dumb, random luck that you even exist.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
Hamlet closed a couple months ago, but I'm still thinking about it. We published our abridgement of the script, and there's been a little interest in that from other producers. Whether anyone uses our script for their production remains to be seen. Even abridged, the play is still in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
With C.P.C. Theatrical's production of Hamlet now safely in the past, along with the danger of stepping on anybody's toes in releasing my own versions of speeches and soliloquies other actors may have done somewhat differently, my spoken word album, Hamlet: Speeches and Soliloquies, was released for sale on Friday,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
The current issue of BBC History Magazine has an interesting article about whether the use of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was right or wrong. You get the expected balance, with those saying it was countered by those who say it wasn't. I say it was. And I'll admit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
A ridiculous number of posts on my Facebook news feed recently have been complaints that religious freedom is under attack, or that the Supreme Court is going to make Christian ministers start marrying gay couples. The usual religious right bullshit, in other words. The "religious freedom" involved is almost always... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
Tonight was our second evening in the theater, and the first night with (mostly) makeup and costumes. My own costumes as the King are mostly contemporary, with the possible exception of the frock coat at the funeral and, of course, the crown. The crown is only worn in a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
As we were rehearsing the final scene in Hamlet last night, the Queen posed an interesting question. Why, she wondered, if she'd drunk from the same poisoned cup as the King, did she take all that time to die, while the King essentially just took a drink and dropped dead?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
We started rehearsing last night. As is customary, we started by getting the whole cast together for what's called a "table read." Not that accurate for us, as we all sat around on couches, easy chairs, and benches, even if there actually was an enormous coffee table in the middle... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
A while back I was pondering what motivated Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, to kill his brother, assume the throne, and marry his sister-in-law. A few nights ago I sat down in front of the camera and thought about it some more. With a bit of editing, this is the result. Sorry... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
So far, it seems, 17 states are suing the President over his immigration amnesty. I wonder if we'll be able to force the governors, attorneys general, and others who are filing these suits to give back the taxpayers' money they're wasting on them. Most likely, the suits won't proceed very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
This is a question actors tend to ask when they're learning a part. What in the world was this guy thinking that he did this, or said this? You may ask it even more when you're playing a villain. Most bad guys don't think of themselves as evil. From their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is very long. A complete version can run upwards of four hours, or even five depending on how many intermissions are included (a fifteen minute intermission between each act would add a full hour to the five-act play). Still, unless you happen to be Kenneth Branagh... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
UFOs and alien visitations were a lot more plausible back in the 1950s and '60s. We knew far less about the other planets in our system then. The possibility of intelligent life on Mars or Venus was still considered reasonable. We know better now. It seems possible, or even likely,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at J.T. McDaniel's blog
I didn't set out to self produce my own play. At least, not one I wrote. My original self production idea was limited to acting. I'd had a good time doing Don Nigro's Ravenscroft at The Little Theatre Off Broadway in Grove City, Ohio, and wanted to explore the John... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at J.T. McDaniel's blog