Getting Animated!

I’ve been hooked by several animated TV shows recently, and I find them just the right mix of goofy, immature humor, clever plotting, interesting character development, and sly, understated humor. The first one is Steven Universe, which I’ve written about before. The second is Gravity Falls, and the third is my most recent discovery, Star […]

Tales From The Game Store, vol. 2: Phone Antics

Many years ago (back in the 1980s, in fact) I fielded a phone call. Me: “Pegasus Games, how may I help you?” Pause Him: “Do you have any airplanes available?” Me: “Yes, we do.” Him: “How big are they?” Me: (Measuring) “Oh, they range from an inch to three inches, nose to tail.” Pause. Him: […]

Will There Be Gaming After The Apocalypse?

Available from Drive-Thru RPG This question came from Facebook friend Shawn Leisure, during one of my “give me ideas to blog about” pleas over there. “Will there be gaming after the apocalypse?” Short answer: of course there will be gaming after the apocalypse. Gaming in its simplest form is escape: escape from problems, from bullies, […]

2016 In Review

From the title, this must sound like a desperately boring post, but please bear with me for a moment: I’d like to record a few summaries for future reference. First of all, I passed the 10,000 page views mark in the very last days of calendar year 2016. This represents how many pages were looked […]

Should Writers Ignore Other Writers’ Work?

Fellow author Chuck Wendig posted a very solid piece several years ago on his blog about why authors shouldn’t slag off other authors in reviews. It got me thinking: many authors don’t review the works of others at all. Amazon has a policy against posting reviews of authors’ work by other authors, which they enforce […]

Why Steampunk?

Four Steampunks cosplaying at Gen Con, August 2015 Because I’m a fan of Steampunk — both the literary movement and Steampunk-oriented fandom — I get asked from time to time to define steampunk as concept. To quote Reference.com: “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction literature that uses the aesthetics and technology from 19th-century industrial […]

The Problem With Food

Food is in the news these days, and it’s a surprisingly controversial topic. The biggest problem with food — as I see it — is that there isn’t enough of it for everyone. Perhaps the biggest news is the fight over labeling foods containing GMOs — Genetically Modified Organisms — and how major food conglomerates […]