Deep Sea Mysteries

Just finished reading Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft, which I recommend for fans of Lovecraftian Horror. The mystery and horror elements involve the sea to some degree, and it started me thinking over the countless nature shows I’ve absorbed over the years. I LOVE nature shows, and deep sea critters are among my favorites to learn about.…

Losing a Convention

Yesterday, a convention I attend every year, Geneva Steam, announced that this year’s event would be their last. I was stunned by the news. It’s a small event, it attracts mostly locals, and it seemed to have a lot going for it, but in the end, the three main people running it all found that…

Restaurant Ambiance

I was with some friends in a restaurant recently, and I began thinking about all the factors that make for a good restaurant. It’s not always as simple as just serving good food; there’s more to it than that, and I had a few tiny revelations about thew subject while nomming on my pork bun,…

My Brag Shelf

Sometimes, when I’m feeling down, I take a look at what other authors have dubbed the Brag Shelf — a shelf full of books I’ve contributed to. It gives me a lift, not only from the sense of accomplishment, but also from the wide variety of material I’ve worked on over the years. The vast…

Getting Hungry

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. It wasn’t diverse in any way at that time, but I had one advantage: my parents were open-minded about more things than most, and so I learned to try new things by their example. The most obvious model of this behavior involved food. My folks both…

Punching Down

There’s a lot of punching down going on in the world right now, and it doesn’t make me happy. Perhaps the most obvious source is the upper levels of the United States Government, but it doesn’t stop there – not by a long shot. So what exactly IS punching down, you may ask? The definition…

Fallen Heroes

Having heroes is dangerous. We adopt heroes into our lives because they have qualities we admire. The downside is that, being human, they most likely have qualities we don’t admire – perhaps even abhor. Not all flaws are horrible, but some are. Recent news highlights a perfect example in J. K. Rowling. Having made millions…