Too Much Media!

I was looking over the list of things I wanted to experience: films, books, TV series — all of it. It turns out that there’s more I want to see, read, and do than the time that exists to do it in! I can’t keep up with all the films I want to see. We…

Convention Advice

I’ve been attending conventions for some time now, and while they can be a tremendous amount of fun, they can also be tiring, and a huge drain on finances. I’d like to share some tips for how to stay sane, rested, and financially solvent during convention season. First and foremost: follow the 6/2/1 minimum rule:…

Necessary Evils

I was at the Henry Vilas Zoo recently, and before that the Indianapolis Zoo during GenCon weekend. I enjoy visiting zoos because I love animals — even reptiles, bugs, and fish. They don’t have to be cuddly for me to find them fascinating — though if they aren’t cuddly mammals, odds are good that I…

Falling For It

I fell in the shower last week Monday. More precisely, I fell out of the shower last week. On the way to the floor, I bounced off the toilet bowl using my mid-back as a springboard. I am of an age where falls in the home are starting to seem pretty scary. In truth, I’ve…

Hero-Worship

There is a lot of talk of heroes these days. The thing about heroes is, it’s very easy to admire them for one aspect of their lives, and completely ignore other aspects that don’t fit the narrative we desire. My dad was a huge fan of Babe Ruth in his time. Living in small-town Wisconsin,…

Who Comes Up With This Stuff?

Several months ago, I came across PBS’s “Great American Read” quiz, encouraging visitors to see how many of these “Great American Reads” they themselves had read. I have to admit I was puzzled by this list: it contained an awful lot of the dusty old classics of yore — things our English Lit. instructors insisted…

Juggling Rules

As most of my readers know, I’m a freelance writer. Most of my work has been done in the tabletop gaming field, where I’ve written for companies from Games Workshop to Third Eye Games, and many in between. When writing for such a diverse selection of games, it’s important to be familiar with a lot…