Timing Is Everything

Apologies for the lack of a blog post the week of April 17: I developed back spasms around April 12th that affected my left shoulder and elbow, enough so that sitting at the computer to type was painful at best. I seem to have recovered somewhat, so I’m back in the saddle with another post […]

What the Hell Is Wrong With Gamers?

Green Ronin Publishing recently put out an open call for female game designers for a specific project. I used to be one of the Ronin, and I was proud to see them doing something that everyone should have been doing years ago: forcing the issue to give women more of a chance to be game […]

Breaking Into the Gaming Biz

This is a question I get asked from time to time: “I’m a writer/artist/editor; how can I break into the gaming industry?” The first piece of advice I give ANYONE looking for work in the gaming industry is this: Don’t quit your day job. With your day job you have (one assumes) guaranteed income as […]

My Own Brush With Political Money

It’s no secret that political campaigns aren’t free. Whoever said that anyone (any native-born citizen of the United States, that is) can run for President of the United States is clearly delusional. No one could even consider running for US President without a substantial campaign fund — hundreds of millions of dollars, in this case […]

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 […]

How Cosplay Is Ruining Conventions

Lego-inspired cosplay at CONvergence, July 2015 Recent articles quote a number of folks involved — either directly or peripherally — in the comics industry, decrying the state of modern comic conventions, and how the cosplayers, are, essentially, ruining everything. Perhaps I oversimplify their statements, but the sentiment is accurate, if not precise. Denise Dorman, wife […]

“World” Fantasy — Apparently Not For Me, Either

I’ve been contemplating attending the World Fantasy Convention for several years now. It’s more or less a trade show for writers, editors, and artists in the field, and is expensive to attend. Also, as a nobody writer, it’s been made clear to me that this is a highly clique-ish endeavor; it’s where a lot of […]

Who The Hell Is Carl Brandon?

Carl Brandon’s story is an interesting one, and needs a little explaining. Back in the 1950s, several white fanzine fans were looking around at science fiction conventions and realizing there were no Fans of Color that they knew of. Fanwriters (at that time) Peter Graham and the late Terry Carr suggested that perhaps one should […]

Controversy Over GenCon’s Industry Insider List

Gen Con recently announced the selections for it’s Industry Insider Program for 2016. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Industry Insider committee for a doing a great job of bringing greater diversity to the program. I was part of the program in 2015, and was grateful for having had the honor. I […]