Holiday Game Recommendations

In case you weren’t aware, my day job involves working with games – either at the local games store where I log a few hours a week, or doing freelance writing for companies within the game industry. As such, I present ten favorite games I’d like to recommend to help you pass the time at […]

A Semi-Insider’s Guide to the Bellydance Community

My wife has been involved with the local Middle Eastern Dance community for a number of years. I’ve been involved too; mostly, I’ve been her sidekick and general dogsbody, but it’s been a fun time. Belly dance, more accurately known as Middle Eastern dance, is a dance form common to areas of the Balkans, Greece, […]

Congratulations Dr. Who!

I’ve been watching Dr. Who since it premiered on American television (in my case, my local Public Television station, WHA-TV) back in the early 1980s, and found myself smitten with Tom Baker’s portrayal. Since then, there’s been a lot of water passing under that bridge, with a number of subsequent Doctors failing to make much […]

The Self-Publishing Basket

There is considerable wisdom in this maxim: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In this particular instance I’m referring to authors who only make their work available for Amazon.com’s Kindle e-reader. The reasons one SHOULD consider listing your self-pubbed/produced creative project are obvious: Amazon (and by extension, the Kindle) are the combined 800-pound […]

Why Support Independent Stores?

There’s been occasional pulses of information encouraging everyone to “buy local”, and I’d like to add my two cents’ worth on the subject. It’s important to consider, particularly in this day when being price conscious can be the difference between eating and not eating for many people. The first question that comes up is: “What […]