Forgotten

Dramatic title aside, it’s disappointing to be left off the credits for a book on which I’ve worked. It’s happened to me twice — once two years ago, and again in the last six months. In both cases these omissions were clearly not intentional, but they present a couple of major issues for me. First…

The Ethics of Cheating

A while back I received issue #8 of Andrew Hooper’s excellent fanzine FLAG, in which he opined about the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, specifically in Baseball. Being something of a baseball fan I took interest in what Andy has to say on the topic: I don’t always agree with Andy, but his writing…

My Problem With Kickstarter

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe, and other crowd-funding sites are serving a tremendously useful purpose by providing a funding venue for creator-owned properties that might not see publication otherwise. A great many niche products were produced using these vectors, and some have even discovered that they were perhaps less “niche” that they thought. Kickstarter is the best…

Stiffed

The reality of being a freelance writer is that sometimes you won’t get paid for your work, even if someone else profits by it. That happened to me once and I consider myself very lucky that it’s only been once so far. A decade ago, I was writing for some gaming magazines that were published…