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 […]

Are the Muppets “Selling Out”?

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) First of all, let’s throw something away from this discussion. While it may be convenient shorthand to reference the situation, I don’t care for the phrase “selling out” — it reminds me too much of the jealousy of one artist towards another who is more financially successful. That being said, let […]

Odyssey Con is THIS WEEKEND!

I’m appearing on panels at OdysseyCon, one of my hometown conventions. The guests of honor this year are authors Richard Lee Byers and Troy Denning, and game designer Peter Lee of Wizards of the Coast. I’ve never met Richard before, and know Troy and Peter only a little. Getting to know all of them better […]

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 […]

Freelance Income: To Spend Or Not To Spend?

Many people seem to think that, once they start earning a paycheck as a freelancer, they can quit their day job and live The Life. That’s partly true, but only partly. An old cliche’ saying tells us not to count our chickens before they’ve hatched. What that means is that in publishing like with eggs, […]


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 […]