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 […]

Judge Dredd: Keep That Helmet On!

I’ve been a fan of Judge Dredd for years, thanks to my brother Mike’s comic collection from the 1970s and 80s. One that amused him and me greatly was Judge Dredd, published in the UK in the pages of 2000 AD. Part satire of American culture and part futuristic crime story, Judge Dredd lives in […]

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 […]

Ten Novels That Influenced My Writing

No writer is an island. Further, no writer exists in a vacuum. We — all of us human beings — are constantly inspired by people, places and things around us. For writers, those things often sneak into our writing in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. This list comprises only a few of the many books that […]

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 […]