Disappointing News

Back in December, I was contracted to work on parts of three different books. I had strong reason to believe all three would be available at GenCon, August 17-20 of this year. After turning in most of my initial material in late January/early February, I was confident things were on track. None of those books […]

Fighting Burnout and Rejection

My colleague Owen KC Stephens has a great blog post that just went up about burnout. Here’s the LINK. In it, he is specifically referencing burnout in the RPG industry, but I think it very easily applies to any job out there. I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot recently, so his post inspired […]

Being A Writer Can Be Discouraging

When you write for a living (or part of a living), it’s difficult not to get discouraged. Take me, for example. I’m regularly disappointed to learn of fantastic anthologies coming out — books I would give me eye teeth to be a part of — but I only hear about them AFTER they’ve selected all […]

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 […]

A Few Updates and Some News…

Glad to leave January 2017 behind, frankly – it was not my best month ever. It began with the death of my Mother-in-Law on January 9 — between my wife and I, this was our last surviving parent — followed immediately by having to euthanize my 17 year-old cat the very next day. Midwinter Gaming […]

2016 In Review

From the title, this must sound like a desperately boring post, but please bear with me for a moment: I’d like to record a few summaries for future reference. First of all, I passed the 10,000 page views mark in the very last days of calendar year 2016. This represents how many pages were looked […]

My 2016 GeekKon Schedule

Geek.Kon is THIS WEEKEND in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin! I will once again be attending as a special guest, and I’m involved in several panel discussions and other events. The main guests of honor include: actor Jason Carter (Marcus Cole from Babylon 5), writer Enrica Jang, voice actress Christina Kelly, voice actor Jerry Jewell, writers, cosplayers, […]

More Cowbell

The last few weeks have been illuminating for me, blog-wise. Two of my recent, marginally political blog posts — on controversy over GenCon’s Industry Insider Program and on the Carl Brandon Society — went viral, drawing in a vast number of viewers (far more than I’m used to, anyway) while several posts pertaining to my […]

Riding Shotgun With The Law (Part 2 of 2)

After what seemed like hours of tense waiting, Officer Chris Marzullo comes out of the burgled house, waving me over. He explains that we’ll wait for me to go in until officers en route have a chance to go over the scene for evidence. Frankly, I’m surprised they would let me into a crime scene […]

Riding Shotgun With The Law (Part 1 of 2)

Some time ago I applied to participate in a police ride-along with the police department of the City of Madison, Wisconsin. I was finally accepted, and took my ride in a squad car on April 26. I primarily wanted the experience as research; I’m working on a novel right now, the story for which involves […]