Thorsgiving... Because what could a Viking not love about Thanksgiving? Feasting? Aye! Drinking? A mighty aye! Clan Bonding? Aye! Clan Feuding? Say that over here pig-dog! Enjoying Violent Contact Sports? (Viking hits you with turkey leg...) Restful Odin-Sleep Afterwards? Zzzzzzz! Plotting Raids to Seize Loot from the Merchants the Next Day? Rarrrrrrrr!!!! Happy Thorsgiving Everyone!
If you have some time to spare or some interest in the life and works of J.R.R Tolkien, have a listen as Bryan Aiello and I discuss the founder of the modern fantasy genre!
Listen to me — all of you out there! You were told by this man — your hero — that America is the greatest country in the world! He told you that Americans were the greatest people — that America could be refined like silver, could have the impurities hammered out of it, and shine... Continue Reading →
Picking up where I left off yesterday, it was Friday and the first of the two full-days of the convention. PortCon is a four day event, but the first and last are half-days (one into the evening and on the last it closes up shop at 5 pm). Therefore, Friday and Saturday are the “Big... Continue Reading →
Almost a week ago, I had to say goodbye to one of the best cats ever, Nomti.Longtime followers of the blog will remember this old cat getting mentioned now and again. He was a tough but loving kitty, often blunt and graceless, but also very genuine and sincere in his affections. He made a habit... Continue Reading →
Last Saturday, I was interviewed for a writing podcast that blogger and author Bryan Aiello is trying to launch as a series. Bryan has posted these on YouTube for any to enjoy, so if you're interested in listening in to the great conversation we had you can check it out above! In it he asks... Continue Reading →
The ever awesome author D. Wallace Peach commented on my latest Epic Music Monday post earlier this week and let me know that she was in need of more for battle writing music. Seeing a fellow author in want of epic music for writing is a call to action too great for me to ignore,... Continue Reading →
Twenty-Sixteen will be remembered by many as a rotten year. A lot of bad things happened, a lot of beloved people died, and a lot of events were put into motion that place the fate of Twenty-Seventeen under ominous clouds. All the same though, I remember and say this: Events are always in motion. People... Continue Reading →
...Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong contains this fantastic scene. It's one of my favorite action sequences, ever. The film isn't without its flaws, but I like it warts and all... Enough to recommend the directors cut. So if you're digesting a big meal with family today, and have three and a half hours... Continue Reading →
Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read! Okay folks, time for a personal author update. It’s been a big week. Heck, it’s been a complicated month! Weekends are when I’ve been writing the most lately, and an emotional and layered one that deprived me of that privilege... Continue Reading →
Listen to me -- all of you out there! You were told by this man -- your hero -- that America is the greatest country in the world! He told you that Americans were the greatest people -- that America could be refined like silver, could have the impurities hammered out of it, and shine... Continue Reading →
Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read! Yesterday I posted an overview of my experience game mastering and being a staff member at PortCon and how that ties into my life as writer. To surmise, I had a blast and it was a very fulfilling endeavor for... Continue Reading →
jbull85 asked: …How do you settle into writing? Do you listen to music or something? Okay, before I even start I will say that these questions and the answers I will give are by their very nature subjective. What works for me will not work for everyone. Probably not even for most everyone, because writing... Continue Reading →
Some fantasy authors feel the need to go into “the rules” of the magic they write about. It’s limits, the can and can’t do’s of it, whatever. I particularly see a great deal of that in fantasy fiction written in the last few decades and suspect it comes from a strong Dungeons & Dragons, role-playing... Continue Reading →