July 9, 2020

Today was the 4th of July, and right now I’m sitting in my kitchen at the end of the day, everyone else asleep, surrounded by the leftover yellow crackers and...

April 24, 2018

Recently, deep in the comments on my Facebook page someone wondered what Viking Age Scandinavians would have thought about white supremacists and their misbegotten ilk. They used other words, but forgive me for paraphrasing; I mean, how often do you get to say "misbego...

February 25, 2018

Stemming from a Conversation with my Friend Carlos Brown

After Seeing the Film Together.


Also, I originally wrote this in response to a commenter to whom Killmonger seemed a two-dimensional “freedom fighter” and who, being European, had little experience wi...

May 12, 2017

 I don't think that's a real martial art, dude.

A recent NY Times article complete with video tells us that China recently lost its collective mind when a homegrown MMA fighter trashed a T'ai Ch'i master. You can see the article and video here:


April 23, 2017

Club Anyone is set in the world of Interface Zero, approximately 75 years in the future. Space travel is routine, if expensive, and for the average person likely a once or twice in a lifetime experience. We've colonized Mars, but not yet discovered aliens. Governments...

April 17, 2017

I often hear or read authors and other creatives offering encouragement to those who are not (yet) actively creating. "Try!" they conclude, "Or you'll never know if you can."

It's well meaning, but it's useless.

When you fear to try, "...not knowing if you can..." is you...

April 15, 2017

All my best writing sessions have one thing in common – I recited these little pieces before diving in:

Dante Alighieri, in Canto II of The Inferno (Anthony Esolen translation, 2002):

O Muses, O high genius, aid me now! O memory that engraved the things I saw, Here shall...

August 1, 2015

I love’s me some non-fiction. These are a few books that rocked me world. I thought you might enjoy them as well. As you can see, most focus on material that might interest aspiring fantasy authors.

Cohen, Richard. By the Sword : A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Sam...

August 25, 2014

How to Be Creative is inspirational, motivational, and free (Hugh MaCleod, the fellow who made it, wants to share).  Send it to all your friends (better yet, send all your friends here) who need to hear “the Word”.  As long as you change nothing, you are not violating...

July 28, 2014

King Gargothakon Must Die

Playing with my daughter, Kaylie (6), my son Malcom (3), and their friend Faith (7) today. Kaylie decided to write a play. She wrote lines for all of us, encouraged us as we rehearsed, and directed us. Her direction included coaching on emoting...

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