The Game Masters’ Co...

Project Exhaustion: I’ve been working on The Game Masters’ Companion (GMC) on and off for about two years. The big breaks in production show up when real-life things get in the way – everyone knows this. It’s exhausting to write a blog about it. The project was doomed from the start – that’s...

The Multi-Faceted Writer

Most writers I’ve met over the years have had many jobs, many careers. So, logically, they end up with many skills. An often-mismatched collection of knowledge, it’s this exact quality that makes a good writer.

Books about Writing:...

I have a shelf or three in my library dedicated to the art and craft of writing. Now, books about writing always seemed like a drag to me – and in college I hated reading them. In retrospect, these cheeky “you can do it!” books are so much better than the dense times of literary theory that,...

Why You Should Never Pay for SEO Analysis Aug12

Why You Should Never...

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a strange fad among web content creators. Web sites and their associated businesses live and die by how easily their website is found. SEO is an attempt to “game” Google – to trick the sharpest and move revolutionary (evolutionary) software system into...

The Karmic Repercuss...

The sun is out and many of us are finding ourselves in our backyards, cleaning off grills, sweeping decks and porches, setting small fires (that’s a joke). I enjoy the solitude and sunlight of my backyard. My neighborhood is typically quiet and as I spend more time in my back yard, I have the...

Presidential Candida...

Part 1: Writing about politics is only fun if you’re a sadist and you’re super stoked for the downfall of civilization. It seems each day there’s a new, terrifying story of some candidate’s twisted world view, their callous, racist, myopic and primitive theist worldview. As the stars seem to...

The Scale of Your St...

Scale The scale of our fiction is something that we don’t always consider consciously. A murder mystery can take place in a small town, like Twin Peaks, or it can be an international conspiracy like many James Bond films. Consider Lord of the Rings, the scope or scale of the story is world...

Websites for Authors

This post was originally written as a guide for writers who need web representation, but aren’t sure where or how to go about getting it. As I wrote it, I realized that it applies to almost any small business.   What You Need To Know About Websites Few writers have the time or...

Going to the Game Store: Then and Now Jan12

Going to the Game St...

Going to the game store used to be a rare treat. As a kid and teenager, when I had the extra cash to spare, a trip to the game store or bookstore (that sold games) would supply the weekends reading material. After I got a driver’s license, the trip became a little less magic – it could...

The Lost Message of ...

Every time I watch Star Wars, or read a Star Wars book, or a play a game like Battlefront or KoToR, I’m always amazed by one simple thing – maybe it’s not that simple, now that I think of it. Star Wars (any and all films, media) has a basic assumption about the galaxy and intelligence life...