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Funemployment

As I told my dad, I kicked my own ass for five minutes on Wednesday, then proceeded to start getting my shit together.  DON’T PANIC being the cheerfully printed bold letters on the back of the Guide, I knew I couldn’t let misfortune slow me down. And then, something altogether …

Will Write For Food

A few months ago I published this blog, back when I was excited about a new employment opportunity. I called it "a new job that’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before" and it turned out to be the wrong fit. I still believe in the agency and what it stands …

Re: Evil

Between my last update and getting back to work on my YA novella, I began to think about evil. As a general rule, genre fiction is driven by the need to overcome an antagonist. The nature of evil has been explored ad nauseam. As a writer, I tend to lean …

So, I have a blog

Even though I seem to have forgotten that fact. Instead of trying to compose some eloquent prose this time, I’m voting for expediency in getting you caught up to speed. So, in no particular order, here’s a list of this summer’s memorable and noteworthy events, minus whatever I end up …

New Directions

It’s been a while since I blogged here. For days I pondered on that, trying to figure out what I should blog about, so I figured I might as well fill you in on why I haven’t updated. The short-short version is I quit my job, spent two amazing weeks …

A picture… and then a thousand words.

A friend sent me this picture a few weeks ago, with the accompanying caption. One of those fwd: emails which make their way around offices across the country. This financial crisis is forcing State and local agencies to make some tough decisions. If things continue for much longer, there’s a …

Fish Tales

This is George, my betta. He’s been with me for a few months and hasn’t died yet, like his predecessor Fred, so I must be doing something right. He has two castles he likes to swim in and out of, and a silk plant because his live one rotted. I …

Post-Apocalypse Photo Series #3 – Tornadogeddon

Nasty weather in Harrisburg last night. Driving home was like running a maze. Jumper 1 did great, though, even over all the debris, under fallen power lines, and over sidewalks to get around fallen trees. But today, the sun is shining, and it’s Friday. Just a few interesting links for …

The meaning behind my tattoo

A lot of people have expressed amazement at my new tattoo, and rightly so. Sean Cummings of Paradox Tattoo is an amazing artist. I did not draw this, because I lack that kind of talent. I’m sure Sean could have drawn it from scratch, but I didn’t want to leave …

Collaboration; or, Clash of the Egos

Yesterday I asked singer/songwriter Casey Stratton to talk a bit in his podcast about collaborating with other musicians. He spoke about being possessive of his songs and his process, in the sense that he doesn’t think he would enjoy having to always write songs with someone else. By the same …

The past; now with 100% more dragons!

Dude, where’s my summer? It’s May here in Pennsylvania, and the temperature keeps fluctuating between muggy and almost warm and it’s frakking May already, wtf? Still, I won’t complain much, given the weather I grew up in and cheerfully fled six years ago. Still, part of me misses the tropics, …

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