Mosfilm > Bollywood

Bollywood often gets bandied about as an alternative to Hollywood fare by those cut back on consumption of it’s anti-American resentment.  Taken in by the flashy colors, the obvious national pride of the productions, and for some strange reason the song and dance numbers that break out on the...

A Strange Case of D&D

Or…a funny thing happened on the way to the dungeon. After nearly forty years of tabletop gaming, it can get a little hard to recapture the fresh weirdness of Gygaxian fantasy.  Particularly true in this day and age when the majority of D&D creatives believe that the height of...

The First Space Opera

A few weeks back, an old bud named Tomas Diaz posted a brief essay by Hilaire Belloc, titled “On Fantastic Books“.  It is an early 20th century defense of the fantasy genre from a great thinker, and you can read it in full for yourself.  It is well worth...

Ford v. Ferrari – Hard Recommend

Movie of the year. Being of the “don’t give money to people what hates ya” variety, I don’t watch many films these days.  Being not very good at it, I watch a few, and those only after advisement from people I trust.  The good guys over at Geek Gab...

Neon Harvest: Cover Reveal

Newsletter subscribers saw this a while ago. Now it’s the rest your turn to take a gander at the cover for my next novel. What if the nineties lasted forever? One man’s search for meaning in the high-contrast heart of a day-glo city goes awry when his client’s wife...

A Bridge to Tradition

Have you ever asked a bridge player to explain the rules to the game to you? They can’t do it. I’ve asked a dozen of them, and they are constitutionally incapable of simply laying out the rules of the game.  They always tell you one rule, then explain the...

Passing Thoughts on The Boogaloo

This can’t go on forever.  As we approach the tipping point, the zeitgeist has shifted from thinking about the next Big Crunch as solely the realm of the paranoid and the conspiracy addled.  Many culture warriors seem to relish the idea of a big reset as a means of...

Seagull on the Transom

Newsletter subscribers! Check your spam folders. The first four chapters of my next novel, Neon Harvest, have just gone live.  You’ll find downloadable links, the release schedule, and more, in the latest edition of Seagull on the Transom. Download a copy and take it for a test spin before you...

A Barnes and Ignoble Moment

By now the immediacy of the Barnes and Noble failed experiment of woke-casting classical literature has faded.  These non-troversies rise and fall so fast it can be hard to keep up, so let’s have a quick recap courtesy of Penguin Random House and Barnes and Noble: To kick off...

Home Essentials

Don’t really care if essential oils work as promised or not. When you live in the tropics and your thermostat entirely consists of opening or closing windows, scented candles are useless.  Particularly when you live near the top of a valley and get nice cooling breezes on a regular...