What is a Man?

So, fellow fantasy author Paul S. Kemp, published this piece entitled “Why I Write Masculine Stories.” For those of you who can’t be bothered to read it (but you really should), the gist of it is that Paul writes stories extolling what he considers to be traditional virtues of manhood.  He is fairly unapologetic about […]


So, Mike Krahulik, also known as Gabe from Penny Arcade, has just posted his New Year’s resolution. I used to read Penny Arcade religiously.  I’ve got a few books of Gabe and Tycho’s, each one signed.  I’ve enjoyed many of their recommendations and have generally thought they were (ultimately) a positive influence for gamers.  But […]

You Shall Not Pass

Now, I know that the end of year is typically where you see a lot of blogs posting a “Best/Worst” lists, summarizing their reads, their events, their very lives in a few paragraphs or awards.  And I had thought about doing that, but I wound up writing only the Worst parts and doing so in […]

Sword and Laser and Danger and Women

UPDATE: Because I can’t actually count, it turns out that my appearance on Sword and Laser will be this Tuesday, not Thursday.  Sorry for the inconvenience. So, hey there. It’s been awhile since we talked, hasn’t it?  How have you been?  How’s school going?  Are you making new friends?  Doing your homework?  Getting enough to […]

Have At You, Bro

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pretty solid fan of Fantasy Faction.  Their articles, reviews and community are a part of fantasy fandom that I find quite endearing and their article on writing combat scenes is something I found rather charming. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m also […]

The Hulk Is On Twitter

Having been a professional author for three or so years now, people occasionally ask me for advice on the profession.  Amongst these are questions I cannot answer to anyone’s satisfaction, such as how one gets published (you write a good book), how one writes a good book (you just do) or how one goes about […]

Song of the Pizzamancer

So, a few days ago, after getting a little puzzled on brown liquor, I posted this tweet. This, I felt, was a good idea. I like pizza.  I like wizards.  How could this possibly not end well? Hence, I was very pleased when reader Heather sent me the following (warning: awesomeness contained within). Ask and […]

Skeevy Tropes

So, apropos of nothing, I started reading Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song. For those not in the know, Mr. Ryan is an alumnus of the class of self-published authors whose work was so applauded by the public that he was able to secure a deal with a major publishing house.  And surveying the evidence, it’s easy to see […]

Ode to a Dark Elf

Recognize this fucker?   Chances are that you probably do if… You were ever fourteen. You ever read fantasy. You were ever a young male. That’s not to say that, if you’re not a fourteen-year-old boy, you didn’t read Drizzt Do’Urden novels by R.A. Salvatore.  That’s merely to say that you probably stood a higher chance […]

I Survived New York

…and I’m back. Weary, exhausted, sore, fighting back disease and despair, I have returned from New York Comicon 2013.  It was a very long trudge through a very long line of very thick crowds of people, most of whom were very unhinged and very fine with closing in on people. It was loud.  It was […]