SNAFU or FUBAR?

A quick perusal of social media shows I’m not the only person who is struggling to maintain any kind of normal routine.That’s not surprising. We’re still mired in COVID lockdowns. We’re seeing repeated reasons for social and political unrest: Police shooting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and not being held accountable for it.... Continue Reading →

A Good Walk Spoiled…

I have a deep-seated hatred for the game of golf. Some call my feelings about the sport irrational. But I disagree. I grew up in southern Arizona. As a child, I was about as horse crazy as it is possible to be. A lot of golf courses dotted the desert landscape near where I grew... Continue Reading →

The Failures of Binary Thinking

In my last post, I mentioned that the speculative/SFF community is grappling with a swirling shitstorm of allegations about sexual abuse, misogyny, and/or racist behavior. Many of the writers or industry leaders who are being called out are among some of the better known in the community.In the two weeks since I last posted, that... Continue Reading →

And Some Days, I Want to Scream

Howdy, readers. This is my first post in twenty-four days. And there have been <gesturing toward the window at the maelstrom of events outside it> reasons. I won’t go into all of them. But if you’re wondering, perhaps reading a few of my older posts will enlighten you about where I stand on any number... Continue Reading →

Giving the Audience Time to Breathe

My spouse and I have watched Charlie’s Angels (the one released in 2019) every night since Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll start off by saying that I really don’t understand why it has only a 51% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Actually, I can probably guess why it has that rating, but I think that rating is horseshit.... Continue Reading →

Lockdown’s Hidden Gems

This global pandemic has changed a lot of my normal routine. And, like so many, I’m struggling at times to stay positive.But I’m also finding golden moments and new favorite companies to support. I thought I’d use today’s post to give a little shout out to those gems that are helping me get through.I’ll start... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Lots of people have already written posts about how completely abnormal these times are. If you’re a Chuck Wendig fan, you’ve likely already seen his brilliant and profane post. If you haven’t, you can read it here. Maybe you’ve seen the various memes that are bringing some much-needed levity to the situation. I liked the... Continue Reading →

Recent Finds

I like doing these periodic “things I’m loving” posts. It gives me a chance to reflect on what has touched me, and that’s always useful. Plus, it’s a way to track what I’ve been up to. And I hope it gives my blog readers a lighter post to read from time to time. I just... Continue Reading →

Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

Musings on Storytelling

Have you ever noticed a pattern where lots of things you read, watch, or discuss keep coming back to the same theme or concept? Almost as if the universe (or your preferred deity) is trying to make you sit up and pay attention? That’s been happening to me a lot over the past few weeks.... Continue Reading →

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