Mistakes Can Be Beautiful!

It’s been a busy, but a fairly good week. We finished another gaming article which will soon be coming to a Kickstarter near you. I’ll let you know when it is available. We are working to incorporate the playtester’s changes to Biremes and Triremes, our book-sized gaming supplement. We hope to complete the edits by…

Passover Greetings

Happy Passover! I have a story in the current JewishFiction.net inspired by our family Zoom seder last year. “What Elijah Brought” is an unusual love story with a guaranteed Happy Ever After ending. It’s free to read right now. Kris Rusch told me that it made her tear up and urged me to send it…

Blue Pumpkin and Red Hot Prose

I hope you have all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. Here in Memphis we celebrated with a stuffed blue pumpkin and it was both strange and delicious. My laptop computer’s keyboard and trackpad suddenly and irretrievably failed yesterday. I am not sure whether to be frustrated that it didn’t last a full…

Tea, Art, and Writing

A quick update on what is going on in my life and what I’m drinking. Lately I’ve discovered August Uncommon Teas and they are quite good. My current favorite is Passage, which combines black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very…

Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Word by Word

Just a short update and a bit of art today. Lately I am taking strength from Anne Lamott’s wonderful book on writing and life, Bird by Bird. Perfectionism is the enemy and we make it through by putting word after word on the page. Or, lately, editing sentence by sentence. I continue to incorporate edits….

Three Beautiful Things

I wrote and discarded two posts today because they were too self-indulgent and because I don’t need to wallow. Instead I’m going to share a piece of my art and tell you three things that I think are beautiful. Here is the art. Sir Morien learns that the dryad who seduced him with music and…

Graphic Stories

You’ve heard about graphic novels and just plain old novels. But there is something else around that is different. There’s no market for this as far as I know. But a number of 3D enthusiasts use Daz 3D to create graphic stories. These are stories where the narrative takes a profoundly second place to the…

Making Art

I’ve written here before about what a boon to my writing art can be, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the programs I love using to create art. I primarily use three programs: Daz 3D, PhotoShop, and Topaz Studio. Daz 3D is a 3D creation tool with plenty of assets that can be…

Play, Not Perfection

Whenever possible, I write with friends. It keeps me focused on writing and sharing the work makes it more fun. Also we help each other brainstorm. Yesterday and the day before I had trouble concentrating through a headache and backache. No matter what I did I couldn’t focus hard enough to work on an edda….