This past Friday I took advantage of a rare burst of energy and headed downtown to REI to test out a few bags. For some time now, I’ve been on a quest to find a backpack to serve as a carry-on travel bag (with no additional luggage) and as a day pack once I’ve reached […]
I’ve not been forthcoming lately about my health. It’s been deteriorating rather markedly in the past months. Today marks 111 days—and counting—of daily headaches, ranging from tension-style pressure and cluster-like ice pick agony to “flaring match” pain and full-on migraines. I’ve been losing my balance. I’ve been forgetting things. I’m experiencing visual disturbances and pronounced […]
While out for my morning hike and listening to NPR on my phone, I once again lamented my diminishing vocabulary. I likely use a broader range of words in every day conversation and writing than I realize, but I frequently feel my word choices to be lacking. So I got the idea that I would […]
The three days of this year’s Orycon in Portland went by astonishingly fast. This was my fourth time at this particular sci-fi/fantasy conference, and my first year as a panelist. I was assigned to an apparently ambitious number of events?eleven panels, plus a twelfth I was invited to join?and by some miracle I made it […]
As I made my way through the first draft of Raven Quest*, I found charming little notes of frustration and commentary I’d left for myself while doing the original writing. I thought I’d post some of these here for your entertainment. (* Yes, I am behind schedule on publication of this fourth volume in the […]
Today, I’m pleased to host fellow indie author Voss Foster in this space! The Jester Prince: Harlan “Toby.” He stood, no longer an old musician but an impressive figure. When he got like this, his eyes gleamed with such anger they almost glowed. Tobias flinched when he reached out, but Harlan just wrapped his hands […]
Just in case you were curious about this particular mineral, which makes a rather important appearance in The Black Pool . . . Natrolite: A zeolite mineral. This crystal, which is often white in color, can be found in locations in France, Russia, Ireland, and elsewhere.