Do as I say, not as I do

Kid driver
February 2, 2016

How many times have I heard that?  I know I’ve said it. Yet while that mentality is occasionally applicable under certain circumstances, for the most part, I think it’s total bullshit. I get it. If you’re teaching someone impressionable, you need to teach them the right way. But why then, does the teacher get a free pass? Does experience bring with it the right to be lazy, or to tout bad…

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Book update

January 19, 2016

In November of 2015, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time. It was something I’d been meaning to do for years, but continually found reasons to put off, and finally decided to step up to. Surprisingly, I not only completed, but exceeded it. Okay, that’s not entirely true. In terms of the word goal for the month, I “won,” but it did take me an additional week or two…

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Experience and maturation

January 19, 2016

When I hear “do you remember your first…” the first thing that comes to mind is of course the first kiss, or even more racey, loss of virginity. Granted, I tend to focus more on those types of physical things, but there are plenty of other firsts I can think of too. My first time riding a bike. My first day in middle school. My first day in the Marine…

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The path to resolutions is paved with good intentions

January 13, 2016

I’ve always felt that New Year’s resolutions are stupid.  I don’t need the event of another year passing, and new, bright future on the horizon, to be my motivation to better myself.  However, I do have to scold myself for belittling those who do, since that’s based solely on my own cynicism (which seems to be a theme lately – I’ll have to ponder that some), and not my support…

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It’s (not) beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 21, 2015

In my head: “Happy Christmas” – John Lennon, Yoko Ono I know that the happy feely spirit of Christmas time is now cliche and overblown in a world where people trample each other in order to buy crap.  It’s an image that we like to believe in, but is diminished less and less every year, when now Christmas decorations go up on store racks barely after Halloween is over. But…

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On writing non-fiction

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about writing fiction vs. non-fiction.  I explained how somewhere along the way I developed an affinity for writing the latter, and when I do write now, that’s most often what I choose. Just today I was looking through an old filing box, trying to find something completely unrelated, and found the pile of old, old, very old writing of mine…

April 5, 2015
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In my head: “Lola Montez” – Volbeat

Iron Maiden was my introduction to heavy metal.  I was in high school at the time and thought very little of the genre, although I’d never really listened to enough of it to form an educated opinion.  But once I was introduced, I listened to “Piece of Mind” over, and over, and over on my Walkman.  Not only was it a solid album, which I used as inspiration for many RPG adventures,…

September 26, 2014
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