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National Nothing Day (belated)

So it turns out that yesterday was National Nothing Day. I would have posted about it yesterday, but you know... National Nothing Day. The only thing better than this would be if National Donut Day happened to be on the same date. Doing nothing and eating donuts? Now that's something -- I mean nothing? --... Continue Reading →

Rounding up the mavericks

So I missed my usual post last Thursday. Looking at the blog stats, it's easy to tell; people don't visit when there's nothing to visit. As for why I missed it, that's a tale as old as time. And probably less interesting than watching paint dry. Boiling it down to the essence, a multitude of... Continue Reading →

Two great offerings from the Mixed GM

First, some awesome ideas on what Dwarves might do with all the other things they dig up. It can't all be jewels and precious metals, you know. What if they used some of their more... interesting... finds to prevent their enemies from digging too greedily and too deep? Read Dwarves and Dinosaurs for a look... Continue Reading →

Tolkien’s birthday (belated)

My favorite author -- the father of the 20th century fantasy genre, whose creation of Middle-Earth is still unequaled and unlikely to ever be surpassed -- was born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From Morgan at Castalia House: Tolkien’s fantasy world-building has yet to be equaled. Publishers are still trying to catch that... Continue Reading →

Oh, all right…I’ll do it…

Grumblegrumble... I hate New Year's resolutions. But whatever, I guess I'll make some anyway. Thing is, there actually are some very specific things I want to achieve this year. Not things I ought to do, like get in shape and lose weight, but things I WANT to do and haven't been doing enough of. (And... Continue Reading →

Smokey D. Bugbear

This made me laugh. A lot. If you've ever played a fantasy RPG, you'll probably laugh, too. Smokey D. Bugbear, from claudiopozas.com via Lake Geneva Games and Claudio Pozas.

Short Story Thursday: Nature Calls the Lookout Man

Here's the very first story for Short Story Thursday. I started this story at the end of National Not-Novel Writing Month in November and finished it in December. Nature Calls the Lookout Man Sunny Jim watched enviously as his two companions worked. He had thought he could ride and rope -- and he could, well... Continue Reading →

Christmas at the sawmill: A true story of the Old West (and a ghost of posts past)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Since I don't have any new Christmas content, I'm reposting last year's. I hope you enjoy this ghost of a Christmas post past. Benjamin F. Johnson, 1818-1905. Salt Lake City and the growing settlements  around it desperately needed lumber, and it was Benjamin Franklin Johnson's job to provide it. More than a... Continue Reading →

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