Rounding up the mavericks: Hoodies, pulps, and participles

Corralling a few interesting things I've run across in the last few days... Git along, little dogies! Bulletproof hoodies!? via Gunpowder and Ink... I love hoodies. Especially ones that can stop up to a .44 magnum.There is also this:LIFETIME WARRANTY: If you get shot (God forbid) with our hoodies on, we’ll send you a replacement... Continue Reading →

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Menagerie (aka the Amazing Elephant Girl) – An origin story

After the second session of our superhero roleplaying campaign, my daughter decided to write something about her character's background. That old-school TSR-developed game system really helps fire up the imagination. Janey Nevitt turned into an animal for the first time when she was six years old. She had been walking hand-in-hand with her father in... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Indestructible Girl – Or, this is why we play

Friends, THIS is why we play our geeky games. My son posted the following on his blog after our second Marvel Super Hero Roleplaying session. I'd link to it, but it's friends only, so he let me republish it here. Table-top RPGs are really fun. You get to make a character and interact with a... Continue Reading →

The indestructible girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 2)

Here's another flash-fiction story I wrote by way of setting up the second week of our Marvel superheroes roleplaying campaign. Wednesday, in the not too distant future Sidney Malloy puts her strawberry protein smoothie in the cup holder, wipes the sweat off her brow, and turns the treadmill up a notch. On the curved, wall-to-wall... Continue Reading →

The amazing elephant girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 1)

So here's a little thing I wrote -- I guess you could call it flash fiction -- to get the players set up for our second Marvel Superheroes roleplaying game session. It picks up the tale a few days after our characters' first superhero action ever. Wednesday, in the not too distant future The alarm... 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 →

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 →

Recap: Not-Novel Writing Month is much better than the real Novel Writing Month

For anyone who may not know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when writers attempt the Herculean labor of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This year, I got wind of a different challenge; a not-novel writing month, as it were, in which the goal instead is to write a flash fiction story every... Continue Reading →

National Not-Novel Writing Month, day 21: Return of the Silent Kid

This is a followup to The Silent Kid, which is the first Not-NaNo story I posted three weeks ago. I wrote this on Nov. 21 at a NaNoWriMo write-in I went to with my daughter. She's doing the regular NaNo, while I'm doing something a little different. A ghostly smile flitted across Sunny Jim's face... Continue Reading →

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