The Truth in Two Stars

Shopping isn’t what it used to be. Once upon a time we bought shiny packages with no more information than that which was printed on the box. If the box said it was the best remote control monster truck helicopter submarine on the market, well, we just had to hope …

Cyberpunk Cowboy

Well, the easy part is done. The very first draft of my new book is finished, and it stars a cyberpunk cowboy. Also, it is a very serious and compelling work of science fiction. I enjoyed writing it, but that really was the easy part if I want to get …

Minnesotans, Amazonians, and Tax Legislation

I love my Amazon Associates ads. They grant me complete customization powers so I can only advertise things that I actually want my readers to buy. I get money any time someone follows my links to Amazon and buys something. I’ve always thought of them as a great way to …

A Working Staycation

Not all vacations need to involve travel. In fact, I personally find that the most relaxing vacations involve a hammock and a few Coronas. This is known as a staycation. It’s a vacation where you stay at home and relax. That is why I spent this past week at home, …

Picking

I’ve recently taught myself how to pick locks. I had to, really. There weren’t any classes available. It’s really not that hard. In fact, I found it disturbingly easy. Once I had a good mental image of the inner workings of the standard lock mechanism it became just a matter …

Both Kinds of Fiction

I know it’s not true, but when I think of fiction my brain will always classify it as either science fiction or fantasy. That’s all I like to write, and I just don’t see any reason to acknowledge any other form as legitimate. The line between the two isn’t always …

Long Form Fiction

I’ve been brewing beer, painting miniatures, woodworking, and planning some serious landscape improvements. That’s a lot of hobbies. It keeps me busy, but I think if I had to I would say that writing is probably my favorite right now. “How is that possible?” You may ask. “You hardly ever …