Interactive Fiction

I have a lot of vices. And one of the few vices that hasn’t led to jail time is software collecting. I collect all sorts of vintage software, but my favorite is interactive fiction, especially the games created by Infocom. Interactive fiction or text adventures, were the precursor to graphics-based games. Like a great novel,… Read more »

Paramount Ranch

Note: I wrote this blog before the recent fires swept through Paramount Ranch, destroying it completely. Westworld is like the best show on TV right now. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. And as luck would have it, I live pretty close to one of their sets, the western set used for Sweetwater. I… Read more »

My New Children’s Book

I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »

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  • The Escape

    On the other side of that fence was freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom to live life on my own terms, without interference from a shadowy government with its own rules and convention. A flash of lightning lit up the heavens and I could see Scott riding toward me, his hulking frame a dark silhouette against… Read more »

  • Book #2 Progress

    I understand story structure. I understand story arcs and character motivation. I know how to tell a story. But there was one thing I wasn’t prepared for – my faulty memory. I have a lot of characters in my book, so you can imagine how unhappy I was discovering I had forgotten about a character… Read more »

  • My 2016 Resolutions

    I wanted to take a minute here and thank everyone who read or subscribed to my blog this year.  I really appreciate it and will do my best to bring you the same quality garbage in 2016. My mini memoir is doing really well on Amazon, and I will publish my first novel around March…. Read more »

  • Trump vs. Hitler

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  • The Dark Web

    As a computer guy, I have worked with two companies who were victims of hacking. In both cases, I was a member of the rebuild team. We helped fix the damage and make sure it didn’t happen again. As soon as people hear the word hacking, the first question I’m always asked is “do you… Read more »

  • Traditional Publishers

    About ten years ago I decided to write a kid’s book. I came up with various titles including: Who Will Toss My Salad? Polly Paints A Penis Tommy Gets An STD But it just wasn’t happening. I gave up on children’s books. I briefly considered a scratch & sniff book, but finally settled on a… Read more »

  • Book Number Two – Coming Soon

    From the cover of my upcoming book. I know you can’t tell from this snippet, but it’s a time travel comedy. And it’s 100% Kardashian free. You’re welcome.    

  • Presidential Debates

    This past week I got to watch the Democratic Debate. It was a breath of fresh air compared to the clown-car, insanity of the most recent Republican Debate. Let’s compare: Democratic Debate: 5 participants Republican Debate: 11 participants (I think. It was tough to count them all) During the Republican debate the most discussed topics… Read more »

  • Gilligan’s Island Radio

    I love recreating props from movies and TV shows as you can see here. My newest project should be quick and easy. I came across a Packard Bell AR-851 radio from the 1960’s, and while you may not recognize the model number, I’m sure you would recognize the radio itself. It’s the one from Gilligan’s… Read more »

  • The Muppets

    I watched The Muppets the other night and thought it was pretty funny. It reminded me of 30 Rock– a behind-the-scenes look at a hit TV show where you get to see the relationships and the drama that plays out behind the curtain. It was kind of raunchy, but still funny. I already knew what… Read more »