Art and Artisans

Some of you who read my blog know that I get weak-kneed at beautiful hand-made furniture. Even simple, hand-made furniture feels special to me. I blame it on the Denver Art Museum which had a beautiful carved Chinese wedding bed in their Asian collection that I visited every week or so. I pretended that it…

Art and Joy

It’s been an exhausting year for many of us. Steve and I discovered that renovating a house was like having a part-time job that interferes with the other work we needed to do. But we are seeing daylight now and it’s no longer through holes in the roof. We feel blessed. Some of the most…

Fear Takes a Sunlit Beach Vacation with Amelia’s Friends

I’ve finally been given the go-ahead by Steve to tell you about our newest project (just published). It is a Call of Cthulhu RPG adventure called Amelia’s Friends published through DrivethruRPG’s Miskatonic Repository. Set on a mysterious South Pacific island, the adventure includes two maps, several handouts, pregenerated characters and an outline for a side…

Dragonfly Focus

Lessons on life and writing from a dragonfly, plus a goal and a new book.

NaNoWriMo Day 15

An update on my NaNoWriMo progress and other writing progress, plus some great resources on Imposter Syndrome. And a bit of digital art.

Setting the Table With Myself

I’m thinking today of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose prints caused such tumult in the 80s and who I admire for taking his own path in the world of art. So often we censor ourselves. Or at least I do. Mapplethorpe famously didn’t. I have to ask myself who would I be if I were fearless? Who…

Mistakes Can Be Beautiful!

It’s been a busy, but a fairly good week. We finished another gaming article which will soon be coming to a Kickstarter near you. I’ll let you know when it is available. We are working to incorporate the playtester’s changes to Biremes and Triremes, our book-sized gaming supplement. We hope to complete the edits by…

Passover Greetings

Happy Passover! I have a story in the current JewishFiction.net inspired by our family Zoom seder last year. “What Elijah Brought” is an unusual love story with a guaranteed Happy Ever After ending. It’s free to read right now. Kris Rusch told me that it made her tear up and urged me to send it…

Blue Pumpkin and Red Hot Prose

I hope you have all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. Here in Memphis we celebrated with a stuffed blue pumpkin and it was both strange and delicious. My laptop computer’s keyboard and trackpad suddenly and irretrievably failed yesterday. I am not sure whether to be frustrated that it didn’t last a full…

Tea, Art, and Writing

A quick update on what is going on in my life and what I’m drinking. Lately I’ve discovered August Uncommon Teas and they are quite good. My current favorite is Passage, which combines black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very…