Category Archives: Blog

These entries are ramblings about my life that have no connection with particular Kingdoms of Evil updates.

June Newsletter: Waving Back

I’m waving through a window, oh Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me? -Ben Platt, “Waving Through a Window” from “Dear Evan Hansen” So there I was, like, five minutes ago, curled up in the chair I’m still … Continue reading

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Mushrooms in the Grass

Mushrooms in the grass You are nicely round and plump Until you’re stepped on (this haiku was written with the help of my older daughter)

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A Balkan Morning

A Balkan morning A breeze and distant goat bells Swallows kiss the pool

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May Newsletter: Ice Cream and Hope

So there I was, feeling good. I was in the grocery store for maybe the third time since February, buying ice, salt, frozen strawberries, and the other ingredients of home-made ice cream. My headphones were in my ears, playing Terry … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver Beta is done!

My experimentation with Terry Pratchett’s “scaffolding story” writing process continues, now with ingredients from the Eleusinian Mysteries! Not many ingredients. Just a bit. Okay, so remember how I wrote the alpha draft of Wealthgiver by the seat of my pants? … Continue reading

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A Thracian quote

Ve na dorre pont ăn na terrpe. Skărrkes ko roffes. Nerrai ko spelles ao. Ssonke ko lărra. Ve lide mănno ta ve santo dizammass. “To us is given all that we need. Silvers and swords. Men and their words. Blood … Continue reading

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April Newsletter: Stripping the Gears

So there I was, locked in the attic, stripping my gears. I bounced in my chair, heart racing, breath baited, teeth clench, shoulders scrunched together, tingling fingers typing furiously away at nothing. And I mean nothing! I was moving words around … Continue reading

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Insomnia help

“Love is like sleep. One can never seize (it).” -R. Scott Bakker In February’s newsletter, I talked about my trouble with insomnia and how I’ve been dealing with it. And a bunch of you responded! Here are our various solutions, … Continue reading

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Snow Drops off a Branch

Snow drops off a branch Nothing pushed it but itself Soft sounds in puddles

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March Newsletter: the virtuous ratchet

So there I was, washing the banister. I had my rubber gloves on, but not my face-mask because those thing fog up my glasses and I was inside where the cops couldn’t see me. I had my little tin bowl … Continue reading

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