From a speech I will probably never get to give.

We are Democrats. We do not simply jump on the latest bandwagon to pass by. We pick up a lonely banner simply because no one else will. We do not turn away from a fight, even one that we know we will lose.   We are not silent, because we know that we speak for…

The ACTUAL Shortest Possible Game of Monopoly

Image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos There’s a new meme going around that the fastest game of Monopoly would involve buying Park Place and Boardwalk and bankrupting your opponent in four turns. There is at least one major problem with their methodology. Their game plot would involve not purchasing a number of properties. This is a big no-no…

Nicholas Sparks Plot-O-Matic

Meet girl’s name. She lives in big town but finds herself in obscure location because reason for being in the middle of nowhere. There she meets boy’s name. After he ridiculous action, they fall in love. There’s only one problem. He’s adjective, and she’s adjective. Despite this obstacle, they carry on their romance until she…

Why we keep having school shootings.

Another week, another school shooting. And once again it’s the same refrain that we’re all too tone deaf to hear. According to Daniel Politi in Slate: Officials in the small Kern County community, around 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, are investigating reports that the boy had a hit list of students he felt had…

The unions didn’t kill the Twinkie.

Before you go blaming the union for Hostess’ demise, look at the facts. In 1995 a company called International Bakeries, which was essentially a vulture capital arm of a computer company called Data Processing Financial and General Corporation, went on a massive spending spree. They not only bought Hostess but the San Francisco French Bread…

Damn the Word Processor, Full Speed Ahead.

I have a delivery date for my next novel, Brothers in Arms. My editor, Rae, wants to see a four page synopsis with all major plot points by October 17. Rae does not understand how I write. I cannot write a synopsis to save my life. Especially for a story that is still developing. You…

Baltimore Comic-con!

With my car once again able to both move and stop (which kept me away from what would have been my first appearance in Louisville back in June) I am happy to announce that I will, in fact, be able to attend Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend! I will be at table A112 in Artists’ Alley,…

Homeowner’s Association takes an eye for an eye.

We live in a neighborhood which a group of developers, for one reason or another, decided to name “Spring Hollow” here in Vineland, NJ. And they are the reason I am now blind in one eye. As most of you may know we’ve had extreme financial difficulties lately, which has resulted in our being in…

Fixing the “Back My Book” theme when WordPress 3.4 breaks it.

I love WordPress. It makes life so much easier. And they update it regularly for security patches and to fix bugs. Unfortunately, from time to time they break a lot of shit, too. I “upgraded” my blog to WordPress 3.4 a while back and started getting this handy little message whenever I tried to get…

Is it worth the drive to save nine cents a gallon?

I love GasBuddy. Especially when out on the road in unfamiliar territory it’s helped me find some great deals by continuing down the road to the next exit, or going slightly off the beaten path, to save a few cents a gallon. But the other day I was presented with a dilemma. A station three…