A Children’s Story

Now that I’ve finished with the 2nd novel in the Tales of Jayrith series, I decided to take a detour for a little while and write a short story. I’ve had a few ideas kicking around for supplemental works – smaller tales that are somewhat related to the main Tales of Jayrith books, but not directly involving Jayrith – and it seemed like a good time to flesh one out. I also thought I would try a different way of presenting the story here on Continue reading →

Making Plates

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Twitter that linked to a blog about DIY geek projects, specifically a post about creating dishes. I thought the concept was rather interesting, but Helen loved it immediately. It sounded so easy too, even someone as inept at arts and crafts as myself could do it, and certainly Helen, with her measurably greater skill at such things, would have no problems… Our first problem, we found (or not, I suppose), was buying the materials. The dishwasher Continue reading →

A Conspiracy of Cartographers

First Things First: Now thru Monday (6/16) The Cricket Emblem [ebook] will be FREE on Amazon. Please check it out if you haven’t already. Anyone who can write a review (good or bad!) and post to Amazon, it would be greatly appreciated! If you’d like to start at the beginning, The Tales of Jayrith is always available for free on Gumroad. In preparation for our home project this weekend, I ended up creating a digital version of the Farenia World Map. The continent, first conceived Continue reading →

Garden Variety

Even after returning from San Francisco, things have been pretty busy. Summer is certainly in full swing at this point, which is bringing the outdoors more and more into our lives. Helen spent the weekend camping with friends, whilst I traveled with friends down to Pawtucket for a Pawsox game. A game that just happened to include some Star Wars themes and a fireworks show afterward, a fact that was actually the decider in going… Outdoor time also means more time with our plants. The Continue reading →

In Which We Explore San Francisco

Up until a week ago, I had only left the Eastern Time Zone once in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a lot of this time zone, been out to the border in Louisville, KY even (where it was strange to have the sun setting an hour later than New England, but still the same timezone!), but I’ve still been a mostly longitudinal traveler. That one time leaving the east though? Was to go to San Diego. I remember as a kid thinking, Continue reading →

Novel Release!

Just like a classic Star Wars movie (sad that it won’t be true in the future) it’s time for a new release in mid-May! My second novel, The Cricket Emblem, is now available on Amazon. Currently, only the physical paperback has made it all the way through, but I’ll update when the ebook is there. Should only be another day or two. Update: the ebook is now online too. Borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime! Amazon has apparently dropped the price (twice) in Continue reading →

Character Crossover

This past week I received a “save the date” for the wedding of one of my oldest/closest friends. Perhaps because I was just a bit excited to receive mail that wasn’t a credit card offer or Netflix, I didn’t notice the envelope had the wrong name on it. I was just about the pull the card out when I stopped, flipped the envelope back over, and stared for a good ten seconds. It had been addressed to Helen by the name I had given her Continue reading →

Musical Association

Earlier this year I finished playing the Mass Effect trilogy. Glancing over this fact is really hard to do, but I plan to make that a post all on its own later. ANYWHO. At some point in the hours after my accomplishment, I heard Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”. As is common for some (most?) people, my brain started to create a musical association between that song and Mass Effect. Now the song gets itself stuck in my head every time I think about Mass Effect, Continue reading →

Wedding Venue

Last October, I got engaged to Helen, my partner in crime, and since then we’ve been looking at every possible “outdoorsy” venue in our home state, Vermont. We can finally announce we’ve set our date for July 11th, 2015, at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, VT! After visiting a handful of places (and researching a total of 29 venues) we ended up back at where we (practically) started: with Sleepy Hollow. We looked over the pros and cons of our favorite places and in the end Continue reading →