P90X-P90X2-P90X3-T25 hybrid

P90X3_3So, things have been chaotic, hectic, and stressful in Kempland of late. In an effort to make things feel a bit more normal, I decided to start yet another self-created hybrid program using the various Beachbody products I’ve purchased and used (you can read all my previous fitness post by clicking on the fitness tab below).

As always, when I make these, I try to keep roughly to the P90X structure: Three resistance workouts per … Read the rest

Lords of the Sith on-sale date changed to April 21, 2015

LordsoftheSithThe on-sale date for my next Star Wars novel, LORDS OF THE SITH, has been moved from March 5, 2015, to April 21, 2015.  The reason for the move is due to your failure in the cave.  We figured you’d want some extra time to complete your training before you face Vader.

Or it’s just ordinary course publishing release date changes for reasons inscrutable to mortals.   Hard to say.

Either way, April 21 is … Read the rest

Peaceful Coexistence? Probably not, but still….

redblueThose of you who’ve taken symbolic logic learned that in a conditional statement falsity implies anything.  One of my old professors used to love to say something like, “If the moon is made of green cheese, then pigs can fly.”  The implication of the conditional is true because the premise is false.  But both premise and conclusion are nonsense.

The purpose of teaching the concept is, among other things, to show the importance of a … Read the rest

Here, have a fictional Twitter walkthrough of The Tomb of Horrors

TohOn a lark, I fictionalized (as best I could given the constraints of Twitter) a walkthrough of the legendary Tomb of Horrors, just composing it on the fly via Tweets.  I guess I was itching to play some D&D.

Maybe it’ll remind you of some of your gaming sessions.  Certainly if you’ve played through Tomb of Horrors, you’ll recognize some references here.  :-)


Hoddypeak staggered into the village today, babbling about a lost … Read the rest

On internet mobs (a follow up to my response to the Guardian piece)

As a follow up to this piece:  I read today that Damien Walter, who I think has done much to encourage internet mobs, has decided, in the face of a great deal of push back (an example; here’s another) against his most recent piece in the Guardian, to withdraw from the internet for a week to meditate. I don’t know if that’s true (I appear to be blocked from his Twitter feed, Read the rest

Science Fiction’s War of Worlds? Really?

Damien Walter recently published a piece at the Guardian entitled, “Science Fiction’s Real Life War of Worlds.”  You can and should read the piece yourself, but I think I’m fairly characterizing Damien’s argument when I say it goes like this:

1.  SF/F is getting more diverse (with “diversity” here implicitly defined as being more inclusive of, and, in fact including more, women, persons of color, and persons of non-hetero sexual orientation).

2. A … Read the rest

On Writing Tie-in Fiction – It varies!

The Erevis Cale TrilogyA follow up to some thoughts I posted on Twitter.  This is based on my own experience, obviously, as limited as that is.  I’m not sure how coherent all this is (I’ve been fighting a terrible cold) but here goes:

First, I write tie-in fiction (I write original world fiction, too, but I broke into the business writing tie-in).  I’ve written in the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, and Warhammer. I was contracted to do … Read the rest

On Near Beer

NearBeerFound amidst the ruins of one man’s tastebuds:

“Journal entry, May 8th: 

It has been three days since I’ve consumed alcohol. Bourbon calls out to me in dreams, tempting me in a voice that sounds like Ashley Judd’s soft Kentucky drawl. From within the darkened recesses of my kitchen cabinets Single Malts distilled on Islay scream like Mel Gibson in BRAVEHEART: “Freedom!” they call, and it is all I can do to not heed their Read the rest