On masculine stories, owing only yourself, and not giving a damn

My post about Why I Write Masculine Stories generated a lot of commentary. I didn’t (and won’t) participate in it beyond this follow-up post because I find the whole thing silly.

I did find it an interesting study of internet outrage culture, though.  I’ve been a spectator to other writers on the receiving end of the internet’s outrage, but experiencing it myself was both enlightening and, I daresay, kind of fun.  I won’t draw conclusions … Read the rest

What’s it gonna take for me to put your nose in this book today?

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)Heated seats?  Swords? Sorcery?  Witty dialog? All standard.  :-)

Anyway, The Hammer and the Blade (the first Tale of Egil and Nix), which Library Journal called, “sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser,” is available for Nook and Kindle for a mere $1.99.

So, if you’e been waiting to get in on the action with Egil and Nix, now’s a great time to take … Read the rest

A Parable of the D&D Table (and the internet and life)

DandD01A parable of the D&D Table and, indirectly, life and the internet:

The ancient, heavily wounded red dragon has gathered almost all of the downed party members in his enormous claws and is about to take wing with them, carrying them off to who-knows-what dire fate.

Player playing the paladin: “I’m at zero hit points so I’m still barely conscious. I mouth a prayer to Tyr, put healing energy into my hands, and touch my … Read the rest

P90X3 Review: Block Two

p90x3greatthingsMy usual preamble:  I’ve done P90x, P90X2, thrown in some Insanity, and am now on the second block of P90X3.  My first impressions of P90X3 are here, and you can find all my fitness posts by clicking on the tags to this post.

So P90X3, unlike the previous two X programs, has workouts that last only 30 minutes. The post-workout cool downs add a few minutes to that, and … Read the rest

Why I write masculine stories



Many of you are here from external links, which probably means you haven’t heard of me before (woe!), which, in turn, makes my heart ache with a heretofore unknown degree of sadness (more woe!).  So, while you’re here getting your outrage on, or wondering what the fuss is about, have a look around at my other blog posts, too.  At minimum, please read my response to the silliness elicited by this post, and perhaps also Read the rest

The Year in Review, in Brief

champagneWe’re about to put 2013 in the rear view mirror.  I hope it was a great year for all of you and I hope 2014 is even better. I had a very good year, read some good books, watched some good shows, and enjoyed some great company.  The major personal and professional milestones:

First, we had our second daughter (and fourth child), Evelyn Sloane.  Kempland is abundant in love.

Second, everyone in Kempland is healthy … Read the rest

P90X3 Review: First Impressions



(Editor’s note:  After you’ve read this entry, you can read my review of the Strength Phase of P90X3 right here; in fact, all my fitness-related posts can be found by clicking one of the tags on this post).

So, I’ve done P90X, P90X2, thrown in some Insanity (you can read my earlier fitness related entries here; they’re gold, Jerry!  Gold!), and I received P90X3 a few days … Read the rest

If Egil and Nix met Cale and Riven then Tarantino. Obviously.

ADiscourseInSteel-largeI sometimes get questions like this:  ”What would happen if Egil and Nix met Cale and Riven?”  Usually I dodge the question or laugh it off.  But David Craddock forced me to write an answer to that question for this interview with Fantasy Book Critic.

Turns out, the answer is Quentin Tarantino.  Weird.

Also, we talk the Sundering, Egil and Nix, tie-in fiction generally, and a variety of other things.  I hope you enjoy.… Read the rest

P90X or P90X2? Some musings.

p90x-articleThose of you who care about such things perhaps know already that I’ve done P90X and P90X2. I wrote about my general experience and results here, in case you missed it. And I reviewed Plyocide (from P90X2) and Kenpo (from P90X).

Sometimes I’m asked by folks who are considering trying one or both which one I prefer. At the moment, I do a hybrid P90X-P90X2-Insanity routine that works really well for me, and … Read the rest