Tolkien’s Influence on D&D artwork – John D. Rateliff article

John D. Rateliff is a terrific writer, editor, and independent scholar. For many years, he worked with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and writes extensively on Tolkien and the Inklings. I have been following Mr. Rateliff’s musings on Mr. Tolkien for some time. In addition, I currently reside in Milwaukee. Thanks to the quarantine, I haven’t had …

World-building, fantasy, and how to plot – Interview with Christopher Paolini

The Inheritance Cycle series was marvelous. This is, naturally, no surprise. The author, Christopher Paolini, was heavily inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien and other favorites. He built a lovely world, and deserves much credit. Anyway, here’s an interview with Mr. Christopher Paolini on the fantastic HELLO FUTURE ME YouTube channel. A very brief biography of Christopher Paolini: Christopher …

Alice Hoffman interview on BookBub

Interview with Alice Hoffman, such an incredible writer… Ah, 1995. I was about 28 years old and living in New York City when I first heard about Alice Hoffman. The city was changing every day, and I was too. Let’s face it, those last few years before 30 are like dog years. I remember walking through the East Village seeing …

What Lurks in Foster’s Grove?

Recently, I wrote a D&D5e module! Here’s the description: Everyone knows about Foster’s Grove. It is where the Pixie Princess Cleo Honeyberry blessed the apple groves and lived for a thousand years. Foster’s apples are said to be the best in the world, and the Foster family who farms that land are renowned for their generosity and kindness. Sadly, the …

Overheard (cartoon strip)

Overheard. For years on social media, I’ve been posting funny little eavesdropping bits (Overheard and then posted). I’ll be sitting at coffee shop, or wandering the aisles of the local grocer and suddenly overhear some tidbit of dialogue. It’s always out of context, of course… and that’s partly what makes it so funny. Sometimes I misunderstand, but that turns out …

Sneak Peak at Moon Princesses

I love this book, and I wish more people would see it. The Moon Princesses & Space Monsters coloring book is a loving but semiotic look at Science Fiction tropes… in the form of a coloring book. The images are some of my best (and favorite). They are also Art Nouveau while also being sort of Space Nouveau. It won …

Listening was the Enemy

BEFORE: Writing: I didn’t used to listen to music while writing. It was too distracting. Hearing the ideas of others seemed to invade my own thoughts, and it became a struggle. If I ignored them and went with the melody, it felt disrespectful: I would lose track and stop writing. If I listened: I would also lose focus and stop. …