Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hey, EA, Why Not Tebow?

Some friends and I started an online Madden league when Madden 13 came out two years ago. I picked the Jets as my team. Why? Because Tim Tebow was on the roster.
Over the course of three seasons, Tebow lead my Jets to a 41-7 regular season record, and a 6-2 playoff record, with an AFC Championship and Super Bowl victory (in which I dominated my opponent 31-7).
Last year we took the league into the next generation with Madden 25 on PS4. Taking over the Eagles, I brought on Tim Tebow for two consecutive undefeated seasons, though I was only 2-2 in the playoffs with an NFC championship and a Super Bowl loss.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How Reading Gene Wolfe Makes Me Feel Like I'm Dreaming

Occasionally I have vivid dreams.Sometimes I enjoy them, sometimes not so much. Most of these dreams tend to follow this pattern: I start out someplace specific with a clear objective (like get from point A to point B). As I begin my journey, I often find I have forgotten something, am without an important piece of the puzzle, or need to accomplish another task before I can reach my destination. Sometimes, it's someone else dragging me to something they have deemed more important, or more necessary, than what I am currently attending to.

This is where things get rough.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Small World Story

In September of 2010, my brother and I went to MadCon, a writer's convention for those in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. The goal was to meet Gene Wolfe, my brother's favorite author, and who now happens to also be my favorite author.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Martian Chronicles Review

I thoroughly enjoyed The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. I only just read it recently, as a way of cleansing my pallet after a not so great book based on a video game. I knew I liked Bradbury, and that this was one of his classics, so I figured it'd be a great opportunity to read quality literature.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

All My Love and Happy Anniversary


One day you may learn the truth about me. That I am not everything I seem to be. Perhaps it will turn out that I am a time traveler sent back by future overlords to look for resources. Perhaps it will be that I am actually from another planet, scouting earth in preparation for a secret invasion. Perhaps I am a crime fighter who goes out while you sleep, making sure no one knows my secret identity. Perhaps it will be something else, equally as plausible as these options above.

Whatever the case may be, it is important you know this one fact before you find my deep space communication device, or see my picture in the paper with the headline, "vigilante saves city." It is a simple message that carries a gravity heavier than that of the seven suns of my possible home planet. It is three words, which are tossed about in current society as easily as hello or goodbye, despite having more power than any wormhole that could cut through space and time. My message is this:

I Love You.

Over the past nine years, you have redefined the phrase for me, teaching me daily what it means to truly love and be loved by someone. The gifts you have given me; your passions, your companionship, your joys, and your fears (not to mention two beautiful reflections of your greatness in our children), these have been more valuable than any resource a future regime may require for their ongoing subjugation of human kind.

Whatever may come in the days ahead, remember that I love you. If you find yourself kidnapped by a criminal mastermind claiming to be my nemesis, know that I will come for you. If flying saucers appear in the sky, poised to destroy and invade the planet, know that I will defend what I have found in you with my life. When the overlords come after me for no longer reporting in, there will be no time they could send me to that would remove you from my heart or dash my hopes of seeing you again.

Perhaps nothing will happen. No criminals, future rulers, or hostile aliens ever appear. Know this truth still remains. I will continue to love you through the dull monotony of modern life, ever seeking to be what you deserve in a husband and companion. I fear I may fall short from time to time, but I will never stop loving you.

Thank you for being awesome. Thank you for being you. Thank you for loving me in return. And if it turns out that you are the secret crime fighter who saves the city, know that I do not fear your nemesis, as he cannot take from me the love you have given. Also, I would love to be your spunky sidekick.

All my love and happy anniversary,


Thursday, July 10, 2014

NaNoWriMo is coming. And I have ideas.

This November will mark my fourth venture into National Novel Writing Month. It's July now, so I should get my ducks in a row.

The past two years I took on projects that would require extensive writing beyond the month long challenge. This year, I'm going to focus on keeping the story under 60k, only 10k over the goal.

I also have to come up with a story idea, but I think I have that covered. The only trouble is deciding which idea to go with. I've got a series of previous ideas I've generated, but I'm uncertain if they can fit in the target word count. I also have a new idea. This new one will require a lot of work before it's ready, but I really like the concept. It's also more sci-fi, where my previous works were fantasy or supernatural. Most of my saved ideas right now are in the fantasy genre as well, so it might be nice to mix that up.

I'm sure I'll have more updates as we get closer, and plenty of progress checks throughout.

If I could recommend, if you've ever wanted to try your hand at writing a book, give NaNoWriMo a go. It's a good motivator to get you moving. You can also check out my previous post on suggestions for how to approach NaNoWriMo. It isn't for everyone, but you won't know unless you try.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Science and Politics of the Hobby Lobby Ruling

The ruling from the Supreme Court protecting the religious rights of Hobby Lobby (and other corporations) to withhold coverage for specific forms of contraceptive is, apparently, a big deal.

With all the different memes, quotes, and mini articles highlighting tiny parts of the case, I thought it might be a good idea to try and get a bigger picture. By looking at where the precedence was for the decision, and the details around the drugs in question, we can get a better idea of what happened, and what it means for the future.

Most of this information I sought out myself, using soundbites as a primer to point me in a specific direction. I found out a lot of interesting things regarding the politics around the case, as well as the science that goes into the birth control methods in question. I hope you can learn something from all the hard work I put in, and that you'll seek out answers on your own. Try to put less stock in the ideologic speeches of your favorite talking heads, and look at what the laws say, who benefited from this, and who didn't. Let's jump in.