This Is the Vanishing Point You’re Looking For

Pilot Vanishing Point “Stormtrooper” – Overall: 7.0/10 It took me a few tries to find the VP that works best for me.  This is the fourth VP I’ve had—the other 3 were all acquired secondhand, either in trade or bought as part of a lot.  The first two I got rid of in response to…

My Review of a Minty Edison Collier

I’ve wanted an Edison Pen for quite some time. Not only does Brian Grey have a reputation as an excellent craftsman, but to my eyes his designs are quite beautiful. But I had a good bit of trouble finding the Edison pen that was for me.

10 Years of Project 2,996

Project 2,996 was created back in 2006. So, even though it’s not yet 10 years old, this will be the 10th 9/11 where I have encouraged others to remember these people not by rehashing their very public deaths, but by learning about their lives. I’ll freely admit when the idea came to me that I…

Gone But Not Forgotten

Almost everything that I wrote more than fifteen years ago no longer exists.  The box containing my old notebooks and any school assignments I’d deemed worth saving disappeared during a cross country move.  The world is probably a better place because of this. A few things do survive—certain papers or stories that for one reason…

Rory’s Story Cubes

Like many of you, in various English classes through Junior and Senior High I had to keep a journal. For the first 5 minutes of class we each pulled out a cheap spiral notebook and wrote about…whatever. I’m sure the intent, when the assignment was first conceived, was a bit more focused than it was…

Pen Review: Franklin-Christoph 02 Intrinsic Emerald and Ice

I love Franklin-Christoph pens–and I love the company, too. This is, in part, local pride as we’re both residents of North Carolina’s Research Triangle. However, I also love them because of all the companies I’ve seen, F-C seems to have a flair for experimentation and innovation. I’ve had several Franklin-Christoph pens over the past couple…

Nock Cases Group Review

There are plenty of reviews of the various Nock Cases lurking around the web.  This one will have a different focus.  I’m going to take a look at the cases as a group.  Think of it like a review of a collection of short stories instead of just a single story. I was a backer…

Flip this Blog

This blog has been floundering.  For a while.  Two years ago I moved away from my self-hosted site, to this wordpress-hosted site because I was letting the blog go to waste, and I was paying money to let it happen.  But even after I moved it I didn’t seem to do anything with it. This past…

A Common Enemy

Writer’s Block is a pain in the ass. If you follow me on this blog, or on the other blog I contribute to–Today’s Author–you’ve doubtless noticed that I’ve been quiet lately. This is not because I have no time to write.  It’s because every time I sit down to write, I spend all my time…

Dirty Little Reading Secret

As bibliophiles, we’re often held to a higher standard when it comes to the novels we spend our time reading. Friends often assume that because I’m well read, and because I write, that I not only have good taste when it comes to the books I read, but also that I exercise that taste with…

Storms and Drought

Weather and writing. More generally, weather and creativity. They are inextricably linked together through metaphor. Throwing out ideas is a Brainstorm. Ideas come in a flood—or sometimes a torrent. Ideas come out of nowhere like a bolt of lightning. Weather seems a particularly apt analogy for creativity. They both seem out of our control—random even….

Is There Power in Boredom?

When was the last time you were bored? Truly bored. Not a time when you wish you were doing something more interesting, but where your mind was almost completely unoccupied. I’ll bet it’s a lot less common than it used to be. Especially if you have a smartphone. And that might just be a problem….