Category Archives: 1980s

i remember when rock was fun

Something’s been nagging at me while I’ve been writing my next novel, In Lonely Lands.  Alyx, the misfit 17-year old girl who is the protagonist, is a big fan of old-school hard rock, particularly bands from the 1980’s.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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no spoiler: “the force awakens” is the best “star wars” yet

To say that Star Wars (by which I mean Episode IV: A New Hope) changed my life would be an understatement: as I discuss here, it set me on the course to becoming a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. So … Continue reading

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sam’s song

As I mentioned in my first post about In Lonely Lands, my work-in-progress fantasy/horror novel, Sam Patterson, one of the main characters, is a 17-year old high-school student who, despite suffering from mild cerebral palsy, is bright, an avid gamer, and … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 3

Previously, I had talked about what makes monsters scary; as well as how despite appearances to the contrary, monsters really only come in two types.  Now I’d like to share with you some monsters that scared me when I was … Continue reading

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my new old friends

A few weeks ago, I went to my “30-ish” year high school reunion. We were supposed to meet the year before, but couldn’t get it done. It happens. I’m not really sure why I went. For me, the best part … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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when the world was young: dungeons & dragons

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days   Good grief, is D&D really 40 years old?   I first encountered Dungeons & Dragons back in my sophomore year of high school (so we’re talking 1981 or … Continue reading

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vintage videos: “say it isn’t so”

I could have included this in the list of guilty pleasures I posted awhile back, but I was saving it for now.  I never cared for Hall & Oates, but I have to confess that I really, really like this … Continue reading

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vintage videos: “modern love”

If you hear a song and it has keyboards + saxophone + cymbal/snare drumming only, odds are good it’s from the ’80’s.     Boys and girls, this fellow’s name is David Bowie, and…well, he’s hard to sum up, because … Continue reading

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“onkle bill”

  Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the favorite holiday of a good friend of mine, probably the noblest and most generous man I have ever met, whom I lost over 15 years ago.  William Patrick Hughes was born in February … Continue reading

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