Category Archives: 1980s

twl playlist, track 2: “the wanton song”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark … Continue reading

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finally home after 40 years

In the summer of 1979, my mother moved us from Phoenix, AZ to Greenbelt, MD.  I was 12 at the time, and to say that the move changed my life forever would be like saying that the Grand Canyon is … Continue reading

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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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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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