Warcraft Adventures Less Than Kid Friendly

Sep 16th, 2016 Games

One of my favorite games growing up was the original Zork on the Atari 8-bit. I sucked at it, for sure, but I remember spending countless hours mapping out the the huge cavern and the dam lobby, not exactly knowing the point of the game but sensing something great from that Grue-begotten adventure. For years after that, I couldn’t get enough of adventure games, something that…

Bullying Really Does Start Young

Sep 15th, 2016 Kid Stuff

I once read an article about a man who had grown up oblivious to the emotions of others. I can’t recall the details of his situation, but much later in life he went through medical treatments that allowed him to gain the super power of emotion. He hated it. It totally ruined his comfy middle class life. It’s like the 30 Rock episode where Tracy Jordan…

The Lion Guard Isn’t Totally Terrible

Sep 9th, 2016 Movies

Even though we technically have a cable box hooked up in a remote corner of our house next to the dresser that leads to Narnia, our family has long ago cut the cable cord. Amy and I were streaming shows when Netflix only offered Red Dwarf and whatever Stephen King movie featured the young Drew Barrymore, and we haven’t looked back since. This last week, though,…

The Best Big Brother

Sep 7th, 2016 Kid Stuff

A few weeks ago, I read “The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls” by Claire Legrand. I really enjoyed it, despite some disturbing parts–which were Finley’s favorite. For days after we finished, Finley asked me again and again to read the “Lobby” scene, which was one of the most frightening scenes in the book. Since this is the boy who thinks Rescue Bots is on…

Red Cliff Chapter 1

Sep 2nd, 2016 Books

I finally got through major edit number two for my current work, Red Cliff. Or at least that’s the developer name. Some pretty major changes since the last time I posted a snippet, so I thought it’d stick the first chapter up here as a sample. I know there’s still some editing work to do, and I can’t get the text formatting right on the web browser,…

What’s Up With This Shid

Aug 31st, 2016 Kid Stuff

Finley has a bit of a problem with cussing, with some of his earliest phrases being such decidedly not G rated language like “Dammit, it’s out of batteries.” His latest phrase is calling all persons, places, and things, a bunch of “bullshid.” Normally, I try to redirect his foul mouth down more appropriate avenues (“scalliway” and “horse hockey” are two of my temporary successes), but…

The Little Prince – What Movies Teach My Kids

Aug 26th, 2016 Movies

Turns out I hate myself. Or at least I’m a wanton for emotional punishment. Maybe the two are one in the same. Earlier this year, I found The Little Prince next to our computer and decided to read it to my kids. I knew it was a classic in the Mark Twain sense of being a book much praised but never read (well, at least by…

Look Who’s Getting Published

Aug 25th, 2016 Creating a Platform

In November, I’m most likely getting published. Exciting news, right? That’s the dream of every writer, finally seeing his or her work in. . .well, it’s still going to be digital, so not print, but it will have gone through an honest to goodness publishing house. Now before anyone lines up to ask how they can pre-order my soon to be famous work, I’ve got to…

Every Bad Thing At Once

Jul 8th, 2016 Kid Stuff, Other

This is the time of year when I typically look out the window at the beautiful sunshine pouring down on my disastrous backyard and think, “Boy, that snow sure did a good job covering all the garbage.” I have a list sitting in the back of my mind of all the things that I should be doing to make my house HOA approved. It pulses…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Finding Dory

Jun 24th, 2016 Movies

First, a heresy: Finding Nemo is not my favorite Pixar movie. Not even close. When I first discovered that everyone else in the world not only loved it, they considered it one of the best animated movies of all time, it was like someone had told me the ocean wasn’t wet. I mean, yeah, it was okay, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until…