Holiday Willpower

I went the entirety of the holiday season, from the middle of December to present, without eating a single sugary snack. No cookies, no brownies, no fudge. No white chocolate covered Oreos, no candy canes, no truffles, no gingerbread, no candy. This doesn’t necessarily make for the most festive season, but this year I felt […]

Kubb For Xmas

So my brother and I did this over the holidays. I understand now what Garrick van Buren likes so much about the game. Also, my Kubb set received its baptism of rain and music. It is broken in now. Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Xmas Jade

My 12 year old niece last night: “Santa owes me 12 years of milk and cookies.”  Seems like someone is bummed out about learning a certain fact. Also on:Facebook Twitter


Even The Cookies Know

Some things you can’t keep a secret, even from Chinese restaurants in Alabama. Also on:Facebook Twitter

Actual Conversation

This actually just happened. KMart lady: “Well, your name isn’t on the order so I really shouldn’t let you get it. I will this one time though.” Me: “You have my personal guarantee that if I defraud KMart, it will be for something more substantial than a $10 child’s leotard.” Not sure if I helped […]


Santa Faced Pancake

Around Halloween, IHOP had a promotion doing “scary face pancakes.” We never did go and get one, but that excited Punkin so we made some of them at home using chocolate chips, marshmallows and candy corn to make various features. Last night, we read the Curious George story where he cooks pancakes and she said […]

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Thanksgiving Observation

For the second year in a row, we got a smoked turkey from Little Pigs, a BBQ joint in Socastee. It was so tender that trying to move it from the pan to the platter made it mostly fall apart into shards of turkey meat. I picked up a few bits and ate them and […]

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Punkin Head Fake of the Day

I had this exchange with my daughter the other day after having been to the Dia de los Muertos event at the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. Punkin: “Daddy, your calavera is pretty …” Me: “Well thank you.” Punkin: “Pretty crazy looking!” Me: “Oh.” Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Goodbye to Absent Friends

Last weekend I drove to Charlotte to attend the memorial service for the late great Patrick “PG” Holyfield. It was a nice time and I’m glad I went, as nice as it could be for an event I wish with all my heart didn’t exist. I saw friends and met Kimberly, PG’s “special lady friend” […]

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Do What You Don’t Hate

I have mentioned on the blog and my podcast that I think the advice “follow your dreams” and “do what you love and the rest will follow” is unintentionally cruel. It makes anyone who has a regular day job into a failure unless that job is their dream. The market realities do not exist such […]

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LetterMo 2012

I was lucky enough to have made the acquaintance of Mary Robinette Kowal at Orycon 2006, when we were on several panels together. I’ve followed her ever since and noted with interest the project she began talking about a few weeks ago, The Month of Letters Challenge. It’s not unlike NaNoWriMo but the idea is […]

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Smartphone Upside

I upgraded to a smartphone (Android, not iPhone) kicking and screaming. However I will admit that being able to blog from my phone in a dark room with a sleeping baby on top of me is pretty sweet. Also on:

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Decision Fatigue

I’m still catching up on the unblogged items from throughout 2011, aka “The Year Lost to A Tiny Human.” Here is one from last August that I’ve been thinking about for months. According to this article in the New York Times, there is a phenomenon called “Decision Fatigue.” I can’t attest directly to the science […]

Blog Fodder and Life

Our baby was born last January. It’s amazing how much came to a grinding halt then and has never come back. I have seen no television since then except for maybe 4 hours total of college football and a few hours of NASCAR races. I just looked at my Google Reader under my tag “Blog […]

First Big Surprise of Being a Dad

So I had this idea of life with a baby that went like this: Baby is born and things are really tough. The first few weeks are insane, no one sleeps and life is completely hard. Then after this, things get easier and easier and we go on into our future. Our reality went more […]

Why I’m Not Blogging Lately

I’ve occasionally had blogging slowdowns here but never for as good a reason as the current one. Last month our daughter Lila was born. For the time being, what blogging does occur will be sporadically timed and probably disjointed and written as if composed by an exhausted and loopy individual. We had a tremendous outpouring […]

New Years Means Nothing

I’ve drifted away from the Merlin Mann hero worship, but today I saw a really good post from him about changing habits and making resolutions. This is one of the reasons I stopped making resolutions years ago. Creating a change you want to see in yourself and then tying it to a resolution is a […]

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Peace on Earth Starts at Home

It’s true that my output on all internet fronts has slowed waaaay down. I’m blogging less, podcasting less, tweeting not at all. For a long stretch of time that bothered me greatly because it seemed like I was letting down the team in some way, or failing to correctly promote my “personal brand” or all […]

This Blog is on Vacation

As the posting frequency gets slower and slower, it gets harder to tell when this blog is on vacation. But it is. For the next week we’ll be in a house on a lake without internet. At first that seemed like a problem but as we pack to leave, it feels more like an amenity. […]

Summer Hiatus Coming to an End

I didn’t actually intend to take a summer hiatus from online stuff but de facto I did. Decision by decision for the last few months, I’ve opted away from creating and publishing things online and more towards relaxing. The exception is at Ebooks From TV where I’ve blogged more or less every day since early […]

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