The Naughty List

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As an entertainer, I have a friend named Santa Claus. Large fellow, big white beard, always wearing Christmas themed attire. He is the real deal, 365 days a year. We cross paths at Con on the Cob each November and have a great time playing foil to the other’s sensibilities, to the delight of children…

Yes, Bullies Win

I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I did not want to face a day so very different than the day before. I did not want to take my kids to school, and risk having them deal with uninformed kids gloating about who won and who lost. I wanted to protect them.…

Are You Mental? (plus a new website)

Mental Flier proof

Since I like you folks the best, it is true, I do… I figured I would give you a heads up on the next big project I am working on for our publishing/gaming company Wicked Clever (which by the way has a brand new website!) Now, this is in addition to the next Gandersnitch book…

Gotta Catch them All?

Let me start by saying this is totally all my fault. I saw people talking about the new Pokemon Go game on facebook, so I downloaded it to my phone and thought my six year old son would get a kick out of it. I did not realize that in reality, I was unleashing a…

a need to write

So today I finally learned what it means to be driven to write a story. I don’t know that I have ever felt that way before, you know, that I absolutely had to sit down and create a piece of fiction. To have a story that haunted me, and gnawed at me, until I had…

Again with the bullying…

Today I want to talk about bullies. No, scratch that. I really don’t want to talk about bullies. I don’t want to wade into this quagmire and make my voice known. I don’t want to risk alienating friends and family, or new fans that just discovered me this past weekend. I don’t want to make…

The Eye Opening Wonder of Picture Day

I was going to put on my makeup and costume today and record the next few episodes of my YouTube show. Which is going quite well, by the way. If you haven’t seen any of it yet, you totally need to do that. (Gandersnitch’s YouTube Channel) Of course, the operative word in that first sentence…

The Inevitable Creep of Bedtime

Starting now, Sunday night bedtime for my kids is going to have to be 8pm. We all overslept this morning, so it is not entirely their fault, but they were certainly the last ones up and moving. It was a big weekend and we were all exhausted. They had karate on Saturday morning, my son…

The Importance of Failure

There is a quote from Stephen McCranie that I am particularly fond of: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” Last night, I feared that I would have to have just that talk with my daughter about failure. That everyone fails, and the only thing that matters is whether you let…

On the Mend, but not Up to Snuff…

So I have been sick for almost two weeks now. Sicker than I can remember being in a really long time. Fever, chills, antibiotics, coughing, and snot. So much snot! It is a horrible feeling to suddenly realize that you are actually choking on snot and you have to get it out somehow if you…