A Spreadsheet for Writers to Track Story Submissions

A Spreadsheet for Writers to Track Story Submissions

I was talking to a writer friend a little while ago, and said writer friend mentioned not having an organized way to track short stories and what publications they’d been submitted to. I was aghast. Here’s the solution I use,…

Notes on Stuff You Should Know: Camp X

Notes on Stuff You Should Know: Camp X

Hi SYSK fans! Just a few quick notes on Josh and Chuck’s podcast about Camp X, the top secret World War 2 secret agent training camp in Ontario, Canada. I just wanted to mention the discrepancy the guys found between…

Movie Review -- Playback (2012)

Movie Review — Playback (2012)

It can be useful to analyze a movie that wasn’t so great not simply from the “worth watching/not worth watching” reviewer’s standpoint, but as a storyteller and film fan who wants to figure out what worked in a movie and…

What's the connection between heavy metal music, horror and fantasy?

What’s the connection between heavy metal music, horror and fantasy?

Why are horror and fantasy themes so influential and powerful in rock and metal music? Why do fans love performers who act like zombies, vampires and witches? In 2013, I went to the traveling metal roadshow known the as the Mayhem Festival to find out.

Why I'm So Excited About the Dusk City Outlaws RPG

Why I’m So Excited About the Dusk City Outlaws RPG

In Dusk City Outlaws, players form a team of smooth criminals or outlaw vigilantes and pull off impossible capers in a complex fantasy city known as New Dunhaven. That sounds cool, but the real reason I’m so excited? Creator Rodney…

10 Ways Reading The Silmarillion Makes The Lord of the Rings Better, Part 2

10 Ways Reading The Silmarillion Makes The Lord of the Rings Better, Part 2

The second and final part of my exploration of The Silmarillion and the ways reading it will make The Lord of the Rings more interesting. Before we dive back into the list, two brief notes. First, some of the things…

10 Ways Reading The Silmarillion Makes The Lord of the Rings Better, Part 1

10 Ways Reading The Silmarillion Makes The Lord of the Rings Better, Part 1

I am a huge Tolkien fan. I read The Lord of the Rings every other year or so. I love the books and enjoy the movies. But in all these years I’d never read The Silmarillion. I was about to…