For You or Not For You

September 5th, 2022 When I saw the State Fair water tower on the horizon this year, the nostalgia hit me harder than normal. Instead of a general flavor, nostalgia tends to get colored by people whose loss feels recent, like yesterday, even though they’ve been gone, say, nearly two years. It got me thinking aboutContinue reading “For You or Not For You”

Brushfire on Twin Cities Geek

August 20th, 2022 I got a Google alert for my name earlier this evening (yeah, I get Google alerts for my name, shut up) and was delighted to discover that it was because Twin Cities Geek published a sublime review of my all-ages series, Brushfire, written by the incomparable Kyle Casello. An excellent excerpt: “HisContinue reading “Brushfire on Twin Cities Geek”

In Dreams: The Sandman, Flip, and Push

August 8th, 2022 I finished the first season of The Sandman on Netflix this afternoon. As a massive Sandman fan, for years, I personally think it is a better-than-perfect adaptation of the source material. I also want to add how well the series is cast; Tom Sturridge as Dream is the single best casting choiceContinue reading “In Dreams: The Sandman, Flip, and Push”

Negative Space

July 24th, 2022 Criticism isn’t fun. It can be helpful, though. But it’s also stupid and people should mind their own business. I had to understand why I felt this way. And I realized it wasn’t about criticism. It was, as the whole universe is, about balance. People talk shit. It’s just a fact ofContinue reading “Negative Space”

Tell all your friends.

July 18th, 2022 This candid photo of two of my favorite animals is brought to you with a short PSA: The most important thing you can do to help your favorite independent writers and artists is to tell other people about them. This is most easily done with reviews on the internet. It’s free. SoContinue reading “Tell all your friends.”

Stranger Things 4

May 30th, 2022 Stranger Things 4 is a masterpiece. It is one of the best-ever examples of genre storytelling, and how it can explore complex emotional and psychological ideas that traditional storytelling just can’t. It’s both affirming and inspirational, for a person like me. I will absolutely spoil nothing here, but I do want toContinue reading “Stranger Things 4”

I’m sorry I can’t be… PERFECT.

April 25th, 2022 It turns out I’m not perfect. It’s my birthday week, so this is usually the time of year I remind people that if they want to send a free gift, leaving a review (or six, I have a lot of books) on a site like Amazon is a big deal to me.Continue reading “I’m sorry I can’t be… PERFECT.”

Pathways To Bliss

February 22nd, 2022 A cliché usually becomes a cliché for a reason, and that reason is usually because it’s true. Besides watching his interviews and studying the examples of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I hadn’t dug too deep into Joseph Campbell’s catalog. Campbell was what everyone read. Lucas used Campbell to create StarContinue reading “Pathways To Bliss”

Don’t You Forget About Me

January 31st, 2022 Nobody likes to think about it, but at least once a day, someone criticizes you. For every book you adore, film you love, television show you’re obsessed with, work of art that inspires you, there are people out there who will tell you why it is bad. Cynicism, though, is a fad.Continue reading “Don’t You Forget About Me”

What if God was (not) one of us?

January 23rd, 2022 I wrote a little last week about this book, “God Is Not One,” by Stephen Prothero, and now that I’m finished I could not recommend it more. Learning about all the things the world believes in makes you believe in the world more. The book is both expansive and intimate, covering theContinue reading “What if God was (not) one of us?”