7 writing (and life) lessons I learned from playing Civilization V

I’m not exactly what you would call a gamer, but God of War taught me some time ago that I am far from immune to gaming’s addictive charm. Since that heady period of 3am bedtimes and caffeine-infused mornings, I’ve stumbled upon a strategy game called Civilization V…and there’s no turning back....more


In between the realities of my life, the day-to-day concerns about whether or not I’d have my job the next day. In between the endless pursuit of political clarity in my graduate program. In between the hurried and harried funeral, and subsequent introduction to my father’s side of the family. In between the stoic and cold separation from my spouse. In between my transition from one beloved group of friends to another in my Second Life…It seems I had actually caught someone’s attention....more

Virtual Paradise

I’m in my head again. Trying to avoid remembering again. It’s one thing to go back and remember your childhood, family life from 30 odd years ago; it’s something else entirely to look back at yourself after only a few years. To look back at pain so fresh the wounds are still weeping. I’d rather remember the good stuff, in both worlds....more


My first year in Second Life was amazing. The first person I became friends with, Reya, took me under her wing and taught me how to use the design tools. We explored different sims together, told each other our secrets, and even rented land together next to her good friend Vollmar. Now Vollmar had created this fricking amazing sim next door, a huge warehouse filled with staging equipment. Yes, I said that correctly. Virtual staging equipment that is used for larger events inside the game....more

Making Meaning out of Poo

Reposted from Literalgrrl.wordpress.com   9/11/12  11:37 pm Yes.  That is the word – “poo.”...more

Second Life - Part Three

This writing thing is strange. For the past several years I’ve become extremely sensitive to my environment: smells, sounds, even the moods of those around me. I’ve been checked for Tinnitus – (for the ringing in my ears at night), Sinusitis (smokers in my apartment complex), I’ve even had my eyes checked for glaucoma, along with every STD under the planet – everything negative.  My blood pressure, and hypertension are at the best levels since before I was married....more

Won’t You Come Cosplay with Me at GenCon?

An article in the New York Post that was recently written by Linda Stasi has the cosplay community in an uproar....more