“In Order to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe”

Title courtesy of Carl Sagan Been a while; a lot's changed. I discovered that the worst thing about trying to maintain a weekly blog is trying to come up with things to talk about. I'm still writing, and recently shared a bit of my world-building process with some friends. Another friend asked me for my notes; … Continue reading “In Order to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch, You Must First Invent the Universe”



I love maps. If a novel includes maps, you'd better believe I will be flipping back to them frequently to compare locations. The same thing happens in games; the relationships between locations and the projected travel time from one point to another allow for a better sense of scale.  I think it comes from growing up … Continue reading Relativity

Tolkien Economics

Most people who stumble across this blog likely have at least a passing familiarity with Tolkien's Middle Earth, whether they've only seen the recent Peter Jackson films, read the books, played one of the many Lord of the Rings games, or been dedicated enough to pick up analyses of Tolkien's work and become moderators on official … Continue reading Tolkien Economics

Getting Shirty

Okay, so I WAS going to do something on character visual design, but this bullshit blew that clean out of the water. Character design can wait til I've patched the hull; let's discuss what's really so wrong about a company selling this shirt at WonderCon and why their response to public criticism shows that they are not … Continue reading Getting Shirty

Self-Fulfilling Disappointment

In 2010, I was moderately known as a blogger writing about EVE Online; those of us seen as "regulars" with decent writing skills were loosely known as the Blog Pack. One of our number, CrazyKinux, ran a monthly event known as the Blog Banter, where a subject would be chosen for all of us to … Continue reading Self-Fulfilling Disappointment