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The Dad Blog: Taking Your Lumps

I’m a Dad.  I’m other things, too – an accountant, a writer, a husband, and a nerd – but this weekend I was a Dad.  And I have the scars to prove it. Saturday: Prom My daughter’s senior prom was this weekend.  This was very exciting for us, and just a little bit sad. ...

Ode to A Spork

It’s silly some of the things we place value on.  When I say value, of course, I’m not talking strictly about monetary value: we invest all sorts of value in personal possessions, whether it’s because of the cash investment, some emotional or nostalgic...

12 Random Things About Me (Versatile Blogger Award)

Like my devious cohort Alan Edwards, I may be among the last bloggers on earth to receive this award.  The lovely Clare Davidson was kind enough to bestow me with this prestigious prize, in which I am to reveal 7 random facts about myself and nominate 15 others....

SOUTHERN CLAW REPORT: The Revengers

A Report Filed by Danica Black, to the Southern Claw High Command   “The worst monsters are the human ones.” – Anonymous I have been asked to provide information regarding my former comrades, The Revengers of Black Scar.  I provide this report with some trepidation,...

Behold: Frankenthumb!!!!

While cooking dinner with Liberty last night, I got a little happy slicing zucchini with the mandolin and added a bit of my thumb to the entree.  Using some electrical tape, a lightning storm and some Uranium Pu36, I created…Frankenthumb! (With all apologies to...

Tastes Like My Childhood

We try not to eat out too much.  Like many families with kids and busy schedules, we often fail.  Frankly it pisses me off how many families come to rely on fast food places and family restaurants for this very reason, and how those restaurants market themselves...

Cajun-Style Tilapia Sandwiches

What the hell, Steve? You have a book coming out in less than 2 weeks, you have to finish your latest flash fiction series, and you have 1.75 edits to race through!  You’re in the middle of Finance month-end at work, you’re playtesting the new edition of...

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Just a quick shout out to everyone to have a fabulous Valentine’s Day. (Yes, even you bitter and heartless single folk.  Go buy a Bon-Bon, or something.) I, in the meantime, will be spending the day with my sweetheart…                   We’re coming...

It’s My Birthday!

I turn the ripe old age of 37 today…which means I’m not 40 yet.  So that’s good. To celebrate, I’m giving YOU a gift – the gift of free books!  That’s right, all weekend (Fri-Sun Feb 3-5), BLOOD SKIES and BLACK SCARS are absolutely free at Amazon.com, so if you...

Regarding the Appeal of the (Post)Apocalypse

Buildings crumble.  Gangs of marauders roam the roads.  Pocket communities of brave survivors comb the hollow shells of ruined cities as they search for water and supplies.  Mutated creatures spawned by the cataclysm make meals out of ordinary people, who have been...

No Resolutions

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.  Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m all about getting excited about the promise of a new year, and I think it’s perfectly reasonable to examine your goals and plans and to decide how...

Christmas Day at Our House

Actually, like so many families, Christmas Day actually starts on Christmas Eve.  Now, at our house, we don’t do the “open all of the presents on Christmas Eve” thing.   My aunt does that, and I’m glad they have fun with it, but I always had some...

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone out there has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday (and, naturally, that includes all of you overseas folk who are going about your business while we silly Americans are busy making multi-colored explosions, drinking beer and eating red meat.  And,...