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NIN

NIN

We all have influences. Sometimes it takes us a while to realize who they are, or how they’ve guided us. Not to date myself (too late, I know) but I first discovered Nine Inch Nails (or “NIN”, for those in the know, the moniker for the one-man music-making...
Still Kicking

Still Kicking

Man, where did the first half of this year go? I know they say that time seems to pass more quickly the older you get, and I’m here to tell you…well, they’re right. It’s been a crazy ride since we moved to Michigan. Between losing loved ones,...
The Best and Worst CRAP of 2014

The Best and Worst CRAP of 2014

  I haven’t blogged in a while: an honest-to-goodness, “What sort of shit am I thinking about this week?” sort of a post.  Maybe it’s too late for End-of-the-Year countdown (there’s bound to be a statute of limitations on that sort of thing), so instead I’ll look back...
14 Years…

14 Years…

…I’ve been married to this amazing, beautiful, sensational, intelligent, fabulous woman. Yep.  I’m one lucky dude. =D Happy Anniversary, Lib.  I Love...
A Day At the Park With Rented Dogs

A Day At the Park With Rented Dogs

It’s been a crazy few weeks.  Between moving into a new home, starting a new job, dealing with a terrible loss, getting my son into a new school and adjusting to an entirely new routine, we haven’t had a chance in what feels like forever to...
My Brother

My Brother

This past Tuesday, my little brother died in his sleep at the age of 34.  Words can’t describe how devastating this has been for us.  He and I had grown apart over these past few years, largely because I have a family of my own and had been living a few states...
Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 4

Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 4

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for.  (Ok, maybe not.  But in any case, it’s the end.) A few weeks ago I started my highly specific Top 10 Movie Countdown.  No iconic films (I may have cheated on this one a couple of times), nothing by...
Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 3

Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 3

A few weeks who, I started My Top 10 Movie Countdown (with numerous rules to keep it from being too predictable and/or hog wild).  I even added a second installment.  Now, we continue… #5: Wanted One of the most enjoyable pure action films I’ve seen in...
Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 2

Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown, Part 2

In case you missed last week’s post, I’ve taken it upon myself to share my 10 favorite movies with the world (following a few provisos, of course…which as one of my Twitter friends pointed out means I’m really sharing my “Not Necessarily...
Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown

Steve’s Top 10 Movie Countdown

Yes.  I’m doing a movie countdown.  Over the course of the next month or so I’ll cover two to three of my favorite films per week. Why? you might ask.  Because I love movies.  I watch them all the time, and I realized some time ago that there are a few...
What I’m Watching Now

What I’m Watching Now

At the risk of sounding impossibly self-important, I wanted to take a moment to review some of the shows that have grabbed my attention as of late.  Chilling out in front of the tube is one of the few ways I relax from my busy work schedule, but recently I’ve...
Incident at Frozen Beach

Incident at Frozen Beach

It feels like it’s been forever since Lib and I got to get out, just the two of us, for a bit of adventure.  This past weekend we ventured to the town of South Haven for a visit to the still frozen shores of Lake Michigan.  It was a truly magical place, and a...
A Pair of Wilderness Treks

A Pair of Wilderness Treks

So we’ve been getting nailed with bad weather here in Michigan.  As in “I now suffer from seasonal depression” bad.  As in “are we ever going to get weather that doesn’t involve a severe Winter Storm Warning and/or Yeti sightings”...
My Family’s 50 Most Oft-Used Movie Quotes

My Family’s 50 Most Oft-Used Movie Quotes

My family watches a lot of movies.  Maybe not as many as we used to, but it’s still a lot…enough that some of our favorite quotes come up in conversation quite often. Maybe too often. We use these quotes during dinner, at work, while we’re cleaning...
A Letter to Santa 2: The Revenge

A Letter to Santa 2: The Revenge

Dear Santa, Last year, my family and I put together a Christmas list.  I see no reason to buck the trend. I am a bit disappointed that you felt the need to hold back on some of our more exotic items last year.  I’m counting on you to improve on last year’s...
Road Trip

Road Trip

So we moved to Michigan.  This involved a free-for-all packing extravaganza, a whirlwind cleaning of the old house, a last minute tire repair…oh, and a 2400 mile drive across the U.S. with a crabby 11-year-old, a hyperactive dog, and a bored teenager.  Fun,...
Moving Day

Moving Day

Oh, yeah, we’re moving to Michigan.  So there’s that. We’ve lived in Washington for about 11 years, and it’s been a terrific run.  We arrived here with no plan: we’d signed a lease on a tiny, remote little house up in Bellingham, I got a...
Why I Do This

Why I Do This

Chain of Shadows, the 6th Book in the Blood Skies series, will be available on October 25th. It will be the 8th novel I’ve released since I’ve started all of this “self-published Indie author” nonsense about 2 ½ years ago.  Um…wow. I have to say, it...
Stuff That Makes Me Happy

Stuff That Makes Me Happy

I like making lists.   Sometimes they’re meant to grant my brain a semblance of stability.  Sometimes I list out plot points, story ideas, or cool images.  Sometimes I just make lists of things I’ll otherwise forget to do, like mailing off a check or...