I’ve recently returned from a 11-day trip back to the US, and it felt like an eternity. I hate being away fro my family and, with Toma not yet 3 weeks old, I felt like a total louse for leaving Sawa alone. But as an old commander told me, there’s no good time for a […]
Off to America: NAFSA 2015
In a few short hours, I’ll be getting on a plane to head back to Massachusetts and Virginia for just over a week. For work. It’s certainly better than some of the places I’ve been sent for work before (Hanoi, Beijing, Kandahar), and I’ll even get to visit my family on Martha’s Vineyard for a […]
Goodbye, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Thank You
As most everyone remotely interested in fantasy has learned already, Sir Terry Pratchett passed away two days ago. Obituaries, including front-page articles on BBC, have paid tribute to him far better than I possible could. But while they laud him as author of the Discworld series and a public campaigner for Alzheimers disease awareness, very […]
On Paralyzing Stress and Video Games
I’ve been gone for a while. Again. I don’t know if I’m back yet, but I have added weekly blogging to my HabitRPG list of tasks, so hopefully, that will motivate me to keep going.
Changing Seasons: Akita Style
One of the romantic things about living in Japan is just how much life changes with the seasons. Decorating color schemes change to match the prominent flora, and conversations about seasonal foods do not start and end with pumpkin spice lattes. The cuisine actually does change based on the produce cycle. This is the time […]
First Pass Editing Notes Done!
On the bus ride home from work today, as Saint Saens’ “Danse Macabre” played appropriately on my iPod, I put the finishing touches on my first revision notes fore Banner of the King! Boy, was that ever a long and boring process. Tomorrow, I begin the possibly longer process of applying said notes to my […]