Showing posts from December, 2005


UPDATES I'm still working on Ambasadora and have been making great progress, especially with Rainer's character. I go through stages where I favor one character over another. Right now it's a dark haired Contractor who's just really self-centered and conceited. You know, the dangerous type women always fall for. Also, I've been working on a gaming essay. It's either an inspiration for, or in response to, my XBOX Live renewal. I switched tags so I'm starting from level one again. I was reminded of this when out of 16 players in a Big Team Battle, my voice was the lowest in pitch. This has proven more entertaining than frustrating. Granted, my team has only won 2 of the 5 most recent games, but the chatter is priceless. These kids are hilarious. I did have one guy raise my ire enough to let slip a couple of foul words, but he was a good sport and didn't report me, so no harm done. :) And, I can't forget Quarry. I've been taking copious note

Sydney Bristow as a Feminine Hero

I've tried to pattern my own female protagonist a little after Sydney Bristow from Alias because she's one of the few female heroes who has a vulnerable, feminine side and makes no apologies for showing it. (Part of this goes back to a discussion Diana Botsford, Christopher Paul Carey, and I had on the SHU boards this past semester.) She knows she is just as beautiful in sweats with a ponytail as she is in evening wear and full make-up. She can kick ass better than most men but still cry without shame when she's hurt emotionally. And, she can be deceptive yet still loyal to friends and family. The biggest flaw I see in Sydney and in many of my own characters? She's no fun. Is that how a hero has to be?

Author: Robert Tinnell

AUTHORS While at the Morgantown Barnes 'n Noble the other night, I met Robert Tinnell, a writer of graphic novels. He was promoting his new book Feast of the Seven Fishes which was a collaboration with artists Ed Piskor and Alex Saviuk. I told him about the module I was taking at SHU in January with Barry Lyga, which started a conversation about the future of graphic novels and how the WPF program at Seton Hill was taking a progressive step by exploring writing for media other than novels. He had several of his books for sale, and I ended up with Feast, plus The Living and the Dead and The Black Forest. The last two are pretty dark, but well done.


TOP 6 REASONS TO LOVE IKEA: NO.6 : the red, yellow, and blue flags that greet you at the doorway NO.5 : the assembly instructions that use pictures instead of words NO.4 : the room displays that are way cooler than anything you have in your own house NO.3 : ligonberry juice NO.2 : watching yuppies trying to load their Saabs with Magicker lights and Amorf rugs NO.1 : half dozen of cinnamon rolls for $4

PHOTOS: Tom and Heidi Ruby

PHOTOS Inspired by a call from my brother this morning... Tom and I on a fake Presidential Seal at some museum (Tom picked out that visor himself and wore it everywhere until it got smashed one day.) Riding a dinosaur at some roadside dive Puppies! Getting autographs from Minnie Mouse Me, Tom, and Julie, his girlfriend, at Disney World this past summer

CELEBRATION: MOON Pennsylvania Camping Is Finished

CELEBRATIONS TOP 5 THINGS I'M GOING TO DO NOW THAT MOON PENNSYLVANIA CAMPING IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED FOR AVALON TRAVEL PUBLISHING: NO. 1 : Play HALF LIFE 2 NO. 2 : Decorate for THE HOLIDAYS NO. 3 : Finish RUSS HOWE'S story NO. 4 : Read POISON STUDY NO. 5 : Finish MY novel I've been staying up most every night for a week, so of course last night I couldn't sleep either. But that turned out to be a good thing as I had lots of ideas to jot down. I have an idea for a short story that was influenced by all those Borderlands stories I read. Very weird shit. My track record isn't so good with short stories so we'll see how this goes. Also, I had thoughts of poetry last night. Yeah, I know, I'm about as much of a poet as Aeryn Sun. (Only Farscape fans will get that one.) But, I've recently been inspired. The first poem is about dinosaurs and the second is about tree ferns. Then I had an awesome promotional idea for the guidebook. The publicist dug