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My Minecraft Mod: Primalcraft

I started working on my Minecraft mod in March of 2016, so it’s been well over a year, almost a year and a half. That feels insane to me. I’ve probably spent hundreds of hours on it. I could have written a novel by now. After I started playing Minecraft, it didn’t take long for me to feel like everything was too easy. And there were some parts ...

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Personal update

Three and a half years. Yeah, it’s been that long since I posted anything on my blog. Shortly before my fifth child was born, it all became too much. I now have six kids, and my youngest is 2 years old. I’ve moved twice and changed jobs twice since then. So all that happened. For a long time, I simply felt overwhelmed, and didn’t have time for ...

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What I'm Listening To: Nightwish, Kamelot, We Are the Fallen

It’s been a while since I posted. Suffice it to say that life has me awfully busy and stressed out. It’s hard to find the time and motivation to write. So here’s an easy blog post for you: another in the series of what music I’m listening to. In my last post, I focused on djent and avante garde, jazz-infused progressive metal with a heavy metal ...

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What I'm Listening To: To-Mera, TesseracT, and Means End

Ing over at Blog Ing recently posted about a new band he discovered, and he linked over to my music category here on the blog. I haven’t been paying much love to that category lately, which isn’t to say that I haven’t been listening to music and discovering lots of cool bands. Quite the opposite. So it’s time to share some cool and interesting ...

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Images that Tell a Story

Lately I’ve really been enjoying Pinterest. For years now I’ve wished there was a good repository of good fantasy art to use for inspiration in roleplaying games and for my writing. Deviantart has a lot of good stuff, but it’s hard to find just what you want. Elfwood has some good stuff, but it gets lost in piles of mediocre and just plain bad a...

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Why *Show, Don't Tell* Is Impossible in Fiction

What I’m about to tell you isn’t revolutionary. Others have preached the true word before. I’ve seen hints on Victoria Mixon’s blog, and I know John Brown did a presentation at a writing conference (don’t go to those links yet; I’m going to explain it better here!). But I have yet to see the truth about “show, don’t tell” collected into a single...

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In Defense of Adverbs

A common piece of writing advice is to not use adverbs. We’re told that they’re weak, that we should find strong verbs instead. As with all writing advice, this one is situational. Some would-be writing gurus with good intentions take a situational piece of advice and try to make it seem universal. A writer for the Macmillan Dictionary Blog rece...

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Roleplaying Games (RPGs) for Kids

I was glad when a friend asked me to write about roleplaying games (RPGs) for kids, because it’s something I’ve put a fair amount of thought into, and I relished the excuse to look into it a bit more. I started playing tabletop RPGs when I was about 11 years old and never stopped. I definitely intend to introduce my kids to the hobby one day. Tw...

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