Book Candles. Editing. Fun.

Write a book. Now, go back and re-read the book  few years later. Edit your book while swilling coffee, ordering book candles, and bathing in the horror that you actually wrote that and thought, "Damn. This is art." This is my current place in life. I finished a novel last week…

The Power of Pie

Today is National Pie Day, or Pi Day if you insist on the use of math. As a history professor, I naturally avoid any numbers that are more complex than, say, single digits. It's for our own good. Trust me. However, 3.14 is a number even I can remember, and…

Weight Loss Is Hard

As in, losing weight sucks. There's nothing good about my cyclical winter re-fattening. Here's how it seems to go: Summertime means running outside. Sunshine. Heat. Lots of summer-ish stuff, moving quickly and doing things for the sheer pleasure of being outside because life seems to really pop once the temperature…

Who do you think you are?

Do you know who you are? What's your genealogy? Who are your people? Where did your family originate? Do you know, or do you think you know? I write books and teach history, which is either a blessing or a curse depending on your perspective. In the case of writing, it's…

WE LOVE TO BARK.

We have five dogs of various breeds. All love to bark. Barking is their favorite thing, other than sleeping, but barking has to take place in strategically placed time zones in order to maximize its effectiveness. To wit: Barking before 7:00AM? Enthusiastic. Unending. Varying tones, pitches, and reasons. Early morning…

Fifty Shades of Suck.

I've got three *species* of vampires, ranging from sexy to, well, gross. In history, each culture has their own version, and it's here that I found my playground from which to draw ideas for how I'd approach the beasties. Vampires, like Christian Grey, might be considered predators, but to what…

Pushups are the Devil

I'm on this stupid health and exercise kick, and it means giving up things like pie and cake for a while. As a man of a certain age, I have certain fears, which include (but are not limited to): Pleated khakis. Losing my hair. Belly. A larger belly. Chewing food like…

Life Without Cookies

Or cake. Or pie. Or waffles, milk, flour, cheese, and joy, yes, there will be no joy, not in this house. Bride is doing a really interesting thing known as the Whole Life Challenge. It's kind of cool-- focusing on better food, plenty of sleep ( a must!), stretching, meditation,…

I have a cold. I will die soon.

There's no getting around it. My son, the World's Largest Eight Year Old, has infected me with a virulent form of the rhinovirus, which may or may not be a combination of the following diseases: The Bubonic Plague Cooties Ebola A Random Tropical Fever Boogers. These have combined for the…
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