What Is Role-Playing, and Why Are We Talking about it?

So this might seem like a bit of an odd topic, given the other things I’ve been writing about so far on this blog. But it’s my blog, dangit, so if you don’t like it, get off my lawn! In seriousness, though, I started this blog mainly to write about things that I think about, […]


Chapter 15: Two Years Later

[Author’s Note: If you’re here for the first time, I might recommend starting at the beginning. The things I say in this post will probably make a lot more sense in context. Also, here’s a trigger warning for anxiety and depression] So, it’s been a couple of years since I wrote The Big Book About […]


Chapter 14: Closing Thoughts

Well, this is the last chapter. I had a bunch of other experiences that I was going to talk about before this book ended, but I realized that if I talked about them, I wouldn’t be saying anything new. I would just be repeating myself, over and over again. I would just be repeating myself, […]


Chapter 13: When the Storms Come

When I was young, when we still lived in Colorado, our house was in the middle of a pretty wide, pretty flat area, and being pretty close to the Rockies, we would get massive thunderstorms that would sweep down from the mountains. I remember sitting in our house with my dad, lights all turned out, […]


Chapter 12: Fear, Hope, and Love

[Author’s note: Trigger warning, depression, anxiety] This chapter has been really difficult for me to write. It might be hard for you to read, too. But I need to say it. I need to write it down. When I was nine or ten, I got skin cancer, and nearly died for the first time. Fortunately […]


Chapter 11: Moments of Grace

A few months ago, I got into a car accident. I was trying to get out of the way of oncoming traffic, so I threw our car into reverse and slammed on the gas, and didn’t happen to notice the car that had pulled up behind me. Whoops. To be honest, it wasn’t really a […]


Chapter 10: On Swearing

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, sometimes I say (or write) swear words. I didn’t always do this; when I was growing up, my parents instilled in me a strong desire to avoid saying any “bad words”. I remember one time when I was pretty young, and I started to say “What the heck…” […]


Chapter 9: On Feeding the Hungry

I care a lot about the poor, homeless, and hungry; you just wouldn’t be able to tell if you watched me interact with them. I try to be honest and live a life of integrity. And I generally feel like I do a pretty good job of that; not amazing, perhaps, certainly not perfect, but […]


Chapter 8: Spontaneity

When I graduated from high school, I went on a two week long trip through Europe with my parents; the entire trip was wonderful (we went through Austria, Hungary, Germany, and France), but my absolute favorite memory from the trip was the last night of the journey. We were staying in Paris for several days, […]


Chapter 7: Meet Boo-Boo, My Imaginary Friend

While we’re on the subject of relationships, I can’t go any further without discussing one of the most important relationships I had as a child. When I was growing up, I had an imaginary friend. His name was Boo-Boo; he was named after a fictional character, the dubious protagonist of stories my dad would tell […]