213 lbs.: Back to Gutchecking

After long months of intermittent exercise brought on by family craziness, business trips, bouts of novel writing and a dozen other excuses, I’m finally getting back to a consistent exercise regime. I had been getting to the gym and pool intermittently over the spring and summer, but for the most part, I’ve been slacking. And … Read more

53,379 reasons to do NaNoWriMo

It’s done. After a month of writing 1,667 words almost every day (with a few days hitting 3,000 to 4,000 to make up for traveling, family engagements, and the occasional bout of exhaustion), I completed my novel. It’s 53,379 words, which is slightly over the 50,000-word goal set by the National Novel Writing Month organizers. … Read more

Radio Active 59: Novel Update, Seeds of Destruction, NanoMonkeys, Invincible Super Blog

On this edition of Nuketown Radio Active, I update folks on my quest to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, check out a new LEGO Chess set, debate what to call a hybrid unicorn/pegasus. In Netheads I talk about Chris’s Invincible Super Blog, a blog featuring capsule reviews of current and classic comic … Read more

Radio Active #58: Chess for Kids, Geek Dads, D&D 4E

On this episode of Radio Active, I discuss my daughter StarGirl’s sudden desire to learn chess and my approach to teaching her, contemplate the impending arrival of National Novel Writing Month, check out the Geek Dad Podcast and Simian Farmer blog and offer some thoughts on the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Getting the Show … Read more

Radio Active #57: NaNoWriMo, Kit Bag, Crisis on Finite Macs, Unquiet Desperation, Halo 3

On this episode of Nuketown Radio Active, I become an uncle again, contemplate a Crisis on Finite Macs, geek out about Halo 3, look ahead to National Novel Writing Month, listen to the Unquiet Desperation podcast. I also check out the geeky Secret Agent internet radio station and consider the merits of a geek dad … Read more

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

November is coming. And that means so is National Novel Writing Month. In years past, I’ve watched and read as my friends fought their way through it, some succeeding, some failing, all glorious in the pursuit. I’ve sat, thought, considered and ultimately come up with one excuse or another not to do it. There’s always … Read more