The Last Life

A period of time encompassing some of my darker days and the path on my way out.


PRINCE Raoden of Arelon awoke early that morning, completely unaware that he had been damned for all eternity. What a way to start a novel. As a reader, I don’t think about the first words of a book when I first dive in. Ultimately, they’re not that important. It’s just … Continue reading →

2018-2019 Network TV Review

At the end of the summer, I start making a list of all the shows I’m going to watch in the new fall-spring TV season. There’s an excitement in the air with all the potential new stories to come. Some shows live to get another season out of me. Other … Continue reading →

The Stand

In that brief time between, the night had been a fragrant puzzle, a time when, looking up at the star-strewn sky and listening to the breeze that brought such intoxicating smells, you felt close to the heartbeat of the universe, to love and life. It seemed you would be forever … Continue reading →

Children of time

If there had been some tiny bead present in the brain of all humans, that had told each other, They are like you; that had drawn some thin silk thread of empathy, person to person, in a planet-wide net—what might then have happened? Would there have been the same wars, … Continue reading →

The Way of Kings

Kings, they explained, do not walk like beggars for hundreds of miles. My response was that if a beggar could manage the feat, then why not a king? Did they think me less capable than a beggar? A couple of years back, I picked up a paperback copy of The … Continue reading →

A Storm of Swords

The gods made the earth for all men t’ share. Only when the kings come with their crowns and steel swords, they claimed it was all theirs. My trees, they said, you can’t eat them apples. My stream, you can’t fish here. My wood, you’re not t’ hunt. My earth, … Continue reading →

The Hero of Ages

What a ride. I began my Mistborn journey at the end of this past December. In its review gave the first book credit for getting me back into the habit of turning the page rather than turning the channel. Now that I’ve finished the final book in the trilogy, The … Continue reading →


Every year I tell myself that I’m going to blog my birthday. And, every May 1st, with the exception of a bacon omelet photo I posted in 2013, I fail. This year, I was determined. The fates were absolutely working against me today. I was coding a new feature for … Continue reading →

Contextual customize partials

While building the Exhale theme, my latest WordPress project, I wanted to build a cool feature into the customizer. The idea was that the user would have an option to select their preferred featured image size. When selecting a size, their featured images would be refreshed in the preview panel … Continue reading →


“Is this the be-all and end-all of your ambition? What are you that this little corner of the great world is all you want?” I’d had Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series on my to-read list for a while. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to jump into a dragon-related … Continue reading →