The Last Life

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

Epic Zero

One of the things I like to do between epic reads is to cleanse the mental palate for a day or so before diving back into a deeper work of fiction. Sometimes that’s with shorter, adult-level fiction. Other times, I like to pretend I’m a kid and simply enjoy a … Continue reading →

A Clash of Kings

Oh, to be sure, there is much we do not understand. The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters? We look at mountains and call them eternal, and so they seem … but in … Continue reading →

I've been in the lab

It’s been two years since I’ve built a new WordPress theme. That’s assuming we’re not counting starter themes. I was uninspired. It wasn’t until I launched the redesign of this blog that I found my muse once again. I had the beginning of an idea. I had a starting point … Continue reading →

Early 2019 planting

I had a busy three-day weekend, mostly devoted to gardening. Today, Tuesday, my body is wrecked. There’s not a gym workout in the world that compares to getting potatoes planted. I started the weekend with a trip to the annual Swamp Supper a few miles down the road. It’s an … Continue reading →

A Game of Thrones

What can be said that has not already been said about A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin’s opening volume of his A Song of Fire and Ice epic? The books and the television series that it has spawned have permeated American pop culture. At least half the people I … Continue reading →

Prepping for the spring

Yet another weekend has gone by where I didn’t get into my tidying journey quite like I wanted to. I spent most of the weekend outdoors, getting ready for the spring season. At the end of last week, I started working on a new and improved chicken run. Over the … Continue reading →

Cleaning and gardening

I took the weekend off from fully following Marie Kondō’s advice on my tidying journey. I was struggling picking the right category of things to give the full KonMari treatment, but I knew I had a whole lot of junk that spanned multiple categories that just needed to be tossed. … Continue reading →

The Well of Ascension

My feelings about The Well of Ascension, the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, were hard to pin down. The vast majority of the book is a solid 4-star read. But, the final few chapters are as good as it gets in fiction. During most of the novel, I … Continue reading →

Do we need advanced starter themes?

Is there a place for advanced starter themes in WordPress? Or, should the focus be on simpler starters to help theme authors learn the basics?