Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rikidozan! Master of the Karate Chop!

Working on a new story that involves the epic legacy of Rikidozan, the wrestling superstar of Japan. According to one source, Rikidozan was so popular that his matches became the catalyst for the Japanese TV industry in the post war … Continue reading

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A Tragedy of Comedy: Richard Jeni

It’s news to nobody that comedians can be a tragic lot. Much of comedy is derived through pain, humiliation, anxiety and awkwardness. I took a course once that argued that a comedians job was to always challenge the powers that … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Fiction

Pro wrestling is a strange beast. I’ve found it fascinating ever since I was a kid, enjoying it for the over the top drama, amazing matches, and wacked out characters. Then I grew up and “got smart” and started to … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman Swears and Jeffrey Ford Likes to Read: Amazing Facts about Research!

Lots of folks love books swimming in research soup, full of rich details, specifics, and trivia. Some hate it, wanting it all to be about character or another angle on story. I’ve been thinking about this as I spend time … Continue reading

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A Post about Post Novel Blues and How ta Beat ’em

Every time I finish a novel, I’m beat. I may work fast, but I also work hard, and yes, writing a novel isn’t the same as digging graves in the blistering sun (which I have also done), but it is … Continue reading

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25 Things about Doc Ridler!

Inspired by this post by Nick Mamatas, here’s a fun list of 25 things people may not know about me: My mother was born in Latvia. We are the only two members of my immediate family who have been (or … Continue reading

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Soldier Scholar: The Joys of Jan Morris

Being a military historian from Canada is a strange thing. On home soil, we are a minority. We have not been the movers and shakers in academia (running the big departments, as opposed to producing scholarship) since the mid 1960s, … Continue reading

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Novel Completed with New Land Speed Record!

I just finished a novel. Writing one, that is. My second novel written this year. I wrote it crazy fast, 93,000 words in two months and one week. And yes, it’s a bit of a mess, but it’s an awesome … Continue reading

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