Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Looks like surgery

I met with a pain management specialist today, and he basically said that he didn't think there was anything he could do for me, because he had never seen anything like my condition, and since the pain is almost certainly related to my earlier surgery, he felt things have to be handled surgically.
So, now I'm waiting for a referral to a surgeon, and then we start this whole game all over again.
The one nice thing about today was that since he felt my appointment was a waste of time, he isn't going to charge us for it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Battle for Turtle Island needs your help

We're hoping for a December release of the new game, but if the Kickstarter is not successful, we might not be able to make that date, so we're asking for any help you can give to push the Kickstarter over the top.
No matter what, the game will be released, but it probably won't be as early as we'd hoped, and it's also doubtful that we'll be including any interior art without a successful Kickstarter, so what are you waiting for, please help:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

One giant leap for mankind...and then a stumble

Neil Armstrong passed away yesterday, a little more than 43 years after he was the first person to walk on the moon.  That was a great moment in space exploration, but what have we done since then?
In the years since the Apollo missions ended, no human has left the orbit of the Earth.  We've built a bloated and over budgeted space station, which although important, has taken up too much of the focus of the space programs.  By now, we should have visited Mars, and yes, I think it's great that our rovers are out there doing the exploring for us, but human beings could do a better job.  Yes, it's more expensive, but the benefits from the space program have been huge.  And if you don't think so, think about the microchips that have been developed as a result of the space program...think about the pharmaceuticals that have been developed as a result of the space program...think about velcro!
The human race needs to go to the stars, and now the United States doesn't even have plans for manned missions in the near future.  Our species can not survive as long as we stay confined to this tiny blue dot, and we need to move out to the stars, but the vision seems to have left us.
The loss of Neil Armstrong is certainly a sad event, but so is the loss of our goals to explore and colonize space.  Without those, we will be in a lot of trouble...

Saturday, August 25, 2012


So, Lance Armstrong has dropped his bid to clear his name against doping charges.  Does this mean that he's admitting his guilt?  No.  Does it mean that he is really just sick of fighting a losing battle? Who knows.

The sad truth is that we'll probably never know if he really doped or not.  There never was a positive test, and apparently some of the "witnesses" are being given lighter sentences for their own doping...which makes one question their credibility.

Do I necessarily believe that Lance did nothing wrong? No, I'm certainly willing to believe that he did dope.  A lot the riders that he was beating were doing it, so maybe he was...but I wasn't there, so I can't say one way or another.  And everyone else who is spouting an opinion for or against him has to remember that those are simply your opinions...that doesn't make you right.

My biggest question is, if they do decide to strip him of his seven Tour titles, who are they going to give them to?  Most of the riders he defeated have been disgraced for doping, and who knows how many dopers there were in the field at the time.  Apparently it was a lot!  So, just how far down the standings do you have to go before you find a rider that was clean at that time?

I think the most important thing that cycling fans need to do is to focus on the here and now.  I've noticed that riders are having a lot more bad days than they did during the Armstrong, Ullrich, Pantani days.  Hopefully this is a sign of clean riding...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Discounted e-book

Until the end of August, you can order the e-book version of my new novel A Problem in Translation for half price...that's just $2.50.
Simply go to, and when you're checking out, use the coupon code HG25Z. 
You can order the book in whatever e-book format you want, and you can even order it so that you can read it on your e-reader required.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ask away

Things have been busy here with back to school and such, so I figured I'd open the blog up to questions.  If you have something you'd like to ask me, now's your chance.  Do you want to know something about the game I'm working on?  Do you want to know something about a piece I've written in the past?  Or anything else, now's your chance...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Battle for Turtle Island

What would have happened if the Medicine (magic) Native Americans had tried to use against the white settlers had been real?  What if the Ghost Dance really could have protected Indian warriors from the settlers' bullets?  And what if the priests that came to the Americas had really had the power of God (magic) behind them in their attempts to "convert" the savages?

This is the basic premise for the game The Battle for Turtle Island that I'm currently creating.  The setting is the Americas when white settlers first came to America, and although historical in nature, the game asks the question, what if magic had been real?

If you'd like to help get this game going, you can contribute to the Kickstarter at

If you'd like to read a very rough version of the beginning of the rulebook, you can go to

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Back to school

It's hard to believe, but it's that time again.  Our oldest started back today.  Since she's in sixth grade, she's now a middle schooler, which is very hard to believe.  To make sure she'd know the buses for this year, we let her take the bus this morning, and then we drove over to her school so we could see her off on her first day.  She was very excited, but at the same time, very nervous.  I don't really remember feeling that way when I was going back to school, but we moved a lot when I was younger, especially while in middle school, so every year seemed like a new adventure.

The school system has instituted literacy tests for 1st through 5th grade, so our 2nd grader takes a test tomorrow morning, and then actually starts classes on Thursday.  Given that she reads books like the Wimpy Kid Diaries, I'm not too concerned about her level of literacy...

Back to school is always a bittersweet time.  It's great having the kids around during the summer, but at the same time, it's great having them back in school.  Although that may sound strange, I imagine that almost every parent reading this will agree with me.  We still have the little one at home, as it will still be several years before she's old enough to go to school, but with the way she's learning things, she'll certainly be ready.

Monday, August 06, 2012

First revisions are done

I've just finished the first revisions for The Battle for Turtle Island: Buffalo Wars, also known as the game I've been working on.  The next step will be to send it off to game testers to see what they think.


Friday, August 03, 2012

A possible end to the pain

I don't talk about it much, but those who actually know me know that I've been dealing with chronic pain for more than a decade.  Before I started high school, I had reconstructive chest surgery, and over the last decade, I've begun to have problems and I've begun to suffer from a lot of pain.

Now that I finally have insurance, we decided I needed to see a doctor.  After a series of x-rays, they found that one of my lower ribs has actually bent, and this is causing the pain.  We're going to start out by having me go to a pain management specialist, but I would imagine that eventually I will have to have another reconstructive surgery, but if it means an end to the pain, then I'm all for it.