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Posts tagged ‘awesome friends’

Back to Wax #6: If not for him

January 16th, 2018

2014 started with my car getting destroyed by a collision with a dump truck, and it only got worse from there. I was already grappling with various existential crises at the time. Then came nauseating whiplash between hope and despair that ended with a miscarriage, some truly grim epiphanies, and an extended stay in the […]

The summer between my freshman and sophomore years at UMass Boston saw me in a better place than I’d known in, well, most of my nineteen years. I’d switched majors from physics to English, and pulled myself back from academic probation to make it onto the Dean’s List. There was money in my pocket, thanks […]

The Warhammer Fantasy Role Play campaign I started for my new college pals continued to build up steam through the spring of 1991. In addition to the core group of players — Mike (human pit fighter), Eugene (human apprentice wizard), “Father Flynn” (herbalist-turned-druid), and “Southie” Dave (halfling thief) — several other Sci-Fi Club members took […]

Outflow, inbox

December 14th, 2017

I recounted a embarrassing personal anecdote a few years back, which good pal Cathy Leamy offered to render in comics form. She did a fantastic job with it (and was adamant about getting the feline supporting cast as accurate to their real-life counterparts as possible. Other than that, there is isn’t much I can add…except […]

Today we’re going to dabble in a dark art that always makes me cringe with existential terror. That’s right, it’s SELF-PROMOTION TIME. The crowdfunding campaign for Advanced Death Saves has gone live! Like its predecessor, the anthology features tales of tragedy lifted straight from the gaming table, written and illustrated by an amazing roster of […]

Cooking with gas

May 19th, 2017

Peter was the morning shift cook at the hospital kitchen where I worked in high school. He had about ten years on me, though you wouldn’t have know from his looks and antics. He lived for stupid pranks and tasteless jokes of a type that made our supervisor wince before delivering a stern lecture. In […]

Half post eleven

May 3rd, 2017

You know the drill. You start something on a whim. It gets some positive feedback. It becomes an obsession. For a brief moment, you feel like you’re on the verge of bigger things. You suffer a crisis of confidence and a cluster of setbacks. You try to re-tool things, but can never quite re-capture the […]

Though my attempt to run Tomb of Horrors turned out to be a glacially paced fiasco, it did result in a new friendship with yet another kid named Scott. Scott lived two streets over from me and that geographical proximity led to Scott spending a good deal of time at my place during the summer […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 25

February 25th, 2017

(from “Y2K Bug” by Tom Peyer, Duncan Fregredo. Richard Case, and Dean Ormston in Totems #1, February 2000) “By God,” I said when I could speak, “he brought you an orchid.” “Brassocattleya Thorntoni,” Wolfe purred. “Handsome.” — Rex Stout, The Silent Speaker (This one is the handiwork of good pal Bully, who saved me the […]

From the flames of this fallen world, the Ultimate Powers Jam has risen anew. It probably won’t help things, but it certainly can’t make them any worse. So, with that in mind….are you ready to rock and roll all right, my faithful gods of thunder? Because it’s time to strut out new installment of… …in […]

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