Category Archives: Personal

The State of Things; or a Broken Hip is a Pain in the Ass

A few months ago, I wrote how I was going for silent for a little while because I was writing a book. Specifically, I was editing my master’s thesis on Renaissance occult philosophy (not light reading) for publication, which will hopefully happen next spring. And then I went largely silent for two months. The good news is I got the manuscript done. The bad news is just a couple days after I posted that, I had a bicycling accident. It

LARPs Immerse Players at Gen Con

Game of Thrones LARP Gen Con 2015

This year, over 60,000 geeks of all flavors converged on Indianapolis, Indiana for the Gen Con gaming convention, held between July 30 And August 2. It offered over 15,000 different events, most of which were opportunities to play just about every game imaginable, including role-playing games, collectible and non-collectible card games, board games, historical and non-historical miniature games, party games and electronic games. There’s also seminars, panels, workshops, autograph opportunities, film screenings, a gigantic vendor hall and more. Perhaps the

The Antics of Team MorallyAmbiguous: Gishwhes 2015

Zombie croquet, gishwhes 2015

Every year, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the Would Has Ever Seen (Gishwhes) invades the lives of thousands of people.  For one week, they find time to accomplishing things touching, silly, bizarre, challenging and occasionally moderately embarrassing, with their registration fees going to the Random Acts charity. This gem is the brainchild of actor Misha Collins, who plays Castiel on Supernatural.  He gets other celebrities involved too, generally willingly.  William Shatner actually plays, for example, and various challenges involve players

Leave of Absence for Publishing a Book

Imagery of Robert Fludd

History, Interrupted will likely go silent for the next few weeks while I work on edits for a manuscript accepted for publication. Ten years ago, I wrote Finding God in the World:  Approaches of the Renaissance Occult Philosophers to the Nature and Value of Matter as my master’s thesis.  It won awards.  It baffled my thesis committee.  I had an all around good time with it. Now, Avalonia Press is going to publish it, but I need to do some

The Dumbing Down of History; or, Historians be Damned

Stan March - History Expert

Let’s take history back from the historians. This is the message of History for All by Hashtag History.  Now, I’ve got nothing against popular culture history, so long as it bears some resemblance to actual history (which is why I can enjoy The Tudors but not Sleepy Hollow, for example).  What I do have a problem with is this mentality that intellectual approaches to history are somehow a bad thing, and Hashtag History is certainly not the first to express

Art Projects

Varishka Twiceborn - Woman with dragon tattoo

This semester is running me ragged, so frequently the last thing I want to do when relaxing is do even more writing than all already am.  So, one of the ways I’m relaxing is getting back into artwork. The first image (above) came out of a friend’s Master’s thesis in art, where she created “portraits” of various role-playing characters using only an eye.  I then took one of those eyes and turned into an entire face.  So if you feel

GenCon Wrap Up; or, Confessions of a 40 Year Old LARPer

dragonsfeast

In my young table-top roleplaying game years, the GenCon gaming convention was game, game, game, sleep, game, game, game, sleep? game, game, nap at table, game, sleep, game.  Today there’s a little more sleep and a little less gaming, but there’s also friends. Every year since I started seriously LARPing, I’ve made a new set of friends at GenCon, and somewhere in that game/sleep cycle, we set aside time for food and beer.  (Game, game, beer, sleep, game, game, beer,

Trek 100 for Childhood Cancer Research

On Saturday, I will by cycling 62 miles (100 km, which we call a metric century) in the Trek 100 and am looking for pledges.  All money goes toward research into fighting childhood cancers.  Currently, I’m $14 short of my goal of $124, which is $2 for each mile biked. For me this is personal in two ways.  First, I have a cousin who survived pediatric ovarian cancer, which is almost unheard of.  I also lost a friend in high

New Endeavors: Web Design and Costuming

Black and White Cassie portrait

Start shameless plug: In the last couple weeks, I have been cleaning up Steaming Apparel, my website for steampunk costuming ideas.  Much of it targets beginners looking for places to start, although there is some more complicated material as well.  The costuming instructions I’ve been posting here will eventually be re-posted at Steaming Apparel. With my position as a university lecturer eliminated, I have turned to freelance web design at AlterEgo.  I’d love it if you’d check me out.  I

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Healthcare 101 Header

As my university job ends, and I continue to juggle medical issues, I have been scrambling to understanding insurance options. My husband, Jerry, has decent insurance available for himself, but it gets cost prohibitive if he adds a spouse.  So part of the answer is we’re going to have separate policies. My options are: Husband’s insurance, which is crap for me COBRA from the university, which will be incredibly expensive even factoring in the fact that I have met my

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