When I first started writing Dyvers years ago I set a daily posting goal for myself that I maintained for nearly five years before things went sideways. Posting daily pushed me to find new ways to be creative and to keep challenging myself to do something new. Creatively there have been few periods in my… Continue reading February, 2020
2020 was a hard year in a lot of ways. Personally, I went through a restructure at work that took up a lot of my bandwidth for most of the spring and summer. I saw good friends lose their jobs and watched others struggle in their new positions. I've been lucky so far in that… Continue reading 2020 in Review
Sorry for the long delay in getting back to blogging. My new computer finally arrived and that means that I've got a lot of catching up to do. So the plans going forward: Best Reads of the Week: I'll resume this series starting with the first week of August. I might try to catch up… Continue reading I’m Back
One of the things that I have done over the years on Dyvers was a breakdown of my quarterly performance for my readers so that they could see how I was doing on the blog as far as my readership went and my engagement with my readers. These posts helped me contextualize the way that… Continue reading 2019 Year in Review
I just wanted to let you all know that the current banner for my blog, which I've affectionately started calling Gentleman Komodo, is cracking me up. It may not be funny to anyone else, but I love it! Gentleman Komodo by Charles Akins God, someone take Paint.net away from me.
I've been spending a bit of time this evening updating the Series Page. My idea is to make things easier for new readers to explore the blog by showing how posts are connected and helping my readers follow my thought process. It's something I always wanted to do back when I wrote Dyvers but by… Continue reading Series Page Updated
We’re officially at the tail end of July and I’m still going with this blog! I’m not as prolific as I was hoping to be when I launched it in December of 2018 but we’re moving in the right direction. So what I’d like to do today is talk a bit about where I’m planning… Continue reading Projects and Progress
I began playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) nearly fifteen years ago on an evening much like last night. I had come home from college the year previous after finding out that chasing women who want to get caught and drinking enough to pickle my liver weren't the sort of things that got you a degree.… Continue reading Why Did You Stop Writing Dyvers?
Just a quick post to let everyone know that there will be a short break in posting on the blog due to the volume of flooding around me. Right now we're not under an evacuation order but there's enough of it around that it has my attention. We're safe, so no worries for anyone out… Continue reading A Short Break due to Flooding
Among the many reasons why I moved away from blogger was how difficult it had become for me to do many of the basic tasks I wanted the blog to accomplish. This morning I had yet another example of that problem when I attempted to import Dyvers over to Dragons Never Sleep. The XML file… Continue reading Blogger is not Super Helpful
One of the things that I didn't do enough on my old blog was shout out to the people who are following me. So with this new one I'm going to do a better job of that by celebrating you crazy kids with the biggest electronic high-five I can muster! I'm only going to be… Continue reading Shout Out to the Family!
At one time I defended Zak Sabbath / Smith from the attacks of people I thought were playing a zero sum game of us versus them. I didn't realize at the time that he was playing it, and I had fallen for his tactics, until I started to behave in a way I found repulsive.… Continue reading A Word or Two about Zak Sabbath / Smith
So I just realized that there was a little bell in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen that lets me know when someone has left a comment to approve it to be on the blog. Sorry about that. I've got through everyone and the comments are all up.
For the last 29ish years I've been using the Eleventh Edition of the Hodges' Harbrace College Handbook. This has kept me in safe ground as far as citations go but it doesn't reflect any of the newer media - like websites and whatnot. A few years ago I found the MLA STYLE GUIDE online and… Continue reading Upgrading the Harbrace After Nearly 30 Years of Use
A "metaplot" is an overarching story within a role-playing game that spans across several modules, or supplements, or across multiple media formats which collectively tells a story within the context of the game world. Examples of metaplots from the early days of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D 1e) include such adventures as the super module… Continue reading What Constitutes a Metaplot in Role-Playing Games?