Wish-I-Could-Draw Comics!

Style: Single, square panel containing a black-and-white sketch. Scene: We look down on a chess board, at about a 45° from horizontal. A lone white king stands at the far end of the board. Arrayed around him are assorted black pieces. He is in checkmate; there are no other white pieces anywhere near him. A hand, clutching a number of

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Books: March

There's a whole subgenre of literature starring minor characters from classic works. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Wicked. Wide Sargasso Sea. And, of course, my novella "Alive In Here," which retells Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope from the point of view of the Garbage creature (available upon request). Likewise, Geraldine Brooks' latest novel tells the tale of Mr.

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QuickChange

Thanks to debit cards, cash is pretty much obsolete. I can walk around for days without a dime in pocket or a care in the world, cheerfully deducting all my purchases from my checking account. In fact, the only time I find myself in need of greenbacks is when I'm purchasing something so inexpensive that I cannot use my debit

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On Call

L: Help, I'm stuck on a boring conference call! Chat with me! Me: Um, okay. M: What should we chat about? {A minute goes by} M: Hello? {A minute goes by} M: What's the deal? Am I supposed to be chatting at you? {A minute goes by} M: OZYMANDIAS M: I met a traveller from an antique land M: Who

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And Ten For Good Measure

Here's a self-working card trick my dad showed me when I was but a wee lad. It sounds pretty uninteresting in the telling, but try it out--in practice, people are amazed at the outcome. Take a standard, 52 card deck and randomly discard ten cards. I prefer to do this before the trick starts and never tell the audience, but

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Reflections On My Netflix Queue

Comments on my recent rental history. Spoilers ahoy for all titles herein. The Legend I wonder if this film gets any better after the first four minutes. Alas, I shall never know. Brokeback Mountain Watching this film, I couldn't help but think that this was going to be the go-to movie for a whole generation of gay, in-the-closet teens, much

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Seattle Crime / Mystery Writing Circle?

I used to write stuff for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine back in college, and I'm thinking about getting back into it. Does anyone know of a crime / mystery writing circle in the Greater Seattle area? Until I find one, though, I guess you guys can serve as my writing group. I've posted a short

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