Planet Hopping – The Carina–Sagittarius Arm

Captain’s Journal. Date. August? Is it August yet? Time is weird when you’re over 30. Dear content consumer, I could not help myself from returning to you so soon after our last chat. This is a big, big, mostly empty galaxy we live in and I, your restless captain, get to see it all. All … Continue reading Planet Hopping – The Carina–Sagittarius Arm


The Career of Wynonna Downs

“Local Tycoon Pens Pontoon Cartoon” was the headline that made reporter Wynonna Downs a star. More people read the article than watched the oil magnate’s hand-drawn feature-length animated film about a rat who makes a pontoon plane and saves the earth from a world eater.  She went on to fame and fortune through human interest … Continue reading The Career of Wynonna Downs

A Character Study While You Sit in Traffic

Dillon "Duckburg" McMaster is the guy in the nondescript Kia Optima next to you. Look left. Yeah, that one. There's a "Titleist" hat on the back seat and a bedazzled phone case sitting in a pop-socket holder on the dashboard.  He's quite a character. Let's get to know him a bit. Golfs three times a … Continue reading A Character Study While You Sit in Traffic

Alpha’s Travel Research

Alpha Simons wanted to take a trip, but it needed to be to somewhere presumably safe and not a typical tourist spot.  If it were too common, the Instagram feed would be so very boring, but if it were too safe the feed would also be boring. These are the things Alpha needs to consider … Continue reading Alpha’s Travel Research

A Moose Walks Into a Bar

Ess Vanbeed was washed up.  The jokes just weren't there.  For a comic, this was the end. Ess was fine with this.  It was a good run. Ess built a career on different takes on the "a moose walks into a bar" set up.  Punchlines ranged from "says ouch" to "the bartender says why the … Continue reading A Moose Walks Into a Bar

Lem’s Diner in South Dakota

A diner in eastern South Dakota focuses on pulling in travelers with promises of enormous cheeseburgers at noon, hearty chicken fried steak at dusk and "whatever ya' like" in between. The sales strategy is far from advanced, but it does work and the cook, Lem Hawthorne, spends the hours of 11:00am to 8:00pm whipping up … Continue reading Lem’s Diner in South Dakota

Q and A With Low Hopper

Blogger buddy JM Williams, an absolute gem of a sci-fi/fantasy writer and all around smart word user, put my name down in one of those “nominate another blogger to answer these questions” posts.  I’m not usually about those, but I respect the crud out of JM and you should check out and follow his site … Continue reading Q and A With Low Hopper