Ultimate Power Metal playlist

Remember when Guitar Hero popularized Dragonforce and everyone treated them like some kind of novelty band playing retro music? In reality, they’re one of probably several thousand bands belonging to the very popular (outside the U.S) subgenre of metal called “Power Metal.” The music is over-the-top, characterized by hyperspeed tempos, neoclassical guitar shredding and operatic vocals. The term “Power Metal” was tossed around a lot … Continue reading Ultimate Power Metal playlist

The future I still dream

When I was in fourth grade, way back in 1987, My family and I took a trip to Florida. While there, we visited Kennedy Space Center. We always stopped and checked out sites of historical significance while traveling, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally be visiting this one, which I’d read so much about. I was really into space. Most likely this was sparked … Continue reading The future I still dream

Childish Things

A selection from Moon Garden which first appeared on Spillwords. Aunt Phyllis’s moon garden is one of my fondest and earliest childhood memories. During one of our annual week-long stays at her house in Kentucky, I waited until everyone was asleep and slipped out the open window of my cousin Michael’s old first floor bedroom with what I imagined at the time was the greatest … Continue reading Childish Things

Some short stories

The Scoop is a Twilight Zone-esque story about a man from the late sixties who’s accidentally transported through time to 2019. He struggles to make sense of his new surroundings at first, but quickly adapts. I’ve always wondered how people of the past would react to modern society and advanced technology–an iPhone might seem like magic to someone in 1865, and it might seem like … Continue reading Some short stories