stuff and things

One piece of clothing

I only have one piece of clothing I actually deeply and truly care about. I mean, I have lots of stuff I like that I wear, but it’s not the same. No this is something utterly different for me. In 1996 (maybe 97? maybe 95?) I decided I needed a good leather jacket. I’d never owned one, good or bad, and wanted one. So that summer, while wandering the West Village I came across one of those stores that had been shit all around the area. Those tiny, over-crowded, jacket/clothing/shoe stores that had too much crap and always had a “Closing Soon!” sign to try and get you to buy something quickly before they died. I went in, just to look around and saw a Hudson Leather motorcycle jacket. I do not now, and never did ride a motorcycle. Doesn’t…

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The Convention Bag Detailed

I’ve been doing conventions for a while now, selling books. Running a con table takes a lot of stuff and a bunch of thought and so I found myself needing to prepare more and more every show. Eventually I decided on gathering up a con bag. One bag that I could put everything, except stock (and now except one other thing I’ll get to), into and just grab and go. I used to use a giant diaper bag from Target for it, as it was big enough, and sturdy enough for the job but over the time the fact that it didn’t have a rigid shape started to cause problems. It was hard to load onto the hand truck, it was a pain to carry, and it sort of flopped enough to take up too much extra room under tables….

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Time travel and how the universe actually works.

All right! So you have 4 types of time travel. They break down like this: Causal linear – Stuff in the past directly affects stuff in the future. If I kill a dude in the past, he is dead, his kids never happened, etc. Non-Causal linear – What you do in the past will not affect the future. That time self-heals and corrects for mistakes. Causal non-linear – Stuff done in the past creates a split-off universe. Go back and kill someone and his kids are fine in YOUR FUTURE AS THEY ALREADY WERE, but you create a second universe where they never happened. Which one you go back to is down to story mechanics, etc. Non-causal non-linear – Stuff we do in the past affects the future but also leaves the future alone. It is a paradox method of…

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The Dark Shadows Dare

Welcome to a new round of Dare the Internet to Make Me Do Stupid Things this time with guest-stupid-person Laszlo Xalieri! You see, right now at Amazon the complete Dark Shadows is on sale. When I say “on sale” I mean $250 off reducing the price to a cheap $350 dollars. That’s $350 for, get this, 1225 thirty minute episodes. One thousand, two-hundred and twenty-five episodes. Holy crap. This set weighs like 15 lbs. and comes with 131 DVDs. It has 470 hours of TV. All of it is Dark Shadows. Look at this set: This is where the stupid comes in. No one really wants to commit to watching that much Dark Shadows. Or owning it. Imagine the tears rolling down a cheek as another DVD case is lifted out, as Season Umpteenbillion rolls onward. No one should do…

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Con prep

I should write this post at the start of a con season I suppose, but I never think of it until late. If you are going to be at a con, working a table, holding down a table, I’ve found there are some things you should think about. It’s not all slinging books and art. There’s prep involved. And after years I’ve come up with my own set of stuff (each item will have a link to it): Plastic Bags – Now, some people might prefer paper bags but the plastic is easier to use for a bunch of different sizes and has handles and what not. The paper ones I linked above, you want to double-check the size of. But anyway. Bags! The important thing is to have bags. And to get enough bags that you can give them…

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Kick. Start. Stop. Kick.

You want to fund your Kickstarter. You want to get out there and get noticed! That’s awesome! But here is where you are doing it wrong: If you message me on Twitter, DM or just an @reply, asking me to consider your Kickstarter and I don’t know you do you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to look at your Twitter feed. and if I see it is 90% or more just you @ing people, strangers, to support you – I will never give you a cent. If you email me out of the blue, like old time spam, and tell me about your project, chances are I will never give you money. Ever. Chances are worse when the email is badly written and boring. Just FYI. Look, you want your thing to succeed. You need eyeballs on…

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