Author: Arlen

Sparks in the snow

Was driving home the other day when I suddenly noticed that sparks seemed to be shooting out of my side mirror! After a moment, I realized that it was the turn-signal on the mirror reflecting off of the snow, which

Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2017

About a month ago, I did a post about the non-fiction I read in 2017, and said that I would follow it up with a post of the fiction. Well, flu and other things intervened, so am I just now

Non-Fiction 2017

Last year I read 130 books, split relatively evenly between fiction (63 books) and non-fiction (books 67). Yes, I am geeky enough to have a spreadsheet! If you are interested, I average 2.5 books per week, with an average of

Celtic Knotwork

A few weeks ago I taught a workshop on drawing Celtic knotwork, and a number of the attendees asked if I could make my presentation available for future reference. Rather than just send out a PowerPoint, I figured it would

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Octopus Prime

Let’s transform and go get some sushi… Yes, there seem to be almost no limits that we won’t go to for a bad pun. This was my costume at Mile-Hi Con 49 last weekend, where it won a judge’s choice

In case of quail…

In case of quail, do not stand in a box with an antenna.   I can think of no other interpretation.  

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I don’t know if anyone noticed, but there was a total eclipse of the sun this week (on Monday, August 21st, 2017)!! Anna and I and some friends drove up to Wyoming on Sunday, and on Monday morning found a

In Print!

I just had a short story published in Phantaxis magazine! The story is called Playmates (as in childhood playmates, not the R-Rated kind!). I used to write a lot of fiction, but stopped for many years. As I now have

Underground, overground…

We’ve been clearing out the remnants of my cousin’s stuff after moving him into a nursing facility. If you are having trouble letting go of things, I highly recommend spending a few weeks clearing out a hoarder’s house. It makes

Patently Absurd

Well, I officially now hold a patent – US Patent #9,612,825 – Systems and Methods for Merging Metadata-Based Applications! I wouldn’t bother reading it if I were you–I wrote the thing, but after the lawyers were done with it, I