The Spittoon List – Have Your Say

What is the immature, nerdy, geeky, childish, funny version of a bucket list? That would be The Spittoon List. I’ve teamed up with my sister-in-law to make a new vlog featuring geeking good fun for childish people everywhere. Over the coming weekend, I will be editing together footage from The International Steampunk Symposium, but we aim to have a new video each week. The question is: where to start?

Below are some of our simpler schemes which we plan to film in the coming weeks. What would you like to see first?

*Please note that we will likely film next Wednesday, which means even though the poll says it is open for a full week, we may take a final tally before that time. So vote early, folks!



Does anyone else remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that delighted and befuddled my generation as kids? I used to read every single one of those things I could find. There were good endings. There were abrupt endings. There were really, really crappy endings. Like “You fell and broke your leg. Your friends left you behind. Then a poisonous snake bit you on the butt. Now you’re dead. The end.”

Well, some sadistic genius launched a blog dedicated to all the unfortunate endings from the ill-fated adventures.

It’s a hoot, and might raise your blood pressure. Check it out here: YOU CHOSE WRONG.

Soooooooo Sorry


So, I got a new job and moved over 100 miles away. And I had, like, a weekend to move. And I’m still settling… and my job started right away… and it’s a very physical full time position… so that took some getting used to… and I’ve been bonding with my flatmate… and…

I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry.

I abandoned you. J.K. Rowling is writing a screenplay for a new film(s) set in the world of Harry Potter, the fall season of T.V. is creeping ever closer, and I WON’T be able to go to Pandoracon due to my new schedule (which sucks since I have tickets and all…).

But I have returned! And to make up for my negligence, here are some adorable minions, singing some classics:

Minions Banana Song – YouTube.

Story Vote (Please vote… please…)

Hello, hello. Waddaya know, I’m posting before nine in the evening. It’s a miracle, folks, especially since I’m doped up on allergy meds.


I plan to start a secondary blog for a novel-length project. I’m not a big fan of my short fiction, and I want to make a little venue to share a proper story. I will update the blog once a week with a full chapter for each post. Now we come to the problem: I don’t know which story to use. I’m placing the decision in your hands. The options are: The Boy with the World on His Tongue (urban fantasy), or Second Star (fantasy-esque scifi).

Here’s a brief flavor of each:

The Boy with the World on His Tongue:

This is a dark urban fantasy tale set in Cincinnati, a city rife with half-forgotten Victorian elegance, art nouveau monuments, and the largest abandoned subway system in America. Creatures range from classic fey such as Der Erlkonig, to modern monsters like Slender Man. This story has changelings, Seers, action, and liberal doses of things that go bump in the night.

Summary: When a singer vanishes from the backstage of Music Hall, the latest in a string of disappearances,Ross finds himself drawn into the world he’s always fought to ignore, the world that stole his voice as punishment for a crime he couldn’t help committing: possessing the Sight. And he’s not the only one pulled into the game. Old forces in the city are rising, and something dark is calling from the shadows.

Second Star (Working Title):

Effectively, this is what happens when Star Trek, Peter Pan, and The Hunger Games make a baby. Though the story is definitely scifi, the majority takes place on an isolated planet with little advanced (or basic) technology and leans heavily toward adventure/exploration themes, along with an examination of group dynamics and peace/conflict studies.

Summary: In a post-bellum society, two planets agree to peace – with one condition. They must both surrender their weapons. Their weapons, however, are people. The people of Ressec already shipped their genetically engineered weapons (“Gens”)  to an isolated planet turned penal colony. Each weapon is general and foot-soldier in one – abnormally strong and exceptionally intelligent. Sage, the eldest of the Terren Gens, must face the fact that her own side will soon be sent to the same world. However, unlike the Ressec Gens, she and her kind are younger – none above twenty, some under a year – and they have been trained as technical masterminds. They have always fought from a distance, but they will doubtless be forced to fight for survival against the Ressec Gens. Each possesses a unique genius, but can they adapt that genius to their new problems? She must lead her friends and family in a new life, and she must be prepared, at all times, for war with the very deadliest of enemies.

So – which would you rather read? VOTE!

Radiant Vanguard


(An in-progress shot from Radiant Vanguard’s blog on a customization they were recently working on.)

Radiant Vanguard is a lovely troop I met at this weekend’s festivities, and I got a card off one of their members. They are Ohio-based cosplayers/gamers/friends who have put together their own airship (steampunk team, essentially) and run their own blog (which may be found… here! Radiant Vanguard!). They have a lot of worthwhile stuff, and it’s always interesting to read about various events/issues from another perspective. I also snapped pictures of several members (notably Kendandra in his blue coat, which I don’t think made the brief photo bomb yesterday – but will in future photo bombs!).

So this is a tip of the hat to some other bloggers who are a little strange and a lot of fun. Looking forward to bumping into you all at future cons!

A Question of Content

So, I have a handful of subscribers now, and the doorbell is ringing with lots of irregular customers. I think it’s time I asked that all-important question: what are you interested in seeing? Now, I’m speaking specifically about original content. I’ll continue to share all the beautiful, bizarre and grotesque fascinations I find in my voyages, but I’m trying to pull my share of the load instead of just sipping from the successes of others. In order to do this well, I need to know what you’re interested in seeing. So I’ve gotten all spiffy and made a poll for you! Voting will be open for one week. Please vote. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain when I post a five-part series on why I think blue is the best color for fingernail polish. So…