Thursday, March 15, 2018

ECCC 2018

Emerald City Comic Con
March 1-4, 2018

Working cons is work, but so worth it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

His name is ...

Feb 22, 2018
Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA

Reign FC training in the snow

Covering the NWSL, Reign FC, and women's soccer for and Radio Cascadia has been a great gig. With training camp opening and off from school, I took the opportunity to attend training February 22 and caught these amazing snow training images. It took me back to coaching at WSU in 1994 when we had an important match in the snow against OSU on Halloween and won.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Funny Subbing Stories - it has been a while

I used to post a bunch of these, but with Twitter it is sort of tough to get to the blog when I can just tweet out little things. Here is one that is worth more than a tweet.

However, not that very long ago I was in a middle school.  During attendance I said a name and got one long and very loud fart as a response.

Part of me was amused.

One of the kids called out the kid we will call C.  "Did you drink milk again?" The student asked the other.  Giggling.  "Dude, don't do that, you know you are not supposed to."  More giggling.

At this point, it was hard to not laugh, even though I was at least in part annoyed.  The student in question was really lactose intolerant and would fart like a maniac all morning if he had dairy.  So, when he saw there was a sub, he intentionally went to the lunch room and got a milk, even though the lunch ladies were supposed to not let him, so he could load up on the gas and just rip farts all morning.  Apparently, until about third period there would be this loud rip every several minutes followed by some giggling.

I almost admired his dedication.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Reading List 2017

The 2017 reading list 

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Dan Casey
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson
The Calvin and Hobbes Guide to Daily Life by Robin Banks
The Hole Behind Midnight: A Story of the 25th Hour by Clinton J. Boomer
City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales by Gigi Little (Editor)
100 Good Deeds by Jonathan Calleri
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy by NPS/USDI
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg
Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
A Small Magic by Devon Monk
Royden Poole's Field Guide to the 25th Hour by Clinton J. Boomer
Aether Revolt Player's Guide
Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes
Ballroom Blitz by Veronica Schanoes
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Henry Edwards
Stoya X Team Rockstar
by Brian Daley
Building A Monarchy: Sketchbook by Brian Steelfreeze
Dungeons After Dark: A Coloring Book For Adults by Cori Redford
Imagine Agents by Brian Joines & Bachan
Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
How to Fight a Bear ... And Win: & 72 Other Real Survival Tips We Hope You'll never Need by The Bathroom Readers Institute
Grrl Scouts Volume 1 by Jim Mahfood
Grrl Scouts Volume 2: Work Sucks by Jim Mahfood
How I Became Stupid by Martin Page
Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Among The Thorns by Veronica Schanoes
Harrow County Volume 1: Countless Haints by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook
Amonkhet Player's Guide
1990: Seattle's Music Scene Distorts As 80's Glam Goes 90's Grunge by Michael Edward Browning
Gods and Ends by Devon Monk
A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hil & Gabriel Rodriguez
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Comey Statement
Alys by Kiri Callaghan
The Collapsing Empire by Jon Scalzi
Return To Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One by Doug Beyer
Gatecrash: The Secretist, Part Two by Doug Beyer
Dragon's Maze: The Secretist, Part Three by Doug Beyer
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
Deep Think: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov
The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
Dreams in Shadow: 17 Tales by various
Hour of Devastation Player's Guide
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Armada by Ernest Cline
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Alice Cooper, Golf Monster by Alice Cooper (with Keith and Kent Zimmerman)
Pope Letter
Girl Genius Vol 2 Num 1 by Phil & Kaja Foglio
City of Death by Douglas Adams and James Goss
Rock Candy: An Ordinary Magic Story by Devon Monk
Girl Genius Vol 2 Num 2 by Phil & Kaja Foglio
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Planet Hulk
Silk V1
Diesel v1
Ixalan Player's Guide
It Devours1 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
The Runaways v1
Arrival by Ted Chiang
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Time Travel Dinosaur by Matt Youngmark
What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson
Bonfire by Krystin Ritter
Artemis by Andy Weir
Endurance by Scott Kelly
The Jedi Pat
Paper Stars by Devon Monk
Lore by Aaron Mahnke
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age V1 by Charles Mouton
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
Reykjavik Pocket Rough Guide
Fischer vs. Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century by Svetozar Gligoric

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ephemera 2017

This is the ShotgunProse annual CDO list of things I did in order to reference later.  It is a weird thing I do, but being able to have these lists is worth it from time to time.

Sherlock (Season 4 Premiere) 1-1 Central Cinema
Underworld: Blood Wars
Moulin Rouge 2-14 Central Cinema
Firefly 3-10 Central Cinema
Doctor Who Season 10 Premiere 4-17
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 (w/GotG as double feature) 5-4
Wonder Woman
Spider-Man: Homecoming
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Atomic Blonde
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Thor Ragnarok
Justice League
Victoria & Abdul
Star WarsEpisode 8: The Last Jedi
The Shape of Water

Interesting Things
Women's March on Seattle 1-21
PAX South Jan 26-31 San Antonio (Viking Guitar Live 1-28)
EVOLVE 76 1-27 Woodlawn Lake Park Gym
Ace Frehley 2-11 The Neptune
Katya Kabanova (Dress Rehearsal) 2-22 McCaw Hall
ECCC March 2-5 WSCTC (Alice Cooper)
Sounds Of Silence 3-25 WHS Theatre
Neil Gaiman 4-2 Benaroya Hall (w/Jason Webley)
Mariners 2 Rangers 1 4-14 Safeco Field
Jason Webley (w/Pepper Proud & Chris Poage) 4-21 Fremont Abbey
Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D: Defying Convention: Understanding the Creative Mind 4-24 Kane Hall
Chris Cornell Memorial 5-18 KEXP
The Davanos 5-28 LRH
Mountlake Terrace Elementary Reunion 6-9
Wordburglar & Kirby Krackle 6-9 Subspace Comics
GP Las Vegas Limited Sealed Event 6-16 Las Vegas Convention Center (1303/2695)
BAZ Star Crossed Lovers 6-17 The Palazzo Theatre
The Swains 7-14 LRH
Dita: The Art of the Teese 7-23 Moore Theatre
PAX West 9/1-4 (Polaris Party 9/2 Crocodile)
PAX Dev 8-29/30 Westin
Epica - Lacuna Coil - Insomnium - Elantris 9-11 Showbox
Book Signing Resurgence 9-12 UW
Bob's Corn Maze 10-16
Jet City Comic Show 11-5/6 Tacoma Convention Center
Krysten Ritter 11-15 UW Bookstore
Scott Kelly 11-16 UW Bookstore
Grilled Cheese 11-18 Magnuson Park
Space Time (Marian Call and guests including Molly Lewis) 11-19 Jewelbox Theatre
Bill Murray 11-29 McCaw Hall
WPZ Wildlights 12-6
First Thursday Art Walk 12-7
Podcon 12-9/10 WSCTC (WTNV/Lore/Vlog Bros/Alice Isn't Dead/etc ...)
Child's Play Charity Auction 12-14 Meydenbauer Center
Sugarplum Gary 12-23 18th & Union
Oregon Zoo Zoo Lights 12-30

Seattle Reign
2017 Kit Unveil 4-11 WAC
SRFC 3 UW 0 / 4-8 Husky Soccer Stadium
SRFC 1 SBFC 1 / 4-15 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 5 HOU 1 / 4-22 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 6 WASH 2 / 5-13 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 ORL 1 / 5-21 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 FCKC 1 / 6-24 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 2 CHI 1 / 6-28 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 2 PTFC 0 / 7-1 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 BOS 1 / 7-15 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 5 SBFC 4 / 7-22 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 NCC 2 / 8-13 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 1 PTFC 2 / 8-26 Memorial Stadium
SRFC 0 FCKC 1 / 9-24 Memorial Stadium

USWNT 0 Australia 1 / 7-27 CLink
SSFC 1 PTFC 1 / 8-27 CLink
SSFC 3 VWFC 0 / 9-27 CLink

Hashtag Bookclub at Subspace Comics
Seattle Saberfit
MTG PPTQ & tournaments
Tango classes at Belltown Dance Studio
Vertical World FT 6-12
Hamilton at Evergreen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The PODCON Experience

It has been some time since I attended a con with an attendee badge and did not work in any way on the event.

I had contributed to the Indiegogo campaign, ended up not doing the volunteer app, and got into the autograph lottery for Lore. 

The stuff I looked forward to was what I had hoped for and the new things I sampled and made notes to follow up on will give me interesting stuff to explore.

This was a great experience.  I felt like the vibe or feel was good.  Whether the measurable financial metrics for PodCon work out for there to be a second is not up to me, but for a first year event I felt it was really solid. When the recordings come out I look forward to revisiting some things I attended and checking out everything I missed.


Getting ready for the PodCon Opening Show

Attendee badge

Hal Lublin and Meg Bashwiner host the PodCon Opening Show

The Five Founders of PodCon

An intro of various folks from various podcasts of note

Julian Koster sings

Lore live with Aaron Mahnke and Chad Lawson

getting my Lore book signed by Aaron Mahnke

getting my Lore book signed by Aaron Mahnke

with Aaron Mahnke

Welcome to Night Vale Q & A

Indiegogo contributors like me

Voice acting workshop with Cecil and Meg


They used chairs for autograph lines and I took notes

How to Create Straight Characters

Everybody Has a Podcast with Hank Green, John Green, Casper ter Keile, Drew Ackerman, Francesa Ramsey, and Patrick Kondas

Alice Isn't Dead live with Jasika Nicole and Disparition 

Serial Fiction Storytelling with Hal Lublin, Julian Koster, Paul Bae, Joseph Fink, Brie Williams, and Lauren Shippen

Gaby Dunn and Symphony Sanders host the PodCon Closing Show


Dylan Marron

John Green

Ashley Ahearn and Hank Green

Hal Lublin's Battle World

Aparna Nancheria

The Five Founders close it out

Seeding 52 Geek Pickup

Thursday, November 16, 2017

We have lost too much

On Chris Cornell and others.

This is a letter I emailed to KEXP last Spring.


I stood there, tears welling up for someone whose work I know pretty well but who I did not know personally.

Years ago, I wrote for and was an editor of a music magazine during the grunge era in Seattle.  I had written for my college newspaper and was aware of the Seattle scene in the late 80s as bands like Alice in Chains played at WSU.  I wrote for other music mags over the years but my writing eventually moved in other directions.  I currently am Seattle Editor for women's soccer for and cover the Seattle Reign.  

Again, I stood there, tears welling up.

I look back on that time, the Grunge Era, both fondly and with the knowledge that it was far darker than the music even told.  We have buried too many people, too young, and young people only die tragically.

When I speak with young people about that era, it comes up, and I point out the dark side. Recently, I have worked with two long time music industry folks (Alice Cooper and Michael Rowe of Bucket Truck fame) at some comic cons I work for.  They are fascinated by what I can tell them, but both are very aware of what I mean.

In 1990 I was fresh out of college, made editor of a music mag, and then Andrew died.  My friend and colleague had interviewed him literally the evening before.  We were freaked, Rolling Stone was calling, and we ended up a few days later in Leschi at a manager's house with Andrew's fiance and the band and Alice in Chains, and I stood there as a fly on the wall in something I had no real business being a part of talking to Stone and Jeff and trying very hard to just get away.

Last night, I stood and listened to you as you spoke about Chris and we yelled and we were silent and a lot of people who were younger and just loved the music and grey beards like me were all tearing up.  I couldn't stay long. It was hard.

We all have family and friends and people we wish we knew who are always struggling.  We help them as we can, we do what we can.But, we have buried too many who either didn't get any help, were taken advantage of for their talents, or who finally lost the battle they were fighting.

I thought what you and KEXP did last night was tasteful and the right thing to do.  Celebrate the music and the man, feel genuine sorrow for his family and those in his life, and let the fans of his genius and body of work grieve even as they didn't know him personally.  They knew him through his work and that is ok.

Take care, and thank you.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Tango lessons went well

More soon.

Time to Tango.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Goodbye Old Friend

They are knocking down and rebuilding my elementary school on the same site.  My junior high and high schools both have had the same fate. So, all three buildings I attended no longer exist, although there are - or will be - schools still functioning on the same site.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Grand Prix Las Vegas

1303/2695 was my official placement in the Limited Sealed Main

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse thoughts

I got a really nice 90 percent of the eclipse.

Kicked back in a chair, had my glasses and my box, listened to some Pink Floyd.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So, they are both graduated

Yep.  Both of them.  Graduated.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dave brings Cerebus back, but not to life

This is not a retcon, Cerebus remains very dead.  However, he also is in Hell.

I decided to wait and post this until after Emerald City Comic Con when I would have a first chance to meet Gerhard, which was cool.

I also decided to wait until I got all five issues, zero through four equals five.

When I look at this as a collection of strips as opposed to a story it makes more sense, because the story really is the title.  beyond that, the jokes are mostly funny, if not in a lot of cases basically the same joke told over and over.

Given that Dave has faced a serious health issue with his hand, coming up with this project was a good way to get the material out and into print.  I hope he does get a full recovery and can go back to doing other projects again and variant covers, and because I hope the man gets healthy.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Because I am clumsy

It was a month ago yesterday that I finally went to the doctor's office.

It was a good three weeks earlier that I banged my clavicle, apparently fracturing it, leaving a lot of bruising and swelling in my shoulder.

The problem was not the clavicle by the time the doctor saw me.  I had not been able to get the swelling and bruising to go away, it was burning, and I was getting sick.  One evening, it appeared that the bruising was seeping and I did my best to try and clean it up, but it became clear that a doctor visit was necessary.

It did not take more than a quick glance before the doc had me move to the procedure room, was trying to get the area numb, and informed me that although they normally lance these sorts of things, "I am going to cut you now."  Two slices, five attempts at numbing the area with shots, and about 35 minutes later, I was a wreck with a huge packed wound bigger than a golf ball.

It is not clear whether an earlier visit of even a few days would have done much to avoid the abscess procedure by very much since it was so hidden by the swelling, but I feel like it would have been a lot easier on me physically and cheaper on my pocket book.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

It was not even a pipe dream 26 years ago

It has taken me a good week now to get to writing this.  Gonzaga played for the national title in men's basketball this past Monday against North Carolina, losing late after leading in stretches.  It was a brutal outcome. However, it is also an amazing accomplishment for the little Jesuit school from Spokane that is no longer a surprising success.

26 years ago I sat in the old Kennel as a student watching the Zags play Eastern Washington.  The GU coach was talking about NCAA tourney appearances, and with the field being 64 with automatic bids it all seemed plausible.  By plausible, I mean that it would be plausible for GU to contend for that automatic bid and get crushed annually as a 14 seed.

Within a few years GU did get to the tourney, and now it is a mainstay with multiple Sweet 16 appearances and the 2017 Final Four and championship game appearance.

I don't talk much about that year at GU for reasons. I loved the school, but how that year played out still sometimes causes me to pause and reflect.

Deep down I will always be a Coug first.  I played and coached soccer against the Zags.  When WSU hosted GU in Pullman for a first round NIT match I was very much a Cougar.  Ambition and consistency are not something that mid major programs can easily juggle.  But, how the Zags have approached their program is something larger conference teams just don't seem to realize would work anywhere in the power conferences.

So, GU now has the chance to build on this success, even as players move on.  Few has seemed to have no problem in recruiting, and now even a childhood friend of my daughter's has signed on to be a freshman next season.

It was surprising to me just how emotional this game made me.  Even though I am a Coug first, clearly my brief time at GU did in fact have a profound affect on me.

Go Zags!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Best assignment ever

Of all the cons I have worked, this assignment will be tough to ever beat.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

San Antonio trip 2017

San Antonio 2017

PAX South