On being Austin exes

What do you get nostalgic about? As you get old enough to have versions of you that aren’t yours anymore, you’re supposed to keep the best ones up on a shelf. Refer to them when you hear That One Song. That’s the rule, right? For me, as I work on a new project, it’s all about […]

Learning From Neon Genesis Evangelion

This post is based on a YouTube video I did a couple weeks back. Eva is about to make its debut on Netflix, and I opted to re-watch the series for the first time in years. I’m an early NGE convert; I watched the series originally on VHS (the tapes were WHITE!) way back in […]

I’m talking writing (et al) on Youtube

A while back I was doing the blogging thing. And honestly, I was okay at it. I’ve got posts on here as much as five or six years old at this point that still regularly see traffic. As an indie author, you want those regular updates to go out into the world. You want to […]

On Writing ‘Witty’ Spies

I remember watching the trailer for that last Bourne movie, Jason Bourne. Do you? There was a line in it that super bugged me, and at the time I didn’t think about why: “Could be worse than Snowden.” Okay, so the movie is being timely. A professional spook makes a colloquial comparison to a big thing that happened in […]

“I can’t stop watching this trash fire.” Weekly Update 1/30/17

2017 continues. I think if you’re a young American right now (and judging by my feed, also anywhere else), it’s extraordinarily distracting online and in the world. I remember reading that theory from wherever about how every fourth generation has to face some catastrophe. The last was the Greatest Generation. They survived the Great Depression and then […]

2016 in review.

2016 was a real boner of a year. In addition to the broad unpleasantness, I personally lost too many, too young, too talented friends. Old podcasts and webseries and short films I made are filled with people that are now gone. That said, life goes on, and 2016 was also a banner year in a […]

Developing a book cover: Wicked City

I started writing Wicked City in early 2012. My intent for years was to hire an artist to create a striking image (or images) I could use for the marketing of the book and to do the design myself. The design is the title text, blurb, all the stuff that goes over an image on a book […]

Titanfall 2: Throw a blanket over it!

First off, here’s Catbug. I just finished Titanfall 2’s campaign. I played nearly a hundred hours of the first Titanfall, and that was largely multiplayer. It had a campaign, but it was this bizarre radio drama that played over and around actual multiplayer matches. The universe was interesting enough: Titans are giant robots used in […]

David Pumpkins is funny because of a fake out.

The comedy world is losing its mind (justifiably) for a SNL sketch from this past Saturday. Watch it, if you haven’t. And then, bask in the fawning web words it has called forth. Here’s the thing – the sketch works because it has fake outs. You hear that line Keenan Thompson says right at the end? “He’s […]

Revenge of the Star Trek Screenings

Hollywood, Friday night. The clubgoers are out. You can spot them because the girls spent hours getting done up, and the guys are in a white button down and jeans. The crowds are looking a little casual, a little young. Things are changing, and I am getting old enough to see the contrast between then […]