Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 71 – Engaging the Audience

This time on Of Mooks and Monsters, Rob is running the show again, and we talk about how to read your audience to make a game everyone can enjoy.

And in this case, audience means players. The two have some parallels and some differences.

Thanks for listening! Share and enjoy!

You can email the show at podcast@mentalcellarpublications.com and let us know any thoughts you have on what we said and any topics we should discuss in the future.

Alive After Reading Episode 36 – Adam Dreece

This week on Alive After Reading, I talk with Adam Dreece, author of The Yellow Hoods series for all ages, as well as the Wizard Killer books and the Man of Clouds.

It’s a fun conversation, and includes a discussion of the charity Adam is involved with over at BooksForAGoodClaus.com

You can also find Adam at his website. Or check out his facebook page at facebook.com/adamdreeceauthor

Last but not least, if you have not read The Mangrove Suite yet, please check it out on Kindle, or in the spiffy new paperback edition.

Thanks for listening.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 70 – Reading the Audience

This week Of Mooks and Monsters returns with an episode where we talk about how to use the skill of reading and audience to run better games. Rob takes center stage on this one.

Email us any questions or comments at podcast@mentalcellarpublications.com

Thanks for listening.

Alive After Reading Episode 35 – Alexandra Penn

This week, Alive After Reading returns with a great chat I had with independent author, Alexandra Penn!

Check out Alexandra’s serial story “The Letter Mage” over on Patreon. Or get the first quarto on amazon.com. Check out her website here.

You can also find my book, “The Mangrove Suite” on amazon.com and get ready for book 2 to launch in early 2018.

Thanks for listening!

Back at the Video

Hey, everybody. I planned to ignore the blog today.

Funny how things go around, because now I’m here, typing straight into the text box.

I want to let you all know, I am beginning to breathe new life into my old youtube channel. It’s here, with a new video right now.

It’s getting late for me to be up, but my twin bother thrashed me for being lazy, so I’m here.

I’ve been having a tough couple weeks in one sense, because of a family health issue. On the other hand, I have also been relaxing almost constantly, in addition to doing a little editing on the next novel.

Anyway, if you’re interested in writerly video blogs, give mine a look. Here is the channel.

Thanks for reading and watching.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 69 – Mutants and Wargames

Hey, everyone, I’m back with a bit of solo episode, a digression from the regular podcast. Here I talk about a way to use Mutants and Masterminds by Green Ronin as a wargame.

Thanks for listening, Rob should be back next week.

Please email the show at podcast@mentalcellarpublications.com if you have any comments, questions, or ideas for us.

Don’t forget, you can find my books on Amazon.com.


Alive After Reading Episode 34 – Joshua Simon

This week on Alive After Reading, I have an interview with independent author Joshua Simon! For full disclosure, I met Joshua in an online writing group a few years back. Hope you enjoy the conversation!

Check out Joshua’s books.

Check out my books.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 68 – Bringing Down Metagamers

Hey everybody!

This week on Of Mooks and Monsters, Rob and I discuss one of the greatest enemies of fun in roleplaying games: metagaming, and its often-unwitting agents, the metagamers.

Thanks for listening!

Share and enjoy.

Email us your feedback at podcast@mentalcellarpublications.com

Nuh-uh Syndrome

Hey everybody! The Mangrove Suite has a snazzy new cover! I also finished a novel’s rough draft this week, but that’s not really what I feel like discussing today on the blog.

You see, I have ADHD, even as an adult it is a bother to concentrate. I am medicated for this condition, but recently I tried downsizing my dosage for the last few months. Earlier this week I decided the attempt was resulting in depression and other issues that arose in the absence of the full dose.

After a few days on my prescribed dose of ADHD medication, something occurred to me.

For me, ADHD is the “Nuh-uh!” syndrome.

That is to say, when I want to do something difficult or requiring focus, ADHD says, like a petulant child: “Nuh-uh!”

When I have trouble dealing with this issue it feels as though I’m more the voice that says “nuh-uh,” than when I’m medicated sufficiently. With the medication, the voice is quieter and also easier to ignore.

Anyway, I’ll be back next week with more about fiction than I had this time.

Thanks for reading.