RIP James Cobb

I have been hearing reports that James Cobb, a long-time wargame enthusiast and journalist, has passed away.

One of his final reviews  was of the Command Live scenario I made, Black Gold Blitz. RIP.

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Happy New Year

I fired up the Command scenario editor and made this goofy image. Happy New Year to all.

cmano new year

Being myself

I’ve blogged here for over two years now, and my topics have ranged from the ultra-serious, as with the COIN wargaming post, to the silly and goofy, from the mundane to the strange.

It’s OK. I’ve spent so much time and effort long ago trying to be PLAIN AND NORMAL (caps on purpose) that didn’t work. I’m myself. Sometimes I have to remind myself of my own strength, and say “Coiler, be Coiler. You don’t have to be, or write like _____. Just be yourself.” And I’m taking that lesson to heart.

Being more tolerant of myself has also helped me become a lot more tolerant of other people and their tastes as well, I’ve found. So it’s very helpful and useful overall to me.

 

 

A New Month

So it’s November.

It’s gonna be real busy for me, so blogging may be limited in both number of posts and their content, especially in comparison to last month’s blast of posts.

If I read normal fiction

Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I read “normal” books. And in some cases I do. But-I feel like I’d have missed something if I hadn’t read the undiscovered gems, the hilariously bad monsters, and even the bland potboilers I dig through to get the former two.

That’s just my taste to find the weird and different, I suppose.

That annoying feeling

Since for a variety of reasons I haven’t been able to get a good sleep, I might as well share the annoying feeling I’ve had a for a really long time. Which is that I feel stuck when I’m actually sitting down preparing to write, fully awake and alert, but when I’m laying in bed trying to sleep, then my mind is buzzing with ideas and thoughts. Ouch.

My New EBook Is Out

So, I’ve scrounged together a new ebook, the first volume in what I hope to be an ongoing series of goofy, Todd’s Super Racket Adventure.

Available here , it was something to write. I completed it in the following way.

  • Taking stuff that had been floating in my mind, often for years and years. This was important-I wanted to turn it into an extant, complete story.
  • And more importantly, simply letting it flow. Outlines and a strict flow are necessary for many works of fiction. Not this one. As long as I had the very broad strokes, I could plop in the set pieces at my leisure. And insert them I did.
  • This was a blast to write. When I got writer’s block I simply had to wait until a goofy set piece emerged in my mind, then adapt it ever-so-slightly to fit Todd and write it.

This is not a work that will win any prizes for literature (Or cover art, with my MS Paint-created masterpiece on the front). But I enjoyed writing it, and I hope its audience enjoys reading it just as much.

 

Sedans

Sedan sales have been dropping. After helping my family move, and seeing the cargo stuff hatchback and crossover cars bring, I can see why.