Heading to Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always been at the top of my list of places I want to visit in Asia. It's a city that was founded on capitalism and free trade, a city that mixes the best and worst of both the East and the West. On top of that Hong Kong is the setting of …

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The Gentleman’s Personal Library

In September I posted about my decision to start a personal gentleman's library made up of books on history, philosophy, science, and the biographies of great men. My goal is to have a respectable collection lining my study when I retire. A man must be surrounded by good books in order to make the most …

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Barbarian Book Club: November 2017

Another month of reading has come and gone, this one a particularly busy one due to our trip to California for my brother's wedding. Surprisingly I managed to finish three books in what little time I had. The Coffee Trader by David Liss was my airplane read on the way back from California. Somehow I …

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Ongoing Projects

Upcoming Novella I started work on what I'm hoping will end up a multi-chapter novella or short novel. It will be an action-packed story of adventure and exploration set in my Musket & Magic world of colonial powers, treacherous jungles, and ancient magic that I introduced in my Storyhack Issue 0 piece. The adventure features the …

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The Future…

I've been home for almost three days and somewhat still recovering from jetlag and the whirlwind of activity that took place in California. It's midnight and I can't sleep, mostly because I took a four-hour nap and drank coffee around 8pm. My brother's wedding was magnificent, and I am honored that he asked me to be …

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On our way to California.

I'm currently enjoying a nice relaxing bus ride to Narita airport where we will be taking a China Air flight to Los Angeles via Beijing. We're going back to SoCal for my brother's wedding so most of the time will be spent catching up with family and friends. The last few weeks of work have …

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Barbarian Book Club: September & October 2017

I've been feeling kind of burned out on fiction. The last two months I've only read non-fiction, mostly focusing on the early 19th century, specifically the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. I don't plan my reading. What I do is randomly buy books based on whatever whim I'm experiencing at the time, so my …

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Stranger Things 2 a Stunning Failure

    This past Friday I got off of work, ran to the store where I picked up some snacks, a pizza, and went home to begin the much-awaited binge watch of Stranger Things season 2. The wife and I loved season 1. It touched all of the themes I like in supernatural horror storytelling. …

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Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5

Scene 1 Summary: Everyone is back in Athens and freshly married. Theseus dismisses the stories from the night as the fanciful fantasies of lovers and poets. They all sit back and watch the play put on by Bottom and his crew. The play is so bad that they spend the whole time laughing at it but …

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Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 4

Scene 1 Summary: The scene starts off with Titania dotting on Bottom. He's relaxing in her faerie bed requesting all sorts of crazy stuff from the fairies charged with his enjoyment. After a bit of music, they all fall asleep and Oberon and Puck who were watching the whole scene hidden decide to fix the spell and …

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