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Independent Balance

I quit my job about two years ago and now make a decent living coaching chess, teaching photography, and guiding kids to practice imagination and socialization through playing Dungeons & Dragons. I am literally a professional Dungeon Master. As awesome as it is to be able to say that, there’s an inherent difficulty in finding […]

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Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy

This is a speech I intended to give at the Station Unity Sci-Fi conference in August of 2022. The audience for the session ended up being… somewhat smaller than I expected, so I adapted the themes of this speech into a group discussion. Welcome everyone. My name is Andrew Linke and I’m your guest author […]

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AI Art

I’ve been playing at the edges of AI art for a few years, from early dalliances with running the Electric Sheep Screensaver to creating terrible book covers in Deep Dreamer. It’s an interesting intersection of my enjoyment of art, even if I can’t draw so much as a stick figure comic without failing, and my […]

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Don’t Let Me Walk Alone

When the sundown comes, don’t let me walk alone. Memories begin to fade, flaking away like ash blowing before the flame. Sparks of fear rise, burning against the night sky. Fragments, they are. Flickering, untethered, soon to burn out and fall to the earth in a cold gray rain. Don’t let me walk alone, she […]

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Getting Back into Fitness

I currently pay for both Apple Fitness+ and Supernatural, in addition to having a driveway which is perfect for fitness, as it is exactly 1/10th of a mile long and slopes uphill at both ends. Literally the only thing keeping me from getting into better shape is the general madness of life here at the […]

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This morning we drove over to a local flower farm, where Alli and Barb picked sunflowers and chatted a bit with the farmer. It was a nice break from the daily grind of medications and catheters. We walked among the flowers for a good while. I chased butterflies, attempting to get a good photo of […]

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Unearthed Arcana: Character Origins (One D&D Play Test)

This week’s Big News for Gamers is that Wizards of the Coast is releasing a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons in 2024. That isn’t an entirely accurate statement, as the design team is adamant that this is less of a “new edition” and more of a refinement, but even in this first release there […]

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Finishing Things

I have wanted to tell stories since I was a little kid. I might even still have a comic book I wrote and (terribly) illustrated about a literal rock star astronaut. My sister and I did a few strips of a heavily Calvin and Hobbes inspired comic called Space Chief. I remember running around in […]

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The video is grainy and has a low frame rate, resulting in jerky, poorly tracked motions, but the action is easy to follow as GG slithers down to the foot of her bed, slides out past the roll bars, and shuffles towards the bathroom door. We would be proud of her for moving so quickly […]

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Level 37

I turned 37 today and I’ve mostly managed to not panic. Mostly. I took today off from my chess coaching work to relax a bit and allow myself time to do something I haven’t done regularly for almost three years: Write. It felt great. I lay in bed for about an hour longer than I […]