A Plea to Female Gamers

Check other great works of art by Sam Spratt Back in my time, gaming was a guy thing, like G-I-Joes or Transformers.  Females had their Barbie doll games, and males had their first person shooters, real time strategy, and roll playing games.  Girls don’t fight wars, control armies, or save fantastical realms from destruction.  They…

The Nerd Hunter on Funny or Die

My best friend and fellow colleague, Jason Craft, has been hard at work on his Nerd Hunter web series.  It is a documentary surrounding the nerd-seeking adventurer Nigel Cunningham. Pictured, Nigel Cunningham staring down the sun I’ve personally met the guy from the outback.  His impassioned joy in hunting nerds is infectious!  I’ve often wondered…

5 Minute Piano Lessons: The Emotion of Chords

The expression of feeling and story is an important part of music in movies and life.  Watch a breathtaking scene in a movie and odds are there’s a glorious soundtrack playing in the background.  In a ritzy restaurant, the owners play smooth jazz, creating an atmosphere of delight and charm.  How do composers achieve these…

To Compose an eBook Cover

An egregious example of how one must not compose a book cover The evolution of my cover has been a rocky path.  This is, after all, the first thing readers will see before diving head long into the thrilling story.  All of it can be undone by a poorly drawn picture.  In traditional publishing, writers have…

A Starry Eyed Gaze at our Future

They’re inventing the driverless car; they’re inventing the internet contact lens; they’re inventing the human body shop, whereby we can grow any organ of the body; they’re beginning to tease apart the aging process.  All of us will have this technology.  All of us will live longer.  All of us will know exactly what’s happening…