Monthly Archives: September 2014

Review of my New Laptop, the Digital Storm Lance

Ah, the joys of computer shopping. Dealing with underpaid stockboys (from anywhere in the world), utterly indifferent management, and machines that work poorly, if at all, when you finally get them. I’ve handled all that nonsense before with larger computer retailers, so last year I decided to go with a smaller, dedicated boutique computer shop–Digital […]

Writing Log #19: Little bits of progress all over the place!

I begin again with a bit of bad news: I didn’t finish chapter 69 over the weekend. I did make progress on it, though, and also, I actually got hit by a blast of inspiration and did some work on chapter 70! That’s the good news 😀 I’m not sure how wise this method of […]   Love this book review.

Real Knowledge

Originally posted on Russia Without BS:
Recently I had an experience which has become all too typical ever since the Ukrainian crisis, indeed the Euromaidan movement, began late last year. Since that time, I have repeatedly found myself engaged in online battles with people either pro-Maidan or pro-Novorossiya, and in each of these cases it’s…

I’ll just leave this here…

Originally posted on Russia Without BS:
The next time you’re reading some alarmist article about Russia being this rising global threat and World War III is just around the corner, I highly suggest you take this story into account. I realize that those not familiar with the post-Soviet Russian military may be skeptical, but in…

Gunlord’s “The Last Red Shoulder:” Postmortem

As promised, my friends–FINALLY–allow me to present you with a rundown of my thoughts on my most recently completed long-form (the first I actually completed, really) fic–The Last Red Shoulder! Again, you can check out the whole thing here: And, as you might be able to tell from the fact I’m calling this a […]

One-Star Amazon Reviews of Pulitzer Winners

Originally posted on The Junto:
We talk a lot about accessibility in historical writing. Many of us worry whether the academic historical profession has much to say to a broad popular audience. It’s a pretty old form of anxiety. But what do the general public in the United States really want from their history books? A few…