Mormon Tabernacle Choir Phase II

DISTANT SHORES: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Phase II

I give a detailed … perhaps TOO detailed … report on the Music Theory Achievement Test required in Phase II of the audition and my condition after surviving the test.


CREATIVE ENGINE: Macmillan vs. Amazon Wars

You can read the hard copy on this report at as well as links to the main articles referred to here.


My misadventures in trying to reach the Final Frontier via Cryptic Studio’s newly release online MMORGP, Star Trek Online.

CAPTAINS CABIN: Scribe’s Forge Workshops

We announce the development of a new series of online writing seminars and workshops at our new Scribe’s Forge website..

Episode 47 / February 6th, 2010

Christmas Holiday Special 2009

PORT OF CALL: Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Me

The first part of my journey through the arduous Mormon Tabernacle Choir auditions.


CREATIVE ENGINE:  Assault on Santa’s Workshop

Why has there never been a really good, ripping Santa Claus adventure with hard hitting excitment, reindeer and explosives? Now you can have one as my gift to you by downloading the free PDF version of Assault on Santa’s Workshop from the XDM: Xtreme Dungeon Mastery website as my holiday gift to you.


And what do YOU want for After Christmas, little boy? On my list you’ll find Batman: Arkham Asylum computer game, a Batmobile Tumbler model, an XDM: Xtreme Dungeon Mastery book and my favorite board game: Z-man Game’s ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights.”


A link to the cover of the first Drakis novel will be posted shortly.

CAPTAINS CABIN: Leacock’s Christmas Story

Originally to have been aired last year … but included this year as a special gift.

Episode 46 / December 29th, 2009

Xtreme Dungeon Mastery (Part 2)

DISTANT SHORES: XDM — Xtreme Dungeon Mastery Available

Our Xtreme Dungeon Mastery book is now available. You can purchase the book here online. You can learn more about the book at Be sure to visit to learn about our illustrator Howard Tayler and his web comic series.

Episode 44 / July 6th, 2009

Xtreme Dungeon Mastery

DISTANT SHORES: T.V. … or not T.V. …

I contemplate the death of my widescreen, HD plasma television … and how it portends the downfall of western civilization.


Crafting the perfect pitch of your book is a lot more complicated than it looks … even for an old pro.


My wearying a lifeguard shirt at a water park leads to an incident with a lost little girl … and a contemplation regarding whether people are more ready to believe fantasy than the truth.


CAPTAINS CABIN: XDM — Xtreme Dungeon Mastery

Wherein we talk about how XDM came to be. You can find out more about this project at Be sure to visit to learn about our illustrator Howard Tayler and his web comic series.

Episode 43 / May 21st, 2009

Protest and Peace

PORT OF CALL: Old South Church

Margaret Weis and I walk the “Freedom Trail” in Boston, Massachusetts and discover the roots of rebellion alive and well in the Out South Church.


DISTANT SHORES No fan of Twilight …

Tracy explains the origins of the modern literary Vampire … and why he believes that Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ series does a disservice to women.

UNCHARTED TERRITORIES Changing my name to Fannie Mae …

Here are the words to Tom Paxton’s ode to the current ‘bail out’:

Everybody and his uncle is in debt,
And the bankers and the brokers are upset.
Goldman Sachs’s, Merrill Lynch’s
Saw themselves as lead-pipe cinches,
Now they’ve landed in the biggest screw-up yet.
Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns and all their kind
Have turned out to be the blind leading the blind.
They are clearly the nit-wittest
In survival of the fittest––
Let me modestly say what I have in mind


I am changing my name to Fannie Mae;
I am changing it to AIG.
On this bail-out I am betting;
Just a piece of what they’re getting,
Would be perfectly acceptable to me.
I am changing my name to Freddie Mac;
I am leaving for that great receiving line.
I’ll be waiting when they hand out
Seven hundred million grand out––
That’s when I’ll get mine.

Since the first amphibian crawled out of the slime,
We’ve been struggling in an unrelenting climb.
We were hardly up and walking
Before money started talking
And it said that failure was the only crime.
If you really screwed things up, then you were through;
Now––surprise!––there is a different point of view.
All that crazy rooty-tootin’
And that golden parachutin’
Means that someone’s making millions––just not you!

(to chorus)

CREATIVE ENGINE: Heraclitus and Schrödinger’s cat

An essay on how Quantum Theory explains the relationship between the writer and the reader.


CAPTAINS CABIN: How Beautiful Upon the Mountains

Wherein we council how to publish peace.

Episode 42 / March 27th, 2009

Bones of the Dragon Video Edition

SPECIAL EDITION: Dragonships Video Interview

Last December, Margaret and I did an interview for Expanded Books on our upcoming Dragonships novel release. The first book, ‘Bones of the Dragon’ is available now. Here is some insight into this first novel.

Episode 41 / January 16th, 2009

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