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

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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. NEWS AND MAIL 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 […]

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GENCON Live 2009 Special Edition

GENCON 2009 Special Edition Tracy Hickman hosts Curtis Hickman and Howard Tayler (co-author and illustrator of the new XDM: Xtreme Dungeon Mastery book) to join him in this hour-long gathering with DragonHearth listeners. This presentation was recorded live in the Westin Hotel Capital III room at 2:00 pm on August 15th, 2009.

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August 18, 2009 1
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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, […]

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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. CREATIVE ENGINE: Perfect Pitch Crafting the perfect pitch of your book is a lot more complicated than it looks … even for an old pro. UNCHARTED TERRITORIES: […]

May 21, 2009 1
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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. NEWS AND MAIL DISTANT SHORES No fan of Twilight … Tracy explains the origins of the modern literary Vampire … and why he believes […]

March 27, 2009 0
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