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A real life Deacon Locke?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Catherine Maine had already bought a dress when her grandson was told he could not take her to prom.

Just like in DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM, this high school senior invited his grandmother to prom. But unlike in the book, school officials are refusing to allow her to attend, as she’s over twenty.

I find this ridiculous, and I urge you to e-mail principal Steve Hawkins and ask to him to reverse this decision:


Library Con

Friday, July 29th, 2016
Saturday, August 27 at 11 AM – 5:30 PM
The Library Center

4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, Missouri 65810
More information: Library Con
Celebrate your fandoms and geekiness with panels, games, geeky storytime, special guests and more during our second annual LibraryCon.
We’re geeking out because it’s the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek”! Each session will start with a short Trek Talk where a member of the LibraryCon team will share what being a Trekkie means to them.
Event & panel lineup:
→ 11 a.m. Fandom Starts Early Storytime: Geek out as a family in our storytime created especially for little ones of geeky parents! In the Story Hour Room.
→ 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Gaming: Try your hand at table top gaming. Learn about Pathfinder RPG and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game with help from the Springfield Missouri Pathfinder Society. Try various board games with 417 Gamers. In the Story Hour Room.
→ Noon. What Geeks Should Read Next (Geeky Reads): What’s New in Fantasy, Science Fiction and Comics. Get the scoop on what the experts are reading and recommending as geeky librarians share their favorite novels, comics, manga and more. Participants will be eligible to win free books! In the auditorium.
→ 1 p.m. Illustrator Panel: Hear local illustrators discuss their craft, the comic business and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Adam McLaughlin, David Faught, Kristina Murdaugh, Leanne M. Krecic, Nate Howard and Ryan Wheaton. In the auditorium.
→ 1:30 p.m. “Game of Thrones” Fan Discussion: Love “Game of Thrones”? Discuss the most recent season and discuss theories on what will happen next and who belongs on the Iron Throne. Moderated by Andy Thompson and Mike Carroll. In the Harrison Room.
→ 2 p.m. Author Panel: Authors will discuss the glory and the agony of writing, publishing and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Brian Katcher, EM Ervin, Holly Messinger and Bethany Hagen. In the auditorium.
→ 2:30 p.m. Draw-along with an Illustrator: Join illustrators Nate Howard and Adam McLaughlin as they show you how to draw and help you create a work of art! Outside the Story Hour Room.
→ 3 p.m. Graphic Novels & Comics Panel: How can you use comics in the classroom? What’s trending? What’s just around the corner in the world of comics? Our panelists will discuss these and other topics. Panelists include: Rodney Fierce, Chris Wilson and Josh Roberts. In the auditorium.
→ 4 p.m. Cosplay Panel: Want to get into cosplay? Learn how to get started, where to get support and tips, and see some amazing creations! Panelists include: Brandon Lauthern, Anna Colston, Felicia Day, Springfield Cosplay-guest to be announced, Lucas Corley and Toni Globis. In the auditorium.
→ 5 p.m. Teen Cosplay Fashion Show: Do you want to show off your mad cosplay skills? Join the teens-only fashion show at LibraryCon! Wear your best costume and show off on the red carpet for our LibraryCon audience and panel of cosplay experts. Teens are invited to stay after the show and get tips about creating and improving their cosplay creations. In the auditorium.


Wednesday, May 18th, 2016


Fellow school librarian Brenda Kukay was asked by a student for a list of people she admired. For some reason my name came up. Look what the student did. His name is Robert and I predict great things from this young artist.


Friday, November 13th, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of France tonight.



Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Well thank God being a geek wasn’t a crime back when I was in high school, or all my friends and I would have all been arrested. Can you believe this shit? That high school freshman there in the NASA shirt was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. I don’t know what pisses me off more: the obvious racism (the boy’s name is Ahmed Mohamed) or the way they could have killed this young man’s love for science and innovation. Face it, if this had happened fifteen years ago, no one would have heard about it and he would have learned a harsh lesson: a career in science isn’t for people who look like you.

I’m glad that there’s enough public outcry that Mohamed will probably come out on top, but how many other kids are bullied by the authorities for non-crimes and minor infractions? Time for a change, people. #istandwithahmed

One of my first conventions:

Monday, May 25th, 2015


1997, Archon Science Fiction Convention, St. Louis. That’s me as Arnold Rimmer, there on the left. Wish I had a better picture of this.

So sad…

Monday, November 24th, 2014

My thoughts are with the family of Michael Brown tonight. I can’t imagine what you’re going through.

RIP President Mandela

Thursday, December 5th, 2013


You were the one who first taught me that one person can truly make a difference.

Z Talk Radio

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I’m going to be on Z Talk Radio tomorrow (September 20th) at 9 PM. Be there if you love me:

Washington Navy Yard

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families at the Washington Navy Yard.