Lined Paper Lamppost: Year in Review

It was at some point during middle school that I got really into the idea of webcomics. It wasn’t the fact that the ones I frequented were all that incredible but rather the idea that someone, anyone, me for instance, could, with any level of artistic ability, create a comic and publish it online that pulled me in completely. (more…)

My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 4

We’re entering into the part of this list that was perhaps the least difficult to figure out. I’ve never had just the “all-time favorite video game,” but I have had many I would consider for the position. The spots below these five games were easily the most difficult to determine because these games here were in the top 5 before I even began, and while their positions here may have shifted a little over the course of this list, they’ve largely remained in the place they began since before I even started.

Without further ado, here we go, into the final stretch of this list. I hope you’ve enjoyed it—here are my top 5 video games of all time! (more…)

My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 3

Welcome everyone to the top ten! We’re at the point in the list where the games are ever the more difficult to place, where difficult decisions over what entry and why have to be addressed with almost every item here. Expect to be either surprised, outraged, or thoroughly satisfied at the majority of the choices from here on out—there probably won’t be much of an in between.

Let’s go! (more…)

My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 2

Five down and fifteen to go!

When you’ve been playing video games as long as I have, it can be difficult to place your favorites. Had I granted myself a list of 25 or 30, this process would have been easier, but there’s something about narrowing down the things you love, regardless of what they are—books, movies, golfers, tire manufacturers—that is almost sort of necessary. An appreciation for something is so much smaller when it is placed on a list of “one of my favorites,” but as the #2, the #7, the #53 favorite, a sort of ownership develops over your list.  Your #3 won’t be the same as someone else’s #3, nor will many of the other items present, and there’s a pride in that, in knowing that something so close to you, so much a part of who you are, is largely unique to you. You don’t get that when it’s only one of many; you get that when you define it, so without further ado, here we go, the next part’s is up! (more…)

Voice, Coffee, a Friend, and Photography

Not too long ago, I reposted a short piece from an old blog of mine that I started back in college. The post was on writing, as were many of the other posts (11) that I put up on that blog, and while the one that I slapped up the other day was one of the few I felt was worth resharing (since it wasn’t exclusively related to the novel I was writing), this piece is probably the only other one.

I met with a friend that summer who’d been for so much of my life a mentor-like figure to me. We’d not seen each other for years at that point and as we were talking, it got me thinking about something I’d like to write about: creative voice. Here is that short little piece from over 3 1/2 (!!) years ago. (more…)

My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 1

I’ve managed on this blog to remain fairly noncommittal when it comes to posts about my “favorite” this and “the best” that. If my television show four part series that I wrapped up recently is any indication, I find it difficult sometimes to definitively say, “This is the best” whatever “and I love it SO MUCH,” in the more than likely event that I remember something I liked even more (illustrated by the fact that the series was designed to include 20 television programs and ended with 22).

But not this time! Roused by the release of the Nintendo Switch and my digging back through my old game collection, I am making a definitive “These are my top video games of all time” list. I will openly admit that I have played video games for a very long time and if I let it, this list may go on forever, but I will do my best here to narrow down (and order!) the list so as to do justice to some of the best titles I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

As the title suggests, we’ll be doing this similarly to the way I did the TV series: four parts, five entries in each part, the difference being that they will be ordered, beginning at 20, and we will NOT do any more than that! I am setting myself to a standard here. I need to do better. Without further ado, here we go! (more…)

20 Television Shows That Are Worth Your Attention: Part Four

And here we are with the final installment of the “20 Television Shows That Are Worth Your Attention” series (in case you couldn’t read it on the title above)! Let’s be honest here—television is in its golden age now and has been for a number of years. Stories, good stories, can be told through individual episodes and some of the best visual forms of storytelling are no longer exclusive on the big screen, but are accessible, every week, from your home.

When I say that, I also mean to say that this list by no means makes up the “best of” list of shows on TV. There’re great shows I did not mention here, but these are the ones I picked, if for no other reason than the fact that they are somewhat varied, a range and different, offering to you, hopefully, an opportunity to check out something new, should one of these have eluded you until now.

The future may hold another “shows worth your attention” installment. Or maybe I’ll do one for cartoons. Or books. But for now, enjoy the final five(~) shows left on this list and see if a favorite of yours made it here!

Let’s go! (more…)