Archive for January, 2015

Hindsight: Part 2

Hindsight: Part 2

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first. Part 2 of 9: Remembering the Future Stew couldn’t help but skip class in high school. He loved the feeling of freedom, the exhilaration of defying authority. Even better, he liked taking people with […]


The Super Bowl in Which I Root for No One

The Super Bowl in Which I Root for No One

Given the track record of these two teams in recent years, this was bound to happen: My two least favorite teams in the NFL are playing in the Super Bowl in a few days. So now I have to decide whom to root for. I don’t want to spend this post bashing on the two […]


3 Key Elements to Successful Relationships

3 Key Elements to Successful Relationships

While spending time with my extended family this past weekend, the question people asked me the most is, “Is there a woman in your life?” I gave the same stock answer I’ve been giving for a while: No, I haven’t made dating a priority since I started Stonemaier Games. However, after seeing the huge family […]


How to Turn Heat to Cold Without Melting Your Hand

How to Turn Heat to Cold Without Melting Your Hand

As a rule, my body is almost always cold. My heating bill in the frigid St. Louis winter goes up by about $100 each month. This is a problem. I’ve tried “wearing more layers” and “turning the heat down to 77 degrees,” but there has to be a better way. So I bought a Dyson […]


Hindsight: Part 1

Hindsight: Part 1

The “serial” concept I discussed yesterday really intrigues me. It’s been a while since I’ve written fiction, but there’s a short story I wrote and revised a few years ago that I’d like to serialize on this blog. Every Thursday for the next 9 weeks, I’m going to post part of the short story here. […]


Serial, Post-Hype

Serial, Post-Hype

A few months ago, my pop-culture savvy friend Bryce asked me if I had been listening to the Serial podcast. Nope, I said. Never heard of it. Bryce couldn’t believe it. Apparently I was missing out on the most downloaded podcast ever, a cultural phenomenon. Over a 12-week period, Serial was downloaded by millions of […]


I Survived a Vicious Bout of Public Speaking

I Survived a Vicious Bout of Public Speaking

The company publishing my crowdfunding/Kickstarter book, Berrett-Koehler, recently invited my out to their Oakland office for an “author day.” As they explained it to me, they do these author days so that every person involved in the production, editing, marketing, and multimedia ask can meet with the author to discuss the process. “Also,” they added, […]


What’s the Oddest Burger You’ve Ever Eaten?

What's the Oddest Burger You've Ever Eaten?

When I was recently in Virginia for Christmas, I had lunch at a place called Station 2 with my friend Bryce, his wife Jody, and their adorable daughter Claire. Station 2 is known for their zany array of burgers. I asked Bryce and Jody what they liked there, and Jody instantly named the Elvis Burger. […]


A Revealing Video About Domestic Abuse and Sexual Harassment

A Revealing Video About Domestic Abuse and Sexual Harassment

Recently I saw an intriguing headline on Facebook from Fast Company: “This Video Shows What Happens When Little Boys Are Asked to Slap a Girl” The article shares a video PSA from Italy that attempts to make a statement about domestic violence. Without even watching the video, you kind of know what’s coming–these boys are […]


One of My Favorite People

One of My Favorite People

Normally I like to space out similar types of entries on this blog. Only one pet please a week or one entry about movies, that kind of thing. Today I have to violate that rule. I’m going to follow Sunday’s very personal post with one that is equally personal. This is Grandma, one of my […]


How I Met My Parents

How I Met My Parents

The year is 1980. It was a long December for Margot and Jay. They waited and waited, expecting the call. But Christmas came and went, and the phone never rang. They started to wonder if it just wasn’t meant to be. But then, on January 9, they got the call. “He’s here. Will you come […]


My Favorite Books of 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

After only reading 14 books last year, I more than doubled that number this year (29). I’ve found that reading fiction is the best way for me to turn off my brain before I go to sleep, so I’ve gotten wrapped up in a lot of great books. Here are my 5 favorites: 5. Redshirts by […]


My Favorite Movies of 2014

My Favorite Movies of 2014

I love movies, and I saw about 50 of them for the first time in 2014. Here’s my top 10 list for this year: 10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: While this sequel didn’t quite hold up to the original for me, it was still pretty remarkable. There are some tender, beautiful moments […]


My Favorite Songs of 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014

Here is my playlist of my favorite songs I bought in 2014. I’ve listed them in the descending order based on how many times I’ve listened to each song: “Massapequa” by Domestic Robot “Manchester” by Kishi Bashi “Welcome Home” by Radical Face “Don’t Say” by Hannah Cohen “Whirring” by “The Joy Formidable “We Are the […]


Best of the Blog 2014

Best of the Blog 2014

My personal blog has waxed and waned this year due to the increasing focus on my Stonemaier Games blog, but I still enjoy writing it, and I love to hear from readers in the comments. Here are the “best of” stats for this blog in 2014, featuring only entries I posted this year (here’s last […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2014

My Favorite Board Games of 2014

2014 has been a great year of gaming for me. I had a blast testing and refining my own game, Tuscany, and I hosted and/or attended several game nights almost every week throughout the year. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with people through games–some of my best memories from this past year happened at tables with […]