Archive for January, 2013

My Greatest Fear #36: That the Awesome Guest Star Won’t Become a Series Regular

My Greatest Fear #36: That the Awesome Guest Star Won't Become a Series Regular

Recently, something terrible happened on New Girl. Olivia Munn left the show. Granted, she was only in three episodes, but I love me some Olivia Munn, so to add her to one of my favorite shows made me a very, very happy man. But I was also a nervous wreck during those episodes, because I […]


Super Bowl Adoption Controversy

Super Bowl Adoption Controversy

After reading a compelling article by ESPN columnist Rick Reilly today, I shared my thoughts with him by e-mail. Here is that e-mail. He was kind enough to reply, saying that he doesn’t agree with me, but he appreciated the thoughts. I still agree with me, though. Rick, You wrote about an interesting and challenging […]


Leadership Tactic #81: Passion

This entry could double as a Confessions entry, so I’m going to tag it as such. Here’s my confession: I’m 32 years old, and I just learned the true meaning of passion about an hour ago. It’s not what you’re thinking (I’m assuming that you were thinking that I was referring to my hipster mermaid […]


The Morality of Uninformed Voting

Friend and occasional guest blogger Bryce e-mailed me with a really interesting question tonight: If you were an academy member, would you vote for an Oscar category if you had not seen all of the nominated films/performances in that category? My first instinct was to answer no. Of course not. How could I vote on something […]


How to Eat Your Way Across Austin, Texas: A Photo Blog

How to Eat Your Way Across Austin, Texas: A Photo Blog

Two and a half years ago, my friend Eric quit his job as a lawyer and moved down to Austin with his girlfriend to pursue the dream of owning a restaurant. 8 weeks later, he had a food truck called The Peached Tortilla up and running, and he’s been quite successful. I’ve been wanting to […]


Ramen Nostalgia

Ramen Nostalgia

I’m in Austin, Texas for the weekend, and this was the first food I ate here. Apparently ramen might be the next hot food trend, and I couldn’t be happier. I haven’t had fresh ramen since my time in Japan 11 years ago, so it was like taking a bite out of my past. A […]


How to Fake Your Own Death

How to Fake Your Own Death

I know, morbid title, right? I want to say up front that this is not something I’m considering. I mean, if I was, I wouldn’t be writing it on this blog. (Now I’m faced with the challenge of tagging this entry. “Humor,” I guess?) I’m not condoning this in any way. However, I had a […]


The Future of Game Stores

The Future of Game Stores

A few years ago, I wrote a blog entry called “The Future of Bookstores,” in which I talked about how one key to the future success of bookstores is that they should become the best places to read books. Today I’m going to expand upon that comment in reference to a slightly different (but not […]


Josh Was Lost on a Mountain Trail in a Crossover SUV: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Josh Was Lost on a Mountain Trail in a Crossover SUV: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Tonight I received an unexpected email in my inbox: My friend Josh, a fellow blogger, writer, and genius extraordinaire, had conceived a new addition to my favorite genres of blog entries: a survivor’s true tale of survival. This was a particularly nice treat, because he’s letting me publish it here, which means that I can […]


Ole Faithful

Ole Faithful

Up until last year, I had worn the same pair of soccer shorts for 14 years. I had sown up the crotch several times, but eventually the threads weren’t enough, and I was at risk for showing the world my boys every time I stretched. I’m writing this entry at my desk, surrounded by a […]


Lincoln and the Theater

Originally this was going to be a review of a new theater in St. Louis, the MX on Wash Ave. I got an invitation to the sneak preview grand opening tonight, and I thought I’d have a lot to say since it’s a fancy new theater in a hip area of town, and they’re doing […]


A Guaranteed Soulmate

I just finished watching a really interesting romantic comedy with a slight sci-fi twist (keep reading–it’s very slight!) that posed some great questions that I will now pose for you. And myself. Because I write this blog. The movie, TiMer, presents the idea that (a) every person has exactly one soulmate, (b) every pair of […]


Calling All Falconers

You might recall one of the top grievances from Festivus this past year: “My car was named “Best Place to Poop” for the third consecutive year by all birds, ever.” Yeah, that was mine. You see, a lot of the trees overhanging my work parking lot have berries. Birds eat the berries and immediately poop […]


Definitely, Maybe Not a Car Expert

Definitely, Maybe Not a Car Expert

Sometimes I am acutely aware of how little I know about how things work. Yesterday I was headed out for a bit when I noticed two women standing by a car across the parking lot. Two cute women, as far as I could tell (is there a word for someone who looks cute from a […]


One-Way Time Travel

I’m currently revising my novel, Wrinkle, to submit to literary agents. The crux of the novel rests on the idea of one-way time travel: You can travel forward in time but not backwards. It’s a one-way ticket to the future. Would you do it? If there were a proven way to safely travel to the future in […]


100 Great Resolutions for 2013

The other day I posted a resolution I made for myself for 2013. One of the comments on the post was from reader and friend Emma, who noted that she had not one resolution for 2013, but rather one hundred resolutions. The categories on her list sounded interesting, so I invited her to share her list on […]


Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

I recently drove back to Virginia for the holidays, and I thought I’d share some photos from the trip with you.


A Taste of My Own Medicine for 2013

A Taste of My Own Medicine for 2013

There was something about 2012 that made me dispense a lot of advice. I think a lot of it stemmed from this blog. I advised about a dozen people last year on how to start/write/sustain a blog. Add in another dozen for relationship or online dating advice, and maybe half a dozen for advice on […]


My Irish Twin

My Irish Twin

Three months after I was adopted as a three-day-old baby on January 12, 1981, a miracle happened: My mom got pregnant. Emily Stegmaier was born 9 months later on January 4 in a tradition of punctuality that she continues to this day, so our birthdays are separated by less than a year. Hence the “Irish […]


Best of the Blog 2012

Thanks to readers both old and new, the blog continued to grow in leaps and bounds this year (here’s last year’s entry for comparison). I really appreciate everyone who joined the conversation and those who just popped in every now and then. The following two lists are limited to entries I posted in 2012. Top […]


My Favorite Books of 2012

2012 was a very, very good year for books. I had less time to read than in previous years because I spent two months writing a novel (Wrinkle, in revisions now) and all other months designing a board game and running a Kickstarter campaign for that game (Viticulture), so I was perhaps a little more […]


My Favorite Songs of 2012

Do you ever go way back in your music collection and listen to songs that you haven’t heard in years? That’s what happened to me this year after I resorted my hard drive and had to re-rate all of my iTunes music. I’m still not quite done (it’s a slow process) but I’ve really enjoyed […]