A Modern Christmas Story

This Christmas Eve, as you gather with family and wait for jolly old Saint Nick to come down to the chimney to leave gifts under the tree, I’m sure you’re wondering — how does Santa decide who gets presents and who gets coal? I set out to answer that question in my newest short story.Continue reading “A Modern Christmas Story”

What I Learned Making a Short Film on an iPhone

When I started making short films more than 15 years ago, a decent, mid-range consumer video camera was about the size of a brick and recorded either to miniDV tape or mini DVD, which was good for 60 minutes of recording. Tapes got chewed up during playback, DVDs got scratched, and in the general theContinue reading “What I Learned Making a Short Film on an iPhone”

Requiem for a Macbook

   After seven faithful years of service, I’m retiring my old Macbook. The time has come. Looking back at my trusty laptop, I can see the damage of the years, but also the stories it carries etched into every surface. I bought it for college when George W. Bush was still president. I remember opening upContinue reading “Requiem for a Macbook”

Stephanie and Jonny vs. The Printer of Doom

The fight between humanity and technology is real, my friends. I’ve waged battle on the front lines of the war and I’ve lived to tell the tale. It all started a few weeks ago when my fiancee and I decided to save some money and print our own wedding invitations. That was our first mistake.Continue reading “Stephanie and Jonny vs. The Printer of Doom”

The Accidental Productive Writer

If it wasn’t for the Internet, I think a lot more people would write books. It’s actually a wonder that anything ever gets done when most of have easy access to a firehose of information, social networking and clickbait 24/7. There are times when a writer purposely shuts off the Internet…and there are times whenContinue reading “The Accidental Productive Writer”

Seeing The World Through a Smaller Screen

This weekend, my girlfriend and I settled into our balcony seats at the historic Neptune Theatre in Seattle’s University District for a concert. As the blue and purple houselights dimmed and the band took the stage, a hundred smartphones were borne aloft to capture the moment. It was easy to excuse the first time. TheContinue reading “Seeing The World Through a Smaller Screen”

A Day Without an iPhone

When I first realized that I’d left my phone at home, I panicked. I was cut-off from the world; isolated from my social network, friends and loved ones. For several hours, I would be unreachable by phone call or text message. I started to feel anxious, but within a few minutes, the rational side ofContinue reading “A Day Without an iPhone”