In addition to the reviews and interviews I did for GeekDad this year, I also wrote a half-dozen posts about things like discovering the TV show Eureka, spooky Ray Bradbury stories, and attending the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with my daughter. I loved writing these.
Harry Potter and the Nostalgic GeekDad (Probably my favorite GeekDad contribution this year.)
GeekDad also featured my Delving Into Dungeons & Dragons As A Family post – originally from summer 2010 – as a “wayback machine” post this July. Since this is one of my other favorites, I was glad to see it up there again.
I reviewed some awfully fun stuff this year for GeekDad – a dozen books and a couple TV shows, most of which are well worth checking out:
My mom, my daughter and I drove to Upper Sandusky on Thursday, Dec. 29, to visit my grandma. We spent several hours with her, going out for a late lunch and hanging out in the big sun room of the facility where she lives. My nephews were there, and my brother and sister-in-law, and my aunt and uncle, too.
On the way home, mom and I talked about her childhood in Upper, and she asked me about my earliest memories, which go back to living in the farmhouse where she grew up. We stayed there with my grandparents during some of my dad’s service in the Air Force. We were both a little surprised to find that I have an accurate memory of the kitchen tile floor pattern, even though I was less than a year old when we moved in.
More than usual – maybe it was the early sunset, maybe it was the bare, harvested fields stretching into the distance – Upper Sandusky felt very much today like a tiny outpost on the edge of a vast gulf of land and sky and constant wind. It’s not an unfamiliar or unpleasant feeling, but it was particularly strong this afternoon.
Two facts: One, contributing to Wired‘s GeekDad is, no question, one of the most fun things I get to do as a writer; and two, I’ve always loved the inspiration and energy rush that comes from talking with creative people about their imaginations, work and passion.
So when I get to do both of those things at the same time, well, it’s like sticking the equivalent of a plant nutrient spike into the nerdiest corner of my brain.
I wrote up four interviews for GeekDad in 2011:
From Monty Python to Mad to Manga: An Interview with Mark Crilley – Don’t forget, Brody’s Ghost, Volume 3 is set for a May release.
What’s Behind James Gough’s Cloak? – Great premise for a book, fantastic guy to talk to. You’re ever in the market for an extra kiloton of energy, spending five minutes with James will replenish your stores and then some.
(You may try not to snicker when you get to the part where he describes me as the “matured family man.” I know it made me grin.)
My crafting skills are fair at best, and I haven’t folded a paper snowflake in years, but after seeing the link to Anthony Herrera’s Star Wars templates on GeekDad, I gave the Boba Fett a whirl. (Note: The Boba Fett design actually came from Matters of Grey, which inspired Anthony’s creations.)
So, moments before I was introduced to “Ho Ho Cake” at work today, one of my colleagues brought the dessert into the kitchen, and announced, in a sing-song voice that rang familiar, “Niiiine … coconut cream … piiiiiiiiiies!”
WOW. I hadn’t thought of this guy in YEARS! Enjoy:
(Also, yes, Ho Ho cake tastes just as awesome as the snack. Even better, because it’s slightly more moist. And way better than Swiss Cake Rolls, which are NOT Ho Hos, no matter how hard they try.)