Aug 192010
Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em!

Oni's Gun Show

There’s a new convention on the calendar, put on by the irrepressible and alarmingly driven Onezumi Hartstein. Not only is she the driving force behind a new art and webcomic convention, she also draws a couple of webcomics of her own, as well as provides advice and guidance to aspiring web artists. Shoehorned around all this are a day job and a dedication to fitness that make us say, “Damn, woman.

After a fair bit of wrangling, strategic tentacle deployment, and the dangled carrot of  a future arm-wrestling match, we managed to duct-tape her to a folding chair long enough to drag some answers out of her to see exactly how she fits this much energy into one human body.

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Jul 152010

Buried deep within the comments on one of my recent articles over at was an interesting little bit of information from a poster named Saitenyo. She talked about how she set up a platform near a recumbent bike in her home so that she could use her laptop to play World of Warcraft while exercising. I was curious to learn more about this, because while we’ve talked about getting in exercise while playing an MMORPG like WoW, in all my years of gaming I’ve never really known anyone that has put a serious effort into doing so.

A brief exchange of emails later, and I had the full story from the player behind the avatar, one Chelsea Brown. Ms. Brown is a recent BFA graduate from the Laguna College of Art and Design and a self-proclaimed fan of a long list of things that would make her a perfect candidate for attendance at Dragon*Con. She did such a great job of explaining her set up and the benefits that she got from it that I figured I’d go ahead and let her do so in her own words.

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Jan 272010
Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton

There’s one name that comes almost immediately to mind when the phrase “paranormal romance” is mentioned: Laurell K. Hamilton. Her two series of novels, based on the characters of Merry Gentry and Anita Blake, have brought a decidedly darker take to the serial romance field, and did much to rekindle the sex appeal of the various creatures of the night between Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire novels in the mid 1990’s and the recent, and decidedly more youth-oriented, Twilight series. Adding to her geek cred is an upcoming collaboration with Jennie Breeden (of The Devil’s Panties) on the next Anita Blake novel, Flirt.

We’re used to various supernatural characters we encounter having powers beyond what most mortals are typically capable of. Fortunately, Laurell possesses a few of her own – not the least of which is a wickedly fast pair of hands at the keyboard.  Don’t believe us? Check out the daily page counts on her Twitter feed.

We had a chance to catch up with Laurell to see how her workout regimen fits in with her life and writing, how  pumping iron helps her pump out words, and whether Anita, Merry, or any of the other characters who go bump in the night are liable to be gym rats.

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