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Dangerous Truth #1 Now Available, #2 forthcoming

My new zine "Dangerous Truth (pt.I)" is now available, and #2 should be finished by the end of the month.  Unfortunately, I do not have photos of it yet, but I can tell you about the content: 24 pages w/ inlay and bookmark, subjects including my experience with DIY gaming, Dungeons and Dragons,mental health issues, and writing culture.  I'm really looking looking to trade, but will offer them for $1.50 cash if you want to buy them (by mail only).  Send me a message or email me at…

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Added by Nick Kessler on April 16, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Proof That Cats Like Good Music

As I was getting ready to leave my parents' house last night, my Dad indicated me to stop and I glanced over to where he was sitting on the couch with our lovable cat, Bob. "He likes Ornette Coleman," he said, and at first I didn't know what he meant until he had one of the headphones from his recently-bought IPOD held up to Bob's ear. There he sat, happy as a clam, paws folded underneath his belly, casually listening. Perhaps cats may not be smarter than dogs, but they certainly have better…

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Added by Nick Kessler on May 18, 2010 at 9:10am — No Comments

What a dull neighborhood. Where's a....MARCHING BAND?!?!?

I awoke today to the sound of a drum cadence outside my lonely apartment complex in Vancouver, WA. I literally jumped out of bed and saw and heard to my pleasant surprise a band marching by a block outside my window. There's life in Vancouver after all!!! (Limited time only. Certain restrictions apply).

--Nick

Added by Nick Kessler on May 15, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Blog Posts

I've noticed no one is responding to my blog posts. What's up with that? I guess I'll go read some and hope some good karma kicks in...

--Nick

Added by Nick Kessler on February 2, 2010 at 9:14pm — 5 Comments

Socialism

I can't help but wonder what place socialism has in today's society, if any. Socialism is not definitive, but people have tried to pigeonhole it over the years. Who even cares about this shit anymore? I personally don't think it's good or bad; whenever I think about it I just wonder if it exists...

Added by Nick Kessler on January 31, 2010 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Is Dungeons and Dragons Dying? Op-ed piece

This op-ed may find a way to a zine and/or newspaper (as you can tell by reading it, it's sort of written in layman's terms compared to how D&D fans might describe the situation) but until then, you can read it here:



IS DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS DYING?

By Nick Kessler

When most people hear the term “Dungeons and Dragons,” they immediately picture something to do with either computers or the internet, or if they’re really intellectual, a card or board game. However, Dungeons… Continue

Added by Nick Kessler on January 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A Piece of Wistful Poetry

Blessed be the Sunlight
Oh, here it comes again
Slicing through the rain and clouds
And upon my windowframe.

It may oh maybe
Not so beautiful
Californians cannot see
But a ray of sunshine is a ray of hope
Appreciated eventually.

Added by Nick Kessler on December 21, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Dungeons & Dragons Continues

So far I have an interview, tons of products for possible review, an Opinon Editorial piece that will be reprinted in the zine (I plan on sending it to Adbusters and Renaissance in the meantime), another op-ed that is still in outline form, and A LOT OF GAMING EXPERIENCE with this new group I've been playing with in Portland. I also plan on putting a short (if comical) Tunnels & Trolls solo adventure at the end. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will work out.

--Nick

Added by Nick Kessler on December 18, 2009 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Mental Health Zines

I'm a member of this group for a good reason. All people, mental illness or no, deal with feelings of alienation, loneliness, heartbreak, chaos, anxiety, and paranoia to a certain degree. I know--I'm definitely not mincing words here. Nonetheless when I'm lonely or down, it has often been mental health-related art that has transcended me from my problems. I honestly feel that when people laugh at others with mental illness, they don't even know what they're laughing about. Their laughter is… Continue

Added by Nick Kessler on August 20, 2009 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Jazz Quarterly #2

As my surname implies, I consider myself a journalist, not to mention a REPORTER. So as a side project to the creative writing project class at the IPRC (that I may or may not be a part of) I am going to continue working on writing about my passion of jazz music and beat culture--some of the true stuff of Portland that I cannot deny any longer! Zines aren't just about fictional self-indulgent bullshit; it's my opinion that they should also inform the reader. Hence the "journalist" moniker. Need… Continue

Added by Nick Kessler on August 15, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments

I-Phones

What the hell is with these things? Is Apple really that desperate for money? I mean, c'mon, why would you need any of that shit in the first place? Um...there's this thing you can carry around called a LAPTOP. To simplify even further, there is internet connection, laptop or no. People who are this hooked on technology deserve to be condemned. And coming from me, that is a very extreme comment. I barely ever condemn anybody unless they've done something very horrible to me. But when you're… Continue

Added by Nick Kessler on August 13, 2009 at 10:31am — No Comments

The Indomitable Keith Rosson

"The Best of Intentions Avow Anthology" is fucking incredible. Keith Rosson's short stories are profound, profane, pro-active and professional--not to mention entertaining and amusing as hell! This book is well worth the $12, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something meaningful and yet fun to read. If you're unsure about buying it, just read a few of the stories and look at some of the pieces of awesome artwork and you will realize that Rosson is a transcending zinester. You don't… Continue

Added by Nick Kessler on August 12, 2009 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

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