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Rank List Game Theory

Let’s play a game. Assume you are about to enter a 3 to 7 year apprenticeship that will redefine your character, scramble your personal life, pay you ~$8/hr,  greatly increase your risk of suicide compared to the average population, help you fulfill a life-long dream, and provide you with the privilege and responsibility to comfort […]

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January 2013 Spellbreaker Progress Report

Dearly Beloved You Guys: I hope that 2013 is treating you gently you so far. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be a better blogger in the coming year, which promises to be full of changes. Now that all the traveling and interviewing for residency positions has been completed, I find myself with […]

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A Year of Endings & Decisions

Dearly Beloved You Guys, It has been an embarrassingly long time since my last post. Since then I’ve finished medical school, the subsequent licensing exams, applied to residencies, watched some of the Spellwright books come out in more languages, and tried my best to make progress on Spellbreaker, however slowly.  It has been a hectic […]

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An Answer for George R. R. Martin about D&D, Dice, & Getting Lucky

Dearly Beloved You Geeks: If you’ve been around me lately, you’ve likely noticed that I’m glowing. Literally. Turn out the lights, my head would be a faint ball of pale light. This isn’t because I am extremely bald and white (both of which, with bad hair genes and a name like Blake Randolph Charlton, I […]

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Guest Post: D.B. Jackson on History, Fiction, & Fantasy

Dearly Beloved You Guys: Today I’m proud to welcome a fine writer and gentleman, D.B. Jackson (blog facebook twitter), to describe how he escaped academia to write his new forthcoming historical urban fantasy set in the American Revolution. It’s titled Thieftaker (sample chapters here). I’m pretty thrilled with the post D-Jack kindly submitted below & […]

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Zen & the Art of Invasive Medical Procedures

Crack the chest. Bury your knots. Keep the blood off your hands. Corporeal. Metaphorical. Open someone up and your every action seems more significant. After ten weeks in the operating room, I have come to see simple actions—cutting, holding, sewing—as more than simple actions. I have come to wonder if the things we do everyday […]

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A Month of General & Trauma Surgery

How to Survive a Month of General and Trauma Surgery at my County Hospital: Apologize, in advance, to friends and family. You’re not going to be around much. Learn to scrub in, to stand very still for hours, to befriend the scrub nurse. Don’t say anything too stupid. Learn to sew skin with tools resembling […]

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Authorial Hijinks in the Spring

Dearly Beloved Y’all: Surgery is upon me! One month of general surgery in the county hospital, two weeks of transplant in the university hospital, two weeks of cardiothoracic (aka heart surgery) at the VA hospital. As you might guess, I won’t be posting much on this blog during that time. For what’s been happening in […]

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Aequanimitas

Dearly Beloved You Guys: I am struggling to keep up this blog. Clearly. In the past, I have declined to post because I have nothing to report, because I’m chugging away at a manuscript deadline or cramming for an exam, because my personal thoughts are quotidian. However for the past three months, the opposite has […]

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Back to the Wards

The time Stanford graciously allowed me to pause medical clerkships to write and promote Spellbound has gone with the last of the summer. It was wonderful. Book tour was much busier and more fun this year. The time to research, write, and think was a rare luxury. But now, summer’s over. School’s back in. I […]

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