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    Lester Smith is a 2-term past president of the WFOP, a 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and a former JavaScript teacher for the HWG. He works days as a Writer/Technologist for the educational publishing house Sebranek Inc, nights and weekends as president of Popcorn Press.

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    Funded! Popcorn Press's 6th annual Halloween celebration is now being edited.

  • d6xd6 RPG

    Role-play in your favorite authors' worlds! Automatic 5% preorder discount.

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  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
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  • Undying Games

    Dark Conspiracy roleplaying game
    now by 3Hombres
    Dragon Dice game
    now by SFR Inc.
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  • Poetry

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron ByronIn 1985, a British Romantic Period Literature class changed my life. The poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Keats wakened in me a passion for writing. I determined to somehow make a career of it—and somehow feed my children.

    Since then I’ve worked exclusively in publishing, first for game companies, now in education. I also continue to write, study, and promote poetry. It’s my opinion that poetry used to belong to the people, until academics stole it. It’s high time to steal it back from them.


    Lester Smith : September 24, 2013 9:34 am : Announcements, Japanese, Poetry

    Hibakusha DVD coverLast Thursday, while researching at the office, I came across the term “hibakusha,” meaning surviving victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wikipedia’s hibakusha entry conveys in a few succinct words and pictures some of the tragedy, including the many Korean forced laborers, the “nijū hibakusha” (those who suffered both A bombs and survived), and the discrimination against hibakusha by their own culture.

    Of course I’m familiar with the rationalizations for our having dropped those bombs. “How bloody would an extended Pacific campaign have been?” and “Dresden took at least as much damage, though by many bombs instead of one.” Somehow, those arguments don’t soothe my soul.

    As a poet, the only way to cope is to share my feelings in verse. So I spent Thursday evening preparing this:

    Hush, hibakusha.
    Hide away your shameful scars.
    Righteousness is flame.

    And I tossed it into the sea of social media like a tiny message in a bottle.
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    It’s On Again…

    Lester Smith : September 7, 2013 8:50 pm : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    Cthulhu Haiku II and other mythos madness, cover

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    A Thank You Note

    Lester Smith : August 7, 2013 9:06 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    Feeding America LogoPopcorn Press received a very nice handwritten card from Feeding America recently. Empty Shoes anthology coverOur Empty Shoes anthology paid another $1029.80 to the organization at the end of last month, bringing us up to date on its earnings. All profits from that anthology are devoted to helping the hungry and homeless, and Feeding America has been our organization of choice for the proceeds. Thank you again to Patrick T. Randolph for putting the project together.

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