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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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  • 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.

    Original Sin

    Lester : January 26, 2014 6:00 pm : Announcements, Poetry

    The Bible tells us
    God made man
    in His own image

    Here’s a for instance:
    when man sinned
    he blamed the woman

    Just like God blamed man
    for His broken world


    The Pastime Machine: New Cover

    Lester : January 19, 2014 10:56 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    The Pastime Machine, blue coverAll that red was sort of overwhelming, so I asked Kate to prep a few other possibilities. She, Jenny, and I discussed them, and you can see the winner to the left. (Click the photo for a larger view.)

    Now I’m busy putting together an Indiegogo project to fund illustration—ideally in full color—and perhaps even a hardbound version.

    Seventeen sonnets are drafted thus far, which is 16.83 percent of the full book. I can draft two new sonnets per week, meaning that with the 17-sonnet head start, the book can easily be composed by the end of the year. The overarching plot is finished already, but lots of details remain to be decided, and I’m hoping Indiegogo backers will be excited to get involved that way.

    More news later!

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    The Pastime Machine: Coming Soon

    Lester : January 15, 2014 12:10 pm : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    The Pastime MachineWith 2013 pretty firmly in the rearview mirror (except for some final Cthulhu Haiku II business to attend to), I’m peering forward into 2014.

    So far, three conventions are booked: QuinCon, Gen Con, and Con on the Cob. I’m sure to do Gaming Hoopla spring and fall, once their 2014 details are up. And I’m currently making plans for Gary Con.

    You may also be aware of the d6•d6 CORE RPG rules I’ve been building online, with a wide variety of genre setting chapters as add-ons—including several by other industry folk (and more to be revealed soon). A few new card games are waiting attention, too.

    Oh, and a sixth anthology of “Popcorn Horror” fiction and poetry in time for Halloween, of course.

    But the main reason for this post is to announce plans for the title pictured above: The Pastime Machine: a Byronic Mashup of The Time Machine and The Divine Comedy, aka 1001 101 Raving Sonnets! (Click the image for a closer view.)
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