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  • Brief Bio

    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. Recently retired from work as a Writer/Technologist in educational publishing, he now devotes himself to publishing poets, fiction, and games via Popcorn Press.

  • Undying Games

    Dark Conspiracy roleplaying game
    now by 3Hombres
    Dragon Dice game
    now by SFR Inc.
  • D13 RPG is coming!

  • D6xD6 RPG

    Role-play in your favorite authors' worlds!

  • Fencing Poker Deck

  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
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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.

    Valentine Sonnet Prewriting 2

    Lester : February 12, 2014 10:49 pm : Announcements, Poetry

    Judge John HogmanAs Judge John Hodgman is fond of pointing out, “Specificity is the soul of narrative.” And in poetry perhaps more than anywhere, description becomes representative, suggesting meaning in ways straightforward statement cannot. (If you don’t believe me, compare Shelley’s “Ozymandias” to his friend Horace Smith’s.)

    So for the Valentine’s Day sonnet I’m preparing, based on John Cochrane’s thoughts about his marriage, each quatrain needs to provide details representative of its central idea. If I had more time, I’d interview John for details. But as an older guy who has faced and is facing the same, I’ll draw on my own experience. Here goes.

    Quatrain 1: Children Leaving
    • as in heading out for their own futures
    • as in leaving boxes of toys, books, and clothing in the attic or basement
    • leaving handmade Christmas ornaments & other art projects
    Quatrain 2: Friends Leaving
    • moving away for careers
    • some divorcing (pointing up the luck of our relationship)
    • some dying
    Quatrain 3: Youth Leaving
    This quatrain needs to reflect on both of us aging, a delicate subject.

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    A Valentine Sonnet in Progress

    Lester : February 11, 2014 6:07 pm : Announcements, Poetry
    Old Couple

    A couple of weeks ago, I offered a free, personalized Valentine’s Day sonnet for the first person who could “pique my interest.” My Georgian buddy John Cochrane responded with this intriguing premise:

    Valentine’s Day poem from man to wife. At the stage of life when bodily frailities really start setting their teeth in, kids are pulling away, individuating, will be out of the house sooner now rather than later. Both parents’ circle of old friends dispersing in a widening gyre, no new friends being made to take those relationship slots. Money manageable but always tight. Still very much in love with each other, but a dwindling number of life’s major moments to look forward to. Hope this snags somewhere, even if only on your pants cuffs like a stickleburr.

    And here’s a first plan of attack—what my day job calls the “prewriting” phase of the project—based on that description:
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    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


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