About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Recent Novel Ideas Episodes…

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GeekDads James and Erik talk with GeekMom Natania Barron about breaking characters to make a plot work. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

McConaughey Reacts to the ‘Star Wars’ Trailer!

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Matthew McConaughey reacts to the ‘Star Wars’ trailer released yesterday. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 10

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Today James Floyd Kelly and I discuss how a new writer can use blogging as a way to expand their reach and improve their skills. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

‘Planet Nigeria,’ a Short Story by Erik Wecks

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A man opens his door to find a police detective ready to ask him uncomfortable questions about his girlfriend. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Want to Learn Tabletop RPGs? Here’s the Perfect Place to Start

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RPG rulebooks can be ridiculously intimidating for new players. ‘Pathfinder’ has a new book designed specifically to cut through all the clutter. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 9

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Everyone says that an author should have a social media presence, but there are right ways and wrong ways for authors to go online. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Interactive RPG Module: ‘The Lost Dungeons of Xon’

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‘The Lost Dungeons of Xon’ Kickstarter uses an interactive PDF to simplify life for the GM. It’s now on Kickstarter, and it’s a great bargain… Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 8

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James and Erik ask whether a coming of age story leaves us mere mortals waiting for our invitation to Hogwarts. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

The Pi Day of the Century

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Can you use Pi to solve these problems from NASA’s JPL before Pi day this Saturday? Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

This Is Way Better Than Novel Ideas

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Novel Ideas is away from the laptop this week, but we have some great content for you. We’ll be back next week with a new episode. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 6

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Fellow GeekDad Matt Forbeck joins us to discuss his forthcoming Halo novel. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 5

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Andy Weir’s book The Martian started as an indie published book. We’ll look at the success and ask how it became a traditionally published hit? Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 4

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Everyone gets stuck when writing. There’s an art to taking a break. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 3

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Viewer Cindy sent us a whole bunch of great questions. We tackled some of them today. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas: Season 2, Episode 2 Tech Books

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GeekDad James Floyd Kelly is an accomplished technical writer with more than twenty books published. He is an expert at proposing books and meeting deadlines. We’ll discuss his writing process and how he has built a career from writing technology books. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

HoloLens: The Future or Just a Sideshow?

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GeekDads James Floyd Kelly and Erik Wecks debate the merits and the pitfalls of Microsoft’s jaw-dropping HoloLens. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Novel Ideas, Season 2: Episode 1

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Novel Ideas is a new to GeekDad podcast on writing, books and DIY publishing. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

GeekDad Live Interview of Daniel Wilson! Thursday!

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Daniel Wilson’s got a new video game. We’ll interview him live, Thursday, 1:30 PM Pacific, 9:30 PM GMT. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Congratulations to the Orion Team!

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Earlier today NASA successfully tested the Orion capsule, designed to take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

The Perfect Gift for Any Pathfinder Fiend

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The Pathfinder Monster Codex is a great addition to any Pathfinder library, providing unique and useful content on twenty popular races of monster. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

How Anita Sarkeesian Made Me a Better Writer

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Anita Sarkeesian has had a major impact on my work. It’s better because of her. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Story Con 2014 Arrives This Saturday In Vancouver Washington

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Story Con is a convention laser-focused on helping readers find their next great book. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

NASA Awards Contracts for Manned Flights

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NASA granted contracts to two companies for manned spaceflights to and from the International Space Station. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

NASA: “Major Announcement” Regarding Manned Flight (Watch Live)

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Today NASA says it has “a major announcement” about the Commercial Crew Transportation program. Watch live at 4pm Eastern. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Adjustable Monitor Stand Makes Any Desk a Standing Desk

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The “Lift” adjustable monitor stand by Uncaged Ergonomics can make any desk a sit/stand desk. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Space News from TMRO Today!

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The vidcast TMRO is the ideal way for a space geek to stay caught up on the latest news on government and private efforts to bring humanity to the stars. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

The Digits: STEM WebTV for Kids

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The Digits is a STEM focused web TV program for kids ages three to six. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Matthew Mather and the Emerging New Path in Publishing

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Matthew Mather has had tremendous success as in indie author in the last year. The means to his success may represent a new normal in publishing. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

Great Geek Debates: Disney Princesses vs. Hayao Miyazaki

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Miyazaki’s female leads offer a far more complex picture of what it means to be a person. They often have agency outside of their relationships to men. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

PAX Geek Parenting Panel Covers a Lot of Ground

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Last Saturday geek parents and geek kids got together at PAX to talk about raising the next generation of geeks. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

An Interview with Always by My Side author Susan Kerner

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Author Susan Kerner has written a book to empower children whose father is not able to be with them. Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.

GeekMom/GeekDad PAX Scavenger Hunt Begins NOW!

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This year’s PAX Prime panel includes a photo scavenger hunt. Happy hunting! Continue reading

About Erik Wecks

Erik is a husband, father, and full time writer living in Vancouver, Washington. The author of both non-fiction and fiction, Erik spends much of his time hunched over a keyboard. He is the creator of the Pax imperium, including, The Far Bank of the Rubicon. You can find more information about the things he has published on his website.