To brief any newcomers and to satisfy my raging monomania, here's the Quickie Ken Recap:
- The Ghastria name: I'm a huge fan of the Ravenloft gothic horror setting for Dungeons & Dragons, and Ghastria is a small island domain ruled by a guy who's a combination of the Marquis de Sade and Dorian Gray. Cool! For years on many D&D/RPG message boards, I've used the nom de geek "Ken of Ghastria," so when I chose to start blogging (exactly one year and one day ago), I chose that identity as my new username. Had I realized that it would become part of my blog's somewhat awkward URL, I might have gone a different route, but c'est la vie.
- The Melrose Place Recaps: Back in the mid- to late 1990s, I had a shockingly well-trafficked website devoted to the great, campy Melrose Place series, where I posted lengthy tongue-in-cheek recaps of the previous episodes. Lots of people loved them, and I ended up getting fan mail from across the U.S. and from Italy, Japan, Australia, and England.
Then in late August 1997 (coincidentally the same week I met future wife Judy), I received a rude "cease and desist" order from the show's producer, Spelling Entertainment, claiming that I was infringing on trademarked property. Their chief legal counsel wasn't nice when we spoke on the phone, and while I'm normally an easygoing guy, nobody puts Baby in a corner.
I realized this was crap (I had no photos or other "intellectual property" on the site), so I pulled on some media contacts I had made, and one month later, my plight and my photo got a sympathetic treatment in Time Magazine. My site's traffic surged so much that I had to switch to a bigger provider, Spelling quietly backed off, and I parlayed my 15 minutes of fame into a couple of other media appearances, culminating with a request to provide my "expert" commentary on the series finale, broadcast live online by the producers of VH-1's Pop-Up Videos. Wacky! And yes, I still love Melrose Place.
- What I'm Doing Now (2010 update): By day, I'm a marketing writer. By night, I'm a pop culture fanatic, TV addict, gamer, and freelance RPG editor/writer. After taking a couple of years off to be a dad, I'm slowly getting back in the groove, playing some D&D and board games again. And although it's now off the air, 24 was nicely sliced by my Melrosian satirical knives on this blog. Click the tag "24" for the entries.