Re: Airship combat. The original D&D (the white box set, the three little brown books that Gygax cobbled together) has a great system of ship-to-ship combat -- the rules are in Book II: Underworld and Wilderness Adventures, and they're largely based on the earlier "Don't Give Up the Ship!" war game rules. Also, there's White Wolf's Exalted. It does airships v. airship, airship v. Lovecraftian horror, airship v. demigod, airship v giant solar weapons platform that knows martial arts, etc. etc.
I think “airship v giant solar weapons platform that knows martial arts” may well be one of the best phrases I’ve ever gotten in an ask. Thanks for the suggestions!
When you were kid what did you want to be most in the world? Has that dream changed at all?
When I was 6, I wanted to be a paleontologist. (We had to do a “What I want to be when I grow up” and I refused to put “dinosaur scientist,” I made my teacher send someone to the library to spell paleontologist for me.)
When I was 9, I wanted to play shortstop or third base for the Chicago Cubs. (They were my team when I was a kid, because somehow I inherited the Cubs from my mom’s side of the family, instead of the Dodgers from my dad’s side.)
When I was 12, I wanted to be a writer. Or a lawyer. Or a psychologist. Or a historian. Or a teacher. (I literally remember going through that list in my dad’s office one day. Apparently 12 year-old me believed in contingency plans.)
Of those, I’m still pretty similar to some of 12 year-old me’s plans.
I wish tumblr let you keep a copy of fanmail you sent, because every so often I hit send and decide I really like a particular phrase I used or something like that, and I wished I had kept a copy of it. Alas.