It’s an “Ask Dayton” open thread, because why not?

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and as I’ve continued to receive a steady stream of new followers here as well as on Facebook and Twitter, I figured why not?

The day’s activities call for me to be not all that far from my computer today (writing as well as day job stuff), I don’t see the harm in adding a new “Ask Dayton” open thread to the mix. This shouldn’t be confused with the “Ask Dayton” bit I’ve got going over at the G&T Show, as that’s largely about a curmudgeonly character who barks and snaps his way through all sorts of oddball questions and fanciful queries the askers hope will trip him up, but which usually results in something kinda sorta approaching the realm of “humor.” Even though that dude looks like me, sounds like me, and has the same name as me, we’re two totally different people. He’s sort of like a mirror universe counterpart, except that he–as is the case however many of me there are within all of the countless parallel realities believed to exist–can’t grow a decent goatee to save his ass.


So, here’s the deal, for anyone interested: Ask me anything, if you’re so inclined, and I’ll do my best to provide a brief yet thoughtful answer. If I can’t conjure such a reply, you’ll instead receive a wise-assed comment, created especially for you!

(Though likely written by the other guy. I’m the nice one, remember.)

Asker’s choice, so far as the topic goes, though I reserve the right not to answer anything I deem too personal or inappropriate for this particular venue. Despite setting up this rule, I’ve never actually had to enforce it, but it never hurts to make such things clear up front.

Okey-dokey, then. Who’s got a question?



16 thoughts on “It’s an “Ask Dayton” open thread, because why not?

    1. I don’t “like” to fight anyone. I simply have no problem wading into the fray if that’s what’s required.

      I can count on one hand the number of actual “fisticuffs” encounters I’ve had, mostly when I was younger and dumber. Most unpleasant encounters have almost always ended with harsh words exchanged. The last time I was in an actual “fight” was years ago at a sporting event. He was drunk, and I should’ve known better, but what the hell. 🙂


    1. I was stationed in Kansas City while in the service. We ended up staying here after I opted not to re-enlist for a third time. If I’d decided to do another hitch, I likely would’ve gone the distance and stayed until I was eligible for retirement.


  1. At what age do you let your daughter start talking about boys and dating? As an overprotective father, I’m always curious as to what others think.


    1. Interesting question, with no one real answer.

      I guess one misconception is how or if studios/property owners/etc. drive storylines, or hand down stories they want written, or whatever. That’s almost always not the case. Writers (and sometimes editors) develop storylines and submit them to the studios for approval. Someone at the studio, often a representative in an office or department overseeing merchandise licensing, reviews such proposals and either accepts or rejects them, or accepts them if certain changes are made. They review the material for consistency with the IP and that it’s properly representing the “brand,” but most of the time writers and editors of such books are left alone once approvals/etc. are given.

      The other big misconception seems to revolve around whether books/etc. are “canon,” or if they should be, or teeth-gnashing that they aren’t, etc. A lot of the times, the word “canon” is used the when the person means “continuity.” Books/etc. based on an IP are usually required to be consistent with the films/episodes so far as continuity is concerned (respecting what’s been established on screen about characters and events, etc.), but they’re not “canon” in the sense that the studio isn’t obligated or even interested in factoring events from such material into their plans for future films/episodes.

      And I guess the other misconception is that fans seem to think we get rich doing this stuff. HAH! 🙂


  2. No real question to speak of, other than stating that as a father of a 13 year old girl with a 27 year old attitude, I wish you nothing but the best of luck with yours, although in about seven years or so, you’ll probably have to start doing your best Al Bundy impersonation.


Lay it on me.

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