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About Jeffrey Allen

Jeff is a multimedia specialist and a serial writer on his website, The Pen in the Stone.

Carrying Arms and Armor into Battle

Perhaps you are a gamer (many PCS authors are gamers) or maybe you are like Drew Hayes and write fantasy novels. Then YouTuber scholagladiatoria has a great video for you. Using historical records and common sense, he explains what a soldier, mercenary, or maybe a Middle-Earth Dwarf would and would not take on an adventure. He also explains why [...]

By | 2014-12-17T21:18:47+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|2 Comments

Body Armor – Part 3 (Shotguns)

Iraqveteran8888 has added another body armor video. This time he shoots AR500 plates with a shotgun. If you watched the other videos, you know that AR500 can take hits from most anything unless it is repeatedly struck in the same location. The shotgun lacks the penetration of a rifle but adds spread (shot) or mass (slug) to [...]

By | 2014-09-10T13:27:15+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|Comments Off on Body Armor – Part 3 (Shotguns)

Super Choice Adventure: Chapter 7

As the bright lights and sparkles from Legion’s teleport power faded, the pungent smell of rotting garbage and filth overwhelmed Willow. The air vibrated with the sound of hundreds of emergency vehicle sirens fast approaching. “Dave,” Willow said hoping the microphone could filter her voice from the sirens, “I’m in a city but I’m not sure [...]

By | 2014-08-29T00:09:42+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Super Choice Adventure!|Comments Off on Super Choice Adventure: Chapter 7

Body Armor – Part 2

Back in April, I wrote an article about the types of body armor your superhero might need if they did not have bulletproof skin. A few days ago, YouTuber IraqVeteran8888 released a video discussing the various types of armor sold by Spartan Armor Systems. The products are not my focus but the technology behind them. For a realistic [...]

By | 2014-06-16T18:23:07+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|Comments Off on Body Armor – Part 2

Realistic Sword Fighting

YouTube is a wonderful place for research. There are many great channels to learn about firearms, mêlée weapons, and unarmed combat for your stories (or self-defense). I tend to focus on gritty and not entertaining combat (as described in Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall) so I'm always looking for new ideas for combat scenes. In [...]

By | 2014-06-11T18:14:03+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|Comments Off on Realistic Sword Fighting

Clips vs. Magazines

So I'm enjoying a fun urban fantasy on Amazon Kindle and the story describes a police officer inserting a new clip in his Glock. My first reaction? Glocks do not use clips. They never have and probably never will. It immediately pulled me out of the story. The word clip is often used by people unfamiliar with [...]

By | 2014-05-31T11:51:28+00:00 May 31st, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|2 Comments

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 3, 2014

Just a reminder to get to your local comic book story tomorrow (Saturday) and pick up some free comics. Since this site is all about superheroes, Free Comic Book Day is right up our alley. If you want to know more or find a participating store, you can search at:

By | 2014-05-02T23:17:32+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|PCS Exclusive|Comments Off on Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 3, 2014

How to Use Google Drive to Save Your Masterpiece

Last night, PCS's own Cheyanne Young tweeted about losing her flash drive and posted a picture of the broken device. As a Web Developer who works remotely, I am intimately familiar with Google Docs - actually called Google Drive now, a free service provided by Google. Cheyanne mentioned she had not uploaded to Google Docs/Drive [...]

By | 2014-04-16T14:06:24+00:00 April 16th, 2014|Jeffrey Allen|1 Comment

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