So what do you think they might be singing about?

 

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rainbowI’m up the mountain for the 2015 edition of  Taos Toolbox, where we’ve just done the first round of critiques for some talented new writers.

Posts may be on the rare side for the next couple weeks.

 

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Words From the Yogi

June 26, 2015

The great Yankees catcher Yogi Berra was famous for his “Yogisms,” malapropisms that kept the sports press amused (and Yogi in the headlines).  Things like, “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” Which is amusing enough, but maybe I (and the rest of the world) have […]

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Write-a-Thon

June 24, 2015

The Clarion workshop’s annual Write-a-Thon is underway.  First, you go to this page, and then you either write, or you sponsor, or both. The money raised helps to create scholarships for Clarion.  Which is a six-week workshop that can really change your life.  (I’ve taught there.  I should know.)

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Two From the Toolbox

June 22, 2015

I’m gearing up for this year’s Taos Toolbox, which starts this weekend.  But before I climb the mountain to begin my yearly two-week struggle for quality genre literature, I thought I’d pass on my congratulations to a couple Toolbox graduates whose books have recently been published. First up is Alan Smale, whose Clash of Eagles, which was […]

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Dad’s Day

June 21, 2015

Here we are at Father’s Day, and here I am, a big-headed blond Minnesota kid, with my dad.  I believe I am helping him read a comic book. You can tell it’s Minnesota by the big heaping piles of white snow visible through the window. I’d like to thank my father for being gentle, understanding, […]

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“. . . And They Is Us.”

June 20, 2015

John Stewart, rocked back on his heels by the horrific events in Charleston, improvising, and unable to come up with a single joke, nevertheless manages more coherence and resolution than I could, even when I have time to prepare.  Which is why he’s the TV star and I, obviously, am not. Not that I feel […]

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Waterloo

June 20, 2015

So we find ourselves on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  More than marking the end of Napoleon’s great adventure, the battle gave Europe 100 years of peace.  Not that there weren’t wars now and then, but there was nothing that tore apart the social order and massacred a whole generation the way […]

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Saintly Repose

June 17, 2015

Behold, it is the corpus of St. Celestini— taking a rest, I guess, from his holy labors in the apse of the cathedral in St.-Malo, where I encountered him last autumn. I have been unable to find out anything about St. Celestini— there is a St. Celestine, but he was a pope and was buried […]

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Scribble Scribble Scribble (eh, Mr. Williams?)

June 14, 2015

I will be signing copies of my story in the new collection The Change, edited by S.M. Stirling, on Monday, June 15, at 7pm, at the Violet Crown Cinema, 1606 Alcaldesa St., Santa Fe, 87501.  I’ll be there alongside colleagues Diana Paxson, Jane Lindskold, John Jos. Miller, Emily Mah, M.T. Reitan, Keir Salmon, Victor Milán, S.M. Stirling, and […]

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