Have a Flight!

by wjw on January 24, 2019

IMG_0054And pour an extra one for yourself, Etaoin Shrdlu, because you’ve won the contest!  I am in fact in Cabo San Lucas, a guest of my longtime friend Terry Boren, whose relations own a timeshare.

It’s not exactly a vacation, because I’ve been writing every day, but normally my week is full of all sorts of expectations other than writing, and this week I have no expectations at all (other than writing).

So Etaoin, please contact me privately with your address, and The Accidental War will be winging its way to you shortly.  Or let me know if you’d prefer another book, and I’ll see if I have it in stock.


Clue the Second: Where am I?

by wjw on January 23, 2019

IMG_0028Here’s the second clue to my Undisclosed Location, with a bit more information.  Disclose it, and win a signed copy of The Accidental War, or any other book from my store.

The last set of guesses were all plausible, but I’m going to need a little more precise location than “Baja” or “Hawaii.”  There are a lot of places in Baja and Hawaii and Wherever Else, so pick one.



Clue the First: Where am I?

by wjw on January 22, 2019

IMG_0022As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m away from home in an Undisclosed Location.

It is up to you, however, to disclose it.  I’m not saying anything.

I’ll post a series of lovely pictures containing clues to my whereabouts.  Anyone who unmasks my secret location will get a free signed copy of The Accidental War, or (if you already possess one) any other book that’s currently in my archives.

The clues will get less subtle as the week goes on, but here’s the first.

I also feel obliged to point out that you are not eligible for the competition if I’ver actually told you where I was going.  You may think this goes without saying, but with some of my friends, it’s best to be clear.


Hyper Lupine Bloody Gobbet Moon

by wjw on January 21, 2019


Here are my two best photos of the Hyper Lupine Bloody Gobbet Moon, or whatever they’re calling a lunar eclipse this time.

It was very pleasant lying back on a lawn chair and watching the moon slowly devoured by the ravenous talons of the cosmic beast.  But with the moon gone, who will I sacrifice to now?

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by wjw on January 19, 2019

Here I go, breaking the fourth wall again.


Now that I’ve changed my frame of reference, I’m on my way to an Undisclosed Location, so I may not be posting for a few days.

If you’re looking for something to read, Locus has put the always-perceptive Russell Letson’s review of The Accidental War online for your edification.


Purple Gin and Pink Martini

January 18, 2019

Gotta say, last night had a lot to recommend it. I took the train up to Albuquerque to meet Kathy downtown, and then we went to the Apothecary Bar atop the Parq Central Hotel to watch the sunset turn the mountains pink, which it did right on schedule.  We had cocktails and ate high-end bar […]

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Toolbox Time

January 16, 2019

Hey, it’s 2019!  If your New Year resolution included working to become a professional author, you should consider applying to Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy.  This year’s workshop, held in the deluxe Angel Fire resort in New Mexico, will be run by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams, […]

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January 12, 2019

There follow some thoughts on setting, inspired by the earlier discussion on corridors. Setting is a character in fantasy and SF, or should be if the author knows what he’s doing.  This is particularly true in fantasy, where the setting can become this big, unwieldy character with which the protagonists have to wrestle in practically […]

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January 3, 2019

On the first of January I celebrated my fortieth year as an author, the period in which I have supported myself solely on writing and related professions. I would have mentioned this on the day, but you know what?  I forgot. It was early on January 1, forty years ago, that I got a phone […]

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New Horizons Meets the Kuiper Belt

January 2, 2019

“I have reached these lands but newly From an ultimate dim Thule- From a wild clime that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE- out of TIME.”  

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