Grand Tour

November 11, 2015

This grim-faced, big-eared fellow is I believe the Middle Kingdom pharaoh Amenemhat III (my notes are a little unclear). Just before leaving New York, we caught a special exhibit at the Met featuring goodies from the Middle Kingdom, which was a period of economic growth, massive building, and foreign trade, sandwiched between the fall of […]

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Big City

November 2, 2015

I’m off on a trip to an Undisclosed Location.  And as I have in the past, I’ve inserted a clue as to my present location in the above photograph.  The clever among you may be able to work out where I am. As you can see from this second photograph, business is booming here in […]

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November 1, 2015

Tonight was Patricia Rogers’ legendary biannual Halloween Party, complete with Victorian coffins, mummies, body parts, bubbling flasks, sinister laboratory instruments, brains in bell jars, a tilting, electronically charged autopsy table, and a whole lot of science fiction and fantasy writers and fans dressed up as monsters, mad scientists, and figments of the demonic imagination. (I […]

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Dancing Along

October 28, 2015

These guys, who have been dancing in Rouen for hundreds of years now, are having a lot more fun than I am right now. For one thing, I’m not in Rouen. Location aside, this week it’s been one little thing after another.  No big crises, no big triumphs, just a lot of little detail I […]

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Gulf & Western

October 23, 2015

Yeah.  This guy. So I was talking to Daniel the other day, and I said, “I’m going to do the most unhip thing I’ve done in ages.” “What’s that?” “I’m going to see Jimmy Buffet in concert.” Daniel thought about that for a while, and he said, “I think Buffet’s been in the business so […]

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Year Five

October 22, 2015

This summer I completed my fifth year as an indie author, albeit one who markets only his own backlist.  And then to top it all off, I sold six books to traditional publishers. So. Yeah.  All that. The upshot is that every long work I’ve ever written is now available in electronic form, in most […]

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End the World in Style

October 16, 2015

In the popular imagination, Doomsday isn’t any fun. I mean, all the radiation and the ruins and the heavily-armed mutant gangs are the sort of thing that can make the end of the world a real drag. And even if you’ve done your doomsday prep, you’re still stuck in a buried RV with your heavily-armed […]

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New Package

October 13, 2015

Introducing the new cover for my novel Days of Atonement, which replaces a cover designed in the days when I was fairly new to Photoshop.  I was trying really hard to think of a cover that said, “gothic western science fiction police procedural,” which is what the novel is, and I overthought it and threw in too much […]

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October 11, 2015

Over on another Social Network, I was rejoicing that I’d written a sentence containing the phrase “fustilarian bellygods.” This occasioned a deal of speculation about what my sentence actually was.  I declined to answer, because I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of imagination that was going on. And I thought I’d stimulate imagination here, […]

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October 8, 2015

The first person to identify the object in the photo will win free downloads of all 11 Philip K Dick Award-nominated novels, now available at StoryBundle. This thing looks like you might find it at IKEA, but you’d be wrong.

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