Going Urban

May 6, 2016

I’ve just hatched a new theory.  Which is a callow, trembling thing just out of the chrysalis, but I may be onto something, so bear with me. My theorizing was spurred by this last weekend at the Paradise Lost workshop, for which I read some of the stuff that is called “urban fantasy,” which is […]

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Drinks for the Season

May 4, 2016

I’m busy trying to finish a novel and a copy-edited manuscript of Impersonations, the short novel that will appear from Tor later this year. Meanwhile the American election season rolls on.  New Mexico’s primary, which takes place next month, may actually matter in some way, which it never has in my lifetime.  Usually by the time we […]

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Go Pro

April 28, 2016

I haven’t been online much, because I’ve been reading manuscripts in preparation for the Paradise Lost Writers Workshop and Retreat, taking place in San Antonio this weekend. I’ll be teaching and offering critique of others’ work, along with Jaye Wells, Ken Scholes, and former Toolboxer (and Nebula and Andre Norton and Compton Crook Award nominee) […]

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Looming Up Out of the Night

April 21, 2016

Despite its frightening resemblance to a face-hugger from the Alien films, it’s merely a lobster.

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Mountbatten!

April 20, 2016

It’s not like I’m a monarchist, but when someone spends 64 years as head of state, I feel she’s entitled to a bit of applause.

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Dark Horse, Mad Dog, Warrior Monk

April 20, 2016

You’ve probably heard of dark horse candidates, right?  Now, if certain deep-pocketed conservatives have their way, we may have a candidate that’s a mad dog. That would be James “Mad Dog” Mattis, USMC, retired.  Former lieutenant general, former NATO Supreme Commander (Transformation), and David Petraeus’ successor as Central Command’s big honcho, with responsibility for the […]

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Walters of the World

April 19, 2016

All my life, I’ve been keeping track of the other Walter Williamses out there.  On the whole, we seem to be a pretty distinguished bunch. To start with, there was my father, who was another Walter Williams.  We had different middle names— his was Ulysses, believe it or not.  After my dad was born (in […]

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Clip Officiel

April 17, 2016

After a few days of perfect springtime weather, winter descended again with wind and rain and cloud.  Which made me long for the tropics, so I thought I’d check out the music scene on the island of Mauritius.  (Which calls itself Maurice, by the way.) I used to stream music from a radio station in […]

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Interactivity

April 13, 2016

The entertainment has been interactive around here.  And no, I’m not talking about Xbox games. A few weeks ago we visited License to Spy, a traveling exhibit of spy gear sent from Australia to (for some reason) the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.  (See a dinosaur, spy on your neighbor . . . all good […]

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Why I Love Akira Kurosawa

April 11, 2016

In Metropolitan, I describe a scene in a film based on Constantine’s life.  Even though the book takes place in a fantasy world, it’s clear from the description that Kurosawa directed.

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