WTF, Turkey?

March 28, 2014

Crikey, the news out of Turkey is just insaaaaane! For one thing, two major forces for modern Islam are trying to destroy one another.  Prime Minister Erdogan— who leads the “moderately Islamic” AK Party— is now doing his best to destroy his former allies, the organization of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen (who I fictionalized in Deep State […]

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For Your Downloading Pleasure

March 27, 2014

My longish novelette, The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid, is now available for download via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Kobo seems to have some kind of complicated problem with the file, and despite my turning the air blue with curses, this is not at present resolved. I’ve been trying to get serious about uploading the […]

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I Have An Owie

March 25, 2014

So I’ve been hors de combat for a few days due to a cut finger.  Which is sort of embarrassing, but still . . . A few nights ago I was cutting up some lemongrass, which as I’m sure you know is a tough, fibrous plant.  The knife slipped and took a big slice out […]

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Superman With a Go-Pro

March 19, 2014

What else need be said?

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I Work On My Stuff A Long Time

March 16, 2014

It takes me ages to finish one of my projects. For instance, here’s an early draft of the High City battle from Conventions of War. (Via the Bayeux Tapestry Generator.)

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Time For St. Urho!

March 16, 2014

Since I seem to be concentrating on posts about Finnish matters these days, it’s worth reminding you that Sunday is St. Urho’s Day. I trust you will all be  clad in green and purple, and prepared to drink up all the liquor before the Irish hit the bars on Monday. And feel free, as you imbibe, […]

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Reserve Your June For Reading

March 14, 2014

I’m pleased to report that the publication date for Rogues, the new blockbuster collection from George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois, has been advanced to June 17. Pleased because, after all, I’m in it.  I’ve contributed a story featuring Sean Makin, the protagonist of The Fourth Wall.  It’s a complex, knotty little near-future novella with a solid […]

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Taos Toolbox: the IRS Edition

March 8, 2014

I haven’t been posting much, because for the last week or so I’ve been wrangling all my tax information, all the cheeks and the stubs and the little receipts, into a form coherent enough for my accountant to make sense of.   It’s the kind of repetitious detail work that I’m not at all good […]

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Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

March 5, 2014

Hey, it’s Fat Tuesday, y’all!  Why are you looking at the dumb ol’ Internet instead of dancing? These scenes of Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and Django Reinhart are from the French film La Route du Bonheur.

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March 1, 2014

Clearly you were all so completely entranced by the Finnish music video I posted a couple days ago that, by now, you’re totally slavering  for the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. Which, thanks to Australian performance artist Scott Sandwich, you can now experience in eight minutes. Eight minutes for a national epic!  How can you resist? […]

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