A Mythical Beast

May 14, 2018

A statue of a unicorn eating a lily,  across the road from the James Thurber House. Here’s a link to the story, in case you’ve never read it.

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Hello, Columbus

May 10, 2018

I am in Columbus.  The one in Ohio, not the one in New Mexico that Pancho Villa attacked, or the one in Indiana, or the one in Georgia; and certainly not the Columbus City in Iowa, or the Columbus City in Alabama.  (If Columbus founded any more cities in North America, I’m unaware of them.) […]

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Archivum Secretum

May 7, 2018

The Vatican Secret Archives houses 53 linear miles of documents going back 12 centuries, much of it handwritten in Latin using archaic script.  It’s not Secret, exactly, it’s just inaccessible, because in order to look at one of the documents you actually have to be there, in the Vatican, along with your knowledge of Latin […]

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Ice Flows

May 4, 2018

A video taken a couple weeks ago in my home town of Duluth.  Kind of hypnotic, no? I remember stuff like this from when I was a kid.

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May 4, 2018

I few nights ago, I woke from a really scary nightmare. I don’t remember the dream at all, which is a shame, because judging from my reaction to it, it would have made an excellent premise for a fright film.  At any rate, I woke very suddenly, with my heart pounding and my eyes wide […]

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Something About Cabell

April 29, 2018

I have lately been revisiting the works of James Branch Cabell. (rhymes, by the way, with “rabble”) Insofar as Cabell is remembered these days, it’s as a writer of fantasy fiction.  The best of his fantasies were reprinted in the Sixties as part of Ballantine’s Adult Fantasy Series, which is where I found him when […]

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Double News Day

April 26, 2018

So a big box of proofs for The Accidental War arrived on my doorstep today.  Looks very action-y, doesn’t it? The Accidental War will be released in September, but it’s already available for preorder at your favorite book venue. Since I got a whole box of them, I’ll probably be running a contest shortly.  Stay tuned. Elsewhere in […]

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Stuff I Found in the Sky Tonight

April 25, 2018
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No Dreck

April 21, 2018

Some days you get lucky, and you turn on the TV and find something you’ve absolutely always wanted to see. This happened to me on Wednesday, when I watched the second episode of Season Three of The Expanse. The episode was written by James S.A. Corey themselves, and the climax featured a space battle between Rocinante and […]

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Artificial Reality

April 18, 2018

Here’s tonight’s crescent moon, with Venus in the lower right corner.  Venus is red because she’s close to the horizon. This is actually Photoshopped.  The reason it’s Photoshopped is that my new Canon hardly ever manages to focus properly on a distant object sitting in the sky.  If only I could focus manually . . […]

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