Injure. Heal. Repeat.

August 24, 2023

I’ve been having a frustrating time with one leg injury after another. I’m guessing it began three years ago, when hip replacement surgery resulted in a tilted pelvis, which resulted in my right leg seeming longer than my left. Also, because my spine wanted my head to remain atop my torso instead of pointing to […]

Read the full article →

Time Off

August 18, 2023

I’ve spent the last four days at a cabin in the Sacramento Mountains, a property shouldered up against the Mescalero Apache reservation (who, contrary to standard practice, managed to get some very good land out of the American government). The cabin is about 100 years old, and is owned by the extended family of Louy, […]

Read the full article →

Mere Days

August 16, 2023

You have only two days remaining to download the Take No Prisoners Bundle of thirteen novels, including my own Metropolitan. Pay $5 to download four books, or at least $20 to unlock an additional nine novels. Details, including descriptions of all thirteen novels, are to be found here.

Read the full article →


August 15, 2023

The artist Dark Crayon, who last year did a fine cover for the Czech edition of Hardwired, now provides this cover for Voice of the Whirlwind‘s Czech edition. The title has been shortened to Whirlwind, which is appropriate, I think, for all it loses the Biblical reference. Find it wherever fine books are sold (near […]

Read the full article →


August 10, 2023

So today some Russian spambot dropped 257 spam into random topics on this blog. (How do I know the spammers were Russian? Many of the spam were in Cyrillic.) Fortunately WordPress puts posts from strangers into a single “pending” file, so I was able to spend half an hour or so dealing with them. What […]

Read the full article →

Ancient Eyes

August 6, 2023

This is a photo of a reconstruction of a Neanderthal boy. Hair and eye color were derived from DNA found in the boy’s jaw. You can’t tell from the photo, but the jaw is quite small. The exhibit didn’t tell me how old the boy was when he died, or if any of his other […]

Read the full article →

William’s Brain

July 30, 2023

Monreale Cathedral— more formally Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nuova di Monreale; Duomo di Monreale— is a look into the mind of King William the Good, who built the place. I can see why a life of war and conquest didn’t suit him. This colossal building is a fantasia, a kind of theme park tour of […]

Read the full article →

Rock the Bosporus

July 29, 2023

Ayçe Sicimoǧlu rocks out on a classic. Feel free to give it a listen.

Read the full article →

Bundle Time!

July 27, 2023

The Science Fiction Writers of America have put out another novelbundle, and I am once more included! This time it’s fantasy. There’s something about fantasy that never fails to thrill readers of all ages and backgrounds. Stories filled with magical creatures, wizards, romance, and adventures, both big and small, continue to cast spells over our […]

Read the full article →

Rain in the Opera

July 26, 2023

The Duomo in Palermo was built at the command of William II the Good. (William was the son of William I the Bad. Father William doesn’t seem to have been particularly bad, as medieval monarchs go. He seems to have acquired his monicker because he had a tendency to promote competent commoners over the heads […]

Read the full article →

Contact Us | Terms of User | Trademarks | Privacy Statement

Copyright © 2010 WJW. All Rights Reserved.