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Two Bundles!

Because of touring schedules, I’m in two bundles this week. Not my tours–music tours. I’m so fortunate to be part of a Storybundle that includes six bands and five fiction writers. (I had to choose my words carefully here, since the musicians write as well.) This new bundle, called The Fantasy Music Bundle, is the brainchild of […]

An SF Podcast and a Mystery Interview

Okay, the interview is not a mystery as in whodunnit.  It’s an interview about mysteries, specifically mine.  The interview mostly focuses on the use of setting in mystery fiction, which is one of my favorite topics.  You can find the interview on the Scene of the Crime blog. The podcast is a discussion between me […]

Why We Write

Tracy Hickman told this moving story earlier in the month at the Superstars Writing Seminar. My buddy and the sponsor of the seminar, Kevin J. Anderson, e-mailed me and said I had to listen to this. I was at Chattacon and didn’t have time, so I finally listened this morning, and was moved beyond words. […]

New Non-fiction and interviews

Brad Torgersen conducted an interview with me on the Writers of the Future website, all about writing.  Check it out here. Once again, I’m a participant in the MindMeld column, this time about what’s on my to-be-read stack.  Fortunately, John DeNardo only asked me about the science fiction, fantasy & horror, skipping all the other genres. […]

2010 Reading Stats

I love first day of the new year.  I open all of my calendars and I have a lot of calendars.  I have a wall calendar (Vintage SF magazine art), two day-to-day calendars—one for my office (Get Fuzzy) and one for the kitchen (Pearls Before Swine), a leather-bound desk calendar for my office (The New […]

Good Golly, Miss Molly

I call her the celebutante. That’s our little Molly, thirteen weeks old, and already short about 8 lives.  We got her at the vet on impulse.  She has a broken leg–well, ruined leg is more like it.  And because she benefited from my small town’s charity, she’s in the local paper this week. Here’s the […]


Okay, here’s something I’ve never tried before.  The good folks at BenBella Books gave me the opportunity to give away two copies of Filled With Glee, their upcoming unauthorized book on the TV series Glee. I have an essay in the volume.  You can read the beginning of the essay–which is actually about the music […]

All Things Considered, I’d Rather Be In Philadephia.

Oh, wait! I am. I have a 4-hour layover because my flight was early.  Have changed currency, eaten the obligatory cheese steak, and will soon board the 8+ hour flight to Frankfurt. From there, I take a 1 hour flight to Leipzig. I don’t have much interesting travel stuff to report, except that so far, […]

Janis Ian’s Welcome Home Deconstructed–by Janis

Janis Ian posted this as a comment, but I’m reposting here in case you didn’t look through the comments section.  If you want to know the references in her marvelous song, check below. From Janis: Here’s a breakdown of the references. Anyone wanting to download it can go to my site http://www.janisian.com , and head […]

A fun little piece on the Geek Girls site

Occasionally I contribute to Geek Girls.  You’ll find free essays on cool sf topics by Christina F. York (Christy Evans) and Graylin Fox as well. In today’s piece, I confess.  Check it out here–and then scan the site.  You’ll have fun.

The Santa Series

Santa Series omnibus cover boxed set web

If you want the Santa Series of goofy fantasy romances, here's all 3 books in 1 volume. Click on the words below for more information

The Santa Series

A New Science Fiction Story!


My story, "The Museum of Modern Warfare" just appeared in the December Analog. Get your copy by clicking the words below:

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

A New Story!


My story, "The Night of The Dancing Champions" just appeared in one of my favorite issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Recycled Pulp by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

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