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Two Other Versions of Janis Ian’s “Welcome Home”

You guys all inspired Janis Ian to return to the studio so she could do a professional track of the “Welcome Home” song.  She also tweaked the lyrics. They’re below.  I’m sharing the new versions here, which Janis is providing free.  However, I know y’all are very generous with your donations, so I’m also including […]

Janis Ian’s “Welcome Home”–for true fans everywhere

Janis Ian wrote this for the Nebula Awards banquet, and sent it to a bunch of us to share with you.  Enjoy it, but please, if you share, give credit where credit is due. That’s: Music © Mine Music Ltd./EMI Japan Publishing/Lyric © Rude Girl Publishing.  All rights reserved.  International copyright secured.  Used by Permission […]

American Idol

Writers! Believe it or not, this post is for you.  Especially if you’re just breaking in or want to break into the publishing field. Watch American Idol.  I’m serious. Here’s why. First, the auditions are a good visual metaphor for the slush pile. Those 12,000 people you saw in line for Chicago’s auditions this week? […]

More Recommended Reading…

…from me and other folk at SF Signal.  They are compiling a Best of 2009, according to–well, whomever they ask.  I’m in the fourth segment of this, which includes Elizabeth Bear, Brenda Cooper, and others.  You can find the fourth segment here, along with links to the first three segments.

Interview on Writing, Diving into the Wreck, and Other Fun Things

The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review has just posted an interview with me covering various topics: writing, editing, Diving Into The Wreck, hats, and much more! Go play on the website. It’s a fun one. You can find it here.

A link to success

After reading the Freelancer’s Guide on Success, writer Brad R. Torgersen decided to figure out what success means to him. Now. Today. And he’s set up some benchmarks. It’s a cool post, and a neat way to look at what you’re doing.  You can find it here.

Excerpt From Diving into the Wreck

As you’ll see over the next few weeks, I’ve gone website happy.  I figure it’s easier to have a static website for some of my universes, which will easily answer reader questions.  So the first to go live (as they say) is Diving into the Wreck. I haven’t done everything I want to do yet; […]

The Secret Lives of Cat

I’m not the only one who saw the blog posts by the inventor of the cat camera.  These folks in Seattle have had their cat wear a camera for a year now.  So I write a story, and their cat takes great pix.  I hope that the cat never finds a dead body in a […]

Four Movies

The only good thing about a cold is that you can spend all day on the couch, with the lights off, wrapped in a blanket, drinking hot soup and watching movies. Last week, I bundled up, brought my Kleenex to the end table, and watched a small mountain of movies. Here are the ones that […]


Sf Signal’s Mind Meld often asks interesting questions of interesting folk.  I found this particular topic to be a particularly difficult one to address.  Are there still taboos?  Some people think so.  Check it out at http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2009/03/mind-meld-taboo-topics-in-sff-literature/

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

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

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