Short Stories, Discoverability, and More

This was the post I had planned to make last week, and ended up putting up the kitten video instead. If you haven’t seen the video, click here. In sixty seconds, it’ll teach you how to edit an anthology. Seriously. Honestly. Really. Go look. Now, here’s some of what I planned to tell you. The rest will apparently have to wait until next week (even […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2014

…A dear friend gave me this book after he attended Emerald City Comic Con. He says he saw it and thought of me. He and I differ politically on almost everything, but we understand that about each other and discuss it—value it—rather than try to change each other. This book is just one example of how we both celebrate our differences. He found it, and knew it was right for me…

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Recommended Reading List: October 2013

I taught a week-long science fiction craft workshop in October, and read lots of excellent stories. I’ll mention them when they show up in print and you can find them. I’ll be amazed if editors don’t snatch these stories up. I know that Lee Allred took some for the second Fiction River special that he’s editing, and I told the students if they didn’t sell […]

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Two Mystery Stories, Some Freebies, And A Deal

This month, I have two new mystery stories out. They couldn’t be more different. The first, “Asset Protection,” is a novelette about shoplifting. Yes, shoplifting. And so much more. You can find it in the current issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. The second story is an artier piece in Crimewave 12. Called “Trial,” it explores something much darker than shoplifting, and in a much shorter fashion. I […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2012

Surprisingly to me, since October was a busy month, I got a lot of reading done. Most of the novels weren’t memorable, but the shorter works—from articles to short stories—were. Here’s what I can recommend from my reading this past month.  October, 2012 Baxter, John, The Most Beautiful Walk in The World: A Pedestrian in Paris, Harper Perennial, 2011.  Nothing beats browsing in a bookstore […]

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A New Spade/Paladin Story In Time For Halloween

My Spade/Paladin mystery stories take place at science fiction conventions. As all sf die-hards know, sf conventions leave Halloween to the “mundanes,” folks who aren’t die-hard sf fans. So why set a mystery story on Halloween at an sf convention? Why not? So you can find the new story in the December issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (magazine cover dates have nothing to do with reality), […]

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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 Yorker Calendar), two small desk calendars for my closet—one for […]

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The Karnikov Card: A Spade/Paladin Story

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine just published my latest Spade/Paladin story, “The Karnikov Card.”  You can find an excerpt here.  And if you’re at all interested in other Spade/Paladin stories, check out Paladin’s website for updates.

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April 2010 Recommended Reading List

I spent most of April writing what I call a jealous novel.  When I write some novels, they don’t want me to imagine much of anything else—particularly in the  novel form.  So I can’t read incredibly good books, those books that make you disappear into the world.  I was left with mediocre to bad books or excellent short stories.  For some reason, short story quality […]

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Forgetful Me

So what do I forget to mention to all you marvelous readers out there? That “The Case of the Vanishing Boy” is set at a science fiction convention. Silly me. So even you non-mystery folk might like it. And um, don’t forget to buy Diving into the Wreck this month, if indeed, you’re planning to buy it at all. (It’s been getting great reviews. Publisher’s […]

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