Recommended Reading List: April, 2018

So much fantastic reading in April, and no time to write it all up. That’s why this is a few days later than usual. First, I line-edited an issue of Fiction River, Spies, which is just marvelous. I had forgotten how good those stories are. You’ll see them next year, but for now, you can read a Fiction River that I edited, Justice. The stories in that […]

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Business Musings: Cultural Change And The Traditional Writer

It’s been a heck of a year. Or two years. Or three. So much has been happening—not just in my life, but in the world—that it’s almost impossible to keep up. And here, in the United States, the news cycle moves so fast that a short story I wrote and sold as science fiction almost a decade ago about updating news features every thirty minutes […]

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Business Musings: Why We Do What We Do

Well, I’m sitting in a breakfast nook, surrounded by sunshine, in a condo I hadn’t seen as of January 1, living a life that I hadn’t expected to be living on that day either. Dean and I are now going back and forth between Las Vegas and Lincoln City. In fact, he’s in Lincoln City right now, while I’m helping two traumatized cats adjust to […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2018

I’d like to say I had no time for leisure reading this month, and while that’s mostly true, it doesn’t feel true. I spent most of the month reading for the anthology workshop. 1.2 million words of really great fiction, some of which will appear in upcoming Fiction Rivers. I mentioned the Justice issue of Fiction River last month. This month, I line-edited another Fiction […]

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Business Musings: Bestseller Lists Again (Or Chicken Little Is Wrong. Again.)

In the middle of February, I saw a tweet from Melville House, an independent publisher in Brooklyn, NY, linking to an article of theirs. I followed the link and saw this title: “Into the Bezosphere: The Washington Post will syndicate Amazon Charts.” I was surprised. I had heard nothing about the Post’s new bestseller list. Granted, I’ve been busy and preoccupied this year. Still coping […]

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Recommended Reading List: December 2017

My special holiday reading continued until December 18 when, to my surprise, I found I couldn’t read yet another story about any holiday ever, thank you very much. I even switched to very bloody mystery stories (with a holiday theme) and that didn’t even work. So I wandered around, lost, for a day or so, and then decided I could stop reading holiday stories and […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2017

I spent a delightful week of the month reading stories for the Mystery Workshop that I conducted here on the Oregon Coast. The writers were truly spectacular and even the stories that missed some details were wonderful to read. I could envision them in any of the mystery markets. I can’t point out the stories to you at the moment, but will if I see […]

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Recommended Reading: July 2017

Unlike June, which started so slowly I couldn’t even start the reading list until the middle of the month, July started off with a bang. I enjoyed almost everything I read, and I was reading a lot. One day per week, I started accompanying Dean on his trips to find stuff to stock the stores. He’d head off to a Goodwill or a charity shop, […]

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Recommended Reading List: June, 2017

Wow. I didn’t even have a reason to start up this list until mid-June, and I’ve been reading a lot of stuff. Most of the magazines I’ve read have been of the entertainment or self-help variety; no great articles in any of them. The books, well, the books were a disaster until June 15 or so. I read about a writer who had published a […]

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Recommended Reading List: February, 2017

Lots of reading this month for the anthology workshop at the end of the month, plus some line editing. I still managed to find time for some other reading, but it was a push. I got a new mystery from one of my favorites, started it, and immediately stopped. Turns out our newly retired hero has just been diagnosed with COPD. Having dealt with death—and […]

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