Kristine Grayson in the Holiday Spectacular!

Today’s story in the 2022 Holiday Spectacular is a brand-new Kristine Grayson novelette. “Dog House” continues the adventures of Imperia Encanto as she figures out how to live in our world. And, um, there might be dogs. It’s not too late to subscribe to the Spectacular. You’ll get all 39 stories, including three of mine. I had so much fun writing this story. I hope […]

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Business Musings: The Year in Review Part 2: Traditional Publishing

In the course of this insane year, in which the news cycle was on overdrive in every single industry, and the Western world (which is what I mostly follow) spent all of its time splitting into factions and screaming at each other. In a year that had a moment of holy crap, are we really going to slide into World War III?  followed by the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Vigil

When Rhonda holds a vigil for World Aids Day in the tiny Oregon Coast town of Rickets Rock, she hopes to find someone, anyone, to mourn with her. But she just might wind up saving someone instead. This powerful story about compassion and acceptance demonstrates Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s mastery of short fiction. “Vigil,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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Business Musings: Prioritizing Pie

As I’ve told you many times in the past, I love American Thanksgiving. It might be my favorite holiday. My celebration will be truncated this year, because I caught some kind of cold at 20Books last week. So I had to prioritize. That early morning Thanksgiving run—by which point, I should be pretty much clear of these symptoms and not contagious? Or spending all of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Un-familiar

Winston’s familiar Ruby, a small black cat, avoids dogs whenever possible. So when Winston sees her talking quietly with a toy poodle-Chihuahua mix, he wants to know why. Ruby, usually so vocal, says nothing. Her silence, that dog, and a storm in the Oregon Coast community of Seavy Village all combine into one of the most memorable days of Winston’s life. “Un-familiar,” by New York Times bestselling […]

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Business Musings: The Year in Review Part 1: Overview

This year has been ridiculous. I have no idea why I expected it to be otherwise. I guess there’s a part of me that expected the world to return to normal, even though I’m one of the people who has said since March of 2020 that there would be no normal, at least not what we thought of as normal in 2019. Every industry is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: G-Men

The acclaimed short story that inspired the award-winning novel, The Enemy Within. February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson. O’Reilly teams up with […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail Part 10: Blame

I spent most of the morning trying to start this post. It’s not like me to have trouble writing, particularly a nonfiction post, but I simply couldn’t do what I had planned. What I had planned was simple: Because of all of the news recently and the timing, I had planned to start the Year In Review blog posts early. I’ve always hated that they […]

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Be Among The First To Read The Newest Diving Novel

Just a quick note to let you know that the full novel of The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades has appeared in Asimov’s. The second half dropped this week in the November/December issue, which you can get now. The novel started as a piece that I had to leave out of The Renegat. I wondered what happened to the crew that returned to the […]

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