Free Fiction Monday: The Tower

So many mysteries in the past. So many opportunities, as well. While Portals, Inc. uses historians to test its time travel devices, historians use Portals to test their theories. Neyla believes the 17th century discovery of the dead Princes near the Bloody Tower will tell her who murdered the boys centuries before. Thomas Ayliffe believes he can pull off the crime of the century—any century. […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part 10): The Problems in Your Writing Are The Problems in Your Life

The first time I ever heard the saying, “The problems in your writing are the problems in your life,” I was having a conversation with Harlan Ellison about editing. Back when I was editing Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, I was feeling my way around editing fiction. I had run a newsroom and put out a nightly half-hour newscast. Producing a newscast is editing. You assign […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dragon Slayer

Fifteen dragons dead in less than a century. Rumaad, a different kind of dragon, collects information about the killings the way some dragons collect jewels. Perfectly suited to see the differences in the latest crime scene, he investigates the murder of a dragon he knows all too well. What he sees convinces him something changed in his world—and not for the best. “Dragon Slayer,” by […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Ice Breakers

Maya knows her job as mining supervisor, and she knows it well. But do the higher-ups listen to her? Of course not. But when the biggest ice storm yet hits Xeunite, Maya finds her incompetent bosses the least of her worries. As the storm rages, Maya faces life-and-death decisions—ones she might not survive. With “Ice Breakers,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers up an unexpected heroine of […]

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2022

I read a lot in December because I switched my schedule around, and prioritized a few other things. (I’ll probably blog about that at some point.) Having effective glasses also helped, more than I expected. I don’t have hardly any holiday stories to recommend because we set our deadlines for next year’s Holiday Spectacular in December. I’ve been reading a lot of great holiday stories, […]

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Business Musings: AI: The Year in Review Part 9

I used to train radio news announcers. I trained them how to read live and on air, a skill I learned myself while still in college. In 2021, I took a voiceover class from an impressive-as-hell studio here in Las Vegas, with the full intention that I would somehow get my books into audio. I had hoped to hire a voice actor or two, or […]

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First of The Year News

It has been a very busy start to the year. I just finished teaching an in-person workshop, which we held at Resorts World. It’s a lovely venue (unlike the Golden Nugget), and we had a great time. I’m hoping the students enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m teaching two more workshops there this year—one in May and one in July—which you can find […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Monster in Our Midst

When a disturbing postcard arrives at his Atlanta office, Emerson knows he must report it to the NAACP. The postcard, sent by the mysterious Lurleen from Abbotts Creek, Arkansas, depicts yet another lynching. Emerson agrees to travel to Abbotts Creek to investigate, but he knows doing so poses great risk. Emerson only passes as white, and this Lurleen knows his face. Emerson knows one day […]

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Business Musings: Direct: The Year in Review Part 8

On January 6, 2023, Michael W. Lucas made a rather important announcement on his blog. He wrote, in all caps: AMAZON IS NO LONGER MY BIGGEST INCOME SOURCE. It’s not that he added a consulting business to his writing income, or started doing in-person speaking gigs. He didn’t get a day job. Instead, he’s been, in his words, disintermediating. He’s been consciously moving his readers […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Turbulence

Every frequent flyer shares a nightmare—trapped inside a plane in trouble. The key? Don’t think about it. Until you sit next to the wrong woman on the wrong flight on the wrong day… “Turbulence,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here.   Turbulence Kristine Kathryn Rusch […]

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