Worldbuilding v2

| March 31, 2009

This past weekend I gave my worldbuilding lecture at the Western Reserve Writer’s Conference.  Most of what I covered is in the essay I have posted here. But I have updated it for the 21st Century (I removed the reference to pagers) and I added some additional introductory material. I thought I’d repost the new […]

Music to watch economic collapse by

| March 30, 2009

Or, if you prefer rock & roll (NSFW): Update: If you like folk:

What I’m doing this weekend

| March 27, 2009

Tomorrow will be the day I will be talking about Worldbuilding at the Western Reserve Writer’s Conference. I’m looking forward to the first actual classroom setting I’ve done in a while. I’ve even updated my venerable Worldbuilding article to remove the anachronistic pager reference

Building the new PC

| March 26, 2009

I happen to have a homebrew PC on my desktop: Looks cool, but was beginning to seriously feel its age. (It would slow down if you put a Vista install disk in the same room.) So I bought a new motherboard and and chip for it. Here were prepping for surgery:

Various and sundry

| March 25, 2009

Prophets has been reviewed in SF Signal, and well I can’t complain about that Also, another blogger has decided to have a contest with my book as a prize.  Cool. Also, I’ve put up a home here for Wolfbreed, although that book is probably also going to get its own web presence. (it’s just special […]

Breaking News: Congress is full of criminal asshats

| March 24, 2009

This is not a post about politics, per se. This is about criminal malfeasance, the sucking undertow of corruption in Washington D.C. that is shortly to drag the country down with it.  If you’re wondering where the respect for the Constitution and the rule of law went, well our congress hasn’t had it for a […]

And Finally, the Cover

| March 23, 2009

The artist is Gene Mollica, who also has a cool variant of this image on his website.

I don’t comment on reviews, but. . .

| March 20, 2009

I just wanted to give you two uncredited quotations from folks talking about Prophets: Quote one: Swann is a libertarian and makes that abundantly clear in his work: Organized religion and authoritarian statists? – really bad; hegemonizing collective consciousnesses with godlike powers?-probably even worse. Quote two: The author seems to have mastered writing in Orwell’s […]

A couple of updates

| March 19, 2009

Following up on last week’s Jon Stewart vs. CNBC, it reached its apotheosis after my last blog post: And apparently, according to the AP, (and Burgermeister Meisterburger) old books are still going to murder your children: Sheketoff said she heard of just two libraries that started to restrict access to children’s books last month. One […]

That was just cool

| March 18, 2009

This past Monday I went down to Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights (my local book store of old) to see expat Hamster Cat Valente do a reading/concert/art auction.  It’s as cool as it sounds, and if you’re lucky enough to have her doing her Palimpsest rounds somewhere near you, I’d recommend it.  Not only is […]