Myth and Asshats

| September 21, 2010

So rarely does the universe provide such an enlightening conflation of shallow facile consensus political wisdom, along with elitist literary snobbery as we have in this column by Maureen Dowd.  Dowd has gotten the memo, that Christine O’Donnell is the designated political chew toy for this political cycle.  O’Donnell is the acceptable target.  After all, […]

A Webcomic you should follow

| August 24, 2010

Gunnerkrigg Court: If you took Harry Potter, tossed it a blender with some of Girl Genius and some Neil Gaiman, you’d end up with something in the same genre as this.  The story goes from cute, to creepy to heartwarming in the space of a couple of panels.  And, if you pay attention, everything that […]

Me, elsewhere

| May 26, 2010

I melded my mind on the SF Signal blog again. My contribution re: underrated fantasy series: Ok, I’m going to cheat a little here, because there was once a time when if you were talking a fantasy series, you were not talking “novels.” From the pulps up through the 1970s, if you were talking a […]

Help save Realms of Fantasy

| February 5, 2009

You may have heard that Realms of Fantasy is marked for death right now.  However, there is an on-line community attempting to save it.  I joined up on Facebook, and here is a message from the people running the effort: ——————- Subject: Blog to Save Realms!! Dear Save Realms members, Thank you for joining us. […]

Urban Fantasy Butt Parade

| October 22, 2008

I’ve mentioned before the preponderance of a certain type of fantasy cover. Now SciFiGuy has compiled the entire cover trend into a helpful educational video. (via Smart Bitches.)

And the title is:

| October 21, 2008

Pending confirmation from DAW, the title is going to be either: Journalists and Dragons: Stories of the Cleveland Portal or Journalists, Dragons and Dwarves: Stories of the Cleveland Portal I think I’m more partial to the second one. UPDATE: Sheila didn’t like the word “Journalist” so the title will be: Dragons and Dwarves: Stories of […]

Titles again

| October 17, 2008

The good news is that DAW’s going to re-issue my two Cleveland Portal novels, Dragons of the Cuyahoga and Dwarves of Whiskey Island in an omnibus edition due out August 2009. W000t! The bad news, Sheila at DAW told me this yesterday, and she needs me to give her a title for the thing by […]

Writing women

| September 11, 2008

I just noticed, about 25% of the way into Heretics, that suddenly most of the story is being told from the POV of various female characters.  Compare this to Prophets, where the first major female character doesn’t show up until nearly that late and she isn’t a POV character, at least not until a fair […]

Unrepentant self-satisfaction

| March 20, 2008

A couple of woo-hoos: First off, Anne at Bantam has given the ok to the outline I submitted for Wolfbreed #2 (titles, I need titles.) which means that I can go ahead with it as soon as I get the next DAW book out of the way. Second off, we are retiring the Valentine’s Night […]

Moving the Goalposts

| February 22, 2008

Blogging is taking a back seat to the new novel (30K+ yea me!) And yes, I bumped up the total wordage of Valentine’s Night, the spec novel I’m working on while waiting to hear back from Anne. Two reasons. I have trouble writing short, and I don’t feel I’m that close to the halfway point. […]