Not The Greatest Path to a Book Deal…

| December 21, 2016

So, less than a month before the election, a group called “Pantsuit Nation” appeared on Facebook. It was a Mecca for Hillary supporters, who were invited to join the “private” group en masse until, by the time the Washington Post was printing glowing reviews of the pro-Clinton site, it had nearly two million members. The Post […]

And this makes me happy.

| August 23, 2016

If you follow me at all, you know I’ve been at this for quite a while now. I’ve written about my first novel, Forests of the Night a couple of times now, but in both cases I talk more about the story than how it was published.  Back in the early nineties I was still […]

Welcome to Moreytown

| August 4, 2016

You may have heard me mention on Facebook that I’m writing a game for the fine folks at Choice of Games based on my Moreau Novels.  As I said when I broke the news: If you’re unfamiliar with CoG’s work, think of it as a (much more) sophisticated digital version of the “choose your own […]

A literary snob pisses on Terry Pratchett’s grave

| August 31, 2015

A couple of days ago, Toni Weisskopf posted a link to this letter from Edgar Rice Burroughs to a young Forrest J. Ackerman. It’s a pithy letter, shorter than most blog posts, but is a prescient rebuttal to this hot mess of a Guardian article appearing almost exactly 84 years later. The Guardian: Life is […]

11-22-63

| May 28, 2015

I’ve always liked Stephen King.  He counts as one of the significant influences on me as a writer. And reading (listening to) one of his more recent works, 11/22/63, I came to an epiphany about one of the major techniques he uses to keep readers continually turning the pages. Maybe I just noticed it more […]

The 10 things I have to say about the Hugos

| May 7, 2015

10) No, the Hugos weren’t captured by some sort of conspiracy. It’s silly to say it’s a conspiracy. So silly, in fact, that saying that someone else is saying it’s a conspiracy is a nice bit of rhetorical judo that makes one feel intellectually superior to the crazy wing-nuts who are saying— one is asserting— that […]

Bad Examples: Publisher Edition

| September 29, 2014

Say you’re a publisher.  Say you’ve been profitable in the past but have been sliding into financial difficulties.  Let’s even say that you’ve had a few past issues with lawsuits over breach-of-contract.  Then, let’s just posit that some blogger does some research and finds all sorts of shenanigans: There is a set of authors who […]

Speaking of authors doing things wrong. . .

| April 2, 2011

Strangely enough, just as my ancient post on Mr. Patrick “fiction writer working at the very highest level today” Roscoe gained some renewed attention, another author decided to break the cardinal rule of writing in the age of the internet, that rule being: “Thou shalt not start a flame war over a review of thine […]

Unexpected attention. . .

| March 31, 2011

A year ago I blogged about Mr. Patrick Roscoe an asshat of epic proportions whose claim to fame is sending the following to a literary agent: Colleen Lindsay: Thank you for making it clear, through your response to my query, that you are unquipped (sic) to represent fiction writers who are working at the very […]

Me on the SF Signal Podcast

| January 24, 2011

Patrick Hester and John DeNardo grill me on the 25th episode of the SF Signal podcast.  You should check it out.