Dictionary training

So here’s what I had to teach to my user dictionary over the course of writing BLUE HIGHWAY. Apparently I break the rules, according to Microsoft. Some of these are understandable. Some are just baffling.   westie lunger Torchco gonna gimme I’ma metalscape junkers Partch sleepin’ wanna DeSoto Bolsa Edinger lightcloud clipshow gearhead Edelbrock nastygrams […]

Book fear

  Here’s a 270 degree panorama of my office. Why am I posting this? Because in the near future I’m going to need to pack all of this up and move it out so the flooring can be redone here (as is going to happen in the rest of the house, apparently.) This thought terrifies […]

Doctor Connors, I presume

So I’ve been busy lately. Just not with stuff that you can really see. Like the tiny creature above. This is Doctor Connors, your average leopard gecko from a big pet store which my son bought as a pet. And things were fine for about four or five days. Then he stopped eating. And kept […]

Blog tour

Trying something new. Back when I blogged and it was considered cool (hahaha) in the early 2000s, I got tagged in a couple things (mostly comics stuff). I mean, this was back when I was on Blogspot which was basically forever ago. But I saw Andrea was looking for tagees, so I volunteered. You can […]


So I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to figure out why things are the way they are. Not everything, mind you. I don’t have the time to compose a supertheory of super-everything. But when I spend time in a place or situation, my brain gets to considering how it got there, the way it is […]


This afternoon saw me put to bed a project that’s been hounding me since August. It doesn’t matter that I still don’t think it’s complete or that it’s only good in patches. I’ve done what I can do to smooth them. Someone else’s hands will be on it now. But this one’s been a monster. […]

The Terrible Tome

An imaginary game world from an imaginary game.

FOG-Con 2014

Ah, one of my infamous travelogues/con reports. It’s been a little while. FOG-Con 2014 I’m still pretty new at science fiction/fantasy shows (as opposed to comic shows, which were old hat for me in 1990 and 2008 as an exhibitor). Still getting used to things. Still figuring out how to talk to other humans without […]

Tug on the Ribbon – free this weekend

  My first collection of short fiction, entitled TUG ON THE RIBBON, is available for your Kindle device for free this weekend. This coincides with my appearance and reading at FOG-Con in Walnut Creek. Four short stories, science fiction and horror, for your enjoyment. Hey, William Gibson liked the title story, so you may like […]

Writing advice

Write. Rewrite. Fail. Learn. Do it again. No amount of posting memes about how shouldn’t you be writing or hashtagging your twitter updates will substitute. There’s the secret. Go ahead.