Category Archives: 2013

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, LOVE IN THE TIME OF DUST AND VENOM has been included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology , an anthology of the eligible ‘first professional sales’ by other new science fiction writers like … Continue reading

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2013: The List and the Lessons

This year (2013) has definitely been the year of the short story. I read more than a dozen short story anthologies and nearly 100 (as yet) unpublished shorts by writer colleagues in writing workshops. I also read more books this year … Continue reading

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Cold Shoulders

The big chill is on. For this past week, we’ve been in the throes of a deep freeze here in Oregon. Today is a bit too nippy even to walk  the dogs.  I lived in Rochester, New York for seven … Continue reading

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Writers Weekend

Not only did I make it out to Orycon this weekend for the Writer’s Workshop with a couple of terrifically helpful authors David W. Goldman and Kristin Landon, but I also managed to scarf up a few of the latest … Continue reading

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Yes, I know it looks different. I liked the look of the old theme template better, but frankly, it wasn’t flexible enough for my needs.  It only had one page and limited customization, and I wanted multiple pages, with a … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from the Lizard King!

  Okay, please forgive the blatant advertisement, but I’ve got a new short horror story due out today in e-book, Loretta and the Lizard King.  This is the first of my vintage 2013 short stories to be published, and I … Continue reading

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The Joy of Having Written

I finished editing the final six chapters on AURUM today.  I’m done.  Finished, Finito. This is my fourth completed novel.  The joy and lightness of spirit that comes with having written is a high I’ve now experienced four times, but … Continue reading

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