My Characters are Lazy Jerks

So there I was, at the Barony of the Cleftlands Yule Revel. I hadn’t been to any SCA meetings in a very long time, mostly because we moved date night to Wednesdays. I was a little nervous how I’d be received, the prodigal squire, and excited to see friends I hadn’t seen outside of a […]

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Bot 37 Dreams of Trochees

At the end of 2017, a new anthology was announced: “Sword and Sonnet” — stories about “female battle poets”. The second I heard of it, I wanted in! Of course, my story would be science fiction, and I would totally end it with a big epic poem. I knew a poem was a risk, but […]

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A Place to Stand On

For the Clarion write-a-thon in 2014, I offered to write a story to order for anyone who donated.  My friend Brian Fergueson prompted me to write “Aztecs in Space.”  I happily fell down a research hole and learned, among other things, that the planet Venus was associated with the feathered serpent deity Quetzalcoatl. All I […]

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My Very Good Year in Writing

At the risk of bragging, this entry is going to be nothing but positive stuff.  I had a stupendous year as a writer!  Rest assured, I am still 89% sure y’all hate me and I’m never going to be popular. 😉  Short Story Submissions: 193* Short Story Acceptances: 15* Stories Published: 10* Poetry Submissions: 119* […]

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Dragonrider

It’s weirdly easy for me to pinpoint the moment I became a science fiction fan: it was when I discovered the paperback spinner rack in the library.  I was in elementary school still, but I was allowed to check out these grown-up books!   I remember “I, Robot” catching my eye because of the title, and […]

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Doing It the Hard Way

In software development circles, I often encounter a sort of one-upmanship of difficulty. Who has written their program in the most painful, least assisted manner? I can say without equivocation, I started with one of the hardest editors you can imagine. No auto-indent, no text coloring, not even an undo function. Yeah, that’s right, I […]

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Award Eligibility Post – 2018 edition!

Here are the stories I have published this year that are eligible for your consideration for the Hugo, Nebula, or Best Author on the East Side Who Doesn’t Have A Mustache, or whatever.  (10 short stories and 6 poems.  If that’s too much to read through, my favorite one was “This is an Optimistic Science […]

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