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Story Challenge #9 “The Last Last Meal”

Not much to say about this week’s story. I’ve always been interested in the last meals that condemned prisoners ask for. This story is about someone who makes one of those last meals. Started the piece around 9 this morning. … Continue reading

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Story Challenge #8 “The Overtaker”

Most towns have people who live on the edge. They are poor, or have peculiar (to other people) ideas about how the world works, or are hermits, or don’t like most people, or, well, who knows. They’re just seen as … Continue reading

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Story Challenge #7: “To Make a Puppet of Me”

This one grew out of an image I found on Dreamstime. The picture of the puppet’s eye caught my attention and I sat down about noon today and started typing. I let whatever was in my brain come out on … Continue reading

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Story Challenge #6: The King’s Tale

This week’s story began with an article by Andrew Marantz in the current Harper’s which details the imminent demise of Tuvalu, an ultra low-altitude island nation in the Pacific that is slowly being drowned by rising sea levels. I read … Continue reading

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The Coma Monologues

The good folks at Green Snake Publishing just released my novel The Coma Monologues. I’m very fond of this book. In it, a man, Gary Hawken, gets smacked by a truck and falls into a coma. His doctor says he … Continue reading

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Story Challenge #5: The Corrosive Properties of Dream States

The title of this one came first. I thought it up as I was falling asleep Saturday night. I liked the sound of it and how it evoked an image of caustic dreams. Got up Sunday morning and just plunged … Continue reading

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Story Challenge #4: The Spirit in the Ink

Got up about 7 and spent the morning with Kim before she went to Portland for a workshop for the day. After she left I muddled around with some ideas, but nothing much was coming to me. I had no … Continue reading

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"Faith"

The internet has changed the definition of a magazine. For example, Daily Science Fiction is an online magazine that delivers its content to subscribers by e-mail. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, DSF sends out a short story to everyone … Continue reading

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Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley

I sometimes do story time for preschool children at the library where I work. Often the books I choose to read leave the kids distinctly underwhelmed. I’m always on the look out for good stories that don’t bore them to … Continue reading

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E-books

I’ve jumped into the e-book revolution. Click on the stories tab at the top of the page and take a look at my first e-book short story. More coming soon.

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Breaking Waves Released

Breaking Waves, a benefit anthology to help people affected by the recent oil gusher disaster in the Gulf, has just been released. Official press release here: Book View Café Publishes Benefit Anthology for Gulf Relief Book View Café has launched … Continue reading

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FictionDaily

FictionDaily posts links to three stories every day from around the web. Today they’re featuring my recent tale “28 Ways to Look at Illness.“

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"28 Ways to Look at Illness"

Most of us at some point have to contend with failures in our health. It’s not a pleasant subject to contemplate, but unpleasant subjects are often doorways to literature. A while ago I explored the subject off illness and how … Continue reading

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My Latest Podcast

qarrtsiluni is a nifty little online magazine which has been very friendly to my work. They’ve published three of my pieces so far. The latest, which went live today, is “Moleskin,” part of the current theme, New Classics, which asked … Continue reading

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It's Official: I'm an Older Writer

I am very pleased to announce that the fine people at the Speculative Literature Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting literary quality in speculative fiction, has done me the honor of naming me this year’s recipient of their Older Writers Grant. I can’t pretend … Continue reading

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I Got Interviewed

Lidija Beatović, one of the editors at Art-Anima, a website devoted to Serbo-Croatian writers of the fantastic, saw my story in Interzone and liked it so much she asked to interview me. I agreed, and the result is here. She … Continue reading

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"The Untied States of America"

That’s not a typo in the title. I really do have a story called “The Untied States of America” and it’s in the current issue of Interzone, the cool magazine that’s been the standard bearer of sf and fantasy short … Continue reading

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Seems I won a contest

The fine folks at sfreader.com ran a short story contest last year, and, hey, looks like I took first place with my speculation on the ramifications of getting yourself frozen for posterity. The story is titled “Cold Comfort” and you … Continue reading

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Broom

I was at the local grocery store, buying a new broom. As the checker scanned it she said: “Oh, a new car!” I said, “Yup, I’m driving it home right now.” She said, “I didn’t know they let guys do that.” I said: … Continue reading

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"How the Owl Learned That Being Wise Isn't Everything."

My latest short story just appeared in Emerald Tales, a charming magazine dedicated to publishing short stories of all genres. The latest issue, (free pdf here opens in a new window) challenged each author to begin a story with the … Continue reading

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"Parallel Moons"

This is shaping up to be a good writing year for me. I just got my copy of the spring issue of Space and Time which has my latest short story, “Parallel Moons.” Space and Time published my very first … Continue reading

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Two Recent Publications

My short story “Will” appeared in the final issue (#7, Autumn/Winter 2009) of Ballista, a fine magazine from Flapjack Press. My story is an odd little thing about a celebrity author who happens to be an ape. It’s not online. … Continue reading

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In Maps & Legends by Michael Jasper and Niki Smith

My pal Mike Jasper wrote a terrific comic that is now up here. If you like it and want to see more, it wouldn’t hurt to show some love by voting for it in the competition he has going on at … Continue reading

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The Spare Room by Helen Garner

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. A woman dying of cancer visits her friend for three weeks while she gets treatment at a nearby clinic. Her friend is welcoming, at first, but the … Continue reading

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"Winding Broomcorn"

My latest short story, “Winding Broomcorn,” has just been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’ve been published there before, but this is the first time I got my name on the cover, which is pretty cool. … Continue reading

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Church of the Old Mermaids

Kim Antieau is a remarkable writer of amazing range and skill. She creates characters and stories that live beyond the page, and there is nothing else one can ask of any writer. Her latest novel is Church of the Old … Continue reading

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Third Eye

We expected to see the sun that morning, and we were right. It rose muted and ruddy exactly when it was supposed to, climbing out of the ground like a slow waking bear. We examined the sun through binoculars. It … Continue reading

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Best Joke I've Heard in a Long Time

A guy is driving down the road with five penguins in the backseat. He gets stopped by a cop. “Sir,” says the cop, “you can’t be driving around town with penguins in your car. You get those birds to a … Continue reading

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Mythic Arts

The final issue of the Journal of Mythic Arts is now online. Editors Terri Windling and Midori Snyder have done their usual fine job in assembling a terrific mix of art, prose, and poetry. Oh, and they even reprinted one … Continue reading

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Pulling Strings

The good people at qarrtsiluni have posted my latest tale: “Pulling Strings: A Quantum Story Cycle.” Click on the player at the top of the post and you can hear me reading the story. Also, do take a look at … Continue reading

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A Friend of a Friend Said She Overheard a Guy Telling Someone Else That He Heard This From Another Person's Friend

My barber’s wife’s realtor’s brother’s dog’s veterinarian’s accountant’s brother-in-law’s astrologer’s aunt’s gardener’s mother’s pulmonologist’s son’s teacher’s sister’s chiropractor’s cousin’s contractor’s girlfriend’s grandfather’s nurse’s landlord’s cook’s roommate’s boss’s plumber’s parrot says the whole six degrees of separation thing that people like … Continue reading

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Suicide Note

The amazing Michael Swanwick, who I have mentioned here before, has seen fit to post one of my poems on his blog Poem du jour. I’m not telling you this only to brag on myself. The blog is a collection … Continue reading

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qarrtsiluni Just Posted My Latest Story

It’s called “Red Shift” and you can find it here, along with an MP3 of me reading it. While you’re there, take a look at the rest of the issue and the rest of the site. A lot of good … Continue reading

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Deflecting an Awkward Situation

If someone asks to read my stuff I gladly provide them with some of my stories or poems. But first I tell them I will never ask them if they liked the work or even if they read it. Why? … Continue reading

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The Natives Here Are so Quaint and Friendly

I’m sitting on a bench outside a restaurant in the little town where I live, soaking up the shade while waiting for my friend. We’re going to have lunch together. A guy I’ve seen around town, but don’t know, walks … Continue reading

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The Secret

At the library where I work, people often find out that I’m a published author. The first thing they do after their discovery is not to ask me where they can read some of my work. No. What they want … Continue reading

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Beginner's Mind

I’m a full time short story writer again. I’m writing and submitting a short story every week. I’m on my fifth week and I’m learning a lot just by doing the practice. For example, on this week’s story I was … Continue reading

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Formula Fiction

It’s usually a pejorative term, said with an implied or even audible sneer, but why should it be? After all, formal poetry is generally accorded respect. Both formula fiction and formal poetry employ a template for their construction. In the … Continue reading

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I'm Not There

Wow. Cate Blanchett is Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, the somewhat unconventional bio pic of possibly the premier chameleon of his era. Director Todd Haynes employs six different actors to play the singer at different times in his life. … Continue reading

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My Books

Click the “Books” tab at the top and you’ll find a page with descriptions of all my published books (so far.) Just saying.

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Workshop

I just returned from a week long workshop on marketing for fiction writers. We learned about the publishing business, how it works, who has the power, and how to get our novels the best chance they can get. A lot … Continue reading

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Kim's Redesigned Site

Kim‘s done a complete overhaul of her website. Surf on over and look around. She’s put up a biography (with pics), and all kinds of juicy tidbits about her various books, including Ruby’s Imagine, which is coming out in a … Continue reading

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My Life's Work (so far)

Click on the “Other Writing” tab at the top of the page and you’ll find a list of all my published short stories, poems, articles, and reviews. Also links to my previous blogs. I put this together yesterday. It was … Continue reading

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The Perils of a Mythical Existence

Sure I was lucky. I knew it. I’d won the genetic lottery. I had a pair of working wings growing out of my shouler blades. I kept them folded up under my shirt so no one knew. It was a … Continue reading

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New Look

First of all, that’s not a picture of me at the top of the page. It’s the penguin who appears in one of the illustrations for Terrastina and Mazolli. He and I extend a hearty welcome to everyone who has … Continue reading

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Strange Paths

Regular readers of my various blogs will know of my high regard for the works of Jorge Luis Borges. Here are some random bits of trivia about this singular writer: 1. In later life he tried to buy up all … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve got a bunch of science fiction digest magazines I don’t want anymore. They have been in boxes for seven years and I have not once felt the urge to open any of those boxes, which reminds me of that … Continue reading

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Here's My Crazy Idea for My Next Book

Title: One Night and a Thousand Nights. Setting: The edge of the world. The Earth is flat. Some disaster in the interior (super volcano? massive drought?) has forced most of the population to migrate to the edge. Plot: We follow … Continue reading

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Overheard at the Local Public Library

An adult patron walks into the library looking like she just got sent to the principal’s office. Patron: I am so sorry this is so late. (Puts library book in return bin.) Me: How late is it? Patron: Two days. … Continue reading

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The Devil's Dictionary

I was a library nut when I was a kid. I’d go at least once a week, sometimes more, and check out the maximum number of books they allowed. (I’m still the same way, but that’s a story for another … Continue reading

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