I’m a novelist, poet, and short story writer living in the Desert Southwest.
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My Latest Poetry Book
I’m proud to announce the publication of Mario Writes a Poem a Day for a Year and So Can You. This project turned out to be my pandemic baby. I started it before the pandemic, but much of it was … Continue reading
Green Snake Publishing just released my latest short story as a nifty little ebook. In it I take an excursion to the disturbing side of monastic life, revealing some dark doings in the history of a certain Pacific Northwest monastery. … Continue reading
My latest short story just came out in the November/December 2020 issue of Analog. “Ashes” is a short speculation on just what it might take for humans to achieve immortality.
I’m Going to Write a Poem a Day for a Year
Actually, I’ve already started. I wrote the first one on October 28 and have produced a new one every day since. I intend to do this for a year, then publish a book with commentary about each one. I’m going … Continue reading
Back in the early ’70s (yup, that long ago) I was a kid besotted with science fiction. I loved the stories and novels of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, James Tiptree Jr., Ursula LeGuin, Poul Anderson, Robert Silverberg, and many … Continue reading
My Collection Labor Days Is Discounted For a Limited Time
In honor of Labor Day, I’ve discounted the ebook editions of my collection of flash fiction, Labor Days, to $2.99 for a week. Labor Days tells the tales of a hundred different workers in 100 short short stories. The tales … Continue reading
What I learned from having my book turned into an audio book
Recently I contracted with a very talented narrator, Caroline Miller, to do an audio edition of my book Terrastina and Mazolli: A Novel in 99-Word Episodes. T & M is a very dear book to me. I love the characters … Continue reading
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My short story “Ray” is on PodCastle
The good folks at PodCastle have done a podcast of my short story “Ray.” You can listen to it here.
I’ve Been Podcasted
Not even sure that’s a word, it doesn’t matter. The good folks at Escape Pod have produced a podcast of my story “Parallel Moons.” You can read the story and listen to the reading by Bill Bowman here.
The Burning Artist
Green Snake Publishing has just released my latest short story “The Burning Artist” in both paper and ebook formats. In this story I find a way to connect Franz Kafka to the wreck of the Hindenburg. Here’s the description from … Continue reading
My challenge: write and publish a story a week for a year
This is a catch-up post on my challenge to myself. A few weeks ago I decided I would write and publish a short story a week for a year. I began on 9 October 2011 with the 3700 word short … Continue reading
I think I’ve mentioned on this blog before that often the best way to learn to do something is to do it, even before you know how. That’s the way I learned to write poetry. I wrote a poem a … Continue reading
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The Red Market by Scott Carney
The Red Market looks at the global market in human tissue. Carney uncovers a class system in which the products of poor human bodies migrate to the bodies of rich humans. From a section of the book in which he … Continue reading
Bewere the Night just published.
Ekaterina Sedia is a terrific writer and an accomplished editor and anthologist. She’s just published her anthology Bewere the Night: Tales of Shapeshifters and Werecreatures, which is brimming with marvelous stories about werewolves and suchlike creatures. It even includes one … Continue reading
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I just finished this book after reading nothing else for the past three or four days. It’s riveting and spellbinding, an epic story about an epic disease. Mukherjee is an oncologist himself and his inside knowledge, not to mention his … Continue reading
One Reason I Love Libraries
I was putting together a dish for a potluck, but I was away from my home library, and the book with the recipe for the potato salad I wanted, Recipes For a Small Planet, was not at any local bookstore, … Continue reading