My New Haxan Story Slated to Appear in February Issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine!

I got the contributor copies of Ellery Queen Magazine in the mail a day or so ago. They have my story "Phaedra" and it will appear in the upcoming February issue. This was a big sale for me and I'm glad it is coming out now. I have made many other professional sales to many …

Dialog with a Finished Story: Can I go out and play yet?

Me: Well, that is that. One finished story hot off the presses. Okay, the computer screen. But you get the idea. Story: Good job, chief. Whoa, what are you doing now? Me: Sending the story off to a magazine. Story: Um, aren't you going to let it sit for a while? Maybe let it cool …

Maintaining an Even Strain in Life and in Writing (Until it’s lost)

I haven't gotten much writing done lately for various reasons: busy with other things, this and that cropping up and demanding attention. Nothing you can do about it, really, but try and muddle through. As I mentioned recently I am also letting my subconscious work through some tricky problems in the next scene, but that's …

Alcaeus of Lesbos and War Imagery

My favorite Greek poems by Alcaeus of Lesbos, which I bring you forthwith: The great hall is aglare with bronze armament and the whole inside made fit for war with helms glittering and hung high, crested over with white horse- manes that nod and wave and make splendid the heads of men who wear them.  …

Talking Honestly with Story: Finding Confidence in Yourself

Story: What's wrong, slappy? You look a little blue. Me: I'm wondering if what I am doing is the right thing. Story: In what particular, are we speaking of? Me: We are speaking of writing. Sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting my time. I work and work, write and write, and I don't appear to …

All Quiet on the Novel Front? No, there is more here than you see….

Work on the novel has been a little slow.At least that's how it looks from the outside. Which is not surprising. Working on a big project like this is more akin to a marathon than a sprint. I am also one of those writers who, rather than wade into the thicket unprepared, I like to …

SWOTR: Imperial Agent Snipes Her Way to Success

Another class I was thinking of playing when SWOTR comes out is the Imperial Agent. This class kind of interests me because it doesn't depend on the glowstick for combat. Like all the other classes Imperial Agent bifurcates into two progression channels, the Operative and the Sniper. I was thinking I might like to play …

SWTOR: Consular Sage Kicks Butt in Spiffy Science Fiction Baroque Style

As many of you know I am looking for a new game to play. I quit WOW a while back and stopped playing Eve Online when they took away ship spinning. *Mark has sad face* I've dabbled in a few other MMO's like Age of Conan and Lord of the Rings Online, and while the …

The Flat: 5000 Buffalo Hunters, Ranchers, Prostitutes, Drunks and Criminals in One Place

While researching Fort Griffin and The Flat we came across a little town being rebuilt in the old western style. The owner claims he is going to turn it into a tourist trap when he completes it all, haha, but it is open now for anyone to browse around. So we took advantage of it! …

Conversing with Story Again: Finding Story Where You Least Expect It

Story: Hello. Me: Whoa. Didn't expect to see you here. Story: That's funny. Why not, may I ask? Me: Because I'm just sitting here on the rim of a canyon watching the sun go down. Story: And? Me: Well, I'm not doing anything. I'm not thinking about writing or stories or trying to come up …