Why Kobo is Light-years Better

If you’re an independent or small publisher, or an independent author, then you really should read this. I’m both of those, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about here. I’ve been doing this whole indie thing for a number of years, and I’ve worked with Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle Direct, Barnes … Read more…

Thanksgiving Surprise

I spent Thanksgiving morning enjoying a surprise… and a promise… one that pandered to the whimsical child that I have, in recent years, resurrected from a cold grave. I must admit, lamentably, that such whimsy touches my heart all too infrequently these days, but I endeavor to give it life with each passing day. My … Read more…

A Warm Fuzzy for Me

I got the following in the mail the other day: We watched your video in class today. The students LOVED the introduction and were in awe of your pipe and your mohawk.They totally laughed when you called the student out for texting and even looked around the room. One 7th grade boy got nervous and … Read more…

Wrestling the Maelstrom

New mental challenges to face these days… shadows of doubts to slay with mettle and savvy and wisdom. There’s always something, and I suppose these weren’t that unexpected. They even came from the right source. It’s a wild, wacky business I picked, and like everyone else, I’ve ended up tossed about like flotsam within a … Read more…

Mile Marker Forty-Five

I started the “author’s journey” a scant three years ago. In that time I produced a half-dozen anthologies, been a finalist in a local manuscript competition, self-published one novel, and had a number of short stories published by other editors and eZines. I also managed to make at least a small name for myself in … Read more…

Making the Best of Patterns in the Wash

One could call it a coincidence—mere happenstance—but I prefer to consider it portent. I just got back from the 2013 Superstars writing seminar with Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, Eric Flint and Tracy Hickman as instructors.  I’ll be delving into some of what I learned there in an upcoming post, but what I want … Read more…

Another Step Forward in the Master Plan

I got my hard-copies from WordFire Press today.  Both The Pandora Sequence and Five by Five arrived today.  For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been doing some production work for WordFire, including eBook conversions and interior book design / layouts.  Thus far I’ve worked on titles written or including work by Kevin Anderson, Rebecca … Read more…

How Two Snakes Made a Hobbit

I’ve got a panel coming up for CoSine 2013 and decided to do a bit more research than normal.  In this case the panel will discuss whether or not the makers of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” are justified in stretching out the original novel “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” into  three movies. I … Read more…

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