Author Archives: Marion

Emerald City: Tip’s Tale

I bashed NBC’s Emerald City here once with my concerns about Toto’s air-time, and in general I had problems with this gorgeous, lush story that had no center. Still, one thing Emerald City did exceptionally well, and that was the … Continue reading

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FOGCon 2017; Between the Lines

March 10th through 12th I attended FOGCon, held in Walnut Creek in the San Francisco east bay. This is my third FOGCon, and it’s one of my favorite conventions. I also really like the Walnut Creek Marriott where the convention … Continue reading

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After the Parade by Lori Ostlund; I Loved it From Page Four.

When Lori Ostund’s After the Parade opens, Aaron is getting ready to leave a relationship of more than twenty years, and move from Albuquerque to San Francisco. Everything he owns is in a U-Haul truck in the driveway. On the … Continue reading

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Toto, the Amazing Disappearing Dog

CONTAINS SPOILERS I watched Emerald City, NBC’s lush epic fantasy series, all the way through to the finale of Season One. I doubt there is going to be a Season Two. The show was beautiful and ambitious, but fell short … Continue reading

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A Few Photos

I plan to get a book review up sometime this week, but I have other obligations. I’m revising a story for an editor who wants to publish it; I’m expecting edits on another story due to come out in April; … Continue reading

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How Many Pizza Places Does One Town Need?

In the building next to the Post Office, in front of the laundromat, in my home town, a pizza restaurant has gone in. It’s gone an unusual name: Hippizzazz. I think this is meant to be a mash-up of “Hippie,” … Continue reading

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Summerlong: My Personal Reaction to a Work of Great Beauty that Ultimately Failed

SPOILERS     SPOILERS    SPOILERS     SPOILERS     SPOILERS     SPOILERS When I heard that Peter Beagle had written a fantasy novel about an older couple whose lives intersect with ancient gods, set in the Puget Sound area, my expectations were very high. I was … Continue reading

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The Battle for the Wand

“You have to write something for the blog. It’s been seven days. You were doing to post twice a week, remember? Can’t you honor any commitments?” It hasn’t been a week, I thought. It’s been four days. I’m still within … Continue reading

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Daredevil; Nelson V Murdock

I’ve been watching the Netflix version of Daredevil, Season One, On Demand, and I have to admit I haven’t been liking it much. I’m still watching, though, and one reason is because of Episode 10, Nelson V Murdock. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Name’s Barnes. James Barnes.

Last week at my writing appointment with Brandy I slipped and called The Project “the book.” I hastened to correct myself, but Brandy, who is observant and has fast reflexes, was onto me before I should slither out of it. … Continue reading

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