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Opening Lines: The First 3 Paragraphs of The Chimes by Anna Smaill

I’ve been standing here forever. My arms and legs and head and even my bones are heavy with sleep. Clothes heavy with the rain that won’t stop falling. Shoes heavy with mud. My roughcloth bag is slung over my shoulder … Continue reading

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Into the Badlands

I’ve been seduced by AMCs Into the Badlands. AMC is developing a rep for creating well-produced, interesting original programming, like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Into the Badlands is closer to the latter in category, being post-apocalyptic fantasy. Instead … Continue reading

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FOGCon: Writing Between Genres or “You Got Chocolate on my Peanut Butter!”

Panelists:  Madeleine E. Robins; Robyn Bennis; Katharine Kerr; Delia Sherman; Sarah Stegall. The FOGCon panel on Writing Between Genres talked about fictional works that fall between established categories. It’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial: “You’ve got peanut … Continue reading

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Strange California; It’s Funded!

Strange California is the themed anthology (can you guess the theme? Can you?) that accepted a story of mine earlier in the year. Payment and publication were all dependent on a Kickstarter campaign, and getting enough backers.  The Kickstarter ends … Continue reading

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Whose Story is This, Anyway?

Two years ago I wrote a short fantasy story. It had a first-person narrator, in the person of a slackerish teenaged boy in a strange family. It started off with an almost-funny premise, and I tried to create pop-culture-weird family … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses! The Third Prester John Book, by Catherynne Valente

I spoke to Catherynne Valente while she signed some books for me at FOGCon, in Walnut Creek, CA, last weekend. With a bit of trepidation, I asked her about the third book in the Prester John series. I say “with … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman, Victim of His Own Talent

I recently finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  (I did review it for Fanlit.) After I read it I looked at reviews and comments. The folks at Goodreads and Amazon are split on this … Continue reading

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2012: The Books we Got for Christmas

Between actual books –brightly wrapped packages tied up with string (well, ribbon) – and gift card books, we did all right this year. Above is the pictorial representation of our haul. They include: Hide me Among the Graves, by Tim … Continue reading

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Day One

This is what Heaven looks like. All the time I worked at the county, I had a mantra I repeated when days were bad. This happened most frequently when I was dealing with a problem employee (and I dealt with … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Why the Handcar Regatta Rocks

  8. Shiny things!  Shiny things!  Steampunk is filled with brass, copper, silver, glass, leather, silks, feathers; chrome, bubbling liquids in glowing colors;  gears and rivets and studs and bosses, and . . . oh, my!   7. It’s hard … Continue reading

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