The Best (Sci-Fi) Novel You Never Heard Of

June 23, 2017

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And a Cool Competition Where You Can Get a Free Copy John Steakley only wrote two novels: Armor, and Vampires before he died of cancer. Armor is ~500 pages. In college five of us read it in 4 days. One  person would stay up all night reading it, hand it to the next at breakfast. […]

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Old-Fashioned Lime-Vanilla Ice

June 21, 2017

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Ray Bradbury was a master of mind-benders or occasionally heart-rippers. He banged out 3000-word gems that were much more impactful than many people’s full novels. One such heart-ripper, The Swan, was wound into the fabric of Dandelion Wine. No story has ever so begged for a sequel. I’m sure there are thousands in drawers and […]

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Doovall Car Show

June 5, 2017

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Went to the Duvall Days car show (don’t know why they call it that, it’s only one day, but anyway..) The light was good for shooting cars, nice and flat so you don’t have to worry about too many hot spots on the chrome. Never a big show, attendance was light this year. And, despite […]

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6th Anniversary Blog

May 18, 2017

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Nothing Focuses the Mind like a Hanging — Errrr, Anniversary Today is the 6th Anniversary of this blog, a time when I usually sum up my creative efforts for the year. And which explains the annual rush of May postings. I originally started the blog because I was, how do they say – between opportunities […]

No, Really, I’m Writing a Novel

May 17, 2017

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Now that Forest God is dead and gone, I’m dusting off Boa, New Mexico. I was much inspired by having a beer with my friend Matt Ruff who writes what can only be over-simplified as “whacky” stuff only minutes after HBO picked up his latest book Lovecraft Country to turn into a series. That helped […]

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Ray Bradbury’s The Swan/Prequel to Old-Fashioned Lime-Vanilla Ice

May 17, 2017

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Why I vow to never order chocolate ice cream again Like the Martian Chronicles, you can view Dandelion Wine as essentially a series of short stories set in the same milieu. Many of the chapters from DW were reprinted as individual short stories. In fact, this story “The Swan” was first published Cosmopolitan, September 1954, […]

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Writing Forest God

May 16, 2017

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And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It Two years ago, I was hot on my novel, Boa, New Mexico. I had written 50,000 words in two weeks and had the entire book plotted out. I have a white board at home with maps and everything. And then one day, I woke to a […]

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