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Poem: 8:50 am

April is National Poetry Month. I intended to write something different, but events overtook me. My mother’s older brother — my favorite uncle — passed away today. He was 91. 8:50 am…I spool my day back to breakfast, then forward. What was I doing when he breathed that last difficult breath? When his soul left […]

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In the meantime…Favorite Fiction Podcasts

I’m busy working on the next book, which has turned into quite a project. I’m enjoying myself enormously, but realize that my friends, fans, readers, etc. need a steady dose of fiction — and I’ve still got a lot of writing to do! So, in the meantime, you can enjoy my favorite fiction podcasts. 🙂 […]

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Humming along with Sherlock Holmes

When I read this — The Hum That Helps To Fight Crime — the first thing I thought was that this was something Sherlock Holmes would’ve come up with. Sherlock is alive and well in 21st century British ingenuity! I tend to think of Sherlock as eternal; so clearly in modern times he’d be writing […]

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Scary Stuff for Halloween

Halloween is almost here! This is just a quick note to let you know about some cool stuff you can get for Halloween. First up: Neil Gaiman reading a new spooky story which you can download free from Audible (membership not required). “Click-Clack The Rattlebag”. For every download, Audible donates a dollar to an education […]

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The Moon In My Living Room

This past weekend, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on a world other than Earth, passed away at age 82. I remember when Neil Armstrong took that “giant leap for mankind”. How could I not? I was right there with him, in my living room. I followed the space program avidly as a […]

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Things That Go Bump In The Bright August Light

After a couple of heavy blog posts, it’s time for something light. Or dark. Depending on how you look at it. Today is M. R. James’ birthday and H. P. Lovecraft’s birthday is August 20th. (James 1862, Lovecraft 1890) M. R. James is best known as the author of classic ghost stories. If you’ve read […]

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The Jonah Lehrer “Imagine” scandal

I awoke this morning to news of the Jonah Lehrer publishing scandal (which actually broke yesterday). Today his book Imagine was pulled by the publisher and he resigned as a writer for The New Yorker (early reports were that he was fired). Here’s what happened in a nutshell: he made up quotations from Bob Dylan […]

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Ray Bradbury, Technology, and Book People

When most people think of Ray Bradbury, they think of Fahrenheit 451, his famous novel of book-burning and censorship, the title referring to the temperature at which paper burns. When I was growing up I read mostly Bradbury’s short stories, of which he was a master, but I also read longer works such as The […]

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25th Art Car Parade

The Art Car Parade is one of Houston’s best traditions as well as one of its most fun events. Falling on the Saturday of the busy Mother’s Day weekend, I can’t always make the parade, but when I do, I invariably spend the next few weeks day dreaming about what sort of art car I’d […]

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Malice Plant, Pop Culture, Pinterest!

Just a couple of quick notes you might want to look into…Over the weekend The Malice Plant picked up a recommendation on fellow author Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Blog. If you liked Malice you might like Bill’s books, too…and vice versa. 🙂 Also, I’ve got a Pinterest account now! I’ve started pinning and will be […]

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