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I don’t want to lose my imaginary friends

Escape Artists, who create the wonderful triad of audio fiction podcasts EscapePod, PodCastle, and PseudoPod, is in trouble. They’re still among the most popular fiction podcasts, but they do their audio magic and pay authors with donations —and donations have dropped alarmingly this year. The whole shebang is in imminent danger of going under. By […]

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Twitter vs Facebook: the Miss America Smackdown

By internet standards this is old news, but it points out a big difference between Facebook and Twitter. After the Miss American pagent, a bunch of people on Twitter were hating on the new Miss America. Twitter just exploded with hate tweets because she was of Indian descent. Lots of tweets saying it wasn’t right […]

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750words allows previous users free accounts

I just found out, once again completely by accident, that I (and possibly you) can use 750words for free again. You can read the backstory here:  but in a nutshell 750words decided to make the site a paying site earlier this year, going back on the promise that if the site became paying that previous […]

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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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