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A couple of good things…

This is just a quick short note about a couple of good things. The first thing is a follow-up to my recent post on censorship by banks. Paypal has backed down and Smashwords has returned to the pre-February 24th ToS. You can read all about it in this post on the Smashwords blog (which includes […]

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Banks Join The Censorship War—On The Wrong Side

I’ve spent the morning trying to get my head around the idea that banks can tell authors what they can write and how they can write it. Not any specific bank, not any specific author, just banks in general and authors in general. Really. It makes me want to sit down and write something specifically […]

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The Last Word? (We can only hope.)

This popped up in my Facebook feed, an essay from the NPR Monkey See blog: “No More Ebooks Vs Print Book Arguments, OK?. I considered commenting there, but realized that I wanted to say more than could reasonably be contained in a comment block. So, I’m essentially writing a blog post about a blog post […]

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Off To A Good Start!

The new year is off to a good start! 😀 Bookish: My ebooks are now available from more Amazon/Kindle stores (Italy and Spain being the newest additions) and Kobo has finally stocked The Malice Plant over a year after it was released! (I’m hoping I don’t have to wait a year for Joshua Mansfield and […]

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I’m On Goodreads Now

I’ve now claimed my author profile on Goodreads. You can beFriend me or become a Fan. I’m still figuring things out and may be slow in responding (especially since I’ll be unplugged quite a bit next week), but please connect with me there if you’re on Goodreads! 😀 Oh, and add my books! 🙂  I’ve […]

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9/11: Memory. Dream. Audio.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks so much has been written and so much more will be written that there is only this tiny bit I can add: a fragment of a memory and dream…and a link to something real and heartbreaking. The events of the morning of September 11, 2001 […]

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The Red Cross in Tornado Alley (And Your Neighborhood)

A week from today hurricane season begins on the coast, but disastrous weather is well underway in other parts of the country. The same anomalous weather conditions that have caused an unprecedented drought here have caused massive flooding elsewhere. While we’re—figurative speaking—“dying” down here, people are literally dying elsewhere…like Joplin, Missouri which was recently hit […]

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A Bit of Sympathetic Magic

Today I released the long (over 15 minute) field recording which is the title track of this “Rainmaker” project. The day went suddenly overcast around noon and I’m listening to this wonderful rainy track, hoping some real rain will fall. You can pick up this track—and other shorter rain tracks—on my Gymshoes Music site. The […]

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No Apocalyptic Weather, Please

I ought to be writing (fiction) right now but I’d rather be reading, so I’m blogging as a sort of compromise option. 🙂 I’m waiting for rain. If it would rain I’d curl up with an ebook this afternoon. (A brief authorial aside: I tend to think of the books I write as being “afternoon […]

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Escape From Computer Hell and Other Adventures

Computer problems are a special kind of hell worthy of Dante. It’s a Hell of Dashed Hopes, a hell of protean problems. My laptop is still in Computer Hell, but I feel that I’ve escaped. 🙂 I’m in the middle of something wonderful that I need my laptop for. I’ll go ahead and spill it […]

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