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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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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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