No Shit, There I Was at the Rejectopocalypse 4

So no shit, there I was, poised to send a flood (118) emails to writers who submitted to my anthology. I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings right now, let me tell you. Part of me is excited because this is one step in a long process of putting an anthology together, and it also ...

5 Indie speculative films you should watch, no excuses 5

All (except one, sadly) of these are Hugo Eligible in 2016. Just sayin’. And you literally have no excuse to not watch them. They are available online, streaming, for less than the price of a movie ticket. Links are to the trailers on youtube. **I cannot speak for availability outside the US. Input from readers in ...

[Movie] Blackhat 1

Blackhat is a spy-fi movie about good hackers trying to stop bad hackers from doing nasty things to manipulate the stock market. It also involves a not inconsiderable amount of shooting and blowing things up, and eventually death via screw driver. Like most spy-fi/thriller movies, the actual details of the plot are perhaps needlessly convoluted, ...

Warm Up For Winter Contest

And now a word from the lovely publishers of my steampunk series, Musa Publishing! Enter daily to win one of 17 promotional paperbacks   Outlaws by William Weldy Only A Hero Will Do by Susan Lodge First Frost by Liz DeJesus Glass Frost by Liz DeJesus Trusting Sydney by Helen Hardt Taming Angelina by Helen Hardt ...

A quick catch-all

I’m in the UK for the annual Christmas thing. Still attempting to get a short story written and ready to submit by the 31st because I hate myself. The normal stuff. There are Yorkies here (Indy and Brody) and they’re absolutely adorable. My cats will be so angry when I come home and smell like ...

[Movie] The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug 1

I’ll admit it right up front: the only reason I went to see The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug opening weekend in the theaters was so I could hurry up and say snippy things about it. I wanted to get my snark on before it got tainted by everyone else’s. And obviously, we already ...

Why Can’t Spiderman Be Gay? 43

(Yes, I’m late to this. But this topic keeps coming up, over and over again. And I believe in the power of stories to be retold.) Good question, Andrew Garfield. And predictably, some people have freaked the fuck out about it. (Don’t believe me? Just look at the comments if you want to come up ...

The Joys of Cat Ownership 6

So I’m going to talk about poop. As an adult I can do that, right, without the immature giggling? Well, to be honest, I’d be giggling myself probably if I wasn’t the one this happened to. You know, that laugh you do when you’re so grossed out you can’t do anything but laugh? Which brings ...

Forward Momentum 2

Over my three day weekend, I rode 111 miles on my bike, spread over three days. The second day was 47 miles of pure hell and head winds; by the time I got to day three, I just wanted to sleep late and say fuck it. But I got up and did another 39 miles ...

Hello from the UK 2

As you can tell by the exceedingly polite signage, I’m in the UK again. I’d forgotten how beautiful it is here in May. Normally we only come in December, for Christmas. But I like this much better. (We’re here because Mike’s sister is getting married. And then that seemed like a good excuse to see ...