Give Her the Candy and No One Gets Hurt

Athena on “Beggar’s night,” which is a couple of days before Halloween so that kids aren’t running around on the streets on the same night adults are going to Halloween parties and then driving about stupidly. Or so… Read More

Saturday Morning Check In

I’ve got a few minutes before I have to go down and run the SFWA business meeting, so I thought I’d check in and say hello. The World Fantasy Convention is going swimmingly; I’m seeing tons of folks… Read More

The Big Idea: James A. Owen

Writing is often considered a solitary pursuit — and yet there are examples of writers and other creative sorts banding together, bound by a common place, philosophy or type of output. For those groups, very often the commonality… Read More

New Monitor is Here

Just in time for me to leave for World Fantasy. Life is like that sometimes. For those of you into geekation about these things, the monitor is one of these. It’s my second Dell monitor, the first being… Read More

A Touch of Color

As some of you were noting the site’s new look is a little monochromatic, here’s a color splash for you, namely, last night’s sunset. Don’t say I never do anything for you.

New Look, Etc.

A couple of notes on the new Whatever theme: 1. I like it, so it’s very likely to stay. 2. I’m not quite done tweaking it yet. There are a couple of things I personally prefer (like having… Read More

Warning: About to Change Themes

Head’s up, folks: I’ve found a new theme I think I like, and I’m going to try installing it. I can’t promise everything won’t blow right up. Also, when I do install it, I will then proceed to… Read More

Just Arrived, 10/27/10

What’s come over the transom this week: * Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen): Hey, remember that time when you said to yourself, “Man, I wish I had a new Miles Vorkosigan novel right now?” Turns out Lois McMaster… Read More

My Filmcritic.com Column is Back Up

For those of you who tried to click on it yesterday after it was taken down for being up early: Now you can click on it and it will be there. Won’t you go visit? I’m writing on… Read More

The Big Idea: Aliette de Bodard

On occasion I’ve had someone say to me that writing speculative fiction must be easier than writing straight fiction, because you don’t have to worry about being accurate about facts and settings. Well, that’s of course not true… Read More

Why, Yes, I Have a New Short Story Coming

A few sharp-eyed folks caught the a notice over at the Subterranean Press site, announcing that SubPress had bought a story from me. Is it true? Yes, it’s true. What’s it about? I won’t tell you. You’ll have… Read More

The Damage

One of coincidentally-named Bradford Pears just got its branches handed to it by the windstorm. This was the same tree previously ravaged by the remains of Hurricane Ike when it blew through a couple of years ago, so… Read More

Why I’m Heading to the Basement Now

See, the red line you see is a bunch of potentially tornado-producing clouds. And that little crosshair directly in front of it is where I live. That image is from about five minutes ago. So down to the… Read More

Hey, You Know What’s Really Scary?

UPDATE, 11:30am: Looks like the column has been taken down at least temporarily. I’ll let you know when/if it goes back up today. My Filmcritic.com column is up a day early this week — don’t ask me, I… Read More

My Very Sensitive Author Photo

For when I finally ditch this speculative fiction nonsense and buckle down to write a True Work of Mopey Bastardery. Can’t you sense my pain? My sad, bearded pain? I think this shall be the book that I… Read More

Quoted for Truth

Yes. This. Please remember. (Venn diagram by Dave Hoffman)

The Yard FAQ

Pretty much any time I post a picture of my yard, I get the same several questions in the comment thread from folks who are apparently new around here. After most of a decade, I’m now officially bored… Read More

The Big Idea: Kathe Koja

“All the world’s a stage” — and in fiction, this saying is more true than elsewhere, with the author as director, moving her actors in and out of the floodlights, as the story demands. Kathe Koja, however, adds… Read More

Turns Out Sunday is For Not Being On the Blog, Too

The excuse this time: Friends from out of town, who I don’t see near enough. So I will see them! And there will be much rejoicing. To compensate for my absence, please to enjoy Daisy rolling about on… Read More

Saturday is For Not Being on the Blog

I’ve set up the temporary monitor for my desktop computer — it’s an HP monitor that came from an old Wal-Mart “all in one” computer package we got for Athena a while back, which is so old I… Read More