Monthly Archives: April 2019

Sign of the Times

My friend Olivia came to visit Ohio for a few days, and so I showed her the sights of the area, including this particular traffic sign, meant to alert automobile travelers that this particular road is frequented by Amish buggies, so they should be aware of them. To Olivia’s disappointment we did not see any […]

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Sunset, 4/6/19

There it goes, behind the neighbor’s barn. So long, sun! See you again in about ten hours, more or less.

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Smudge Welcomes You to the Weekend

“You enjoy the nice weather, okay?” Hope your weekend is a good one, folks.

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The Big Idea: Caitlin Starling

The people authors know in their life are often significant in their fiction, either through their presence or their absence. In discussing her novel The Luminous Dead, author Caitlin Starling reflects on a person in her life who is very important to her, and how that person has made herself known in Starling’s writing. CAITLIN […]

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The 2019 Hugo Award Finalists

Here they are! I have a ton of friends in here, and I’m thrilled for them all. I hope I will see them in Dublin this August! Best Novel The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager) Revenant Gun, by Yoon […]

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ON STAGE AND FULL OF RAGE or at Least Doing a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof

Sure looks like I’m screaming the ever-living hell out of my lungs whilst doing my best Rob Halford imitation, does it not? In fact I’m singing a Disney tune. This one (and this variation of it): Which is slightly more in my range than most Judas Priest songs, I have to admit. Also it was […]

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