This is … Something I Stumbled Upon

… in my reading. I opened up the copy of the Federalist Papers I keep in iBooks, and saw that I’d highlighted a passage some time ago. I read it to see if it still...

New Release! The Crystal Rose in Trade Paperback

She is the sign of God on earth; she is the personification of evil. She is the rebirth of the religion of Caraid-land; she is its complete undoing. Some call her Taminy-Osmaer—Divinely Glorious. Some call...

Sci-Fi Bridge Splendiferous Book Giveaway!

Yours truly is involved in a new endeavor aimed at getting good books by devoted writers into the good hands of devoted readers thanks to Sci-Fi Bridge, a new online co-op of writers seeking readers. Sci-Fi...

This is … Hogwarts (Or Not)

This is … Hogwarts West. Or at least it should be, don’t you think? It’s actually a student hall at the University of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh which Jeff and I visited when we were Guests...

This is … Something I Saw the Other Day

 This is … a gathering of Macaws are apparently chatting while their custodian is having lunch at a local Boulanger. They are not tethered in any way, nor was their guardian anywhere in sight. He (or...

“This is…” a Photo Journal

I was poring over my cache of photos and images this morning and decided that I’d like to share them with y’all (in my opinion, the single most useful word concatenation in the universe) in...

Feast or Famine

Feast or Famine is a phrase that describes this writer’s life a bit too perfectly. Right now, I’m at a feast. A cornucopia of rich goodies—like literary chicken makhini, kung pao bean curd, cottage pie...

Really, Really Pretending: Bowling Green

There is a Baha’i prayer that invokes aid from God ”to refute what is vain and false.” Since Baha’is are also not to participate in partisan politics, finding a balance between these two mandates can...

News, Fluff and Damn Fluff

I use a news aggregator to ping me with breaking news stories. My sources run the gamut from NPR to Fox to CNN to the AP News to The Guardian to DailyMail to Breitbart to...

There’s a Bimbo on the Cover … Seriously.

When I was asked to submit stories for a collection of my favorite short fiction as part of my being a Windycon Guest of Honor, I had originally intended to entitle the collection The Existence of...