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Happy Aussie Day

It's Australia Day here for me, but it's all over bar the shouting in Australia. Hope the fireworks were good! Cheers, . Get the news that no one else does. Sign up for my newsletter. For a short while, you get a bundle of ebooks, free, when you sign up, as a Starter

2017-01-19T13:36:38+00:00 Thursday, January 26, 2017|Categories: Reading, Science Fiction, Writing|Tags: , |

Today is–Get This–International Wikipedia Day

I don't know about you, but I use Wikipedia all the freaking time.  It's great for quick fact checks, it never out-dates* like a printed encyclopedia would, and it always scratches my rather large and eclectic curiousity. So when I tripped over the fact that it was International Wikipedia Day today, I just had to give the

2017-01-12T14:03:57+00:00 Sunday, January 15, 2017|Categories: Reading, Science Fiction, Writing|Tags: , |

The GOOD Things About 2016

I thought the passing of Carrie Fisher was really the topper of the year, but no -- her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed the very next day. Well before Carrie Fisher's death, people were already saying what a horrible year 2016 had been for unexpected deaths of celebrities, unexpected political outcomes, depressed sales, and much more.  My

2016-12-29T16:41:38+00:00 Friday, December 30, 2016|Categories: Reading, Science Fiction, Writing|Tags: , , , , |

Keeping up with Yesterday

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis Writers are supposed to be creative, and love the act of writing stories. Yet writers as a whole have the worst time in the world putting butt in chair and actually writing. The excuses we come up with to avoid writing are as creative

2016-12-12T14:40:19+00:00 Wednesday, December 14, 2016|Categories: Writing|Tags: , |

Not The End.

For four years, I have been writing a monthly indie publishing column over at Night Owl Reviews. On December 1, 2016, I published the last column there, called "Not the END".  There were a number of reasons I halted the column there (although it is always possible someone else will pick it up and take

2016-12-05T14:25:15+00:00 Wednesday, December 7, 2016|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , |

Indie IS a Business.

Through an unusual set of coincidences and associations, I recently found myself watching a live-streamed international conference for indie authors, as they hosted a variety of panels on different aspects of indie publishing. There was a lot of what I considered to be mealy-mouthed advice handed out, none of it particularly harmful, but guaranteed to

2016-11-23T14:14:09+00:00 Wednesday, November 30, 2016|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , |

Save Your Reputation

The other day I explained to readers about how I had deeply embarrassed myself without realizing it.  I spent several hours making amends. It's not just readers who were affected by this blind spot of mine.  I also probably offended a dozen different authors and industry people, who likely rolled their eyes at my "I

2016-11-19T09:47:20+00:00 Wednesday, November 23, 2016|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , |