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Texas Wants Me, Anyway

I’ve been in Houston and in Fort Worth in the last two weeks, hitting a variety of bookstores to meet staff and sign stock. This week, I finish my tour of Texas by tagging along with Larry Correia as his … Continue reading

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Tribes

I am reading (and enjoying the hell out of) Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Virtues. That book and its arguments are much bigger than this tiny blog post, but a minor point in the book (the alleged fragmentation of modern, that is … Continue reading

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Why Writing Is Awesome

Writing is hard. You work alone in a closet, you struggle with doubt and fear, and then when you produce a book, no matter how good it is, someone feels obligated and entitled to beat you up for it. And … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Phoenix Rising

Ryk Spoor’s PHOENIX RISING is book one in a straight-up, classic fantasy trilogy. This is an adventure story for people who like fantasy role-playing with lots of the familiar stuff — elves, dwarfs, ogres, ancient prophecies, lost homelands, unassailable coasts, … Continue reading

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Witchy Eye: The First Map

      I just dug this out of a box today. As epic fantasy novels are wont to do, WITCHY EYE started with a map. My son was being homeschooled at the time and his curriculum included this folding, laminated … Continue reading

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Cap and Ball

This last Sunday I was in Denver and my friend Mario offered to take me shooting. He was too kind to say this, but I think he’d read some of my stories with cap and ball pistols in them (THE … Continue reading

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Mailing List!

So I want to ramp up my mailing list.  This comes from my being really dissatisfied with social media as a way of sharing information.  Facebook, in particular, monkeys around with my feed and your feed, and I hate it. … Continue reading

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The Enemies of Our Enemies, Quack

HeroQuest with the kids last night. On the north side of the tula, where nothing ever happens, we adventurers met Rictus Piercefeather, servant of Hueymakt, and Fauna Pintail, acolyte of the Earth Mother. Ducks. Carrying a clutch of seven eggs. … Continue reading

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Fill Yourself with Substance

I’m a big proponent of self-driven learning. For a writer, I think that’s essential. So here are some of the non-fiction books I’ve read in the last couple of months. Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography. I had never heard of Gottfried … Continue reading

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We Gotta Have Stories

Stories orient us to the universe and to other people, and without them we’re adrift. I know not everyone likes the idea of a Western Canon, or a canon at all, but a set of texts we all know and … Continue reading

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