Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2006 brings you everything you could possibly hope for. No New Years resolutions here. I think they're a waste of time, and they're a one way ticket to depressions...because, really, how many people are able to keep their resolutions, and then we just end up getting frustrated and angry, and who needs that????

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Page 1

I've officially started the novel over again. I tried to fix it from where I was, but it just wasn't happening, so now it's back to the drawing board.

Writing is easy they say.......grumble, grumble, grumble.........

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Happy Holidays

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend, and I do say happy holidays because there are a lot of holidays being celebrated...not for PC reasons. And for those that think that we need to get back to where this holiday season came from, I say Happy Saturnalia.

Sunday, December 18, 2005


Anyone know a good cure for insomnia??? Other than prescriptions or reading my old stats book? I've had trouble sleeping for years, but this week has been really bad. I feel like I'm a zombie just barely stumbling through life...

I've tried teas, tai-chi, and just about everything else...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

If you like kick ass metal

If you like the kind of in your face metal that kicks your ass and then leaves you lying bloody by the side of the road, then you have to pick up "Doctor Butcher." That's the band and the album.

This is a re-release of a ten year old album with new bonus tracks. The band was put together by Jon Oliva and Chris Caffery of Savatage as a way of releasing some pent up aggressions, I would guess, as it's even heavier than what Savatage puts out.

And as I understand, there are plans for more Doctor Butcher songs, which is amazing given the amount of music Jon Oliva is involved with. Savatage has spawned a lot of side projects, including Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, Chris Caffery's Faces, and of course their most famous side project Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

TSO and Dr. Butcher, that's an amazing spread of music...........

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tales of the Talisman story

I got a glimpse of the artwork that will be going with my story in Issue 4 of Tales of the Talisman, and it's quite cool...which shouldn't be a surprise since Laura Givens did the work. Laura's one of the best artists in the small press world, and should really be doing covers for major publishers.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Denver in 2008

Denver is making a bid to host WorldCon in 2008, so follow the link above and check out what they're offering, and while you're at it, become a pre-supporting member, because let's face it, Denver would be a much better choice than Chicago or Columbus.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Damn it's windy

I love living in Colorado, but the one thing I've always hated about it is the's almost always windy here, and today's certainly no exception. We're getting sustained winds between 30 & 50 mph with hurricane force gusts. My power's been knocked out several times already this morning.

I'm really not looking forward to that long walk to work in a couple of hours. If you don't hear from me for a few days, look for me in Kansas...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The novel that doesn't want to get written

I've now come to the harsh realization that this novel I've been working on just is not working. Where it started, where it is now, and where I see it going just don't seem to blend together into any kind of cohesive whole. Hell, at this point, I'm not even sure they're part of the same book (exaggerating, but there are some definite problems.)

I'm now faced with the sad task of either plodding through to the end, and hoping that something comes out of it that I can edit into an actual book, or starting the whole damn thing over again.

And writing's fun, right? I think I heard someone say that once...........excuse me, I need to find that person...we need to have a long talk...................

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Busy, busy, busy

Not much to report here...just busy getting the December updates for Sam's Dot ready. It's three on-line zines and two newsletters, plus updating all of the other pages that have new info. My eyes hurt from staring at HTML code, but hopefully I'll be done by this time tomorrow...

Thursday, November 24, 2005

My highly cynical view of Thanksgiving

My thoughts on the first Thanksgiving...

Pilgrim: Gee, mister Indian, thank you so much for helping us to survive in this new land...and speaking of land...

My thoughts on modern Thanksgivings:

I think too many people in this country have lost touch with the real meanings of all of the holidays, and Thanksgiving has become more about gluttony and football than anything else.

Having said that, I'd like to say that I'm thankful for my family and friends...most of whom now live far away. I'm also thankful for all of my readers, and not because they've put money in my pocket, because believe me, I'm not getting rich from writing, but rather for taking an interest in what I have to say...and I'm most thankful for the voices in my head, without whom, none of this would be possible.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Marionettes on the Moon on sale

Nomadic Delirium Press has put my newest short story collection on sale just in time for the holidays. Click on the title above, and it should take you right to their site where you can order your copy, or several copies...

Help me in my quest to escape hell............

Friday, November 18, 2005

As Pink Floyd would say...

Is there anybody out there? For months I had people e-mailing me about doing a blog...and now I feel like Keith's the only one reading it. Is there anyone else out there?

As far as news in my life...nothing to report...just working a lot at that god awful hellhole of a job...but such is life...

Friday, November 11, 2005

Let's hear it for rational thought

A couple of years ago, the board of education in Dover, PA added intelligent design to the science curriculum, and has sparked controversy throughout this country as people have tried to get intelligent design into the science classrooms in other areas, even though it's been shown repeatedly that the "science" of intelligent design is bad science.

In Tuesday's elections, rational thought finally had its say as all but one member of the board of education was voted out and a new board dedicated to science as science was elected. Pat Robertson may be saying that the town will feel God's wrath, but the truth is that intelligent design is just plain bad science, and thus does not belong in a science classroom. If Darwin's theory is ever overturned, then it shouldn't be taught as science either. This wasn't a debate of religion from the scientists' perspective, but rather a defense of science.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tales of the Talisman party pictures

Pictures from the Tales of the Talisman room party at MileHiCon are now posted on my site. So, head on over and have a laugh at my expense...

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 5 is here

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 5 is now available from Sam's Dot Publishing. This is our annual best of the web anthology, which I edit. Amazing that it's in its fifth year now.

This issue features cover art from Teresa Tunaley and features stories and poems from Keith Graham, s.c. virtes, Tyree Campbell, John Bushore, Jennifer Schwabach, L.A. Story Houry, Jonathan Alexander, Terrie Relf, Bruce Boston, William Campbell, Mike Allen, Arthur Sanchez, Cathy Buburuz, Fredrick Obermeyer, Richard Jones, Marge Simon, Matthew Bey, Lawrence Dagstine, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kevin Anderson, and t. santitoro.

There's something here for everyone, so click on the title, and that will take you right to The Genre Mall anthologies page. The titles are listed alphabetically, so I'm sure you can find this one with ease.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Henry Rollins

Saturday night I went up to Boulder to see Henry Rollins. For those of you who don't know who he is, he was in the bands Black Flag and The Rollins Band. That was where I knew him from. I had no idea he did Spoken Word tours, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm always up for something new, so I decided to go.

If you haven't seen him, I would most certainly recommend going to one of these shows, unless you're a conservative...then you might want to stay home.

He certainly didn't fit the stereotype for a "rock star," although there was quite a bit of angst!!! He was very articulate and well read, and like most "intelligent" people I've met, he realized that there's a lot more out there than any of us could ever hope to know...and thus we don't know all that much. Maybe it's easier to be ignorant.

A friend of mine once gave me an analogy about intelligence. I'm not sure if it was his, but we'll give him the this one's from Andy...

Intelligence is like a balloon. The volume of the balloon is what you know, and the surface area of the balloon is what you realize you don't know...thus the more you learn in life, the more you realize there is to learn...could be depressing because we can never actually know all that we want to know...which is what I want.

Anyway, I digress. If you get an opportunity to see Rollins, won't regret it. However, getting home at midnight when you have to be at work at 5:00 AM the next morning is not something I would recommend...I was a walking coma patient all day long...but again, it was worth it.

Monday, October 31, 2005

A new sale

My story "The Mind of the Cat" has just been picked up for the June issue of Aoife's Kiss. Originally this story was to appear in an anthology called "Standing on Mars," but sadly Jim Baker passed away before the collection could be it's appropriate that Aoife's Kiss would pick up the story, as the editor, Tyree Campbell, and I were both "discovered" by Jim Baker.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Final MileHiCon Post...for now

I'm going to sum everything else up in one posting, as I'm getting tired of writing these things. As with the last few, if you really want this to make sense, scroll down to the entry titled "MileHiCon first post," and then read up from there.

Saturday night ended with a party for Tales of the Talisman. Crazy bunch of people, and unfortunately, there was a camera there, so I'm sure those pictures will be surfacing at some point. I have a feeling the Charlies Angels picture will haunt me til the day I die. If I can get my hands on the photos, I'll post them on my site, and maybe some really obnoxious ones here.

Sunday morning then came too early. I hit a couple of panels during the day, and hung out in the dealers' room, and spent a lot of time talking to people I'd met during the weekend.

As the Con was coming to a close, I realized that I'd almost managed to cover my expenses with the books I'd sold (not bad for only my second Con,) so I decided I wanted to go out and celebrate. Dawn Stanley was in the dealers' room at the time, so I invited her to dinner. (That doesn't necessarily sound good...the way that's phrased...makes it sound like I was stuck with her, but that's not what I was trying to say. I was more than happy to take her to dinner.)

In a strange twist of fate, Ed Bryant, a friend of Dawn's and a multi-award winning author, ended up going to dinner with us...and dinner lasted a looooooooooong time, but we had a great time...other than Dawn spilling her iced tea all over me.

Then the Con was over, and now I'm looking for a new Con, so if you know of some, let me know. I have a few in mind for next year, but I haven't finalized any plans yet.

And in a note to fellow writer Keith Graham...I hope these postings save a lot of kittens!!! He'll understand, but the rest of you won't...

As an epilogue to the whole MileHiCon extravaganza, I've gotten a lot of great e-mails from people I've met there. A few people have added links to my site on theirs, and it looks like I might be doing a book signing at Who Else Books sometime next year. I'll keep everyone informed as I get more information.

If you can't tell...This was one of the best experiences of my life...even returning to the job that's too dreadful to mention hasn't been able to kill my spirit yet...but give it will...

Rogues and Rogue Writers

This is yet another MileHiCon post...this is getting way out of hand, but you guys wanted me to do this blog, and you wanted to know what was going on in my it's your own damn fault.

Again, if you want this to make more sense, scroll down to the "MileHiCon First post," and then read up...

If you're a writer, and you're ever asked to participate in such a panel, make sure you're one of the first readers. The idea behind the panel is that each person does a brief reading of their work...emphasis on brief. I was the moderator, which basically meant that I got to go last...bad luck for me.

When the panel started, there were more than 20 people in the room. By the time I was able to read, there were four (other than the panelists.) A combination of people taking longer than they should, some bad writing, and some bad readers scared everyone off. That's not to say everything was bad. I did enjoy some of the work, but there were a few that made me cringe "in a thousand different ways."

The response to my reading (the second chapter of The Opium of the People...the torture scene) was positive...and to put it mildly, I felt much better about my writing after that panel.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Halloween imagery

Cathy Buburuz just sent me a halloween greeting as she does every year, and I loved the graphic, so here it is.


Again, this is part of the MileHiCon posts, so if you want this to make more sense, scan down to the entry marked "MileHiCon First Post," and the scroll up from there.

I had a book signing scheduled for 5 on Saturday, and it was pretty boring. I basically spent most of it talking to Alyse, Adam, Dawn, and Nina (from WhoElse Books.) A few people stopped by, including one who was more interested in Alyse than in my books...he disappeared quickly when he realized who Adam was.

I did sell one book, but that was to Dawn. I think maybe she felt like she had to buy something because she'd been picking my brain for a sociology paper she was doing. She didn't need to feel obligated...I was enjoying the conversations, but a sale is a sale is a sale, right?

After the signing, we hit the bar! Not to get drunk, but for more questions and answers for her sociology paper. Lots of fun.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Alien Archaeology panel

I've realized that with the way these are posted, each new posting might not make sense. This is still part of the MileHiCon postings. If you haven't read the earlier ones, or if you just want this to make more sense, scroll down to the posting called "MileHiCon First Post," and then start reading up...

This panel was an interesting one. I had the idea that it was going to be us discussing what alien archaeology might look like, how we would excavate it, should we excavate it, etc. I couldn't have been more wrong. Instead, we were given "artifacts" and asked to explain their purposes.

This panel included guest of honor, David Drake, and a couple of improv guys that I was totally unprepared for, and of course, Laura Givens as moderator. If you've never met Laura, you need to, it's quite the experience (and I mean that in a good way.......sort of.)

There were six of us, and I guess we were grouped perfectly...the two improv guys together, two intellectuals together and myself and the only woman on the panel looking like a couple of deer in headlights.

The discussions quickly deteriorated into double, then triple, and finally quadruple entendres...well, not got raunchy fast, and the Bush bashing was great (placing those two concepts in the same sentence might give people the wrong idea, I suppose.)

It ended up being revealed that I'd had an affair with my fellow archaeologist on one of our digs (with the female archaeologist, I should add.) And we played that up as much as we could...even the next day we were still at it, and yes, this is where Laura really embarassed me...caught me completely off guard, in fact.

The highlight, next to the brain sucking gun from the planet Bushonia had to be the device that allowed you to project scenes from a movie. One guy throwing himself on the table doing a full impersonation of the alien-stomach scene from Alien. Words can't do it had to be there. My friend Alyse was there, and I don't think she'll ever forget that....

More later...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I'm writing again

I'll get back to the MileHiCon posts eventually, but the big news for today is that I'm writing again. I cranked out about 3,000 words in the novel that doesn't want to get written. That's the best production I've had in quite some time.

Maybe things are finally starting to turn around...or more likely, I've decided that it's time to make things turn around.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Tales of the Talisman Panel

Saturday started out with the Tales of the Talisman panel. The four other panelists with me were editor David Lee Summers, Art Editor Laura Givens, and authors Nicole Givens-Kurtz and David Riley. We had a fairly small audience, but I had expected that. The panel mostly consisted of David talking about the zine's history, but he was gracious enough to let me plug Sam's Dot and The Genre Mall for a while.

It was a good panel, and I began to get a sense of Laura Givens' real personality....more on that very soon...

The bar

Friday night we had a little get together in the bar at the hotel...writers networking, you might say. Normally I'm very shy in these kinds of situations, but I basically decided "screw it," and grabbed a chair and butted right in at a full table. I ended up sitting between James Van Pelt (who many of you should know) and Rick Friesen (who many of you probably don't know.) From there people shifted around and we talked about everything you would expect...and more.

This, to me, is the highlight of the Con, as you get to meet a lot of different people and everyone is always so nice...whether they've never published anything in their lives, or even if they're guest of honor Alan Dean Foster (he was there too, although I never managed to make it over to his table.)

If you want to get to know writers, I've learned, you want to hang out in the bar!!!

This was also when I had a sociology grad student start to pick my brain...but more on that later...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Autograph Alley

MileHiCon started out for me with Autograph Alley. They basically put as many authors together as they can in the dealers room and in the hallway outside. For me, this meant that I was in a hallway...farthest from the dealers room, and in a corner. We didn't see too much traffic, but I did get a chance to catch up with Mike Brotherton, who I had met last year, and I also met Michael L. Wentz, who has a new YA SF book out that sounded interesting, but I'm afraid it's not quite my thing.

I had one fan tell me that he had checked my latest collection out of his school library to do a book report on, which I found to be very interesting, since the book has only been out about two months, and I'm quite sure it's not in any libraries yet.

I also had a storm trooper ask me about my first collection. You meet all kinds at the Cons.

The three of us had some great conversation, and none of us signed a book for the entire hour and a half that we were there...but that's a Friday night at a Con...most people seem to spend their money on Sundays.

More later.......

MileHiCon first post

I'm going to be making several postings here over the next few days about the Con. There's just too much to tell in one posting. If you've been to my site, then you've seen the names of the people I wanted to thank...if you haven't been there, then head over there and check out the names. I won't post them here to avoid redundancy.

Overall, I learned a lot at this Con, stayed up way too late over and over and over again, and actually sold some books...almost enough to cover my expenses, which blew my mind.

I did have someone corner me in the dealers room wanting one of my books because he had seen me on a panel...a panel that I thought was a disaster...but that just shows you what I know.

I picked the brains of everyone that I could, and was glad to have my brain picked from time to time.

Overall, I feel quite a bit more confident in my abilities as a writer, and in my ability to actually do these if I could just finish this god damn book that doesn't want to be written, I'd feel a lot better. Of course, Connie Willis was saying pretty much the same thing, so I guess I'm in some damn good company.

More later.......

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Time to be a geek

Tomorrow afternoon I'll be leaving for MileHiCon here in Denver. Cons are the best. You get to be yourself (usually that means being a geek), and no one looks down at you because you're surrounded by people that don't fit in to society...and refuse to fit into society. These, I've found over the years, are the MOST interesting people in the world.

So, if you're planning on being a geek at the Con, let me know...I'd love to meet up with people. I won't be hard to find...I'm on three panels and I'm doing two signings.

I'll look for all of you there................

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Book signing added

MileHiCon has added another book signing for me. I will be in the dealers room Sat. Oct. 22nd from 5-6 P.M.

This is right after Connie Willis signs, so it might be a great opportunity for me.

For more info on the Con, click on the title of this entry, and it should take you to their site.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

UNICEF and the smurfs

This is part of a new ad campaign put together by UNICEF in Belgium (not Belgium in the Hitchiker's universe). I'm not sure if I liked the picture because it's a good way of getting the point across, or if I liked it because I'd like to see this actually happen to the smurfs...anyway, enjoy!

Monday, October 10, 2005

The First Snow

We're getting our first snow of the season here in Denver, and I couldn't be happier. I love snow...I'd be happy in Alaska or Canada...the northern parts, that is. In addition to being beautiful to look at, snow stirs something in me that usually helps me to create...more than half of my fiction has been written in late Fall and Winter...must be something to that. Perhaps it's the fact that I grew up in Northern Ohio, and got used to seeing lots of snow.

Anyway, with the snow falling, the Con plans being finalized, and with a day off (after working 24 hours in a 48 hour period), I'm hoping to get some writing done. Although I wish the next week and a half would just fly by so I could be at MileHiCon.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Oct. 21-23 I will be doing MileHiCon. Here's my schedule for anyone that is thinking of attending. Please feel free to drop me an e-mail if you're going to be there...

7:30-9:00 Autograph alley...with a bunch of big names.

1:00-1:50 Tales of the Talisman, the birth of a magazine

2:45-3:50 Alien of the guests of honor is on this one with me.

9:00-12:00 Late Night Rouge and Roguish writers...10 minute reading session...apparently I'm one of the moderators for this one.

I may be doing another autograph session as well.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Story in The Martian Wave

My story "Seedlings on the Solar Winds" is in the October issue of The Martian Wave. This isn't exactly a major coup, as I'm the editor of the zine, and was forced to include one of my stories after an author pulled their submission just days before the zine was to go live.

Still, the story has been published before, in Dark Moon Rising, which is yet another zine that's gone it's no longer available in their archives. It's a rather dark story, which shouldn't really surprise have a look, and read some of the other stuff while you're there as well.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Making the blog more "interesting"

This blonde I know told me my blog wasn't that interesting...although I put this together mostly as an informational source, in order to make it more interesting, I've added a bunch of crap to my profile. So go ahead and click on that...maybe you'll find something interesting over there...

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 5

Every year, Sam's Dot Publishing puts out an anthology entitled Wondrous Web Worlds...this year being the fifth year. It's a collection of the best stories and poems from the on-line zines, The Fifth Di, The Martian Wave, and Aoife's Kiss, as voted on by the readers.

As always, I'm the editor of this collection, and I'm happy to say that Sam's Dot has made the anthology available in a pre-release sale through The Genre Mall. Simply click on the title above, and scroll to the bottom of the page. There you can order your copy, which will be delivered in early November.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

My site...part two

My site has now been moved. I'm on a new host, which costs more, but should offer better reliability. I'm now paying almost as much per month as I was per year, but if there are no annoying javascripts screwing systems up, then it should be worth it.

The greater cost is going to be a bit of a setback, however, so make sure you go shopping while you're there. Either in the Direct Purchase area, or in the Mall.

Just as a note, not all ISP's will be able to find the site right away. It might still take a day or two before everyone can get there, so keep checking back.

Monday, September 26, 2005

My site

Due to numerous problems with my webhost, my site has been taken down. I'm currently trying to jump through all of the hoops that are necessary to get it transferred to a new host, but this isn't easy.

I own the domain name, but it's registered through the old host, which means that the registration company has to get permission from me through the old host in order to let me use the domain name. And if that made sense, I'm amazed, as I still can't figure out why this is so hard.

Hopefully by the time I return from Hell tonight the problem will be fixed, and I will be able to begin transferring the site...but we'll see........................

Saturday, September 24, 2005


I've had a couple of e-mails asking if people could make comments on the blog, and the answer is a definite yes. All you have to do is click on the word comments at the end of my postings.

You don't have to have a blog, or sign up for anything, you don't even have to post your name, although that would just be rude.

No news to report today. Day off from hell, and trying to get caught up on work at home...

Friday, September 23, 2005

The Gaia Theory

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the Gaia theory...the idea that the Earth is actually a living organism. O.K., that's a bit simplistic, but it gives you the general idea.
Those of you who actually know me know that I'm an environmentalist, although not a believer in the Gaia theory.
Still, one has to wonder after Katrina and now Rita, does the Earth have a plan for us. The increase in hurricanes and the increase in their intensities of late is almost certainly a result of global warming, and now these two beasts have taken aim at America's oil refineries, with fossil fuels being one of the leading contributors to global warming. Coincidence?

It has to make you wonder.

O.K. Maybe it doesn't, but I thought I should put something a little more interesting up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Timing is Everything

Apparently, the worst time to release a book is at the same time as one of the largest natural catastrophes to ever hit our country comes along. As the cliche goes, "timing is everything."

Sales of the new book have been slow, but this seems to be true for a lot of books. I've noticed a definite decline in sales at The Genre Mall on all titles, and other eidtors and publishers have said that they're taking it on the chin with this are most industries in America.

As for myself, I think I'd much rather read than continue to watch the heart-breaking images from Katrina...and we may be seeing more of the same when Rita hits.

And I definitely know that I'm throwing a brick through the TV the next time "W" comes on. Reading a good book...or even a bad book, is definitely better than having to listen to him try to talk.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The first rant

I might as well get this rolling with my first rant about the horrible job. Today is my first day off since I got back from CopperCon. I put in nearly 60 hours in the last six days, and today I can barely move...and I know Alyse and Josh, who will probably visit this page feel exactly the same they put in a lot of hours as well...and went to school.

Hopefully before the night is up, I will be "caught up" enough to get back to work on the book that doesn't want to get written.

End of rant..............................................

The blog is here

I've had numerous requests to set up a blog on my site so that people can track what is going on in my life...why, I'm not sure, but here it is.

I will post news about my writing, future appearances, future publications, and whatever random thoughts I can think of. There will also probably be a lot of ranting and bitching about the "job that's too dreadful to mention."

So, you asked for it, and here it is...have fun...I guess.