Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wondrous Web Worlds Vol. 9

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you're probably aware that I do editing work for Sam's Dot Publishing. With each on-line issue, we let the readers vote for the best stories and poems, and then those stories and poems are put together in an Anthology which we call Wondrous Web Worlds...WWW, get it?
This year we're releasing number 9, and I'm proud to say that I've edited every single one of these books.

If you're interested in ordering a copy, you can find it at

And here's what's in the latest edition:

Welcome once more to the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and a bit of the dark side. In this edition you will find Mormon Bohemians, Pleiades, androids that smoke, the astronomy of Van Gogh, the value of love when it is irretrievably lost, and so very much more. You'll find in here people very much like yourselves, in strange worlds that you have yet to discover.
Come meet them.
Helen B. Henderson: Pirate Reprise
Marsheila Rockwell: Seven Sisters
Timothy Mudie: Machines, Post-Humans, and the Rest of Us
Terrie Leigh Relf: Protocols Are For Dummies
Donaya Haymond: Attempts to be a Mormon Bohemian
Andrea Fakete: Water
Rick Novy: Thrice Around The Earth And Then Home, James
Fariel Shafee: Martian Flower
Richard S. Levine: Light Echo
Karen A. Romanko: When Robots Found Religion
Richard Windle: The Summoner
Tracy Meleca: What is the Answer . . . What is the Question?
Tyree Campbell: Suttee
John Nichols: How We Fell
Lee Gimenez: Android #6
Jaime Lee Moyer: Blood Is Not Red On The Moon
Jennifer Brinn: The Unicorn Hunter
Kendall Evans: Death Spin
Anne Stringer: In Jupiter's Shadow
Aurelio Rico Lopez III: Colonization
Ian Brazee-Cannon: Naked Diplomacy
Bruce Boston: Terminal Velocity
Richard E. D. Jones: Countdown
Meet the Contributors

The Baby Game

Everyone always wants to guess when a baby is going to be born, and some people even put together pools for their friends. Well, Rebecca and I have decided that all of our internet friends need to be involved in a game like this, so we're going to set up a pool on my blog. We want you guys to guess the date that the baby is going to be born, and how much it's going to weigh. Whoever gets the date right, and comes the closest to getting the weight right will win their choice of either two of my books (winner's choice), or a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble. If the weight splits between two entries, then whoever picks the right gender will be the winner.

VERY IMPORTANT RULE: My blog feeds all across the internet, so only entries made at will be considered.

So, if you'd like to play, go to my main blog address and post your answer in the comments section. We need the date the baby will be born, how much it will weigh, and whether or not it will be a boy or a girl.

And for the record, the due date is Nov. 6th.

Second ultrasound

We went for our second ultrasound, and it looks like everything is going as planned with the baby. We also got the blood work back that tests for things like Downs Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and such. All of those came back negative, so things are definitely looking good.

Unfortunately, they couldn't get any really good pictures, which is odd since we were watching it suck its thumb and had lots of good views of other odd things it was doing. We've decided that we don't want to learn the gender. This way we can get a nice surprise when the baby is actually born.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

An end of June wrap-up

June has been a crazy busy month, but on the surface, it doesn't look like I have much to show for it. In the next few days, The Law Enforcers' Sourcebook for the Ephemeris RPG will be out, and I did finish the final revisions on Red Moon Rising, and I'll hopefully have a release date for that soon.

Other than that, I got a lot done, but not much of it really shows...interesting.

On a more personal note, we go for an ultrasound tomorrow, and as far as I know, we will not be finding out what the baby's gender is. And still the job hunt goes on...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Revamping the blog

I'm usually several years behind on what's going on on the Internet, and this blog has been showing it. I've gone through and revamped it a bit, adding in options to allow people to post what I'm saying elsewhere, although I'm not sure why they'd want to...and adding a few other new features.

Not really sure what I think of it yet, but we'll see...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Catching up on life

Today is our one month anniversary, so I celebrated it by starting the job hunt once again. I'm not very optimistic about finding anything given that very few places are hiring, but we do need the extra income, especially with the baby on the way, so I shall look.

Speaking of the baby, one of Rebecca's friends is going to be putting together a baby shower, so we put together our baby registry through Target last night. It was very hard to do because Target seems to charge a lot for things that shouldn't cost so much. Therefore we'll be telling people that we need clothes and receiving blankets from anywhere, because Target just charges way too much! Of course, we'll also tell people that they can get us stuff from this site because they actually have some really cool baby stuff. I especially like the Star Trek onesies.

We're still trying to get the youngest (soon to be middle) child ready for Kindergarten, but she's bound and determined to not learn how to write her letters. She just doesn't seem to care...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

An Ephemeris update

The one thing that's fallen through the cracks the most lately has been the Ephemeris RPG. With everything that's been going on, I've just had trouble finding the time to work on stuff for the game, but I am still working. The Law Enforcer's Sourcebook will be out in early July, and then there will just be a few more character class sourcebooks to finish.

For now, however, there are a couple of Ephemeris sales that you should know about. The publisher, Nomadic Delirium Press, is having a sale on all of the products, with savings up to 50%. You can find that sale at

There has also been a bundle put together at DriveThruRpg that features all of the Ephemeris titles for just $23...a great deal. You can find that one at

Both of these sales end on June 30th, so there's not a lot of time to take advantage of them...

Friday, June 18, 2010

A discount on the e-book version of The Opium of the People

If you're interested in reading the e-book version of my first novel, The Opium of the People, you can pick it up for $3.95 by entering the discount code QJ52F when you check out at That's $1.00 off the list price.

This discount is only available to readers of this blog (and the half dozen feeds of this blog elsewhere on the net), and it only lasts until the end of the month, so take advantage of this sale while you have the chance.

And also remember that you don't need an e-reader to download a copy of the book. You can read it right on your computer if you'd like.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Marionettes on the Moon is now an e-book

My second short story collection, Marionettes on the Moon, is now available as an e-book, and it's just 99 cents. This was the collection that looked at whether or not mankind has control over their destiny with 13 stories about characters trying to take control of their lives.

Like The Opium of the People and Seedlings on the Solar Winds, this book is available for a wide variety of e-books. They're even available in PDF, rtf, or text for people to read on their computers.

You can find it at

A reminder about The Martian Wave

I just wanted to remind everyone that the premier issue of The Martian Wave is still available at The Genre Mall. For years The Martian Wave had been a webzine first produced by ProMart Publishing and then later by Sam's Dot Publishing. For most of those years, I was the editor, and I moved right along with the zine when it went to print.

There's a great list of names in this issue, so you really should order a copy...

Steve De Beer: Adaptor
Tyree Campbell: Somewhere With Mornings
Dan Thompson: Prize Crew
Keith P. Graham: The Reefs of Jove
Patty Jansen: Luminescence
Bret Tallman: Into the Silence Flies a Moth
Rick Novy: The Pillars of Europa
Lawrence Dagstine: The Great Martian Depression
Shelly Bryant: Bypassed
Justin Bohardt: The Barren Wastes
s.c. virtes: another pit for sale
Marge Simon: A Hollander's Secret Weapon: 1609
Marge Simon: Hindsight

Monday, June 14, 2010

Red Moon Rising has been delivered

I've just finished the final revisions on Red Moon Rising, and I've sent it off to Sam's Dot Publishing. This book has been more than 15 years in the making. I first started working on it before I'd ever even sold a story, but now it is done, and I can move on with my life.

I will be sure to let everyone know when I have a release date...I'm expecting it to be this fall, but I don't have anything specific yet.

A menagerie of links

Rather than post several blog entries, I'm just condensing everything into this one.

For readers of Aoife's Kiss, The Genre Mall is having a sale on the first 24 issues of this great magazine from Sam's Dot Publishing. You can order them for just $3 + shipping & handling. Several of the issues feature stories from me.

Speaking of sales, Nomadic Delirium Press is having a sale on Ephemeris products, with discounts on all of the titles. The sale only lasts through the end of June, so if you play the game, or if you'd like to play the game, now's your chance to pick up everything you need.

Two of my books are now available as e-books, and they can be read on most readers, or on your computer...

Seedlings on the Solar Winds:

The Opium of the People:

Also available is James Baker's novel, The Poet. Jim's the editor who first published my work, and he's also the one who got me into editing. His novel can be found at:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Opium of the People as an e-book as well

My first novel, The Opium of the People, which was first published by ProMart Publishing and then later re-released by Nomadic Delirium Press has been turned into an e-book that should be readable by most readers...this includes people on computers that want an rtf or PDF you don't necessarily have to have an e-reader.

You can find Opium at

Friday, June 11, 2010

Seedlings on the Solar Winds is an e-book

My short story collection, Seedlings on the Solar Winds, and other stories is now available as an e-book for a wide variety of e-readers. You can find it at

It's currently listed as being by Nomadic Delirium, the publisher, but I think it should be changing over to being by me at some point in the future.

Meanwhile, revisions continue on Red Moon Rising.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Working, working, working

Rebecca went back to work on Thursday, so my lazy couple of weeks of work came to an end. I've posted several new titles to The Genre Mall, I've updated the Sam's Dot website, and I've gotten back to work on the revisions of Red Moon Rising.

Tyree suggested a few more changes to the book, which I'm working on, and I'm also adding a few details, thanks to the morons at BP. In the book, I've mentioned several times about oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico, and a few early readers had mentioned that didn't seem all that plausible...but I kept them in any way. And now I get to add details from an actual spill. It's a nice little piece of synchronicity, but in truth, I'd rather it never happened. I feel so bad for the people and the animals along the Gulf. This will be an accident of epic proportions, and I think it will take a long time for the Gulf to recover...if it ever does. And I also don't think this will be the last time this happens. Government regulations on off-shore drilling have never been tight enough, and I doubt that they can really tighten them now. Big Oil owns too many politicians in Washington...sort of a theme of the novel...

I'm hoping to get the revisions back to Tyree in the next couple of weeks. Then I'm hoping we'll be going for a September release, although I think October might be more practical. If we get a September release, I'm going to try to set up one signing here in Denver before MileHiCon. After the Con, there just won't be enough time for me to do signings, since the baby is due just a couple of weeks after the Con.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I'm no longer an Amazon Associate

It came as quite a surprise to me when I got a payment from Amazon for my Associates account that was smaller than their minimum payment. But it came as an even greater surprise a couple of days later when I got a letter from them telling me that they'd completed closing my account.

I never asked them to close my account, so I was quite confused. An e-mail to them got the response that my account had been closed because I live in Colorado, and the Colorado government had recently enacted a law taxing on-line merchants.

This was all understandable, and I can actually agree with Amazon's decision to close the Colorado Associates accounts, but I don't agree with their decision to do it without contacting the associates themselves. What if I hadn't e-mailed them? Would I have ever found out? Still, I can't say that I'm actually unhappy with Amazon, because this is pretty much business as usual for them.

Look for all of the associate links to disappear from my site over the next few days.