June 2013


It must be Awards Season.

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On Being a Dictator

I get a lot of people asking about how I write and hike at the same time.  I’ve posted my main essay on the subject, “Talking to Myself,” here on the blog, but if you’d like to read it again, you can click here.

This morning, the newsletter from Olympus Recorders also ran an interview/article on my technique of using dictation tools to write fiction:

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DEATH WARMED OVER Nominated for Shamus Award

Not bad to start the week with some good news.

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Frank Herbert Park in Tacoma, Washington

Please sign the petition to get this park named after Frank Herbert. Thanks Dune fans!


Hold Your Fire

I can smell smoke.  And it reminds me too much of this time last year.

In 2012, the Colorado Springs area was devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which started in a canyon far south of here, but raced along the ridge top in high winds, causing major evacuations and incredible destruction.  It was the worst fire in Colorado history.  But all records are made to be broken.

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Frank Herbert Titles in Baen eBook Library

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I wanted to see how well they would do.  Grammar checkers are always problematic, because they are often so rule-obsessed they ignore what a writer is trying to do.  I found Grammarly to be unintrusive, however, and a good way to teach a writer not to make basic mistakes.  (And it did catch me in an unneccessary comma—shame on me!)

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Dan Shamble, DEATH WARMED OVER for $1.99

You can get your own zombie PI for under two bucks.  Kensington Books is running a special through June 25—DEATH WARMED OVER, the first Dan Shamble Novel for $1.99 at Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and other major eBook retailers.

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The best new Military SF: FIVE BY FIVE, now in print & audio editions

Five new military SF novellas by five high-profile military SF writers.  FIVE BY FIVE. WordFire Press released this volume as an eBook last year.  Now, for those of you who prefer to read in hardcopy or listen to an unabridged audiobook, FIVE BY FIVE is also available.

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STALAG-X: new graphic novel released!

This has been years in the making.  My friend Steven L. Sears (co-exec producer of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, co-producer of SWAMP THING, SHEENA, etc.) and I came up with this concept about a decade ago, “human POWs in an alien concentration camp” with our main character, a human prisoner who refuses to reveal his past and who doesn’t want to be rescued because salvation could be worse than rescue. A man called only “Joe Human.”

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THE DRAGON BUSINESS—New Humorous Fantasy Novel

Yes, it’s the dragon business—three medieval con-men working their way from kingdom to kingdom, spreading rumors, planting fake dragon footprints, convincing the gullible people that a monster is terrorizing the land…and then selling their services as professional dragonslayers.  But each con doesn’t always turn out as expected.

That’s the premise of a new novel I started writing last week, a humorous fantasy that fans of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI should enjoy, as well as fans of Douglas Adams and Robert Lynn Asprin.

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