Writing Fiction Ate My Nonfiction Brain

(So I only waited nine months to write my first post of the year — long story for another time.) I was writing an article for KCET.org recently when I realized that my brain doesn’t work quite the way it used to. This should have been a return to familiar ground, since the article was […]

Tremontaine at the Midpoint

(Spoiler warning: The following review gives away a couple of events in the first quarter of the series in order to establish character conflicts. Beyond that, you won’t find any big plot revelations.)  Tremontaine, Serial Box Publishing’s prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Riverside series of novels, will certainly feel familiar to Kushner fans, yet it also […]

Tremontaine: Go Read It

What the title says! If you saw my preview of Tremontaine, you know how much I love Ellen Kushner’s Riverside universe. Nearly halfway through, this prequel series is everything I wanted it to be. You can sample the first episode or subscribe to the whole thing here. (Or you can listen to it with the wonderfully […]

Desert Trilogy Releases Today!

My chapbook of three short stories set in the California desert is now available for your ereading devices. It’s officially $2.99, but if you hurry, you might still get it at the $0.99 pre-order price. (It takes a while for Amazon and other retailers to adjust the price.) Here are brief descriptions, and you can […]

Relationships, Place, Art, Careers

Recently I was part of a panel discussion on “The Man Behind the Woman” for the local chapter of the National Association of Career Women. The basic idea was three guys with less stellar careers than their wives talking about how we navigate this gender-flipped territory. Two of us (including me) work from home and two […]

Win a Free Book

To support the upcoming release of Desert Trilogy on Sunday, I’m giving away one lightly used, signed copy of my previous book, All the Wild and Lonely Places: Journeys in a Desert Landscape. All you need to do to enter: go to this post on my new Facebook author page and leave a comment. Oh, and you might also […]

Only Six Days Left to Get Desert Trilogy for Under a Buck

Desert Trilogy goes live in just six days, and I’m hoping you’ll pre-order it before then. You’ll get it for just $0.99, and the book will get a bump in sales on the official on-sale date. Win-win! Here’s a little teaser to get you to plunk down your hard-earned buck. (More excerpts are available here.) The […]

It’s Queer Romance Month!

It’s October 30th, and I just found out October is Queer Romance Month. Why queer romance, you ask? For one thing, maybe if novels like this had existed when I was a kid, my own struggles with sexuality and gender expression might have been a little less tortured. (I read all of the Tarzan series as […]

Sleep On Your Manuscript

No, don’t tuck your laptop under your pillow. Or print out your novel and sprinkle the pages between the sheets. And certainly don’t sleep on a typewriter, like the young woman at right. (Ouch, my neck hurts just looking at that.) But if you’re a writer short on time for writing, and especially if you’re participating […]

The Tremontaine Saga Goes Back in Time

I’m excited for the release of Tremontaine, a serialized, 13-part prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Riverside novels. Judging by an excerpt released Monday on RT Book Reviews, it should be every bit as excellent as Swordspoint, Privilege of the Sword, and Fall of the Kings (the latter co-authored with Kushner’s partner in writing and in life, Delia Sherman). The art looks gorgeous, […]

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