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Three very different westerns, this time around, since I am just returned from the WWA convention in Lubbock. The first combines traditional with current and future westerns. The fourth book in the Blaze! series, Sixgun Wedding, is one of a growing number of great reads if you enjoy adult westerns. And the final anthology has some spooky reads in it, including ones by Scott Phillips and James Reasoner.

On the road for almost two weeks has left me drained of energy. More than 2k miles under the wheels. But the WWA convention was fun, and some stories emerged, of course. Gary Goldstein told of how his publisher wanted to remove any depiction of a gun from Kensington's western covers. He fought that all the way to the owner (and won). The guns are still there, the publisher isn't. The emphasis of the con is away from traditional westerns, alas, because the market has died. This means more on music, movies, TV and academic publishing--none of which interests me greatly. It is a good group of people but continued membership is going to be a question for me to answer in the next 6 months or so.

The field trip was to the windmill museum. About every kind of windmill ever was displayed. Learned nifty stuff about those avian eviseration devices but I wish the woman conducting the tour had been more specific about how the big wind towers can become radioactive from TV and radio reception. Her knowledge of such things was that the turbines are made out of metal. Period. But I got a nifty idea for a short story. All I need to do is figure out if there is a market since it is a traditional western, then write it.

Saw the Buddy Holly Museum and statue in the park across the street. Wandered the Texas Tech campus (a very pretty, well-kept campus, it is, too) and marvelled at the instructions fo negotiating a roundabout near the con hotel (on Avenue X).

All in all, I ate too much, drove too far and had a great time.

While on the road I worked on fantasy football mags (and am down to the goal-line rush with a Wednesday deadline for the final title). Got the first draft of the space opera done. Gearing up to piece it together and then get going on a new tripartite book (like the Tales of the Texas Rangers above).

The fireworks on the 4th (yesterday, as I write this) were spectacular and very illegal. One group shooting off aerial and roman candle fireworks matched the Balloon Fiesta Park's display by being so much closer. The booms were more like dynamite. Frightened one of my cats (not the one I expected) but all is well again, though the smell of gunpowder lingers.

Since my Traveller book is no longer available through the usual channels, you can get a print copy (no ebook) from my store for a limited time (until my stock runs out. $15 plus shipping.)

Theatrical movies, none. Mr Holmes is likely the next one on my list.

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Empires of Steam and Rust! Great news. ESR is featured as a scenario in a RPG from Lester Smith. Steve Sullivan did great work getting it ready to go. Check out his ESR novel Heart of Steam and Rust.

My e-books on the catalog page. Great stuff. Really.

iPad viewing: Foyle's War is into the 3rd season. Very laid back character and the supporting cast are ever so British. A change seeing how the homefront dealt with the Blitz (and murder, of course). Also seen the 2 eps of True Detective and am liking it, though not as much as the original

iPad reading: Got 100 Stories by Ray Bradbury for $3. Got to dive in for the ones I never read.

Regular cable stuff: Battlebots is back and as much fun as ever.

Go here for the finest in fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction (and sf and mysteries and...) And in the for-free mode on my store, look in on a story from along the Cenotaph Road. White Fur.

Sample "The Cloud Train" here from the anthology 4 Lives.


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About the site. What follows is a glimpse at the science fiction and fantasy writing I've done, including the Cenotaph Road series, God of War™, Star Trek™ and BattleTech™/ MechWarrior™, Vor:The Maelstrom™, Crimson Skies™, Pathfinder™, Traveller™, what is current, and what might be forthcoming VIPub (Vertically Integrated Publishing) . Be sure to go to the Store link for free fiction and print and e-book publishing. Read ole Karl Lassiter's 2009 NM Book Award nominated novel, Drifter or the 2011 Scribe Award nominated God of War. Don't overlook the 2011 NM Book Award and WF Peacemaker nominee for best novel , Sonora Noose. Or the 2012 nominee for best anthology, Golden Reflections. Or the 2013 nominated China Jack. And 2014 the Fate of the Kinunir.


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