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Some fantasy this week to wash away the trail dust of the last
couple weeks. Two great deals in the omnibus volumes--complete
story arcs all in one place for one price. And "The Hostile
Dark" is a favorite fantasy short story of mine. It won't
be available much longer. I am planning on pulling the short stories
and rejiggering them a bit. When? RSN (Real Soon Now)
Last weekend was spent at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium.
We had a good location to sell, but it was severely limited in
size. If everyone had shown up (and had as many titles as Melody
Groves and me) there wouldn't have been any space at all to even
stand, much less display all our books. But many came by and bought
(thanks!) and talked westerns (thanks) and my two talks on weird
westerns were well received. I gave out a lot of free books to
illustrate the subgenre. I wish I could have found copies of Dead
Man's Spurs since it is my favorite of the weird western Slocum's
I did, but copies were hidden away in the vastness of my garage.
The LCCS attendance seemed sparse to me this year. There were
times when the nearest symposium goer was twenty yards off. But
mercifully there was only one too loud, off-key band playing on
Saturday afternoon. The rest of the time the musicians were subdued
and good. I understand Belinda Gail really wowed the crowds with
her performances. I'm not a C&W fan, but she has a great voice.
Finished the weird western for Axel Howerton's forthcoming anthology.
Need to do some tinkering with it, change the title and tighten
it up a mite, then off it goes. I contacted the editor on the
diesel punk anthology and a yea/nay ought to be forthcoming (he
said last week, but...editors). I rewrote and sent off the first
of the Punished trilogy, Undead. The overall title
and individual title still don't thrill me, but they are better
than I had before. Weird western, obviously, since the protagonist
has a curse put on him that turns him into a zombie (not the Romero
type eating brains, but the mindless, insensate zombie of voodoo
I'm getting ducks in a row for NaNoWriMo. Am thinking of another
western, traditional, tentativey titled Trick Shot.
I will mention again that Fate
of the Kinunir was nominated for a NM-Az Book Award. Will
find out if I won in November.
Is there anyone out there familiar with Zen cart? Drop me a line.
Don't panic. There are plenty of electrons to go around. Jade
Demons Quartet is up on both Smashwords
with a great cover by Mike McAfee.
Theatrical movies: Gone Girl a couple weeks back. Wow.
Not a pleasant movie but what did Iexpect about a sociopath marrying
a psychopath? The ending has a nasty little kicker in it to think
about, just as Let the Right One In did. If Rosamund Pike
doesn't get an Academy Award nomination, TANJ. But with the Oscars,
there isn't. Still, she's finally found a role that doesn't require
her to stand around and smile a lot while pretending to be evil.
I looked for a movie to hit this week but nothing nudged the needle.
Maybe Tom Wick but more likely I'll save my pennies and
go for IMAX on Interstellar in three.
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It's the small things in life... Or at least the 140 character
Great West Detective Agency.
of Steam and Rust! See Sarah Bartsch's Unforeseen.
A tour of Japan through the eyes of a woman samurai. Not to be
missed. Check out her story in the current Daily
My e-books on the catalog
page. Great stuff. Really.
iPad viewing: The few episodes of Hinterland set in Wales
and am almost done with the Jack Taylor episodes. Former
were ok, latter still more heavy Irish drinking detective stories
set in Galway.
iPad reading: Still working my way through To the Last Man.
Am stocking up on books for the WFC trip. Have Cheri Priest's
Maplecroft and a former student's first novel, A
Bother of Bodies. AJ Capper. Looks good. Check it out.
Regular cable stuff: Gotham, my favorite of the new shows.
Arrow is back and as good as ever. Not excited about Flash
but watching it. Scorpions was awful, but nowhere near
as bad as some of the others out there. All in all, a pathetic
lineup. I can't wait for Hell on Wheels to get back in
a couple weeks, especially since Face Off is close to a
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.
Cloud Train" here from the anthology 4
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A stroy from Fred Saberhagen's An Armory of Swords
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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 now in 2014 the Fate of the Kinunir.