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Three sf shorts this week, because I'm feeling a bit short and a lot rushed. That's to be expected since it always takes a while to recover from the World Fantasy Convention.

NaNoWriMo is not going well for me this year since a week was cut out going to WFC and all the nitpicking things that life requires still need to be caught up on. Tomorrow, for instance, will be spent taking care of insurance matters, post awful mailing, picking up stuff for T'giving and other errands. Nothing big, just time consuming. And so it goes.

WFC was minimal for me. Hit the autographing to see people and sign a few books, the art show with some fabulous Virgil Finlay originals, the hucksters room which gave me some ideas for Xmas presents and, naturally, my agent's dinner Saturday night. I got into the tux and had a fine time, seeing people I hadn't in 10 years, in addition to meeting some of the newcomers to the fold.

Mostly the time was spent checking details on the National Mall for a book I am writing. I was mostly disappointed with the WWII monument and blown away by the Korean War one. More notetaking and picture clicking at the spy museum and crime and punishment museum, and the Ford Theater. Talked with one of the last of the Tuskegee airmen at the Air & Space Museum. Pretty much confirmed my opinion of the movie Red Tails.

Fate of the Kinunir was nominated for a NM-Az Book Award. Will find out if I won on the 21st. Putting the book into the pot for the Scribe Award, too, where I think it has a better chance. (I expect Weston Ochse to win yet another NM-AZ Book Award this year).

Is there anyone out there familiar with Zen cart? Drop me a line. Really. Please.

Theatrical movies: Interstellar -- a must-see for sf fans. Nolan does most everything right except the soundtrack. The music drowned out the characters more than once, smothering dialogue. I saw it in IMAX, which was impressive, but other than for the scenes on the planets and inside the black hole, I don't think it's necessary to spring for the extra bucks. I'm going to see it again, regular screen next time, and I suspect it will be as impressive.

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Empires of Steam and Rust! Great news. ESR was part of a Kickstarter project and 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: For whatever reason, I have launched into the 2nd season of the Miss Fisher Mysteries. I'm not sure I even like them that much.

iPad reading: Got through a bunch. Finished the new Nikki Heat book, reread the last few chapts of To the Last Man and am about done with Cheri Priest's Maplecroft. I saved the best for last. Maplecroft is a wonderful gothic horror.

Regular cable stuff: Gotham. Hell on Wheels is back with only one more show in its season, alas. As holding with the way the series goes, they hanged the church lady for killing the psychopathic marshal who had murdered her son by burning down her church. Can't wait to see how this season ends since the Swede has to put in an appearance again. Flash and Arrow also on the screen. The latter is far superior of those.

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 now in 2014 the Fate of the Kinunir.


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