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Chasing the Setting Sun is published!

October 20, 2014 in Chasing the Setting Sun,Give Away,See the PEBA

I’m sure you feel it, too. It’s just a fantabulous day, isn’t it? The sun is shining brightly (even if it’s back there behind the clouds). The air has that crisp sense of anticipation to it, and you know the World Series is about to start. But beyond that, it’s Publication Day! Yes, indeed … [...]

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Story Geeking

October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I spent yesterday giving three sessions as part of a workshop of local writers here in south-central Indiana. Since it essentially ripped the heck out of my normal Saturday, I’ve found that I’ve been reminding myself all day that this is Sunday. It was a fun workshop, though. I did a session on line editing, [...]

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A little background music

October 16, 2014 in Music

Like a lot of writers, I tend to work with a little music on in the background. It’s important to pick the right stuff for what I’m doing. Generally I want it low, and generally I like to write with things that have fairly straight-forward structure so that my brain can keep pace but not [...]

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YEAG Kickstarter … uh … Kickstarts!

October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well, this is pretty cool, eh? Today I get the remarkable pleasure of reporting that a kickstarter for The 2015 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide has gone live! This is a really remarkable project that I’m happy to be a part of. It’s a deeply inclusive work targeted to the middle grade levels. Your pledges can [...]

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Survey Says!

October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A few weeks back, Myke Cole linked to a Reddit article that disclosed the results of a survey taken regarding piracy of authors’ works. Probably because I am an author, and probably because I geek out on behavioral science kinds of things, I thought the results were interesting as all get-out. Since I figure my [...]

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Gabble Ratchet

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s been awhile since I mentioned that I’m the brother of Gabble Rachet’s lead guitar player. Now I get to show you. This is a clip from their reunion gig of a week ago or so. Pretty danged cool. I present Jeff Collins on lead guitar…

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Chasing the Setting Sun available for pre-buy!

September 30, 2014 in Business,Chasing the Setting Sun,Novels

I hear you, I hear you. I really do. You say: “Where can I get this new book of yours titled Chasing the Setting Sun?” And I reply: “Right here and right now! Or, at least you can now run over to a couple of your favorite book vendors and pre-buy the electronic versions!” So, [...]

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Cover Reveals!

September 25, 2014 in Novels

The World Series is just around the corner here in the US, and I am happy to say that you’ll soon see two books coming out of Skyfox Publishing that will help you celebrate it! Yes, friends, on October 20th, you’ll see a re-branded version of See the PEBA on $25 a Day, as well [...]

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Do you know more about the world than the chimps?

September 23, 2014 in The World

I always enjoy talks given by Hans Rosling, and the one I’ve linked to below is no exception. He uses data, and data that makes you think. “The first thing to know about the future is to know about the present.” This is a statement Rosling makes in the earliest stages of the video, and [...]

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Blog Tour (finally!)

September 22, 2014 in Daily Writing

A few months back I was graciously invited to join a blog tour by Brandon Crilly. Please visit his blog here to read a bit about his writing and writing practice. What am I working on? Oh, my goodness. Among the reasons I am so danged tardy uploading this note because I’m just totally swamped [...]

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Graham Joyce

September 16, 2014 in Other Writers

Graham Joyce was a writer. His stories were generally of the fantastic nature, though I admit I don’t think I’ve read anything by him other than the post that I’m going to link to in a few moments. That is almost certainly going to change soon, however. He passed away very recently after having been [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #1 – Elric Stories, and The Eternal Champion Concept by Michael Moorcock

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #2 – Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #3 – The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov

September 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art, James Kilpatrick #4 – [...]

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#4 – Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop I by Barry B. Longyear

September 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

#4 – Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop I by Barry B. Longyear Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley #6 – The Old Man and the Sea, [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #6 & #5 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway/The Writer’s Art by James Kilpatrick

September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #6 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway #5 – The Writer’s Art by James J. Kilpatrick Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #7 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #7 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko #7 – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley There are those who say they hated reading [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #8 – Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #8 – Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells #8 – Spider-Man, Stan Lee & Steve Ditko I know, I know. This is not a single book. Sue me. When I [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Top 10 Influences: #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells Ron’s Top 10 Influences #10 – Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott #9 – The Island of Doctor Moreau, H. G. Wells I remember reading three books by H.G. Wells when I was a kid. The Time Machine was a fun book. [...]

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Top 10 Influences: #10

August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Amy Sterling Casil recently pointed the “give us the top 10 books that influenced you” finger at me. I’m really glad she did, because until then I had seen the meme running around but hadn’t really thought about it in any great detail, and when you really take a minute to think about it the [...]

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On being the last one to know

August 22, 2014 in Daily Writing

So, yeah, I’ve been playing with a little bit of a new look to the site. # It is cliché to say that a writer is often the last person to know what it is that they’ve actually written. Sometimes you hear this when a writer says they don’t know if what they’ve done is [...]

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“a sort of aesthetic trilogy”

August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

When I talk to newer writers in particular, but sometimes even more experienced ones, the idea of writing seems to always focus on the words. By that I mean that they worry about their grammar and punctuation, or whether they have the right vocabulary, or have meticulously chosen the exact perfect word in the exact [...]

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Writer vs. Writer

August 9, 2014 in Business

As a member of their KDP program, I received a notice from Amazon today that suggested I write the head of the Hachette Publishing group a sharply worded mail. As if that will make any difference in their pissing match. Personally, I think the whole thing going on is enough to make the heads of [...]

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Writing in Other Cultures

August 8, 2014 in Daily Writing

As synchronicity would have it, I’m in the process of the second pass at a novel I’m titling Chasing the Setting Sun. It’s a follow-up to See the PEBA on $25 a Day, and it’s set in Japan—a place I’ve never been. Here I am yesterday, the day after I start in earnest on it, [...]

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Getting started again … and a special discount!

August 4, 2014 in Daily Writing

Having actually finished the notorious episode 8, I’m now in process of figuring out what I’m doing next. Yes, there’s always a next. Thank goodness. # Four Days in May special! I put this out on twitter/facebook earlier, but I should note here that John Bodin and I are celebrating the last month of the [...]

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Finishing is such sweet sorrow … no, it’s not … yes, it is … no …

August 1, 2014 in Daily Writing

It’s a good day today. After a very long slog (years, really), I’m finally “done” with my sword and sorcery serial (which I’ve re-re-retitled back to The Glamour of the God-Touched Series. There are many reasons it’s taken so long, not the least of which is that I’ve repositioned them between novellas and novels and [...]

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Books that changed SF forever

July 27, 2014 in Science Fiction

Jackie Allen-Peters, a friend of mine, linked to this list of 21 books that changed science fiction from io9, and she asked how many I had read, and what I would add. Here are my answers. I’ve read at least 16 of the 21, and maybe 17 … I can’t remember if I actually read [...]

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LLU Day 5 – What’s your strategy?

July 26, 2014 in Life

As noted over the past few days, I’ve been reviewing the Leanness Lifestyle University’s free 5-day program. Today is day five. After this time, it’s clear to me that this program has clearly been approached in a comprehensive manner, meaning that it’s been thought through from the top down, and takes into account all elements [...]

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Life Itself

July 25, 2014 in Movies

We went to go see “Life Itself,” the new documentary on Roger Ebert. It is a beautiful film, and both Lisa and I strongly recommend it. I think there are people in this world who are just remarkably different in ways that are hard to fully comprehend. Roger Ebert was one of those kinds of [...]

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LLU: Day 4 – I second that emotion

July 25, 2014 in Life

So today I watched the fourth video in LLU’s Fitness 101 program. It’s among the more interesting, as it’s about the third leg–leading an emotionally fit lifestyle. Before I get going too far, let me drop the breadcrumbs again…here are my thoughts on: Day 1: Overview Day 2: Adventures with Food Day 3: Can you [...]

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