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Entering the Home Stretch

November 25, 2014 in Daily Writing,SGTM,Uncategorized

This morning I proofed the first half of Lord of the Freeborn, which is the seventh book of the series that I might have mentioned around here a time or two. Hopefully, I’ll finish that today. Then tomorrow will be spent proofing Lords of Existence, which is the eighth and final book in the series […]

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Cover Reveal #3!

November 21, 2014 in SGTM

You may have heard rumors that I’m in the middle of publishing a fantasy serial in eight parts. [grin] This is turning out to be quite a fun experience–and one of the most fun parts is working with Rachel Carpenter, who is doing all the covers. She’s created really fantastic work for both Glamour of […]

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Hard Work & Opportunity

November 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

As with most everything I have to say about art and writing, this is a long and meandering piece. I think it means something though. I think it gets somewhere. We shall see. I am going to use pretentious words like “art” and “artist” and other such muck-a-muck. If you are one of those TLDR […]

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Read part of Goliath vs. Robodog

November 16, 2014 in SGTM,Short Stories

Amid all the excitement around the release of Glamour of the God-Touched, I forgot to mention that The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide has posted an excerpt of my short story “Goliath vs. Robodog” on Wattpad. Their kickstarter has funded, and the project is a full-go. Congrats to them. I’m really happy to be a part […]

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Publication Day Arrives for Glamour of the God-Touched!

November 15, 2014 in SGTM

And so it begins… I’m beyond excited to note that Glamour of the God-Touched, (Saga of the God-Touched Mage, Volume 1) is finally available in all formats! If you’ve been following me for any time, you’ll know exactly how long of a journey this has been, and how much of a labor of love it’s […]

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Trail of the Torean – Cover Reveal!

November 13, 2014 in SGTM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … I’m happy to say that the pre-order numbers for Glamour of the God-Touched have been interesting enough to put the book on the Amazon Top 100 list for short SF & Fantasy Reads for all of yesterday (at 64 pages, it barely qualifies … but I’ll take it)! I […]

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Cultural snobbery and the genres

November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

As synchronicity would have it, I ran into two different bits today that have to do with cultural snobbery and the genres. The first is a blog entry by Mike Dunn, who is an aspiring writer who was literally chased from his love of Analog by the culture of friends he hung around. The second […]

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The Writer as Artist

November 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

“I’ve never thought of writing as being artistic.” I’m paraphrasing a little, but that was a friend of mine said during a conversation we were having a couple weeks ago. He’s a moderately new writer, meaning he’s been working on it for a while, but still has tons o’ questions and tons o’ worries and […]

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Taylor Swift & The Culture of Free

November 5, 2014 in Business

So Taylor Swift has pulled her catalog off Spotify. She has been a proponent of artists being paid properly for their work, she’s apparently decided to make a point. It’s certainly an interesting one. Let’s face it, Swift is going to make a chunk of change, no matter how she releases her work. That’s what […]

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Top 5 Standard Techniques of Writing Avoidance

November 4, 2014 in Daily Writing

Not that I’ve done any of these today, but … #5 – Reading about writing and pretending that it’s just as good #4 – Doing “more important things” like laundry #3 – Helping people who are Wrong On The Internet #2 – Checking your paltry sales numbers on Amazon, et al (*) #1 – Writing […]

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Two Hours of Sawyer

November 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

A little while back Roberta Laurie interviewed me for On Spec magazine, which is the really rocking Canadian small press that published my short story “Operation Hercules.” It’s a great publiciation. I suggest you read it. She asked me who some of my favorite authors are, and I started with Robert J. Sawyer. I think […]

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Glamour of the God-Touched Announced!

October 29, 2014 in SGTM

I am so excited to note that Glamour of the God-Touched has an official publication date of November 15th. Finally! This is the first novella of an eight-part serial that I’ve titled Saga of the God-Touched Mage, and is now available for pre-order at the following locations: Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) Amazon (DE) (and other […]

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Podcast: Here’s the Thing

October 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

As I’ve noted in the past every now and again, I listen to a lot of podcasts during the afternoons when I walk, or work out, or go to the grocery, or do whatever non-writing thing I do to break from the creative/productive side of the day. I used to listen to a lot of […]

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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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