Political Correctness: A Moment Defined

A few months back, someone close to me asked if I ever had to be politically correct while I was writing. This person is not political, but when pressed into such conversations is clearly conservative of mindset—though I admit I’m not sure they understand why or, really, what it means. Regardless, this question is tied […]

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Yesterday: A Review

A couple days back, Lisa and I went to see “Yesterday.” When it was finished, Lisa said “I loved that!” and I replied “That might be the most perfect movie ever made.” I admit that last was a little overblown. “Yesterday the movie is not quite in the strata as “Yesterday” the song. It’s a […]

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Reading

I’ve been struggling (once again) to put the final touches on what I think is the final book of my Stealing the Sun series, so I took a few days and went back to read the last few volumes of the series. We’ll see if that helps. It was a good process in that it […]

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Vonda McIntyre, Criticism, and Maybe a Bit More

If you follow science fiction, there’s a good chance you know that Vonda McIntyre recently passed, recently meaning this past April. Among many other things, she wrote Dream Snake, a far-reaching piece that won a Hugo and a Nebula. She wrote in the Star Trek universe. She was instrumental in Clarion and mentoring new writers. […]

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Equal Pay! Equal Pay!

The US women have won another World Cup in front of a packed house and a worldwide audience. Megan Rapino, Alex Morgan. Tea sipping. Science wielding. Standing in statuesque form. Underpaid and kneeling, not going to the bleeping white house. These was the rambunctious group. The group that stood up and said the nation would […]

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More Portals to Explore!

I’m a little late in this one, but what the heck, right? I’m quite pleased to note that Barbara G. Tarn, a friend of mine, asked me if she could include one of my stories in her portal bundle/anthology, to which I naturally said “yes!” This is fun collection of stories from a fun collection […]

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New Toy of the Day

So, I ran across the Merriam Webster Time Traveler, which is a database of words sorted by year of first use. I’m sure it’s been around for a bit, but this is the first time I ran into it, so now you get to play around in it, too. This is how I now know […]

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The Spy Who Walked Into the Cold

If you read “The Spy Who Walked Into the Cold” you’ll understand why I say I wish it wasn’t appearing in the Fiction River: Spies anthology. Kris Rusch, the editor, introduced the piece by saying it “examines a part of the United States that most people don’t know about,” which is something I could well […]

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Thoughts on July 4th

As I think about July 4th, I spend a moment revisiting things I’ve done to be part of this country—my time in the civil service Navy working on things that that go boom, my time in a private company helping the GDP grow, and (along with Lisa) raising Brigid to be an active part of […]

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