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Monday, December 28, 2009


Part 4 of "Peek-a-Boo" is now live on the site.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas To All

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings.

Enjoy family and friends, relax, and have a great and safe holiday.

Thanks for hanging out with me in this little corner of the Interwebz.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another Review

Over at the e-Fiction Book Club, KAT AND MOUSE gets a short review.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday KAT AND MOUSE!

KAT AND MOUSE are a year old today.

On 15 December 2008, our duo's adventures began with Part One of Episode One, "A Family Affair."

Six episodes and four interludes later, we're still cranking along.

I'd like to take a moment to thank some folks:
And a great big huge ginormous thank you to the readers of the serial, whether via the site, RSS feed, or email subscription. You tell me you're enjoying the stories and that puts a smile on my face.

Thanks to all of you.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Part Two of "Peek-a-Boo" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Friday, December 11, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] "I'm the Kwisatz Haderach" Music Video

Here's what I hope to be the first of many videos accompanying the song parodies I've done.

"I'm the Kwisatz Haderach"

And while SciFi's miniseries version was very well done and very close to the book, whenever someone says Dune, I still think of the David Lynch version.

Monday, December 7, 2009


"Peek-a-boo," Part One, is now posted on the site.

Happy reading!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mermaid's Madness is Marvelous

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jim C. Hines is the shiznit.

Fairy tale tropes continue to be sent ass over teakettle in The Mermaid's Madness, the second outing for that trio of kick-ass princesses. This time Danielle, Talia, and Snow (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White) tangle with Ariel Lirea, aka The Little Mermaid.

No Disney version of the mermaid here.

Unless the Disney version had her go insane and lead an army of merfolk against the human world.

Didn't think so.

Magic. Mayhem. And Talia kicking ass. Of the three princesses, I have to say that she's my favorite.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will love this one. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

Go Jim, go!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Enter Ergofiction

Webfiction enthusiast JanOda has launched Ergofiction, a blog/magazine that's--well, I'll let her explain it: aims to be a magazine (or more accurately, a cross between a blog and a magazine) for readers of web-fiction. What we love about it, what we hate about it, what we read when we have a bad day, what we secretely read late at night, everything has it’s place on the magazine. How we like to support our favorite authors, what marketing ticks us off, and who we would sell a kidney for if they didn’t have enough money to keep on writing. A magazine where readers can discuss their favorite villains, their most hated couples and their most wanted violent endings.

[...] wants to be the central place for readers to find out what’s happening where, and discover the joys and woes of the web-fiction world, together.
Can't wait to see how things progress, Jan.

More Digital Lit Doings

Night of the Girl Scouts is now available as an e-book from the nice folks at Barnes and Noble.

Yes, we're getting a little more high-profile hereabouts.

Up next: me in a white sequined jumpsuit.

Now go and get you a copy and find out what happens when Girl Scouts attack.

Monday, November 30, 2009


The interlude "A Gathering Storm" is now posted on the site.

Happy reading!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy the day, relax with family, and stuff yourselves silly.

(Unfortunately, I have to work today but I'm hoping we're getting out early.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rock the Vote!

If you're a dilligent follower of KAT AND MOUSE, be sure to vote for them over at TopWebFiction.

Let the world know that the Ladies kick butt.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Part 3 of "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now posted at the site.

Pay attention here, Kids. Certain things will come back to haunt our duo.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Part 2 of "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now live.

Go read. You'll have fun.

Friday, November 13, 2009

In Which We Return...

But returning on a smaller scale than usual.

The move is pretty much done, was a PITA, have to go back out to clean the old place, and then it'll be over.

Desktops not quite internet-ready so I'm working from a laptop with wireless.

But at least we're connected again.

And we have TV. Huzzah for Big Bang Theory, Ghost Hunters, and BBC America (which we now get)!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Limited Interwebz

Currently in the middle of a move to new digs. As a result, there is no home internet connection at the moment. I've commandered other resources to post this but those resources are limited. As in, secretly using resources.

I will disappear again.

Internet connection is planned for this Thursday. Hopefully things'll be back up and running.



We're back from our short break with a new story. "Here, Kitty Kitty" is now live.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And Then...

And then there are days when you just want to sit in a dark room and stare at nothing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The serial will now take a short break and will return with new episodes on November 9th.

See you in a few weeks.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Part 2 of "Rest Stop" is now live at the site.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

In Which We Are Reviewed Again...

We have another review of the serial, this time from Eli James over at Novelr.

Eli appears to have enjoyed our duo's escapades.

That's the idea.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Death by Real Time

Fellow weblit author MCM plans to kill himself via prose starting Tuesday, October 6th.

Not really kill himself. That would be morbid.


He's gonna write a novel in three days.

Crazy bastard.

And I mean that in a good way.

As in "Go Team!!"

If you're on Twitter, follow the craziness at #3D1D.

In Which The Serial Is Reviewed

Frances Gonzalez, weblit author of Tales of Pneuma and the Lighthouse Chronicles, reviewed the serial over at her site.

She had some very nice things to say about our duo. Have a read.

Here's the bit that gets me rather giddy:
The narration of Kat, laden with fluid slang, is on the mark, consistent and quick, and the highlight of the series. By turns sardonic, tough, kind, witty and deadpan, she is more than fit narrator – she’s a riot.

Thanks, Frances!

Incidentally, prior to Frances' review, Linda Schoales at the Web Fiction Guide also reviewed the first few installments.

This was several months ago, actually.

You can read Linda's review here.

Thanks, Linda! And thanks, again, Frances!


Part 1 of "Rest Stop" is now live.

Happy Reading!

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Warning About Meeting People Online...

(via Wil Wheaton)

WebLit Doings

You may have noticed me mention this the other day.


Short for "web literature." That is, writing published directly to the web.

Since I'm part of that illustrious community (I like to think of it as an illustrious community), I thought it only fitting to do a shout out to my fellows.

Web Fiction Guide catalogs and reviews WebLit. As does e-fiction Book Club, though their focus is more on reviews.

Via MeiLin Miranda we now have, a spot where we WebLiterati can discuss WebLit cross-promotion strategies.

Want some starters? Try these stories for an intro:
Come join us for WebLit fun.


"Ghosts of the Past" is now posted at the site.

For those of you following the serial, a few notes:

Like the earlier episode "Life Goes On," this is another filler piece.

These will now take the place of the Interludes I'd been using. The Interludes were meant to be short, filler pieces, connecting running storylines. By the time I got to writing the later ones, they were getting longer than originally planned so I decided I'd give them their own installment.

Enjoy this one. Things are going to start getting even more complicated for our duo.

As if it weren't complicated already...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

In Which The Serial Is Mentioned...

Over at quillsandzebras, fellow WebLit author A.M. Harte posted about heroes in WebLit works.

Our Daring Duo get a short blurb.

Thanks, A.M.!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Part 7 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Part 6 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live on the site.


Monday, September 7, 2009


How's this for something fun?


Part 5 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live at the site and marks Month #9 of the serial.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Why the Stigma?

I recently ran across this post from digital-media author MCM about self-publishing. It automatically brought to mind another post on self-publishing but from a perspective completely opposite MCM's.

I've heard this sort of thing before, that anything self-published is automatically crap.

But it got me thinking...

Indie musicians and indie filmmakers are typically praised when they don't bow down to the great corporate studio/production company juggernaut. People say "Good for them! They made the music they wanted to make and didn't turn into another cookie-cutter boy band." Or "Good for them! They didn't sacrifice their filmic vision for another cookie-cutter Hollywood piece of garbage."

Yet when people hear someone self-published a book, they immediately say "Oh. Couldn't get a real publisher. Must be because the book is crap. Loser."

Another medium that often self-publishes without any ill feelings: indie comic books. Not everyone out there writes/draws/inks/colors for Marvel, DC, or Dark Horse. Some folks do it all on their own. Just ask Dave Sim, for one.

So I ask: why?

Why is the indie musician praised for essentially self-publishing his album of punk-country-speed metal songs but the self-published novelist is criticized?

What say you?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cyberpunk Opera?

Fantasy has sword and sorcery. SF has space opera.

How about "cyberpunk opera"?

I'd describe it as "cyberpunk action-adventure stories." Stories that simply accept the conventions of cyberpunk and just tell gritty adventures.

would be an example of cyberpunk opera.

Thumbs up? Thumbs down? Why?

What say you?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kat Richardson Signing

Last night I headed out to San Francisco and the Borders at Union Square for a signing event with Kat Richardson.

It was a grand time. Kat read from her newest Harper Blaine novel Vanished. "The Funny Section," she called it.

Yep. Very funny. Can't wait to get to it.

Although I have to confess: I knew of Greywalker and the rest of the series but they fell into my personal trap of taking note of a book/series, thinking "Hey! Cool book/series" but then promptly getting distracted by something else and forgetting.

It wasn't until Jim Hines mentioned the new book a few weeks ago that it fell back on my radar.

And learned about the signing.

And picked up the first three books.

Overall, it was a fun evening. I even got the honor of being one of her minions for the evening.

Hmmm. What a fun title. "Kat Richardson's Minion."

Would that be the same as being part of her "street team"?


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Telling a Good Story

Ran across this blog post the other day whilst rummaging the Interwebs.

I'm right there with you, Kristan.

As far as the goals you listed goes, I'm with #1 and #3:
  1. Tell stories that people enjoy.
  2. Earn a living off the work I love doing.
But the important bit for me is the first one. If I've done that, then I am content.

Everything else is a bonus.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Part 3 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Embracing Digital Lit

And now, a bit of shameless self-promotion...

The Arcanis Arcanum and Night of the Girl Scouts are now on sale at Smashwords in multiple ebook formats.

Arcanis is a satire on religion, philosophy, and secret societies. This volume collects the holy books of the philosophy/religion known as Gopher. Inspired by The Principia Discordia.

Night of the Girl Scouts is a collection of nine short stories.

You can sample the first 10% of each title for free at Smashwords.

Check 'em out.

And speaking of digital lit, the e-Fiction Book Club will be reviewing KAT AND MOUSE at the end of November. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Now Reading: 8/21/09

I just finished The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe. Excellent mash-up of S&S and hard-boiled detective noir. Sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse takes on a case that forces him to dig up a tragic past in order to solve the present.

Bledsoe gives just the right touch of fantasy tale and detective story and the pairing works. I found his take on the mash-up easier to get through than the Garrett novels by Glen Cook or Simon Green's "Hawk and Fisher" series. The others were serviceable but I had to be in the right mood to read them.

(I'll admit here that I only read the first "Hawk and Fisher" novel and made it a quarter of the way through Sweet Silver Blues before I put it down.)

On the other hand, Sword-Edged Blonde drew me in easily and kept me there up to the last page.

And now, I turn to the 7th book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, Dead Beat.

It's Harry vs. zombies.

Always an entertaining read, that Harry.

After that, I'll be picking up Greywalker by Kat Richardson.
Saw this a while back when the cover illo caught my eye. (Hello! Chick with gun!)

Read the blurb, thought "Nice premise."

Then promptly didn't buy it. Dunno why.

Anyway, I see the series is at Book #4 so I have enough to keep me busy without having to wait impatiently untill the newest book comes out.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] New Song - "Urban Fantasy"

For you urban fantasy fans out there, here's a little number for you.

Happy listening!


Part 2 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live on the site.


[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] John Anealio: Sci Fi Songs

Just a quick shout out to John Anealio at Sci Fi Songs.

John's another SF/F fan who writes songs about the genre. His are original songs, as opposed to my song parodies.

Good stuff. Have a listen over yonder.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] More Mentions...

Borderlands Books in San Francisco gives a small nod to me in their August newsletter.

Thanks, guys!

If you're ever in the area, go check them out. Great ambiance, awesome stock, and friendly staff.

Moving the Song Blog Updates

I've decided to close down the "Songs In The Key of Geek" blog in favor of adding those updates here.

So all my latest SF/F song parody atrocities activities will be chronicled on this blog.

Post titles will be preceeded by the label [SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK].

You have been sufficiently warned.

SF/F Anthology Covers

During the Ladyless Anthology Brouhaha, I ran across the term "manthology" from Jim Hines (which was, he explains, him trying to be clever).

I figured such a collection might look like this:

So Jim does it again in today's post when he writes:
In this highly optimistic scenario, you’re already three years behind the trend, which means there’s a decent chance the rest of the world has moved on to Shakespearean Cthulhu.
Shakespearean Cthulhu.

The cover of which would probably look like this:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When Anthologies Go Bad?

Jim Hines pointed to this SF Signal post about an SF anthology that's causing some ruckus among the SF/F community.

The beef with the book comes from the lack of women authors. Of the 21 listed stories, not a one is written by a female.

I stuck my nose into this one by commenting:
The emphasis of this anthology is on "stories that took unusual scientific concepts and developed them in even more unusual ways." (See the first comment to:

My knowledge of current short fiction is severely lacking (I blame it on catching up with the Dresden Files, but I digress). Can those more learned out there provide a list of 20 or so stories by female authors and non-white-guy-authors which deal with unusual scientific concepts and develop them in even more unusual ways?
Maybe if we pass over a goodly list to Mr. Ashley, he might create a sequel to this Mammoth Book? Call it "Another Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF" or "Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF II" or something.

And if Mr. Ashley is unable to create said sequel, maybe we can pool resources and publish a book in response to this. Call it "Beyond Mindblowing SF" or "Better Than Mammoth Mindblowing SF" or "Mindblowing? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Or even "The Other Mammoth Book..."
No reply yet to my list.

Based on the comments thus far in the SF Signal post and in the post I linked to in my comment, an anthology needs a representative sample of female writers in order to be acceptable to the SF/F populace.

Let's take a look at Seeds of Change (ed. John Joseph Adams), The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (ed. George Mann), and the upcoming With Great Power (ed. Lou Anders). Seeds has nine stories, two by women. Great Power will feature 15 stories, two by women (three, if you count a co-author). The Solaris Book, 16 stories, 1 by a woman.

Clearly, these three brief samples must be better than Ashley's anthology because they include women.

But the percentage of women is rather low. A combined 40 stories in all three books and 5 are by women!?!?

This comment will likely draw ire but I'll say it anyway: do we now gauge the worth of an anthology by the number of women authors it features? What should the acceptable percentage be? 50%? 60%? 70%?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Giant Critter Fight Gone Bad

I rented this because of Debbie Gibson and to see just how cheesy it might be.

Good on Debbie--sorry, Deborah--for a movie lead. Bad on Deborah for a bad movie.

Mega Shark is top-grade bad. Bad story, bad dialogue, and lots of bad acting. Not to mention a forced romantic sub-plot that falls on its face and makes rude bodily noises.

Worse than an Uwe Boll flick. I thought Bloodrayne and House of the Dead was bad.

Hell, I thought the non-Uwe Boll Dragon Wars was pretty bad.

Mega Shark takes the cake.

Two good bits:
  • Mega Shark nabs a 747 in mid-air.
  • Deborah punches out a sub officer.
Glaring errors:
  • Half Moon Bay does not have palm trees, a lifeguard shack, or a pier.
  • San Francisco International Airport's terminal is not green and does not have palm trees in the background.
  • Treasure Island has nothing resembling the structure they depict.
  • Their San Francisco Bay has nothing remotely resembling landmarks you'd see if you were actually in San Francisco Bay (e.g. Alcatraz, the Marin headlands, either Golden Gate or Bay Bridge, etc).
And for a movie that touts giant critter fights and assorted mayhem resulting from such, there's a severe lack of either.

C'mon Asylum. I'd bet you had a shooting budget comparable to one episode of an hourlong TV show. Yet even the worst episodic looks far better than your movie. Hell--even NCIS was able to feature a more realistic submarine interior in a first season episode ("Sub Rosa") than your sad excuse.

Rent it/Netflix it if you want a groaner for the evening. Otherwise, I'd encourage you to pass and watch a classic Godzilla movie instead. It may have been a guy in a rubber suit stomping on a model city but at least they did it right.

And Deborah--please please pick a better movie next time. You did so well with your choices on Broadway. You can do the same here, too.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Part 5 of "Babysitting Blues" is now live on the site.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

On Dollhouse

A short peek at the unaired Dollhouse episode.

Seeing this makes me want to re-watch the show.

I really didn't follow after the first episode.

The Wife and I heard about the show and checked out episode one. I thought it had an interesting premise; deep cover taken to the next level/the extreme. She thought it was sexist/exploitative; women as the ultimate man's plaything.

Friday nights were busy so I taped the next two episodes.

Unfortunately, I never got to go back and watch them.

Rather than miss out on the storyline coming into episode 4 (and I was pretty sure there was an arc of some sort in progress), I decided to pass.

I think I'll be picking up the DVD.

(h/t: Big Dumb Object)

And We Are Live...

Following up on yesterday's post about the song parody blog...

The Song Parody Dude site is finally up and running.

With 3 free sampler MP3s. And a link to join the Email Club where I can send you announcements, the latest news, and any event notifications.

Yes. Event notifications.

The possibility of live performances did begin to speculate about the merest probability of crossing my mind.*

But I think some other things need to be done before I get to that point.

*Thank you, Douglas Adams, for that line.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I Sing the Blog Post Electric...

As you can see from my earlier post, I have started a blog for all my song parody atrocities activities. There might be a cross-post here and there but I'm thinking that anything related to sing-y things will go specifically on the other blog.

The site is called Songs in the Key of Geek.

Dune, Cheesiness, and David (don't)Hassel(the)hoff

(cross-posted at Songs in the Key of Geek)

A few weeks back, SF Signal posted this segment of the musical Jekyll and Hyde featuring Mitch Buchannon David Hasselhoff in the lead.

That immediately brought to mind this little performance.*

At about the same time, my favorite writing forum was discussing Dune.

Which called to mind the David Lynch movie in all its grandiosity.

All four elements then combined in a freak lightning shot to the brain/Victor Frankenstein-Colin Clive "It's alive!" moment to produce this little number.

I now subject you to it.

*Don't ask how I found that. I did. I admit it. And don't look at me like that...

Monday, July 6, 2009

In Which a Song is Mentioned...

Last week I wrote another song parody, this time about Raine Benares, the main character in Lisa Shearin's fantasy novel Magic Lost, Trouble Found. Set to the tune of "That's Amore."

Here's the song.

I emailed Lisa about the song and asked for some assistance with name pronunciation.

Today, Lisa mentioned the song (and linked to it) in her blog.


Thanks, Lisa! You rock.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I'm Doing What?

In addition to working on an upcoming episode of the serial, I've found myself writing songs.

Song parodies to be exact.

These suckers are fun.

Here's a sample.

And yes, that's me on vocals.


I'll post more as I finish them.

Monday, June 29, 2009


Part 2 of "Babysitting Blues" is now posted.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Last Airbender - Teaser

I hope to god they get this right.

The animated series is one of the best I've seen in a long time. I'd rank it up there with Robotech, Star Blazers, and Batman: TAS.

The series producers are also involved with the movie so I'm hoping that a good sign.

We'll see come 2010...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blasts From The Past

The Internet Archive is a glorious thing.

While updating the links over on my writing site, I realized that the original pages of those stories were probably living somewhere online (after all, they say the internet remembers).

They live on at the Internet Archives.

I found most of the original sites (or at least the archived versions) and am in the midst of uploading them.


Monday, June 15, 2009


Part 24 of "Easy Money" is now live.

Today marks the end of episode 2.

The serial is also 6 months old, so huzzah for our heroines.

Episode 3, "Babysitting Blues," begins next week.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fun Links

Random bits of Intarw3bby goodness to share with y'all:

Kelly Meding tweeted about this blog post featuring the best 11 words of the English language. (possible NSFW)

GRRM coming to HBO.


I've just found a new comic to check out. Thanks you, Uncle Warren!

Monday, June 8, 2009


Part 23 of "Easy Money" is now posted on the site.

Coming up on the close of this episode.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

David Eddings, R.I.P.

David Eddings passed away Tuesday.

If there was ever a fantasy series that really transported me to another world, it's his Belgariad. Beginning with Pawn of Prophecy, the story of young Garion's journey from living as a farmboy to taking his place in the world as the central figure of an ancient prophecy catapulted me into a world of knights, sorcerers, and magic--and colorful, captivating characters.

In the space of a week and a half the summer before my senior year in high school, I devoured all five books. A few months later, I dove into the follow-up series, the Malloreon, at a more leisurely pace.

The Seeress of Kell, the last book of the Malloreon, came out my sophomore year in college and was the first hardcover I'd ever purchased.

I never did get into his later books.

No matter. The Belgariad and the Malloreon were enough.

Oh sure I read others after those. I'd read Papa Tolkien and Terry Brooks's Shannara series prior to Eddings. I'd gone through Asimov's Foundation books, I, Robot, and two volumes of his short stories (including "Nightfall"). Later came Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Robert E. Howard, Frank Herbert, Robert Asprin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Holly Lisle, even L. Ron Hubbard (his 10-book Mission Earth series).

And the list goes on.

But once a year, I go back to Sendaria and to the first thing the boy Garion remembered: the kitchen at Faldor's farm.

Goodbye, Mr. Eddings. You will be missed.

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday.

Yay me!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Breaking Through

I've had a military SF novel in the works for several years now, going through two versions (including a complete overhaul and associated worldbuilding) and at least three rewrites to its (more or less) present form.

I then began another rewrite, trying to whip it into better shape when I hit a plot snag. Thinking outside the box wasn't working so I set it down, closed the folder, and tucked it away. Perhaps some time away from the writing was needed to let my subconscious work out the issue.

That was over a year and a half ago.

A few days ago, whilst talking shop over at my favorite watering hole, I suddenly had a break.

That plot snag untangled itself and a solution presented itself like a gift from the heavens.

More like a rake handle thwap between the eyes.



We are now on Part 22 of "Easy Money."

Go and check it out!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Okay, kids.

Part 21 of "Easy Money" is now up on the site.

Things get even more intense for our daring duo.

Go catch all the fun.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

What a crock of sh*t!

Didn't Handley know he just made Baby Jesus cry?
"Naturally, we are very disappointed by this result, but understand that in a criminal case, every defendant must make the decision that they believe serves their best interest," CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said. "Because the set of facts specific to this case were so unique, we hope that its importance as precedent will be minimal. However, we must also continue to be prepared for the possibility that other cases could arise in the future as a result."
Yeah yeah. "Believes serves their best interest."

Yadda yadda.

But note my emphasis in the above quote.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." (Thomas Jefferson)
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." (Benjamin Franklin)
Not to sound paranoid afraid. Be very afraid.

(h/t: Neil Gaiman on Twitter)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

KnM Update

Part 20 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dr. Jones Buys Comics

I've mentioned before that I'm a really big Indiana Jones fan.

Here's a sample of Indy fandom...

The photos are from Free Comic Book at my local comic store.

And yes, I do go out in public dressed like that.

Monday, May 11, 2009

KnM Update

Part 19 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Closing in on the end of this adventure.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Recent Stuff

Still working on a project I can't talk about yet.

Revived my old blog, The Madman Raves.

Currently reading Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. Reminds me a bit of the Vatta's War books by Elizabeth Moon. Similar concept--MC is daughter of prominent Trader family, troubles brewing, etc. , but set in a nicely created fantasy world. I have to say that Kyle Haven is a right douchebag.

Thumbs up for Punisher: War Zone. Ray Stevenson captures the Ennis/Dillon incarnation of Frank Castle.

Two thumbs up for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Charming. Fun. Go see it. (Incidentally, Kat Dennings sounds oddly like Lori Petty. But that could just be me.)

That's it for the moment.

KnM Updates

Part 17 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Checking In...

Still busy working on something that I won't quite elaborate on just yet. When the time comes, I will share. Don't worry.

In other news, that audition I mentioned the other day? Just got word of a callback.


KnM Updates

Part 12 of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Snippet

(SFX: Moaning wind)

Ebenezer! Ebeneeeezer Scroooooge!

(SFX: Rattling of chains)

Who's Ebenezer? Father? Is that you?

Oh. Erm. Uhm. Sorry.
(clears throat)
Hamlet! Haaaaamlet!

Light Verse Friday: 3/20/09

Paul Atreides
Grew up near seas.
Whose portrayal had it locked in,
Alec Newman or Kyle MacLachlan?

The Arrakeen worm
Lives long-term.
The early bird never would
Last in a meeting with Shai-Hulud.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 3/19/09

JACK: It's all in the reflexes.
Big Trouble In Little China

Monday, March 16, 2009

KnM Updates

Part Eleven of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Things are getting hairy for our duo.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jesus is Hiring!

Light Verse Friday: 3/13/09

The Chosen One
Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Action fantasy with teen angst layer.
For seven seasons fought demon mooks.
She now lives on in comic books.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 3/12/09

HUDSON: Now what the fuck are we supposed to do?
We're in some real pretty shit now, man.

For those thinking it was the famous line, it isn't. Not yet. The line doesn't show up until this next bit.

If you watch the scene, it's in the photo above when Hudson utters everyone's favorite line: "Well that's it, man. Game over, man. Game over."

Monday, March 9, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Light Verse Friday: 3/6/09

The Man With The Hat
Indiana Jones
Digs up more than bones.
They say the ladies all adore a
Man with leather jacket, whip, fedora.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 3/5/09

VIZZINI: He didn't fall? Inconceivable!
INIGO: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
The Princess Bride

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Push The Button

Elevator go down the hoooole.

Baby Plucky, you little rascal, you.

KnM Updates

Part Nine of "Easy Money" is now posted.

Friday, February 27, 2009


Geeky goodness begins today in San Francisco.

Wife and I will be attending the festivities tomorrow.

Will you be there, too?

Light Verse Fiday: 2/27/09

With WonderCon starting today (and running through Sunday), here's a comic book themed bit of light verse...

The Dark Knight
Batman's aware
He's your worse nightmare.
He strikes where Gotham's evil dwells
(And hates that one version of "Jingle Bells").

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/26/09

MARTY: You made a time machine out of a DeLorean?
Back To The Future

Monday, February 23, 2009

KnM Updates

Part 8 of "Easy Money" is now up.

Things explode in this one.

Plus, the Bay City News Feed is up and running.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Light Verse Friday: 2/20/09

Malcolm Reynolds
Good Captain Mal
Was not Fox Network's pal.
For after just eleven episodes he
And crew were dry-docked...'til Serenity.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thought For Today

When Life hands you a lemon, don't make lemonade.

Instead, punch Life in the face with a brick and say, "I didn't want a lemon, I wanted PIE, dammit!"

In The Can

Finally finished the polish on Episode 5. Queue that up this weekend and it'll be ready to go in September.

Time to pull out notes for Ep. 6 and get cracking on that.

Behind the Curtain

I recall a convesation I had with a buddy on the value of knowing how a story works.

He said he didn't want to know because it would destroy the experience for him.

I held that knowing heightens the experience for me, from a writer's perspective.

What do I mean?

As writers I believe after we learn the basics of the craft, we develop a desire to find out how other writers demonstrate it. How do they draw the reader into the pages of their novels and keep them riveted for 300+ pages? What makes their stories so interesting that readers buy their next book or their tenth book?

Answering those questions helps us develop and hone our craft, our technique. It makes us better writers. It allows us to see how our colleagues play with or break the "rules." When, for example, others point to Elmore Leonard as the "king of dialogue," we study him to learn why, and how we can incorporate that into our writing.

Maybe knowing all that can be a turn-off to readers. "I don't want to analyze a novel," they say. "I just want to read it to be entertained."

Maybe for them, that's fine.

And sometimes, we writers also just want to read to be entertained.

But that part of us that analyzes is always working, even if it's unobtrusively, peeking out just behind that curtain.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

WonderCon Ahoy!

Jess and I will be attending WonderCon on Saturday the 28th.

For you readers who are in the SF Bay Area and plan to go, look for us and say "howdy do!"

We'll be the ones wearing Kat and Mouse hoodies.

Chicks With Guns: 2/17/09

Monday, February 16, 2009

Warrior Women

Jim Hines talk about warrior women over at his place, in reference to the character Talia in Stepsister Scheme. Check out the comment thread. Lively debate, with lots of good points.

This calls to mind a series of posts by Carrie Vaughn on UF heroines (UF in general, but with emphasis on UF heroines) which also referred to a post by Lilith Saintcrow on the same.

Personally, I'm a fan of warrior women. Way I see it, if women want to fight in combat, on the frontlines, and they train hard and take their requisite lumps, go for it.

(I do write about a pair of warrior women so I might be a little biased.)

UPDATE: More on butt-kicking heroines from Sherwood Smith. (h/t: K.C.Shaw)

KnM Updates

Part Seven of "Easy Money" is now live.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I Heart You

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Light Verse Friday: 2/13/09

In honor of tonight's premiere of Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse starring Eliza Dushku...

Dollhouse with Eliza
Could be a hit you realize-a
If Fox could get its ass in gear
And not make all the good shows disappear.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/12/09

RIPLEY: Get away from her, you bitch!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just Finished...

I finished Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand so I penned this little bit of verse...

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
Had Vegas, so, sexy, exciting, and grand.
The ending was--wait, I really shouldn't tell.
But it nicely sets up Kitty Raises Hell.

Up next: Tanya Huff's The Heart of Valor.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

KnM Updates

"Easy Money" Part Six is up.

The serial is now two months old.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Felicia Day Goodness

Or should that be "Felicia Day is Goodness."

Better yet: "Felicia Day is Goodness Incarnate."

Moving on...

Item: If you aren't watching it, you should be. The Guild. A web sit-com about online gamers of the WoW variety.

Starring...Felicia Day.

Of course.

Item: Over at Felicia's place, she gives us her perspective on hunky Highlanders in print and the joys of reading a 26-book series.

Item: Felicia in print (Feb issue of Geek Monthly).


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shoutout Time

This one goes to fellow local writer Seanan Mcguire. I stumbled on her blog via Jim C. Hines's blog. One of her recent posts mentioned a comic book store that sounded familiar. I commented asking if it was the same store that I go to for my funnybook joyousness.

It was.

Turns out she's one of their "regulars."

And she's also a "regular" at another store I've frequented.

So up she goes on my blogroll.

Check our her site and her blog.

Her first novel, Rosemary and Rue, comes out from DAW later this year.

Go Seanan!!

Woot woot!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Words of Wisdom

From Jay Lake, via Jim C. Hines:
What every one of those people has in common is not any particular superpower. What they have in common is psychotic persistence. Almost all successful writers exhibit behaviors which would be unhealthy perseveration in the everyday world, but are critical success factors in publishing.
Well said.

"Psychotic Persistence."

I now have the quote printed and tacked up on the wall next to the monitor.

Light Verse Friday: 2/6/09

On The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
Jim C. Hines
Does fairy tale redesigns.
Not content with tropes that just settle
He makes them go ass o'er tea-kettle.

On the Kitty Norville novels by Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn's
Talk-show werewolf's spot on.
I just hope if you call Kitty Norville
You don't run up a helluva phone bill.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In A Perfect World...

Jim C. Hines commented on yesterday's Stepsister Scheme post via LiveJournal*. He wrote:
Normally I don't respond to reviews, but I wanted to say that in a perfect world, my next book would have that as the cover blurb:

"You, sir, are the shiznit ... [tropes] went ass over teakettle!"

Thought I'd share.

Thanks for writing, Jim!

*What's this? LiveJournal? Yes, I was attempting to mirror this blog over yonder in order to establish a LJ presence. But it's not mirroring correctly. May need further investigation.

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/5/09

VENKMAN: Back off, man. I'm a scientist.

Geek Movie Quote Thursdays

You know who you are.

You know what you do.

Lines. Scenes. Whole movies.

You know you quote.

You can't help it.

Therefore, we will now celebrate the joy that is quoting movies.

Let the fun begin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Now Reading...

Finished Stepsister Scheme. Jim. Jimster. Jimaroonie. Big Jim. You, sir, are the shiznit. Bravura job on this one. Beyond turning tropes on their ear. They went ass over teakettle. Can't wait until Mermaid's Madness.

Started Dead Man's Hand on my lunch break yesterday afternoon. Read 70 pages. Drew me in and kept me there. Would've read into the afternoon had a fellow cubemonkey not come by and said hello. I say, well done, Carrie. You da writer-woman! Woot woot!

Monday, February 2, 2009

KnM Updates

Part Five of "Easy Money" is now up.

More trouble ahead for our daring duo.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Geek Movie Moment

I woke up with these two songs from the Rankin and Bass production of The Hobbit running through my head.

"The Greatest Adventure"

"Roads Go Ever Ever On"

Say what you want about this movie, but I almost wore out my copy (taped from HBO).

I even had the record.

And can it really be a bad movie when John Houston plays Gandalf?

As cheesy and folksy as it is, "The Greatest Adventure" is actually a neat "call-to-action":
...The chances, the changes, are all yours to make
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The greatest adventure is there if you're bold
Let go of the moment that Life makes you hold
To measure the meaning can make you delay
It's time you stop thinking and wasting the day
And the other? "Roads Go Ever Ever On"?

Just a nice, folksy, and kinda wistful little tune.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Getting 'Borged

Traipsing through the Intarw3bz revealed this eye-opening post (no pun intended).

Seems Tanya lost her left eye in a car accident and is exploring the possibility of
capitalizing on the current advancement of technology to enhance the abilities of my prosthesis for an augmented reality.
In the original post on her blog, Tanya lists some of the augmentations she's looking at. Among these:
  • DVR
  • MPEG-4? Recording
  • Built in SD mini Card Slot
  • 4 GB SD mini Card
  • Mini A/V out
  • Firewire / USB drive
  • Optical 3X
  • Remote trigger
  • Bluetooth wireless method
How frikkin' awesome would that be?

CyberEye. I haz one.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

It Is Revealed...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Philippine Speculative Fiction

While rummaging through the Intarw3bz, I ran across this blog post.

A quick perusal of the page made my eyebrows go up.

Apparently, there's such a thing as "Philippine Speculative Fiction."

Intrigued me, it did. Intrigued me because, as it happens, I'm Filipino.

Intrigued me because, I wasn't aware there was a category called "Philippine/Filipino Spec Fic."

I read the post, then went searching through Google for more info. That led me to a series of posts (here, here, and here) trying to determine what constitutes "Filipino science fiction."

And even this one on Filipino Sword and Sorcery fiction.

I've read the posts.

Now my question: Why does it matter?

What is the point of categorizing from an ethnic standpoint?

Is it a matter of cultural identity?

Okay, let's say it is.

So what?

So the writer of Novel ABC is Filipino and portrays Filipino culture within the work.

Again: so what?

A story is a story is a story

Why the need to pigeonhole it simply because of the author's ethnicity?

The post series's author mentions Solaris by Stanislaw Lem:
Lem is Polish and wrote the story in Polish, but in no way do we consider Solaris to be a simply Polish science fiction novel. We are so drawn into the suspense of the story that nationality becomes an insignificant distinction. Solaris is a haunting psychological thriller that explores universal human condition, as well as a fantastic addition to scifi canon.

So what then? Should we stop writing Filipino science fiction in favor of scifi of the more universal sort? Certainly Filipinos should aspire to write good science fiction, but I don't know if it's possible for Filipinos to altogether stop writing Filipino science fiction. In a sense, any science fiction that a Filipino writes still is Filipino science fiction.
If we take that last line and apply it to Lem, "any science fiction that a Pole writes still is Polish science fiction."

Yet the author just said in the previous paragraph that "nationality becomes an insignificant distinction" with respect to Solaris.

Okay. I think my brain just exploded.

Back to the main point: Why does it matter?

Why not just call it all science (or speculative) fiction?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Currently Reading: 1/26/09

Out on Blue Six didn't last for me. I fell out of the story about a quarter of the way in.

Sad. It had some really cool bits but it just petered out on me.

So I turned to The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross.


Math meets sorcery meets Lovecraftian creepies. (Which made me think of another novel using math as magic--Mathemagics by Margaret Ball--only in that one it's fantasy-type magic and no Lovecraftian creepies).

The book collects two stories, "The Atrocity Archive" and "The Concrete Jungle." Both follow the exploits of Bob Howard, operative for The Laundry, an elite clandestine unit charged with protecting the world from computer science/math-based magic gone awry.

I just finished "Atrocity." I'll be turning to "Concrete" shortly.

But first, The Stepsister Scheme (which I mentioned in a previous post). I'm two chapters in and I'm enjoying it.

I can tell this is going to be a fun ride.

Also up next on the "To Be Read" pile are:
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Peacekeeper by Laura E. Reeve
The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff
The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

KnM Update

Part Four of "Easy Money" is up.

Today, the shit hits the fan.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

On Plotting, Revisited

From the essay, "Sword and Sorcery, Dragon and Princess" by Darrell Schweitzer*:
You need an action plot. Sword and sorcery is not a field of deep psychological introspection. This is not what the readership comes to sword and sorcery stories for. Try for overt conflicts, plenty of physical action, and rapid plot movement. That is, if they're plotting to overthrow the barbarian king in chapter one, by chapter two, the palace should be invaded by Serpent Men of Valusia, and in chapter three, the hero is magically whisked away to the Black Crypt of N'Kai. You get the idea.
Why do I bring this up?

Because that's the framework I use for Kat and Mouse (albeit SF rather than sword and sorcery) and I hope I'm true to it.

*in How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, edited by J.N. Williamson


A fellow AW'er just released her book.

Well done!

Let's break out the champagne.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Specifically, beta readers. Those folks who serve as our frontline critiquers (or "critters" as some call them.)

I've heard people say that you shouldn't use friends and family members as betas.

"They'll just sugar-coat their reactions. Tell you what you want to hear."

That my be true for some.

But not so in my case.

My Wife is my beta. Once I've written, revised, and polished a piece, I hand it to her and say "Have a read and let me know what you think."

You're probably thinking: "Yeah, she'll tell you how great you are, how it's the best thing she's read ever."

Not quite.

Sure, she'll tell me what bits she liked. But she'll also crucify me for things like passive voice, plot inconsistencies, and bad clich├ęs, among others.

And she can be harsh.

I find if I can entertain her with a story, I'm on the right track.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chicks With Guns: 1/20/09

Ripley - Aliens

More KnM Updates

The serial is now listed at Web Fiction Guide.

Very cool.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Poe's Day!

Happy 200th Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe.

My favorite of his poems has always been "The Raven." Corny, yeah, but I remember being in 5th Grade, finding out it was the next poem we would read in English class, and getting goosebumps.

Not sure when I first came across the poem. Might've been while rummaging through the bookcases in the spare room downstairs and in the garage.

Here's Christopher Walken's rendition.

Another by Basil Rathbone.

And a performance by the one of the greats of Horror Films Past, the inimitable Vincent Price.

KnM Updates

Episode 2, part 3 of "Easy Money" is now live.

This is the calm before the storm, folks.

The first of many storms for our duo.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Day After...

Yesterday was our housewarming party.

We spent much of the week cleaning, unpacking, putting shit away, and making everything look nice. Then did prep work on the eats Friday night.

That's done.

Back to our regularly scheduled program...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Busy Week

Going to be occupied for the next few days. Writing and recording involved.

Might be quiet hereabouts but don't fret.

Back soon.

Carrie Vaughn on Urban Fantasy

Carrie Vaughn just finished a 3-part post series deconstructing Urban Fantasy (here, here, and here).

Lots of food for thought.

Have a look.

Recommended Reading: 1/13/09

Middle-/low-tier Marvel heroes get the Warren Ellis treatment in Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.

The funniest superhero comic I have ever read. Laughed my head (and ass) off reading this.

Uncle Warren is the shiznit.

The 12-issue run is collected in two trades: Vol. 1: This Is What They Want and Vol. 2: I Kick Your Face.

Go get them now.

No, I'm serious.



Chicks With Guns: 1/13/09

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Xena: Warrior Princess"

I salute the woman who put "kick-ass heroines" on the pop-culture map.

Say what you want about the show.

But she became an icon, dammit.

She was on the cover of TV Guide, for frak's sake!

I salute you, Warrior Princess.


That said, I leave you with this parting word:

KmM Updated

"Easy Money" Part Two is now live.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kick-Ass Heroine Goodness

I just picked up the new Jim C. Hines book, The Stepsister Scheme.

Check out the cover--
Awww yeaaahhh.

I'm sold.

You are, too. Now go buy the book.

(Incidentally, Jim recently asked his fans to talk up the book. I'm there, sir.)


*clears throat*



Friday, January 9, 2009

On Plotting

I will freely admit to "plotting by formula."

What about you? How do you plot your stories?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Now Playing: 1/9/09

More audio drama fun:

Happy listening!

KnM News

WEB MENTIONS. Dave at QuasarDragon continues to keep tabs on our new installments. Thanks a million, sir. You're all kinds of win in our book.

STORY UPDATES. The next KnM escapade is back again on the worktable. Just need to iron out a few things and then it's off to edits and revisions. I should be finished with this one by month's end. I think.

This will be Episode 5. A short one. Involving breakfast foods and assault rifles.

Episode 6 is currently in the planning stages. Jess (my lovely wife) suggested a few story bits that I like a lot and will be incorporating. I probably won't get to the actual writing of 6 until 5 is done.

That's all for now.

(cross-posted to The Red Dog Bar*)

*What's The Red Dog Bar? For those following the serial, it's a behind-the-scenes blog where I hope to include fun bits about the making and writing of KnM as well as the spot for serial news (which will get cross-posted here). If you're curious, have a look.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chicks With Guns: 1/6/2009

Sarah Connor - Terminator 2

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year. New Adventure. New Trouble.

Start off the new year with a bang.

"Easy Money, Part One" is now live.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!

It's 2009.

A fresh start begins now.

Let's get crackin'.