Making lemonade

Well, life handed me a few lemons this week. I was laid off from my day job as a web manager. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m getting a little bit of severance pay and they’re going to retain me as a contractor, so there will still be some income coming in. On the other hand, after the initial shock wore off, I found being unemployed extremely liberating. I started plotting book four Tuesday morning and […]

Book 3 is almost here

It’s looking like a late October publishing date for book 3. I’m nearly finished editing and will be sending the manuscript to my copy editor this week. The phenomenal Julie Dillon sent me the latest cover sketch, and it’s amazing. The colors she’s chosen make the scene pop out. Can’t wait to see the finished version!

Going to Ravencon

I’ll be at Ravencon the weekend of April 24-26 for anyone in the Richmond area. I’ll be on a couple of panels and will also have a book signing. Looking forward to discussing how to find a good workshop for up-and-coming writers, as well as all of the fun involved with being at a con. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to one. It’ll be fun.

Short stories for you

I’m currently editing and rewriting some of my short stories to put up on the blog for free. They’re in PDF format, so pretty much everyone except for that lone holdover with the ancient browser that can’t read PDFs will be able to read them online. I trust that none of my readers are that person. The first story, Rainbow’s End, is here. I’ll add more as I get to them. One of the stories, “Through A Dragon’s Eye,” is […]

Second Light

Day two of the virtual menorah.

Spectrum Magazine

Writing in the age of zero tolerance

I’m pretty sure the first story I ever wrote would have gotten me arrested today. When I was thirteen years old, we moved to Maplewood, NJ. There was nothing about the move that I liked. I knew I would once again be the new kid in school (for the third time in seven years), I didn’t want to leave my friends, and I liked where I lived. We were moving into a two-family house with relatives I was certain we […]

Happy Tiggerversary!

Six years ago today, I drove north to Wendy’s Feline Friends and picked up my orange boy. Yesterday, my friend Sarah took this amazing picture. I think I have a can of tuna in the closet. So it will be a very happy Tiggerversary for Tig and Meimei.

Unsettling science

Not satisfied with overmedicating children for ADHD, some scientists are now saying we should medicate children who daydream. Which means that had I been born in this modern generation, I would have been ripe for being diagnosed with this brand-new “disorder”. I remember doing a lot of daydreaming in school. And yet, I managed to graduate high school and college without being dosed for it. Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new […]

Making your mother cry

The questions that young writers ask the most are the ones that are probably the most difficult to answer. What does it take to be writer? How do you know if you’re any good? What, people wonder, is that special, magic ingredient that makes the difference between a wannabe and a writer? It’s something that I’ve thought about a lot. It’s impossible to find any single answer to that question. But I found some that work for me. There is […]

Status Report

The writing is going well again. The holes in the middle of the book are starting to be filled in, and the buildup of the end chapters is, well, building up. Now I’m at the part where I discover what’s going to happen myself. It’s an interesting thing about writing. You plot the story, make an outline, even write a few paragraphs of a scene, and then when you write the full scene you sit back and go, “Where did […]

The status of book two

I’ve been updating The Catmage Chronicles Facebook page, but it occurs to me that I need to keep all six of my blog readers up to date. I got off track in recent months, but things are better now. Book two will be out no later than mid-November, and if I can get it to you earlier, I will. Julie Dillon has sent me some sketches for the cover art, and it’s her usual outstanding quality. When I have an […]

Canoples Investigation book review

I reviewed KC Sprayberry’s fantastic new series for teenage boys, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates (Volume 1). You can find the review on Goodreads or Amazon, but let me just say that I don’t normally read detective/mystery novels, and I could not put this one down. It’s a SF novel set on a space station in the 24th century with a teenage protagonist who runs a detective agency. Target audience is teenage boys, but this older woman had a great […]

Funniest literary comment ever

Saw this on reddit. It’s hilarious. Click to embiggen.

Faith, hope, and clarity

Orson Scott Card in an interview about writing, on wise readers: These boil down to belief, concern, and clarity — or, to help readers of the Pauline epistles remember it, faith, hope, and clarity. And the greatest of these, as Paul said, is clarity. The wise reader then points out these marginal marks to the writer and says, Here I didn’t believe; there I was confused; in this spot I found I was thinking of grocery shopping. It is the […]

Follow me on Facebook, as they say

Since I’m pretty sure that nobody reads this blog yet, I tend to put most of my information on The Catmage Chronicles Facebook page. That’s where I wrote about getting five 2’x3′ posters of Julie Dillon’s excellent cover art made up. I plan on using them to advertise book signings, and I may just drive around events with the posters and some copies of my book in my car and see if I can’t find new customers that way. That’s […]