Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Shot of the Good Stuff: S. Boyd Taylor, “Teddy Bears and Tea Parties”

Full disclosure: Mr. Taylor and I are colleagues, and he was kind enough to lend me some great advice about fight scenes for my last novel. That said, I generally follow the old Charles DeLint rule of only reviewing stuff … Continue reading

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Dylan, Bill Hicks and The Man in Black

It’s been about eight years since Johnny Cash died. I talk a lot about punk rock here, but I’ve been a die hard Johnny Cash fan since the early 1990s, when Rick Rubin revived his career for a new, younger … Continue reading

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The Summer of Pulp: From Cap to Conan and Back Again

It struck me that two of the major summer flicks had their roots in the pulp era. Captain America was born in 1941 to fight the Nazi menace (two years after the Second World War started!) , and the mighty … Continue reading

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A Shot of the Good Stuff: Trent Zelazny, “Mourning Road”

I came by Trent Zelazny’s work by accident on Facebook because we both like Social Distortion, Joe Lansdale, and pro wrestling. I should say, in full disclosure, Trent was kind enough to give me a blurb for DEATH MATCH, which … Continue reading

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Of Word Counts, Pissing Matches, and the Lesson of Thunderbird

So, some writers are blogging about writing speed and envy. It’s a common lament for many writers (I don’t think readers give a flying spaghetti monster, but anywho). Folks want to write more to get more done. They compare themselves … Continue reading

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Ten Things About DragonCon!

Con reports are often really, really boring to folks who weren’t there. So I will keep this short and focused on the five things of sad, and the five things of awesome. FIVE THINGS OF SAD 😦 Missing out on … Continue reading

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A Shot of the Good Stuff: Camille Alexa, “The Butterfly Assassins”

A few years ago, I was writing lots of flash fiction. I sold some, kept searching for markets that were friendly toward the form, including Abyss and Apex. The problem was, while the flash editor always got a kick out … Continue reading

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