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November 21, 2019

I should start with the announcement, but I’m not going to. I’m not in the newspaper business any more and I’m under no obligation to invert the pyramid. I’m going to save that for last.

First off, I’ve completed a novella, “Investigation into the Velazquez Shooting.” It’s about 23,000 words long. I wrote it for alternatehistory.com, and response was generally favorable—people were intrigued and drawn in at the beginning and fr...

November 14, 2019

My next blog post was supposed to be about “Investigation into the Velazquez Shooting,” the process of writing it and how it changes the process of developing a character to write in this format. Unfortunately, events in the news have gotten in the way.

I’m not talking about the impeachment hearings, which I hope you’re following. I’m talking about something that happened at my old alma mater, Washington College. The Chestertow...

October 29, 2019

And once again, what can I say after such a long absence?

I can start by keeping a promise I made three months ago, although I'm not sure how much good it'll do at this point:


After a five year assignment on an alternate Earth, General Mark Holden accepts a posting as Commander in Chief of Phoenix City; taking his wife Julia and their two sons back to the only place which truly feels like home.  But all is not as it appears....

April 23, 2019

I was a little busier than usual last week. On Wednesday I had an interview with Delmarva Today on Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise, which you can find here. (And yes, since then I have started reading The Grapes of Wrath, as I should have done years ago.) On Saturday I gave a talk on the same book at the White Swan Tavern in Chestertown, MD. I’m sorry there’s no tape of that—I sound a lot more natural when I’m delivering a lectur...

March 19, 2019

First of all, good news. 

Altered Seasons: Monsoonrise has been named as a 2018 Foreword Indie Finalist in the field of science fiction. It’s competing against a book of poems by science-fiction legend Robert Silverberg, which is impressive, if daunting.

Among the things I’ve been sharing on Twitter have been ultra-short stories. I think this one is the most popular:

The moon fell in love with a princess locked in a towe...

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