Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

Abbott’s Magic Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Add these to the list of Free Magic, if you’re willing to spend the time looking for the Easter Eggs. Holidaze Bally Prediction Simplex 4 Ace Trick TEN Who Done It A Box of Matches Trick 50 Kute Coin Tricks … Continue reading

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Tales from the Before Time: Finding Fandom

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
The internet, as usual, has changed everything. These days, any young sf/fantasy reader or watcher with access to a computer can connect with other likeminded souls in a matter of minutes, if not…

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Springtime Seasonal Special

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
It’s time again for my traditional springtime special offer: Yes.  From today through the 16th of April, my usual rate of $1500 for a line-edit and critique on a typical 80,000-100,00 word novel…

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What to Bring to a Book-Signing

So you’re doing your first book-signing. A handy list of things to put in the back of your car from our friends the Romance Writers (add or subtract according to your situation and preferences): Tablecloth Candies* and dish Flowers Props … Continue reading

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Why Authors Go Mad, Reason Number I’ve-Lost-Track-By-Now

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Author Seanan McGuire (who is also Mira Grant and I think somebody else I’ve forgotten) has just received — on a tight deadline, of course — a beyond-the-copyedit-from-hell copyedit: The copyeditor did a…

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Climate Change At Walden Pond

Climate change is real, it’s happening, it’s measurable, and humans are causing it. Here’s some more primary date for anyone interested: a free e-book from the University of Chicago Press: Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard … Continue reading

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SFF Newgroup Posts

Accessing Newsgroup Archives by FTP For a very limited time (now through through mid-morning April 2nd, 2017), you may access the newsgroup archives using FTP. Here are the settings you’ll need: Host: archives.sff.net Protocol: FTP Port: 21 Encryption: Explicit FTP … Continue reading

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Magic Show April 8th

MAGIC SHOW APRIL 8, 2017 HELP MERRIMACK CRIMELINE TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME I’ll be one of the performers.  Y’all come.

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Crips Angle: Mind Frick

Okay, so who knew: there’s an entire sub-genre of Criss Angel parodies. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a guy who  makes a career in the performing arts, entertains people, and generally does no harm (except perhaps to the loonies … Continue reading

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Albacon, Upcoming

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Himself and I will be at Albacon in Albany NY this weekend — it’s at the western edge of our traveling periphery, and it’s a small, low-key convention that we’ve always enjoyed whenever…

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