Category Archives: Novels

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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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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As Seen on TV Tropes

Y’all know TV Tropes, right?  You know to pack a sandwich and carry a canteen when you go there. Well, I’m pleased to announce that two of our books have their own pages at TV Tropes.  Not only that, but … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grape

I see from the posters outside my local cinema (local = forty-five minute drive in good weather, assuming no logging trucks) that the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey is about to hit the screen. As it happens, a while … Continue reading

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Where O Where Has My Middle-Earth Gone?

Where is The Lord of the Rings set?  I say it’s the Americas.  Here’s why:  Pipeweed.  That’s tobacco, sure enough, and that’s a native American species.  Potatoes.  Same deal: the Americas. The Great River.  Nothing in Europe, and especially nothing … Continue reading

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Royal Road

So there you are, with that new copy of The Royal Road to Card Magic that you found under the Christmas tree (or that old copy that you found in your stuff and dusted off because you’re finally ready to … Continue reading

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A Spare Scene from Yet Another Unwritten Novel

“That was the first thing we noticed,” Dalmatia said. “The copy-machine was broken.” “Broken? How?” “The cover-glass was cracked. And when we opened the front cover, we found a photocopy of someone’s bum jammed in the fuser.” “That would have … Continue reading

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Yet Another Scene

The man ran for cover. As he approached the fence the author put out a hand to stop his flight. “Where do you think you’re going?” the author asked. “Up and over that fence, if it’s all the same to … Continue reading

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A Random Scene

From a Random Novel In Progress: “There’s a scene here,” Maincharacter said. “Why the foo aren’t you writing it?” “Because I don’t friggin’ see it,” the author replied. “As if I’m going to take that for an excuse? Look, Lady … Continue reading

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Friday

A couple of weeks ago I visited at Star Cat Books (as remarked upon below). This is a used/new book store concentrating on science fiction and children’s literature (though they have a lot of other things). I was there for … Continue reading

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