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All over the field this time. The first is nf, with an example
synopsis of mine for a published book. Lots of other synopses,
too, showing how other authors work. Next over is a title of mine
in the brand spanking new western series, Blaze, set for a March
4 publication (but you can pre-order!). The first three are out,
so give 'em a look and then pick up mine to keep everything going
(because the Big 5 have done away with series westerns entirely).
And the final title is a super dandy deal. Four entire novels
for less than $10. Fantasy goodness. Buy 'em all today!
The migration of XP to the Win 7 machine is pretty much done.
A lot to like about the new machine (faster) and a lot to dislike
about the OS. I can't use old favorite programs, which means my
work machine is never going to make the jump beyond XP. I have
a closet full of ancient keyboards with the fn keys down the left
side where the great computer god intended. The boards die slowly,
I plug in a new/old one and keep typing. I have a lot of almost
working ones. I suspect I will have a stack of almost working
computers around eventually, to maintain my XP programs for work
and newer OSes to stay on the internet. So much for progress when
usability vanishes with the binary march of time.
Still working on the space opera. Huge number of distractions
since last year, but I am within a few chapters of completion.
Took time out to spruce up a diesel punk story for a newly opened
anthology. No real confidence this meets the needs of the theme,
but it was a fun story to write.
It is science fair season and I went out to Rio Rancho HS for
the first one. One freshman exhibit blew me away. The girl had
devised an inexpensive test for macular degeneration based on
persistence of vision measurements. I hope she gets this patented,
if it is patentable. That's the first time ever I have come across
an experiment with such amazing potential. On Wednesday I hie
on downtown to Amy Biehl HS for another science fair judging.
First time there. I am going to be out of town for the Manzano
Day School science fair this year and another, sniff, never asked
me back. SYJackson, where my son went to elementary school, might
well have folded its science fair tents since the teacher who
had spearheaded it for years moved to another school. I doubt
their mlg list for judges survived his move (or that they found
anyone else willing to front for the fair). Pity since I have
enjoyed returning to see where my son went K-5.
My son called me up to be sure he had gotten his MMR vaccinations
since he is going to Disneyland today. He had, albeit 2 decades
ago. I am appalled that Disneyland is such a center of contagion
because of anti-vaxxers. I am also a bit perturbed he might have
thought I hadn't had him vaccinated. I'm weird. I'm not stupid.
Xmas presents this year were eclectic, ranging from a book on
figuring out if my cat is trying to kill me (sigh, both are) to
a diesel punk book to brass knuckles. I must remember not to carry
that onto the plane when I zip on over to Phoenix for an autographing
at the AZ Renaissance Faire, Feb 22.
Is there anyone out there familiar with Zen cart? Drop me a line.
Theatrical movies, Inherent Vice. I really liked this
one. Somewhere around halfway through it occurred to me that noir
detective fiction and conspiracy theories are kindred spirits.
A fun movie, even if the noir double crossing dame trope is strangely
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It's the small things in life... Or at least the 140 character
of Steam and Rust! Great news. ESR is featured as a scenario
in a RPG from Lester Smith. Steve Sullivan did great work getting
it ready to go. Check out his ESR novel Heart
of Steam and Rust.
My e-books on the catalog
page. Great stuff. Really.
iPad viewing: A whole lot. Most recently (like last night), The
Interview. What an unmitigated piece of what they talk about
a lot and think it's funny. The most astounding thing is that
this probably won't destroy James Franco's career. The Bagman
starring John Cusack and Robert DeNiro was pretty good. Nasty
little story that they screwed up at the end thinking they needed
a double twist ending. They didn't. Also of note was the Amazon
adaptation of Man in the High Castle. I think they will
film the entire series if it gets enough viewers. Give it a look.
It's pretty good. It's been 53 years since I read the book, don't
have a copy of it (I got the SF Bookclub edition which immediately
disintegrated after reading) and don't remember much of anything
about it other than the premise. Paranoid premise, but this is
Philip K Dick, right?
iPad reading: The first three titles in Blaze!
All worth reading if you like adult western action.
Regular cable stuff: The new Librarians came to a season's
end that felt more like a series finale. A pity, if so. I get
tired of gritty, cutting edge teenaged angst and enjoyed seeing
stuff that was just for fun. The new season of Face Off
lacked the spark of earlier seasons, but they have too many contestants
still. And I hesitantly venture that Castle has jumped
the shark. The show is about him and Beckett solving crimes together.
They have split them and only cross paths at the solution (which
seems to be doomed to be "it's the same crime!" every
week) They derailed for a while when Beckett took the DoJ job
in DC, so maybe they'll get back in the groove. I hope so. It
has been a favorite for many years and seeing it wither isn't
fun. But still intriguing is Arrow -- no surprise that
he was brought back from the dead. Who did it is. But they built
up for it, so it wasn't a rabbit out of a hat return. But like
when everyone knew his secret identity, everyone knows where his
secret lair is. They might be changing all that, though, since
all his cronies have gone their separate ways.
for the finest in fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction (and sf
and mysteries and...) And in the for-free mode on my store, look
in on a story from along the Cenotaph Road.
Cloud Train" here from the anthology 4
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Sexy spy action!
For my other online fiction, check out my CATALOG
page or go straight to Amazon for both Kindle and print.
About the site. What follows is a glimpse at the science fiction
and fantasy writing I've done, including the Cenotaph Road series,
God of War, Star Trek and BattleTech/ MechWarrior,
Vor:The Maelstrom, Crimson Skies, Pathfinder,
Traveller, what is current, and what might be forthcoming
VIPub (Vertically Integrated Publishing) . Be sure to go to the
Store link for free fiction and print and e-book publishing. Read
ole Karl Lassiter's 2009 NM Book Award nominated novel, Drifter
or the 2011 Scribe Award nominated God
of War. Don't overlook the 2011 NM Book Award and WF Peacemaker
nominee for best novel , Sonora
Noose. Or the 2012 nominee for best anthology,
Golden Reflections. Or the 2013 nominated China
Jack. And now in 2014 the Fate of the Kinunir.