Year-End Wrap-Up

Well, it’s that time of year again, when every author should post the list of what they published that can be nominated for various awards. I encourage everyone to do this, even if, like me, they don’t think they’re writing on the same level as the folks who do get nominated. That first nomination always comes out of the blue.

It’s nice for those of us who nominate to be able to visit your blog and find out if that story we read this year and loved is eligible or not.

So here’s mine:  Continue reading

Education Fund for Hal Bowman’s Daughters

A friend of mine, Hal Bowman, passed away on Wednesday. I wasn’t going to say anything here, because I try to follow a “no politics” rule on my blog. How, you may ask, is the death of a friend a political post? Well, because, you see, he was killed in a mass shooting in San Bernadino, and no sooner had the news broken than both social and mainstream media exploded with people politicizing the event. I wasn’t terribly close to Hal — we were both part of a science fiction / gaming group and had therefore played and dined together on a number of occasions but didn’t socialize much outside that — so I felt like I could and should keep quiet. Until this happened: Continue reading

Join My Clan! (Announcing the Aisteach Tartan)

I have no way of researching this, but I think I might just be the first science fiction author with his own official, registered tartan.

For those of you who have no idea what that means, a tartan is a plaid pattern, each unique and distinct (and registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans), used in kilts and other Scottish, Irish, and English garments. Different clans, regions, organizations (and now science fiction writers) have their own tartans, and others exist just to show association with a cause or idea.

So if you’re one of those people who has always longed to wear Highland attire but never knew what tartan you should be wearing, you can now sport mine!  Continue reading