Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gold Throne in Shadow cover

Gene Mollica has produced the next World of Prime cover, and it's on fire... literally.


Apparently, Lalania was not satisfied with the innkeeper's accommodations

I am thrilled to get the "yellow" effect for this book, just like we had the "white" for the last one. Look for the book in October, when the leaves are turning red and gold. Well, in half of the world, at least.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Kudos to Ireland

A historic first: gay marriage approved by the direct will of the people. And from the most Catholic country in the world (even more Catholic than Italy, oddly enough).

A red-letter day for history. Expect to see rainbow-colored shamrocks on your Google banner this time next year.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My first Australian publishing credit (uncredited)

My work-mate Russell and I wrote a headline and sent it to The Shovel, which is Australia's version of The Daily Show if TDS were a web magazine.

Tony Abbott “Sick And Tired” Of Being Held To First World Standards

The Shovel 

To really get the joke you have to have seen the news article where Abott complained about being lectured to by the UN on human rights treatment of refugees.

This writing gig was unpaid and uncredited (which seems fair for 12 words) but who knows? It could lead to bigger things. Why if I play my cards right I could impress a big-shot literary agent and get the attention of a few publishers!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Is this chutzpa, karma, or irony?

Noted anti-Obamacare activist Sheriff Mack now has a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover... his medical bills.

http://www.gofundme.com/helpsheriffmack

The best part are the comments and the donations, which are utterly dominated by liberals and progressives telling Mr. Mack just how foolish he has been... and then donating money anyway.

I love those people. They are leading by example, showing Mack in the most unambiguous way how to be a better person. Unfortunately, I can't join them, as my own private code of ethics prevents me from giving money to scammers, and past history tells me that anything any RWNJ does is always, always, always a scam for money.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Something else Obama and I have in common

I loved Spock.

When I was a kid I barely tolerated that loud-mouthed, pushy. manic-depressive buffoon of a captain. Spock was quite literally the only adult on the show. At one point he explains to Dr. McCoy, "It's not that I don't have emotions, Dr. Its that I don't let them control my actions." (OK I can't find this quote, but I certainly remember it, so it is an accurate impression of what I thought Spock was all about).

Spock was a role model for all nerds. We knew that our intellect would always be subordinate to some hairy ape's power lust, but at least Spock showed us we could be cool while we did it.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wow. The mask has been slipping a lot more these days, but rarely does it fall onto the floor and shatter:
Only [raise the minimum wage] if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job.

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock  on Rawstory

I cannot figure what he is saying here. Is he simply equating minorities with teenagers and first-time job seekers - i.e. untrained, unskilled, and unworthy of real careers until they prove themselves? Is he just admitting the existence of white male privilege, since they get to skip the first rung on the ladder? Are these three separate categories, or merely different ways of describing the same category - since teenagers are obviously first-time job seekers, did he mean that category to reflect the first or is it meant to refer to housewives seeking employment after raising their children?

Can anyone think of a interpretation that doesn't make McClintock look like a monster?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

More sightings!

I really like these photos, because I have never actually seen my book on a store shelf, what with living Down Under and all:

Spotted at Changing hands in downtown Phoenix, with the covers already facing out. :)

Thanks, A.B.! (You should also check out her blog; she's a more prolific writer than I am, both in books produced and blog posts about books.)