Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’ve bounced around quite a bit on these series—romance, fantasy, paranormal—and this one is no different. We’re diving into romantic speculative fiction of an historical nature. Steampunk! Airships, automatons, Victorian fashions, vampires, werewolves…wait…what? This time, I’m rec’ing the London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster. Continue reading “Rec a Series: London Steampunk”
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Ah, spring. Baseball, fickle weather, beautiful flowers, allergies…and conventions! Washington has outdone itself over the past month with some gorgeous weather. It almost seemed a shame to spend the weekend ensconced indoors, but there were people to see, money to spend, and Cards Against Humanity cards to collect from some of my favorite authors and artists as well as a few new-to-me ones. Here’s a rambling recap of our debut attendance of Emerald City ComiCon. Continue reading “ECCC 2016 – A Recap”
Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. Last month, I recommended a newer urban fantasy/paranormal romance series set in an alternate dimension. This month, while wandering around AnomalyCon and with Emerald City ComicCon looming on the horizon, I’ll stick with pure fantasy. Let’s talk about the bet that became a best-selling series. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Codex Alera”
Everyone has a thing they love. For some, it’s a sports team. They have all the jerseys, throw huge game-day parties, and ride the wave of the wins or losses of their team with an unfailing heart. For others, it’s a tv or movie franchise: Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead. Still others are wild about book series or anime or comic books. We all have that one thing, and some of us choose to celebrate that thing we love with others who love our thing, or very similar things. It’s springtime, so you know what that means, right? It’s CON SEASON!! This Monday, let’s talk about conventions! Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Conventions”
Xavier wrestles with boredom at the zoo
Last week, my family flew up for a visit. We dragged them all around Seattle, took them to our favorite restaurants, and taught them the real meaning of the phrase “fuck this hill…in the EAR.” They flew out early in the afternoon, and while I’m sorry to see them leave I was happy for a bit of time to sit and write. Did I work on the edits of Petri? Oh no of course not! Instead, I dug up another old flash piece that’s been languishing on my computer. The original is from 2013, and after a read-through I felt it needed a makeover. So, I added about 500 words, altered the tone a bit, changed the protagonist’s name (as I’d since used it elsewhere), and made him into a bit of an unapologetic asshole.I hope you enjoy him. I did! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: A Day at the Zoo”
Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. They aren’t reviews but a celebration of the things I like and hope others will like in return.
Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I like alternating between newer and older series, so for March I’ll go with the sexy, dangerous, and cunning bludmen of Delilah Dawson’s world of Sang. There’s no doubt that Criminy Stain is the star of the Blud series, even when he’s not in the books (okay, that may just be me, but…mmmm, Criminy), but the others are almost as interesting. Not quite, but almost. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Blud Series”
Progress on Petri and a quick teaser.
Well, another month has come and gone since the last update, so I’m popping in to hold myself accountable for my progress. A few legitimate things impeded workflow over the past month. Taxes – ’nuff said. We took a trip down to Portland, OR, for a three day weekend for our 25th anniversary. We came home from Portland with a nasty cold that bordered on flu-like symptoms which meant we were doped up ’til the world went spinny. We’re still struggling to get over it. Still…here’s how things are going on the Petri front, along with a snippet of the new material. Continue reading “Petri Update: Watch as I Plod Along…”
A piece of flash fiction…just because.
I was going through my files today and stumbled across this old short. I’d posted it to another site, now defunct, back in 2012 and promptly forgot about it. It’s a flash piece. A little longer than most at 2700 words, but still too short to be anything else. It’s very loosely based on every small-town Southern city festival I’ve ever been to – from the booths to the petty politics. I dusted it off, read over it, added some things, removed some things, and cleaned it up a bit. Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Flash Short: CityFest”
Monthly series recommendations from my favorite reads.
Back before there was a sub-genre called “urban fantasy,” I fell in love with a 30s-era vampire named Jack Fleming. He was a suave investigative journalist who had the misfortune of running afoul of the mob. He came back from a hit and pairs up with a private investigator to discover the whos and the whys of his own murder. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Vampire Files”
Guilty pleasures. We all have ’em. This is one of mine. What’s yours?
Defined as “something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard,” I can think of nothing as revered and reviled in equal measure as comic books. Like the rest of my reading history, I enoyed an odd assortment of titles. Most were independent titles not forced to conform to the restrictive comics code. Graphic novels like Maus, a story about Jews in WWII, and the original Watchmen. Monster comics like Michael Morbius, the Living Vampire, and the excellent I…Vampire series found in the House of Mystery. But my absolute favorite was an independent series by husband and wife team, Wendy and Richard Pini: ElfQuest. Continue reading “Guilty Pleasures: ElfQuest”