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Heading to Shore Leave 2013 Tomorrow

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ReDeus: Native Lands

The car’s all gassed up and I just had the oil changed and the tire pressure checked, so I guess I’m ready for a trip. Tomorrow (Friday) morning I’ll be heading down toward Baltimore to spend the day at Shore Leave. As noted on my schedule page, although the convention runs through Sunday, I’ll only be present on Friday.

I have meetings planned for both lunch and dinner, and I’ve even managed to find myself on a panel this year at 8pm, but the main reason for my being there is the big Meet the Pros / Autograph Session that runs from 10:00 pm through midnight. That’s when I’ll be joining nine other authors for the debut of volume three of the ReDeus shared universe series, ReDeus: Native Lands (which by no mere coincidence includes my story “The Fourth Person”). This is my third appearance in ReDeus, and continues the adventures of retired professor Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes as he promotes the indigenous languages of Mexico and the history of the Aztec gods by writing pop songs for a teen superstar. The current story is set in Minnesota and focuses on the mythology of the Ojibwe’s spirits (with a bit of Norse mythology thrown in because, hey, it’s Minnesota!). There’s even a minor Ojibwe grammar lesson thrown in, just because.

So if you’re planning being at Shore Leave, I hope you’ll stop by my table during the signing. I’ll be happy to autograph anything you put in front of me. And naturally, I’ll have copies of my own books and some books from Paper Golem available as well. See you there!

March 2013 Ebook Short – “Gift Time”

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I’ve been somewhat lax in my original plan to release as an ebook at least one previously published short story every month. Then again, February really beat the crap out of me. And besides, none of you called me on it, so too late. I claim diplomatic immunity, or take the fifth, or invoke the statute of limitations, or simply stand here with my hands on my ears and chanting “Nyah, nyah, nyah, I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.”


Gift Time

Meanwhile, the eldritch forces responsible for such things have cleared my latest upload, “Gift Time,” and you can now find it available for your e-reading delight in mobi format (favored by Kindle readers the world over) at, and in ePub format (favored by even more, non-proprietary readers throughout the galaxy) at

Hadley Rille Books originally published this story in their anthology Barren Worlds, edited by Eric T. Reynolds with Adam Nakama and Rob Darnell. I don’t want to give too much away (it is only a short story after all), but I can tell offer you this as a teaser:

Somewhere in the city of Chiago, a man visits the storage unit he rents to house his collection of time machines. Where do they all come from? And of all possible dates, why does he choose his birthday to drop by?

“Gift Time” runs a bit under 2400 words. It’s a quick read, and like all of my ebook shorts it’s only a buck. I hope you like it.

More Ebook Shorts

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I put up a couple more ebook short stories a day ago:

“Thinking” was originally published in 2006 in ÆON Magazine #8. It’s a fun short about a kid in school taking one of those “life placement” kinds of tests, when the testing page begins to act a bit… strange.

“The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher” is both older and newer. Older in that I wrote it ages ago, but it never found a home until 2010, when it came out in The Stories in Between as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Between Books, a wonderful independent bookstore in Claymont, Delaware. This one’s another rare occasion where I wrote a bit of dark fantasy.

I should also note that since I’m slowly working through my inventory of short stories and making them available as ePub and mobi files, I’ve added an Ebooks page to my website with handy links to each and every story that’s available. My first novel is listed there too, and as soon as the proof reader works her way through the other books, they’ll show up on that page too.

If you’re feeling inclined to acquire one (or more) of these ebooks, I encourage you to use the links on this page. They go through an affiliate program and while it doesn’t change your cost one whit, I get a couple extra pennies on each one. And hey, those pennies add up!

Thinking The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher
Kindle (mobi) | Nook (ePub) Kindle (mobi) | Nook (ePub)

Some Early 2013 Ebook Shorts

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2013 is going to be the year of ebook publishing for me (it may be other things too, but that’s how I’m starting out).

On January 1st, I put up six short stories as $1.00 ebooks on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They cleared through processing some time over night and they’re all now available.

Here are the six covers:

The Sky's The Limit
Mars Needs Baby Seals

The Game of Leaf and Smile
The Moment
Bidding the Walrus

Clicking on any of the cover images above will take you to the appropriate page at Amazon.

For the rest of the world (including me) that uses the ePub format to read on their phones or tablets, here are the respective links over at Barnes & Noble:

      “The Sky’s The Limit” || “Pidgin” || “Mars Needs Baby Seals
      “The Game of Leaf and Smile” || “The Moment” || “Bidding the Walrus

I don’t know what, if anything, will come of this. I’ve been wanting to get more of my work out there in ebook form, and I’m of the school of thought that says if you just give it away for free people will assume it’s crap. That said, I will probably set up some kind of rotation in which some one of these will be free for a week or two, at any given point in time.

And, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that making the covers was kind of fun, and a great way to decompress from the stresses of the past week.

2011 Hugo Nomination Deadline

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I’ve just sent in my nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards. Best of luck to everyone.

If you haven’t sent yours in yet, the deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 23:59 PDT.

My sincere appreciation to any of you who enjoyed either “The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher” or “Mars Needs Baby Seals” enough to throw a nomination my way.

And thanks to if you supported any of the amazing novellas published this year in Alembical 2:

“The Paragon Lure” by Tony Pi.
“Second Chance” by David D. LeVine
“Iron Shoes” by J. Kathleen Cheney (already nominated for the Nebula Award!)

“The Moment” – dead link situation

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Unbeknownst to me, the old links to downloadable copies of my Hugo-nominated short story, “The Moment,” did not survive the changeover of this site to its current WordPress incarnation.

My sincere apologies to anybody who has gone to any of the dead URLs seeking a copy of the story. I wish someone had alerted me to this problem sooner. I’ll talk to my WebMaster about either restoring or redirecting those links, but in the meantime, you can download the story here: “The Moment”

Happy International Polar Bear Day, 2011

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Seriously, that’s what today is.

The only reason I know this is because several years ago I was participating in a competition being held by the online writing community Codex, and one of the story requirements was to mention a holiday that occurred in February.

Naturally I went online to search for obscure holidays, hoping I’d find one that might prompt a story idea in my head. I discovered February 27th, aka International Polar Bear Day, and the result was a short story entitled “Mars Needs Baby Seals.”

A while after that, I sold the story to Eric Reynolds at Hadley Rille Books for the anthology Destination: Future, which came out on February 24th of last year (I know, I know, if only it had been delayed three more days, alas!).

“Mars Needs Baby Seals” is very silly. It was a lot of fun to write, and has the best title of anything I’ve done.

It’s also eligible for the Hugo Award this year. Mind you, it will probably never make onto the nominations ballot, but it is eligible. I just thought you should know.

I also wanted to encourage you to celebrate International Polar Bear Day. To help you to do that, I’m giving you a copy of the story.

Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

This story is released under a Creative Commons, Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license.
Follow the link if you’re not sure what that means.

Drabblecast Doubleheader

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I slip further into the maelstrom of audio fiction today with the release of two stories on the Drabblecast, episode 187.

The talented Phil Rossi (with a touch of assistance by the show’s host, Norm Sherman) does a fine job reading of both “A Fool’s Death” and “Pidgin” for the podcast. Norm talked me into doing a couple quick mp3s myself of author notes, and these follow each of the stories on the audio.

And a special shout out to Brent Holmes for the very cool artwork.