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Thu, Dec. 31st, 2015, 11:51 am
Year-End Wrap-Up

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

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: Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Thu, Dec. 17th, 2015, 01:51 pm
“Birth of a Pantheon” Released

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

I got the e-mail today that the Kindle edition of Touching the Face of the Cosmos, featuring my story “Birth of a Pantheon,” is now available. The print edition is coming in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sat, Dec. 5th, 2015, 02:10 pm
Education Fund for Hal Bowman’s Daughters

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

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:Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2015, 09:18 am
Let's run some numbers.

As of the last year we have good data for, 2010, there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. In 2014, the worst year on record, there were, rounding up, around 14,000 terrorist attacks globally, or an average of 38 per day. So, assuming that every terrorist attack was perpetuated by a Muslim (which is very much not the case -- here in the U.S., Christian terrorists have killed more people than Muslim terrorists since 9/11/01), the odds that a Muslim you meet on any given day will be there to blow someone or something up is roughly 1 in 42 million.

This, of course, assumes an even distribution of terrorists, which is not the case. Terrorists emerge in far greater numbers in communities that encourage and endorse terrorism. Communities -- such as those actively seeking to get away from terrorists -- that do not encourage and endorse terrorism have significantly lower occurrence of actual terrorist attacks, since those communities generally detect and intervene before someone who is being radicalized can actually strike. So perhaps a better analog would be to look at the number of Muslims currently living in the United States, estimates put that at 5-12 million, divided by the number of terrorist attacks carried out in the U.S. by Muslims in 2014...

...uh, I found one...

That would be a total of 1/365 attack per day across a low-end population of 5 million and you end up with the odds of any given Muslim carrying out a terrorist attack on any given day in the U.S. as about one in 1.8 billion.

That can't possibly be right. Muslims are supposed to be scary, aren't they? With numbers like that, I need to be far more worried about lightning storms.

Thu, Nov. 19th, 2015, 11:57 am
Join My Clan! (Announcing the Aisteach Tartan)

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

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! Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Nov. 17th, 2015, 01:04 pm
SFWA Nebula Suggested Reading List

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

SFWA announced today that the previously internal Nebula Suggested Reading List is now available to the public. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Thu, Oct. 22nd, 2015, 09:47 pm
Book Trailer

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

This is why I can’t be trusted with self-promotion. I go and do silly things like make a book trailer:

#SFWApro

Tue, Oct. 13th, 2015, 09:27 am
Release Day Rollercoaster

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

Today is release day for Little Dystopias, which means this should be a gleeful post about how you can now get the book in whatever your preferred reading format is. And if you’re not a Nook user, that’s what this post is. However, please do not download or purchase the Nook version until Barnes & Noble un-screws-up the file. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Thu, Oct. 1st, 2015, 09:50 am
Book Giveaway on Goodreads

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

I’m giving away two signed first editions of Little Dystopias on Goodreads. It’s free to sign up, and I’m not even allowed to spam you afterwards.

Wed, Sep. 30th, 2015, 10:08 pm
Freshman Comp for Fiction Writers

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

I spent today teaching four of my five Freshman Comp classes — Mondays and Wednesdays are brutal for me this semester — all about the different kinds of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and complex-compound. We do this by writing a whole bunch of them, and then asking ourselves what effect we get by having a whole lot of them all in a row. (Hint: the answer we’re looking for is that we want to mix them up.) But it occurred to me that the advice that the classes all seemed to come to is also good advice for fiction writers.

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