Dragon Con Bound!

Dragon Con Bound!

I got home from an excruciatingly long day of work at the “day job” and look what had arrived in the mail– the Dragon Con Progress Report. Definitely made up for a rotten day. Because lookie who’s listed on the “Attending Professionals” list. Me! I’m hoping to hear back soon from the Dragon Con organizers if/when I’ll be on any of the panels. Either way… I’m very much looking forward to going.  You might recall last year around this time, the announcement that Allies and Enemies: Fallen had made the shortlist as a nominee for “Best Military Science Fiction or...
More Cool Things Have Happened!

More Cool Things Have Happened!

So, you might have recently read on my site that I did a reading for Geek Mountain (get it?). There, I met the super charming, Margot Harrison, an associate editor with Seven Days VT.   (For those of you not in Vermont, it’s a pretty big deal.) Margot read from her chilling and poignant short story about a ghost haunting a cinema, inspired by a local theater she’s frequented in part of her job as a movie reviewer. (I’ll never think about the Palace 9 the same way again.)   Anyway, I was blown away by Margot’s review of Allies and...
Yay! FREE stuff!

Yay! FREE stuff!

Do you wear t-shirts? Do you like FREE things like autographed copies of books? Do you click on any random blog post with the word “FREE” in it?   If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, have I got some good news for you! This is your chance to win one of three fantastic prizes. And here’s how. Are you ready? Because it’s like SUPER easy: Add your name to my mailing list and answer correctly these trivia questions from the Allies and Enemies trilogy. One recipient will get an autographed set the Allies and Enemies...
2017 Dragon Award Nominations

2017 Dragon Award Nominations

Last year, fans of Allies and Enemies like you paid me a great honor by making my first book a finalist for a 2016 Dragon Award hosted by Dragon Con. Not only was the experience humbling, it inspired me to go on to complete the series. What do you say? Can I count on your help one more time? As with last year’s competition, the two-step nomination/voting process is free and does not require the person doing the nominating to attend the actual convention or be a member of Dragon Con. Plus, it’s a chance to give a shout out...
Murderbots and Other Stuff You Should Read

Murderbots and Other Stuff You Should Read

Hey! This one goes out to indie authors. You’ve heard that advice to read a lot if you’re looking to up your game as an author. It’s a great way to learn your craft as you entertain your brain. (Not to mention support your brethren.) And, I don’t know about you, but I gain inspiration when I enjoy a well-written story. It’s some great advice. I read about 2-3 books a week. Not all of them are fiction. There’s some non-fiction writing craft stuff in there too. Here’s a shout out to some books that I’ve recently “discovered” and don’t...
So… now what?

So… now what?

I admit it. I’m a little lost right now. Allies and Enemies: Exiles just launched, completing a story arc that’s been swimming around in my head for over a decade. It was a fantastic experience. So, now I’m at a crossroads of sorts. I’m not the speed demon writer like some of my indie author compatriots. (Finishing a “short” story of 17,000 words just about drove me batty. BTW, it’s called “A Simple Thing” and it’ll be in a sci-fi anthology out later this summer.) I’d like to focus my energies on a new project– got quite a few ideas...
What is space opera?

What is space opera?

Recently, I was asked why I moved from military science fiction to space opera in my book series. The question surprised me actually. I did not realize that I’d done this. Had I?  To me, the two genres exist in a blurry realm for me: one cannot exist without the other and one just involves more explosions and soldiers. I envision this umbrella term of “space opera” and under it are all these categories like steampunk, cyberpunk, galactic empire, military sci-fi. My own impression is that it’s the opposite of hard science fiction (a genre that requires slide rulers to understand...