Author Archives: dan

Beta-read Wealthgiver?

Dear readers, The fourth draft of Wealthgiver is finally ready. <ahem><back of the book voice> Andrei Trifonovich Voropayevski, until recently Military Medic 3rd Rank in the Tsar’s army, wants to stay alive so he can save the lives of others. … Continue reading

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The creatures of my alien planet Junction and how to turn speculative biology into a story. Here is the presentation Many thanks to Charlotte Bowman,  Henry Thomas, and everyone at Specposium  

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May Newsletter: Korban

So there I was, walking home through the park with Maggie, singing. We sailed away in the roughest of waters. Row, me bully-boys, row! But now we return in the most royal quarters. And row, me bully-boys, row! “Is that … Continue reading

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What light what summer light

What light what summer light That illuminates the leaves While clouds hump gray The pigeons clapping in their flight From under eaves Before the rain

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We are the Good

(See things like this a week earlier by become my patron for $1) This was supposed to be a trial run for Vessian, a fictional language that evolved from ancient Thracian, and a part of my current novel-in-progress Wealthgiver. I … Continue reading

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Conodonts 2

(see posts like this a week earlier by signing up to my $1 patreon) You might remember my first radiation of conodonts last month. Now it’s time for phase two of my art/evolution experiment. With the aid of a dice, … Continue reading

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April newsletter: Doing Good

So there we were, giving this stranger 200 leva. “What? Are you serious?”  He wasn’t being sarcastic. He really wanted to check that what he thought was happening was actually happening. His face scrunched up, trying not to cry. That … Continue reading

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First Knife in Spanish

Ya que los amigos de @zona han levantado la liebre*, os dejamos por aquí un pedazo generoso de la cubierta de nuestro próximo lanzamiento en la colección Excelsior: . pic.twitter.com/qkF3BMacr7 — Ediciones Gigamesh (@EGigamesh) May 3, 2022

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Teaching English story 1

Part 1 of the inspirational story Paul Venet told to the volunteers in our program to teach English to Ukrainian Refugees in Bulgaria. Thank you to the volunteers and Fulbright Bulgaria. If you would like to volunteer to teach English … Continue reading

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Barryaran Sprachbund 2

(Barrayar is the setting of several of the books in Louis McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, for which she has won a deservedly enormous number of Hugos, Nebulas, and other awards. Go read those books.) Go read last week’s post (https://buff.ly/37YTeai), … Continue reading

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