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The Lotus Blooms: The Rise of Buddhism in Western Eurasia

The Roman conquest of Greece was perhaps the most important mistake in history. If the legions had acted sooner, perhaps the Mahayonic Empire would have been content with its territory from the Bosporus to the Indus. If later, perhaps internal … Continue reading

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We who Peddle: a Mountainbike conlang

The following are excerpts from We who Peddle: the Wewupshkwis language of the Habubshan of Weswufenland. From the Alps to the Balkans, the fierce Habubshan people (Wepshun habub-shan, literally “we who turn the pedals”) have long held Europe’s high terrains against … Continue reading

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Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen: the audiobook

I am very pleased to announce that Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen, my time-travel romance with dinosaurs, is now available on Audible as an audiobook. Eric Stachura does a great job of giving Trals and Andrea the voices they deserve. … Continue reading

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Generating Events in your Outline

I can never say my outlining process is done, even after I got the basic events of the plot, there are still likely to be plot holes I need to plug, changes based on suggestions from alpha-readers, and the ideas … Continue reading

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A ship game for Petrolea

(Petrolea is my novella about environmental conservation and robot dragons) Who comes up with cheesy pick up lines? Victor. He has a macro for them. Who rearranges the bookshelf in alphabetical order? Neither. Victor keeps his trashy magical realism love … Continue reading

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Release the Goats of Eco-War!

The enemy’s first act if war was to release the goats. Fisher found the animals well west of the Continental Divide, gorging themselves on his Cascadian undergrowth. He shot them with his .22, sending their Prairie goatherd running. Fisher tracked … Continue reading

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“Bataar” in Domesticated Velociraptors

Drafield Zho and his trusty snatcher have lead many hunting expeditions into the dinosaur-haunted wilderness outside the walls of Seneria, but none have included an incognito king on its guest list, and never before has he attempted to hunt the mighty … Continue reading

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Mirror World

From this discussion on Tumblr… Expansion into the interior of the Americas by European explorers took a great deal of time, first because of the barrier of the Rocky Mountains, and because it soon became obvious that the only maritime … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: The Art of Language Invention

I spent a lot of time waiting in doctors’ offices last week, and I needed something to save me from boredom- and anxiety-induced insanity. What better choice could I have made than The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson? … Continue reading

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90 Dragons! with Dan Koboldt and Tex Thompson

  Last year I talked with Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about dragons. Now, in celebration of the publication of PETROLEA, my novella about dragons, here’s that podcast again 😉 Dan Koboldt’s in-the-works short story which he describes as Jurassic Park meets the Build-a-Bear Workshop … Continue reading

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