Category Archives: Blog

These entries are ramblings about my life that have no connection with particular Kingdoms of Evil updates.

Building a Better Monster 1/4

This is part 1 of a speculative biology workshop I gave to Amber Royer’s Saturday Nite Write group. We had a great time with the first exercise: what would a mouse look like if it was the size of an … Continue reading

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October Newsletter: A Piece of My Mind

I rolled over angrily in bed.Enough of this! Enough of you, author-with-whom-I-disagree!I was going to give him a piece of my mind.I snatched for the cord of my light and pulled on it until it yielded the switch. Squinting, I … Continue reading

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The Sheep and the Horses

(This post first appeared on my Patreon.) I’m thinking about an epic fantasy story. It’ll have ghosts, but ALSO, I want to make a dialect continuum.  This is how a dialect continuum works: start out at, say, Lisbon, and travel … Continue reading

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Digeridoo the whippo

Digeridoo, the monument-building “whippomorph” who gives our heroes some problems to solve in the very first scene I wrote for Fellow Tetrapod. Digeridoo’s version of India never collided with Asia, and the muddy mangrove swamps of the north Indian coast … Continue reading

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Join me on Patreon

Good news and bad news. Feedburner, the RSS service I’m using to get my newsletters into your mailboxes, is being discontinued. I’ll still put my newsletter up every month on my website, facebook and tumblr, but you’ll have to go … Continue reading

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August Newsletter: The Loud Beach

So there I was at the Loud Beach. The speakers glared down from the top of the cliff like something out of William Hope Hodgson. The Things that Oontz. “This Is Fun!” they seemed to bellow at the sun-burned shamblers … Continue reading

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Alternate History Anthology

“Levski’s boots hit the ground and he kept running…”   That’s the beginning of my alternate history short story, included with many others in the Tales From Alternate Earths III anthology, out this Friday the 3rd.   Find it here

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July Newsletter: The Karst River

I’m trying something new this year, which is a vacation. Last summer you might recall I struggled to find my peace with not writing. And the summers before that, too. The beginning of July would find me in the middle … Continue reading

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Interchange is out

…give or take a few hours depending on your time zone. If the “order now” button hasn’t appeared for you yet, whet your taste with the interviews I gave on Writer’s History podcast Time for Cakes and Ale podcast and … Continue reading

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June Newsletter: Behold, a Dog

So there was my younger daughter, caught in an epistemological crisis. She’s five. Let’s call her Mikhaela. It was one of those early summer days in western Bulgaria, when the clouds pile like surf over the mountains. Over the course … Continue reading

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