#trypod

I resisted podcasts for a very long time. I don’t generally like talk radio, and I can’t do audiobooks* so I didn’t think I’d like podcasts either. Turns out, I was wrong. After getting kind of sick of the songs on my iPod, I decided to try “Serial.” Remember when that was a big deal?…

Politics in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I participated in a panel that discussed politics in science fiction and fantasy. Which books (and TV shows and movies) do it well? Which don’t? And is it always necessary to have politics in SFF world building? What do you think? Have you ever read a SFF book that didn’t have any kind of politics?…

Me In 3

So I guess the latest thing going around social media is to pick three fictional characters that you feel represent you. Well, here are mine:                   On the left there is MacGyver. The original, not this remake thing. “Mac” was one of my nicknames in high school…

Goodreads!

So after some neglect, I’ve managed to dust off my author profile at Goodreads. You can view it here. This blog populates there, and you can view my books and any events I’ll be attending. Come by for a visit, ask questions, etc. See you there!

#tenqueries

An interesting conversation—if Twitter can be said to have conversations—has popped up around the hashtag “tenqueries.” This hashtag is used by agents to go through ten queries in their slush piles and give reasons for requesting material or passing. I used to read #tenqueries regularly, but I stopped when I realized I was getting rather…

WDC16 #10

Are you still with me? After Jessica Strawser’s 10 lessons, I attended a panel titled The Seven (or So) Habits of Highly Effective Social Media Stars. The panel featured Oliver Jeffers, Jordan Rosenfeld, Jessica Sinsheimer, and Dana Schwartz. The panel was moderated by Zachary Petit. They didn’t really have a numbered list, but they were…

WDC16 #6

The Friday sessions were over, and I took my overstuffed head up to my room to freshen up before going in search of dinner. On the way back down, I ran into author/presenter Steven James in the elevator. I asked him how the conference was going, and he gave me a curious look. It was…