• Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    One of My Favorite Pictures…

    And Favorite Trips… Even though cows did explode and I almost got injured or killed… Grandmaster Jack Williamson fell in love with a story I turned into the very first quarter of Writers of the Future 37 or 38 years ago and fought to have it in the first book, even though I’m pretty sure Algis Budrys wasn’t so certain about the story. I didn’t learn what Jack had done until a party where I met Jack for the first time at Writers of the Future. To me, Jack Williamson was a god. He had published his first short story in 1928 and published continuously since. I was afraid to…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    More Way Back Stuff

    Picture Then and Now… We are in the middle of the Fantasy Study Along workshop, so sort of busy, like a great deal. Some great reading and such. So instead of doing a blog that would take my brain, I decided to put up a picture from the way-back machine. The first picture is in my publisher’s office on the second floor of the Pulphouse Publishing Inc. building in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 1991. It was taken by James Fiscus. I was 40 years old in that picture and the publisher of the 5th largest publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in the nation for the third straight…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  workshops

    Tags and Sales Copy

    Captain Proton… Defender of the Earth! “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when Real Men with ray guns and beautiful women in beguiling outfits battled hideous monsters from outer space! Return with us to the days when Captain Proton ruled the skyways!” That is part of the back cover copy of a full novel I wrote called Star Trek: Voyager Presents Captain Proton. I wrote the novel under the name D.W. “Prof” Smith and in the style of E. E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series. Captain Proton, for you non-Voyager fans, was a character on the holo deck in the show. (I also wrote a book staring…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    A Sort-Of Day Off… And Black Books…

    Without Really Taking the Day Off… You know how that goes… You sort of think you are going to take the day to rest, but then end up puttering a bunch of stuff done. Yup, that was me today. Finished up email, worked on a workshop, did laundry, got some research done of the UHaul for the final July move to bring the marbles, digests, files, and extra author copies down to the Vegas office. And three naps. Guess I was tired. (grin) Black Books… I have mentioned to a few people that I bought a long time ago a mountain of gold, just could never get to mining it.…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  On Writing,  publishing

    Kind of Fun Cat Video

    About Our Making Our Kickstarter Goal… Gwyneth at WMG Publishing did this for fun and I thought I would show it here. Nifty that we are past our goal, but we could use a bunch more help on getting the cat books, all 12 monthly anthologies, break even. And if anyone has any ideas for some rewards we hadn’t thought of, write me. Glad to consider just about anything. And by the way, if you are thinking about the mentor program with me, when this Kickstarter is over, that’s the end of them. I won’t offer them again. I’ll just keep working with the great writers I am working with…

  • Challenge,  running

    Went Running Again

    Pride Run at the Springs Preserve here in downtown Las Vegas. Running around a desert in the middle of the city starting at 7 am. The Preserve is a fantastic place and Kris and I support it by being yearly members. But 7 am??? I went to bed at 2:30 am, got up at 6 am. Picture below of me trying to pin my bib on as the sun comes up. Yeah, that was fun. Sharp-pointy-things and no sleep go well together. My hip is feeling better, so thought I would give the 5K a try. I did fine. I actually stayed with the leaders of the 5k for about…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Out On The Town Again

    Another Great Show Tonight… Las Vegas is an amazing place to live, simply because in fifteen minutes we can be from our condo to the arena where Hugh Jackman was performing. And then come home afterwards in a very short time as well. But tonight we decided that since we hadn’t gone to the gym today, we needed steps for our Fitbits. So we left an hour sooner than we needed to, parked in Mandalay Bay, walked through that monster casino, caught the tram to Excalibur Casino, walked over the sky bridge to New York, New York Casino, through the corner of that, and then across the sky bridge to…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Some Really Fun Photos

    Yup, Friday Night… And since I have a blog streak to continue, I figured some fun photos of things from this last week. First off, a great photo of Kris and Kevin J. Anderson. They met in a college writing program and have been best friends ever since. Kevin and Rebecca were in town visiting family and we got to spend a few hours with them. (Yes, that was a hell of a creative writing class. From what I understand, they both had more things published when they took the class than the instructor.) Second, a photo of me, Kris, and Sean Optimist-Prime Young. We had lunch on Sunday. Great…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  On Writing

    Fun and Busy Day

    Worked On Licensing Expo Stuff… Also, in the middle of getting stuff ready for the licensing conference, we had a great but short visit with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, two of our closest friends. They were just coming through town and we met them for coffee. I just saw Kevin and Rebecca a month ago at Writers of the Future, but it had been a while for Kris. Kris and Kevin met as undergrads in college in Wisconsin and Kris was Kevin’s best man at his wedding to Rebecca. Kris introduced me to Kevin about four months after Kris and I met. We were in a coffee shop…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Series Workshops Are Done…

    It’s Late, and Bowling in a Nerd Bar… Much harder than it should be. But great fun with a bunch of writers. Webinar for the last of the Study Along stuff tomorrow morning early. So for the second day in three, I’m going to turn this over to a cat picture. Back with writing stuff tomorrow. Cheeps… Our indoor feral…