Apr 29 2013

Scenes from my afternoon stroll.


Not where I’m staying, but nearby.


I looked for fallen coconuts, but there weren’t any.


Conveniently located right across the street.



Apr 28 2013

Undisclosed location…


Scored some time off from the DayJob, and I’m outta here!



all packed.  Plus: sweater, because planes get cold..

All packed. Plus: sweater, because planes get cold..

Not Tucson… But far away, unfamiliar, and alone, which is always refreshing and uplifting. And an aid to concentration.


Very boring highway.  Very long, very boring highway.

Very boring highway. Very long, very boring highway.

I have a free place to stay (and thank you thank you, undisclosed persons — who may out themselves in the comments if they so choose, but whose anonymity I shall respect otherwise), so plane fare, rental car, and food are all I have to worry about.


I am viewed with great suspicion by the natives.

I’ll be busily working on stuff, and so won’t blog very many words.    I’ll put some photos up, though, as is my habit in these cases.

Nicely symbolic of the workings of the artistic subconscious


Saving my actual words for actual writing!


More later.



Apr 21 2013

Frequently asked questions


Q: Since you’re offering sample chapters in ebook format — does that mean that electronic versions of the full books will be available?

A: Yes. Yes, that’s exactly what it means.

Q: !

A: I know!

Q: When?

A: Give it a couple of months, at least… because:

  1. we’re doing it ourselves (“we” being me and Sabine, with help from our pal Brian and possibly others yet to be recruited), and
  2. we have day-jobs (except Brian who is luxuriously retired),  and so, alas, available time is limited, and
  3. other associated plans are afoot, which have their own timelines and everything has to synchronize properly.

Q: Wouldn’t it be faster if you had a professional service do all the work?

A:  Yes, but:

  1. We are techno-nerds.   We know how to do it!
  2. We are techno-nerds.   For us, this is fun and interesting!
  3. See #3, above.
  4. I wouldn’t mind saving the money, since my new 4-day DayJob week (which I am still loving!)  comes with appropriately reduced weekly income.

Q: Does this mean that book 5 is nearly done?

A: Um, sorry, no.   Much work remains to be done in the actual writing of the actual 5th book.   Although I am in fact working on it actively, I hesitate to provide any timeline for it at this point.

Q.  Damn.

A: Not actually a question.


Any other Q’s?

Apr 18 2013

Hello blackbird, hello starling!


I can’t stop singing this song:

Probably because of all of this:


Outside at the DayJob

and this:


And some serious this:

Stop smelling so good!  Stop it I say!

Stop smelling so good! Stop it I say!

I also like this version of the song, because: Watch what happens when he breaks a string!

Seriously, how can I be anything but glad?

In yer face!

In yer face!


Apr 16 2013

I spent yesterday completely offline…


…intentionally, so that I could get my writing and writing-related chores accomplished.

And so I did not hear anything about the Boston Marathon until my sister came home from work, filled with misery at the events.   Then I looked up the news online.

Dammit, I used to live in Boston (well, Dorchester, technically).  I’ve walked up and down Boylston Street  any number of times, rain & shine.    That’s the Boston Public Library, right there, across from the first bomb.

And — the Marathon?   Is there any more harmless tradition in the world?  It has no political point, makes no statement about anything other than health, achievement, and fun.

Which, to me, proves that this was no political act.

So, even if it turns out that the person or persons responsible try to claim some political justification — don’t believe them.

This was done in order to hurt innocent people.






Apr 6 2013

Notice anything?


Here’s a hint:

Look up.

No, further up.

No, not completely off the screen!   On the screen, at the top of the website.

Notice anything different?

That’s right.

I’m interested in input and opinions on it, if you like.   Also, any errors you might find…


Apr 3 2013

Ha. You thought I was joking….


… when I said that whoever identified that quote would get a (small) prize.

But I was sincere!

These objects are now winging their way to the Nonesuch’s front door:



Why, it's a little teapot.

Why, it’s a little teapot.


It stands about 5 inches high, and holds about two cups of tea.


And some tea to go with it.

And some tea to go with it.


I’ve added the teas under discussion.


Just big enough for an evening cuppa, plus refill.


The Bengal Spice is caffeine free, so you can either jazz up, calm down, or confuse yourself by mixing both, which of course is what I do.


So. There you go.