The Wax Hand

The Wax Hand

I need your help. I hope I’m not imagining this. It does feel kind of like a dream. But I distinctly remember, at summer camp (Norwich University Summer Camp For Boys) picking up an old, dog-earred copy of a book titled something like The Ascent of The Wax Hand. The title page listed a couple […]

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Remembering Aaron Allston

Remembering Aaron Allston

I’m not good with death. I’ve been lucky enough that very few people who I have gotten to know closely have died. None of them have I known for as long or as well as I knew Aaron Allston. His death hurts. It hurts deeply. I haven’t succeeded in writing about his death before today […]

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Garlic Aioli for the win.

Garlic Aioli for the win.

Just in time for Super Bowl parties, I thought I would share my recipe for a Garlic Aioli dip. I first had garlic aioli at Delux Burger in Phoenix. They serve it as a dip for sweet potato fries, and it was delicious. I don’t recall ever asking for their recipe, but a server once […]

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Ebook Rentals? I don’t get it.

Ebook Rentals? I don’t get it.

I’ve been seeing a lot written about how the rental of ebooks is the next big thing on the digital horizon. Most often the argument is framed as “looking for the Netflix of ebooks.” On the surface, when framed like that, the concept is brilliant. After all, look what Netflix did for Blockbuster. Borders is […]

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And We Have A Winner!

And We Have A Winner!

The Gencon contest has produced a winner. The Judges and I had a tough time sorting through all the submissions. The creativity of the contestants really put a smile on our faces—and made me happy for the future of the human race. If the Zombi Apocalypse comes, I’m sure the contestants will be among the […]

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Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

As I noted in my previous post, I have been traveling a lot. I’ve been away from home in July more than I’ve been here. Fact is, I love traveling and attending conventions. And, thanks to the folks at Gencon, you have a chance to travel, too. Gencon, the “Best Four Days in Gaming,” and […]

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Thank You All, Very Much

Thank You All, Very Much

The last month and a half have been a whirlwind for me—so much so that I’ve spent more time out of my house than in it. Phoenix ComiCon was very successful, and two weeks after that I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Origins Game Faire. The weekend after that found me in Albuquerque for […]

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Getting Physical With Books

Getting Physical With Books

I’ve been a huge proponent of digital publishing down through the years. In fact, I take great delight at watching other pundits holding forth on discoveries they’ve made, which are identical to things I was saying five years ago. These would be things concerning the pricing of books, the rise in popularity of series fiction […]

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Why I’m Signing the New Night Shade/Skyhorse agreement

Why I’m Signing the New Night Shade/Skyhorse agreement

As has been bruited about all over the ‘Net, Skyhorse heavily amended its letter of agreement to authors earlier this week. I’ve finally been sent a copy, got a chance to review it, and have decided I’ll sign. The agreement isn’t perfect. I still have my royalties cut, but not nearly as drastically as before. […]

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More Thoughts on the Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing deal

More Thoughts on the Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing deal

I’ve had a few more thoughts on the NSB/Skyhorse Publishing deal. 1) Jeremy Lassen, co-owner of Night Shade Books, posted a letter talking about the deal. In it he mentions, straight up, that the folks who are going to purchase Night Shade need “to make back their investment.” This is cited as the basis for […]

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The Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing Deal: Why I’ll Take A Pass

The Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing Deal: Why I’ll Take A Pass

It’s no secret that Night Shade Books has had financial trouble over the last several years. Jason Williams has been quite frank about their difficulties, both in public and in private conversations with me. I sympathize—Night Shade chose to expand their list just as the economy collapsed and as digital books sales became an increasingly […]

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Used Ebooks: The Sky is NOT Falling

Used Ebooks: The Sky is NOT Falling

  There’s been some growing discussion over the fact that Amazon and Apple have both applied for patents to resell “pre-owned” ebooks. Lots of folks have decried this effort for a variety of reasons (like authors not getting paid). Most importantly, it’s been suggested that discounting pre-owned ebook prices would drop the bottom out of […]

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