Greetings from the road!  I’m currently at the home of my good friend and fellow Magical Words blogger, Faith Hunter.  She and her husband, Rod, have been wonderful hosts.  Last night we had a signing with another fellow MW blogger, Misty Massey, and also author Gail Z Martin.  It was not the best attended signing I’ve ever had, but it might well have been the most fun.  Italian dinner afterwards, also great fun.  All in all, a good start to the trip.  Today we’ll be heading up to Charlotte, NC for ConCarolinas.  Hope to see some of you there.

Today at Magical Words, we have a special guest blogger.  Author Mindy Klasky has posted a piece on her career path and is now answering questions and responding to comments.  Stop by the site and say hello!

On the road again….

Leaving this morning for the Carolinas — a signing tonight at the Barnes and Noble in Pineville, NC with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and Gail Martin.  Then on to Charlotte for ConCarolinas tomorrow.  More from the road as travel and events allow.  Hope to see some of you soon!

(For details on the events see the posts below or my website  Both have links to the bookstore and the convention.

 A couple of friends of mine have new things going on with their writing today.  Kelly McCullough, one of my cyber-buddies has a new book coming out today.  The book is called MythOS and it’s part of his Ravirn Series.  Please visit this site and readthe interview with Kelly that’s just been posted there.

Another friend of mine, an Australian writer named Alan Baxter, has just started a new contest on his website, and he is hoping people will come to the site and try to win a signed copy of one of his books.  You don’t need any prior knowledge of Alan or his work to enter the contest, so check it out and maybe you’ll win a new book.

And, of course, if visiting Alan’s site doesn’t satisfy your hunger for book contests, please visit my site, and check out the contest there.


Today’s post, “More on Shameless Self-Promotion,” can be found at  And while we’re on the subject, I will be signing books at the Carolina Place Barnes and Noble in Pineville, NC on Thursday at 7:00 pm.  I’ll be signing with my fellow MagicalWords bloggers Faith Hunter and Misty Massey (C.E. Murphy couldn’t cross the Big Pond to join us), as well as author Gail Martin.  All of us will also be appearing this coming weekend at ConCarolinas in Charlotte.  Hope to see you there!

This is graduation weekend at my daughters middle/high school, and today was Honors Day, when students are recognized for achievements in academics, sports and community service.  I attended, because I’m on the parents’ council and our organization was sponsoring the event and the reception that followed.

I dreaded the ceremony, because it has a reputation for being long and boring.  But I enjoyed it, mostly because so many of the kids who were honored were friends of my daughter or children of friends.  It seems like a day ago that I was watching them play youth soccer and little league, or seeing them in the sixth grade play.  Now they’re juniors and seniors in college.  It goes so fast.  

My daughter was honored too, though because she’s only in eighth grade this year, she wasn’t eligible for most of the awards.  But she was chosen for a leadership position in next year’s freshman class, which is pretty cool.  Except for the fact that I REALLY can’t believe she’s about to be a freshman in high school.

As I say, it goes so fast….

 Today’s post, “Are Our Books Really Children?  And If So, Whose Children…?” can be found at the SFNovelists website.  SFNovelists is maintained by approximately 100 published authors of fantasy and science fiction.  Please visit the site and enjoy the post.

Under the heading of “Unclear on the Concept….”


James Harrison, the outstanding, but tempestuous all-pro linebacker for the Superbowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers has declared that he will not be joining his teammates when they go to the White House to be congratulated by President Barack Obama. This is not a political statement (and actually if it was, even if I disagreed with his reasoning, I’d at least respect his position) — Harrison did the same thing when the Steelers won the 2006 Superbowl, refusing to visit with then-President George W. Bush.


That said, Harrison’s stated reason for not going may be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard anyone say:


This is how I feel — if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl. As far as I’m concerned, [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.


Well, yes, James, in all probability President Obama would have invited the Arizona Cardinals to the White House if they had won the Superbowl.  That’s how this works.  He’s not inviting you and your teammates because he wants to see the Steelers.  He’s President; picking up a spare ticket or two (or four) probably isn’t much of a problem for the guy.  This is about honoring you and your teammates for winning the game.  So go; don’t go — really, I can’t imagine why any of us should care.  But please, don’t pretend that this is anything more or less than an attention-seeking ploy by a spoiled, immature prima donna.  And don’t try to justify it by spouting spurious logic and pretending that your pride has been wounded.

Today’s post, “Short Fiction Revisited,” can be found at the Magical Words blog site.  Magical Words is the fantasy blog I maintain with fellow writers Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C.E. Murphy.  Please stop by the site and enjoy this latest post.

So it comes down to this:  I have a couple of hours left in my Sunday afternoon, and I can use that time to post something here about God-knows-what, or I can take a little nap.  Actually, it’s a surprisingly easy choice. 



May 13, 2009

President Barack Obama gave the commencement address at Arizona State University tonight.  There was some controversy attached to this appearance — the university refused to give him an honorary degree in addition to the honor of speaking, claiming that his “body of work was not yet complete” and that his achievements thus far didn’t warrant the degree.  Obama turned the controversy on its head in what was a terrific address (I just finished watching it).  In the speech he actually agreed that his body of work wasn’t done yet and that fancy titles don’t mean as much as true achievement and the pursuit of aims that are larger than oneself.  It was humorous, it was a call to action and public service for the ASU graduates in attendance, and it was very well received.

It was also announced today that Harper-Collins, in its infinite wisdom, will pay Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a multi-million dollar advance for her “memoirs” (her “co-author” — read “ghost writer” — has not yet been selected, but there will be one, according to the Harper-Collins press release).  So, while President Obama has not yet achieved enough to earn an honorary degree from ASU, Sarah Palin has achieved enough to write a memoir for which a major publishing house will pay millions.  While Obama spent his evening exhorting a generation of graduates to acts of altruism and charity, Palin embarked on what will be an act of ego gratification, greed, and self-promotion.

I would find all of this laughable if it weren’t so disturbing….