I don’t know if life is dropping on anybody else like the proverbial measure of squarish building things, but it is me. Mom and Pop Dave had a great visit. Caer Dave is sparkling (ish), Dave wrote (a bunch: short story and several space opera chapters), much goodness was accomplished, and Wee and Wee-er Dave... Continue Reading →


I am stuck in auto ownership Hell. In other words, I’m stuck in the waiting room as my car is repaired and the internet is spotty at best. There will be a post when I’m released from durance vile. In the meantime, help me by giving me suggestions about what you’d like me to blog... Continue Reading →

In Vino Veritas

Ok so this is going to be less coherent than usual (I know. But hold my beer) as my back is sore enough to make thinking even more of a challenge for the small simian head. No I haven’t actually done anything stupid, or lifted anything bigger than myself. It’s my pelvis that’s a bit... Continue Reading →

Honest, Mr NSA Guy, I’m a writer…

Or, what's in your search history lately? Mine's pretty tame right now - through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, mostly. Well, except for that long search into finding out if different types of explosives leave different smells at the blast site, and if so, what they are. Um. Hey, if you think that's a deep rabbit hole, you... Continue Reading →

Adventure Tales

I woke up this morning dreaming of Tin-Tin. In full technicolor, for some reason. No, not live-action, just as he was drawn, only moving. As I sat up, I realized something. Well, two things. No... you ever have one of those mornings where your brain comes online and you have a flood of thoughts like... Continue Reading →

Learning from others

I've had a lot of feedback concerning my article, two weeks ago, about lessons learned from launching my most recent trilogy.  I'm glad so many of you found it helpful and/or thought-provoking.  It was the first pass at the topic;  in two weeks from now, I'll have another look at it, this time including a... Continue Reading →

Get Out Before It’s Too Late

Actually it’s never too late to cut out these associations, but the sooner you recognize them and do so, the less risk you run of getting hurt. Some of them can be damaging to your health, most of them to your career, and all of the ones I list will waste your time. What? Oh,... Continue Reading →

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

So even I with my tendency towards extreme hermiting have noticed the rampaging schadenfreude permeating some circles as this year's WorldCon organizers demonstrate that their primary qualifications lean more to parroting the approved point of view than to actually, you know, organizing anything. Honestly, it's not surprising. The best that can be said for the... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Guide to Horses Part I

I’ve held off for the last couple months, but the time has come for: A Writer’s Guide to Horses. It’s obligatory, you see; I’ll lose my reputation as a horse person in good standing if I don’t periodically pontificate about them. And since many writers mention horses in their work, usually in passing, I foresee... Continue Reading →

Serving Three Masters

A Galilean Rabi notoriously said that a man can't serve two masters, for he'll neglect one for the other.  Thank heavens I'm not a man, because I'm about to try to serve three. Yes, I do know "man" is used there in the sense of human.  I'm just justifying my insanity.  The truth is like... Continue Reading →

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