We’ll Be Back

The blog will return to normal tomorrow. We're taking a mental health break today. After all, we are "mad" geniuses. Bwahahahahaha. (Not really geniuses, at least not me, but a mental health day is good for all of us.) Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Book Review: Conflict

In the too-many weeks since I’ve been well enough to write (if you’re interested, continual nausea shuts off my creative mind, just as constant pain does to other people) I’ve tried to keep a tiny bit of the Muse interested by looking at books on writing technique. OK, most of them get walled before I’m... Continue Reading →

Of Common Earth

I'll happily agree with Sarah that I've got no real idea about how stratified societies work. I can sort of fake it with enough research, but I don't have that bone-deep knowledge that goes with growing up in a culture where your parents - or more specifically your father's - name dictates what opportunities you... Continue Reading →

From the Author’s Bookshelf

Recently, I’ve been reading the collected short stories of Pat McManus, because I needed something light and funny. For those of the audience who aren’t familiar with this author, Patrick F. McManus was a writer of short, humorous stories that mostly deal with the outdoors- hunting, fishing, camping, and the like. He was born during... Continue Reading →

Covering the Historical Mystery

Hi.  I'm Sarah Hoyt, and I'm finally returning to my cover series.  If you don't remember it, check out here for the start of it.  Then go forth every week to find how to cover sf, cozy mysteries and historical romances. As with everything relating to any artistic pursuit -- and doing covers is art... Continue Reading →

What’s the Point?

I think we’re back into routine. And I’ve got my head wrapped around it. Which is nice. Feels good. Of course, Mrs. Dave heads off again in a couple weeks, and then there’s LibertyCon, and the littles will be out of school for the summer. Which means and entirely *new* routine to which I’ll get... Continue Reading →

Say What? (Updated)

This post originally appeared on MGC in Feb. 2017. I'm repeating it here, along with additional comments, because I heard a trad published author saying much the same thing not long ago.--ASG In one of my rare breaks from the keyboard yesterday, I went wandering around the internet in search of inspiration for today’s post.... Continue Reading →

If only… (On Alternate History)

While Dave is moving, here's another great piece of advice from July 2015! Maybe Alternate History’s appeal comes down to the fact that every human, ever, says ‘If only I had…’ That, perhaps and the fact that most of us (we’re all victors of a sort, in the battle if not the war, because we’re... Continue Reading →

Local Stories – Universal Stories?

David McCullough is one of the popular historians working today in the US. He's a leading voice for keeping history where people can read, discuss, and enjoy it. He's released a new book about what used to be called "the Old Northwest," Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and the stories of the frontier days there. It's... Continue Reading →

Tsunduko Tsundere

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such and ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.” --A. Edward Newton Every time I buy... Continue Reading →

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