• A Video!

    Thanks to James Burdick, you can see me! And Paul Magnan, Steve Krasner, and Rich Marchetti. This video was done at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where you can find copies of all my work and the other authors in the video, too. It was filmed by Andrew Stein Videography.

  • Here Be Dragon (Professional Individual 15).

    I’m unleashing the Dragon because it’s drafty in here. This post is a bit more for writers than readers. It’s about working with Dragon dictation software by Nuance. I haven’t been at it for too long but here’s my take. First of all, it’s not natural at first. I know the name says “naturally speaking: but remembering to give commands like open quotes, period, and new paragraph along with the story takes practice. I’ve talked to more than a few authors who gave up on it after a trial period. It’s not the easiest software to work with. The settings aren’t intuitive. But I had a little help from a friend.…

  • Fix Your Damn Book James Osiris Baldwin

    Friendly Neighborhood Friday: James Osiris Baldwin

    “Wow” is what authors want people to say about their books. But we have to fix them first, because first drafts, and even second ones, tend to be more “ow” than “wow.” And that’s where James Osiris Baldwin and his book come in handy. What book, you ask? Fix Your Damn Book, of course! James is also an editor for hire. Here’s a bit more about him. Dragon Award-nominated author James Osiris Baldwin is a transgender man from Australia who writes gritty LGBT-inclusive, dark fantasy and science fiction. He was the former Contributing Editor for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care and has also worked as an editor and website manager…

  • Jeffrey Cook

    What Happened Wednesday!?

    I’ll tell you what happened while you admire these delicious waffles. Friendly Neighborhood Friday went to a convention right along with my interviewee. I’m talking about Jeffery Cook, one of the authors of Working The Table, which is a book about bringing your books to conventions. I can haz ironywaffles and they are tasty! Irony. Waffles. Gah, yeah you see what I did there. Anyway, here’s something about Jeff, whose convention experience can be measured in loads (literally, as in dragging loads of books with him plus working loads of shows). ​ Jeffrey Cook is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, primarily affiliated with Clockwork Dragon Books and the…

  • Ellie Mack

    Special Announcements!

    I’m here to tell you about Roundtable Redcap. It’s just about done, but I’m waiting on my cover. I’m expecting it, still, by the end of the month, September 1 at the latest. So, because I don’t have a beautiful, awesomesauce cover of my own to show you right now, Here’s one from another author. Her name is Ellie Mack, and her book is called Quotidiandose: 30 Days of Sass, and it’s high in freaking lariousness, which I know all of you like. Check out that smirk! Here’s a bit more about Ellie’s Nonfiction Humor book. This collection of daily musings combine edgy, funny, practical, everyday reality with a dose of…

  • Winter Writers: Lia Rees

    I have a consummate artist here today. You might remember Lia from her Friendly Neighborhood Friday feature as a designer. Well, she’s written a book as well and it’s been released today! Read on to learn what her book’s about and after that, check out her book trailer and author interview. This is what happened when something devastating crashed into an unusual mind. When I suffered a brain injury at the age of 19, I was not told what I had. The world became a dreamlike haze. I was cut off from my own thoughts and memories. Instead of receiving medical treatment, I was sent into psychotherapy. So began a ten-year battle…