Monthly Archives: January 2010

Ceci n’est pas une molécule

I received my official congratulations letter from the MWA yesterday regarding my Edgar nomination. I’m still undecided about attending the banquet. Round-trip airfare is cheaper than the hotel! So, who was Michael Westin channeling as the man in the fancy … Continue reading

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What do they know?

I’m sure that most of you also receive e-mail alerts from Amazon advising you of the availability of titles that might be of interest. Today’s recommendation was for A Dark Matter by Peter Straub. A reasonably astute suggestion, except for … Continue reading

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The Talented Mr. Ridley

Ridley Pearson was at the local Barnes & Noble last night promoting his latest YA novel, The Academy. A significant fraction of attendees were young’uns, some of them very enthusiastic about his books. He arrived about fifteen minutes early and … Continue reading

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Negative publishing

So far this year, I’ve had two stories that I considered to be “in the pipeline” fall off the cliff. The first case I’ve already mentioned — and it is by far the weirdest. The story was accepted for a … Continue reading

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More than a wee dram of Lost

That’s no ordinary pizza. It is an abomination known as a haggis pizza, which some places are offering for Robbie Burns day. Even Dominos in Scotland is making them. If that doesn’t drive a person to drink, I don’t know … Continue reading

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Shaggy Dog Story

Jazma online updated the interview I did with them to include a number of images, including a photo of me with my good buddy Glenn Chadbourne taken when I was in Portland a number of years ago for a Road … Continue reading

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Speak to Me

I usually troll the internet for an image to accompany my posts. Today, my search revealed this little gem, which is one of the wackiest ideas I’ve encountered of late. Pink Floyd lullabies. Who knew? I spent an hour this … Continue reading

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Mystery news

Good news to start off the day: The Stephen King Illustrated Companion was nominated for an Edgar award by the Mystery Writers of America. Winners will be announced at a banquet in NYC at the end of April. The full list of … Continue reading

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Aspirations

I never know when a Storytellers Unplugged essay is going to strike a chord with readers. This month’s entry, Aspring Writers, garnered more comments than most of my essays for the site (though nothing near as much response as Apparently … Continue reading

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Riker, Incognito

I have to confess that I didn’t recognize Jonathan Frakes in this week’s episode of Criminal Minds. When I look at the clip again, I don’t know how I could have missed it. I guess I was concentrating too much … Continue reading

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