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This is thriller

-+*I received a very nice email late yesterday afternoon advising me that my short story “The Honey Trap,” published in the MWA anthology Ice Cold, edited by Raymond Benson and Jeffery Deaver, had been nominated for a Thriller Award from … Continue reading

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Things I learned from CSI: MoCo

-+*My latest Stephen King Revisited essay went live today. It’s called “Only Death Can Keep You from the Finish Line,” and it’s about the history of The Long Walk. I went down to Murder By the Book in Houston last … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

-+*There’s never any doubt around here when spring has officially arrived. All of a sudden everything is coated in yellow-green pollen. When I leave work in the afternoon, it streams up my windshield like tiny hailstones. I can see my … Continue reading

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The Night People

-+*This is how crazy it can be in Texas. At the moment it is flirting with 80°. When I get up for my writing session tomorrow it will be on the way to the predicted low of 25° and it … Continue reading

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A life is like a garden

-+*As we get older, death becomes a more familiar companion. Certainly not a welcome one, but familiar all the same. I didn’t come to Star Trek early in life, mostly because where I grew up we only had one television … Continue reading

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Tunneling

-+*You get a rejection letter where you were thisclose to cracking the table of contents. You have to withdraw another story from a longstanding project because it was starting to circle the drain. These things are part of a writer’s … Continue reading

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Dissonant Harmonies

-+*Seven or eight years ago, Brian Keene and I first bandied about the idea of collaborating on a project. Our motivation was a shared habit of listening to music while we write and writing about listening to music while we … Continue reading

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Handwriting

-+*There’s something liberating about working on a longer piece by hand. I’m writing this novella, which should hit around 40,000 words when I’m done. I picked up a nice leatherette journal that’s been kicking around the house for a while and … Continue reading

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Haters gonna hate

-+*All in all (owl in owl), it was a mighty fine game. I didn’t really have “a team,” but I was mildly favoring the Patriots. Wouldn’t have been terribly bent out of shape if Seattle had won. It was an … Continue reading

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Winter isn’t coming

-+*I have a nostalgic recollection of what it’s like to be in the midst of a blizzard. As a kid, I used to love to go outside and play in the snow. There’s a particular kind of quiet in a … Continue reading

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