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Time, for Creatives

Time, for Creatives

Time, for creatives, is an eternal challenge. There are so many things to do – and all of them take time! No matter what our art, it takes time to make/perform/produce. By now everyone’s probably heard about the apocryphal “10,000 hours to mastery.”The way that’s normally understood may not be exactly what Malcolm Gladwell meant, but it’s close enough for truthiness. He also said “practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes…

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The Windhover Tetralogy as Illustrated Books

The Windhover Tetralogy as Illustrated Books

Our latest Weird Sisters Publishing project has turned into a series of illustrated books. Yes, my novel Bone of Contention is the next publication in the lineup as I write this (pub date: September 24, 2024). There’s still work to do for that one, but the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy isn’t the series I want to talk about in this post. It’s The Windhover Tetralogy. We’ve had plans to reissue some of my late brother-in-law Warren C. Norwood’s books since before…

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The Old Code Series Delivers the Goods

The Old Code Series Delivers the Goods

I don’t want to live in Ajay Andersen’s future world, as we experience it in the Old Code Series by Anthony W. Eichenlaub. But I do find it an interesting reflection of our own present time. In a world where even the highest-level coding skills aren’t enough to keep one safe and where there is no such thing as privacy I would quickly be overwhelmed. Ajay, however, is not overwhelmed. He’s a world-class hacker who earlier in his career worked…

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New Year Dragon Gentlemen

New Year Dragon Gentlemen

Now it’s time for the “New Year Dragon Gentlemen” whose dragon-themed artwork I want to highlight. I Introduced two “New Year Dragon Ladies” in last week’s post, figuring it’s hard to go wrong with “ladies first.” But I didn’t want to leave the guys hanging for too long. When I found out that 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, I knew I wanted to feature dragon-themed artwork in my social media. I know a lot of excellent artists who…

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Three Nonfiction Book Reviews

Three Nonfiction Book Reviews

For a change of pace on this blog, how about some nonfiction book reviews? Yes, we have occasionally written about nonfiction books before. But there’s no denying most of the books we discuss on this blog – and all of the books we publish – are fiction. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t care about nonfiction. It’s a vital part of a balanced reading diet. In my last post, I talked about book reviews that I have (and more importantly…

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Recent Book Reviews

Recent Book Reviews

If you’re like me, recent book reviews are fewer and farther between than I care to admit. In today’s market, book reviews are pure gold to a writer. They impact rankings, and they offer “social proof” that yes, indeed, real people actually are really reading this author’s work. As authors, we pray for reviews and cherish them, especially when we are Indies or from a micro-press such as Weird Sisters Publishing. So I know, even more viscerally than most readers,…

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All Those December Holidays!

All Those December Holidays!

At this time of the year, we are once again confronted by all those December holidays. I’ve been blogging since 2009, so I’ve been down this road a few times. Finding something fresh to say gets challenging! But this year I already have enough challenges, thank you. So, before I leap back into revisions on Bone of Contention, my current novel-in-progress (I now have a projected release date! September 24, 2024!), I gratefully returned to what you might call my…

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Dealers Room Denizens for the Holidays

Dealers Room Denizens for the Holidays

We got to know some of our fellow Dealers Room Denizens at the sf conventions we attended in 2023. They are an eclectic, creative lot. Ever since our season ended I’ve been meaning to write a post that mentions some of our favorites, but it just never came right. However, now I realize that the start of December is the perfect time for such a post. All of the small creative businesses I list here have websites, sell online, and…

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Gratitude Season

Gratitude Season

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, which ought to mean we Americans are at the height of the annual Gratitude Season. We’re supposed to be thinking about all the ways we’ve been blessed in the past year. All the things and people and experiences we’ve enjoyed. But do we? Some of us undoubtedly do. I know this, because I’m one of that “some of us.” But I also think it’s likely a lot of us don’t. Many people scorn…

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Music Becomes the Villain

Music Becomes the Villain

I want to talk about the ways music becomes the villain in some movies. In my last post I talked about music that monsters, witches, and demons dance to. But you know the kind of “villain” music I mean. After all, what is the 1960 movie Psycho without the screeching violins of the shower scene? How could Darth Vader make an entrance without John Williams’ Imperial March? (Although Williams didn’t introduce that character theme until The Empire Strikes Back). Simply…

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