Things I Could’ve Done Without 7/11/2019

Now that I’m back to blogging regularly again, I thought I’d start some regular features. I’m busy, so they’ll be weekly. I’ll have astronomy pictures on Tuesday–as many fresh ones as I can manage, but some will be reprocessed during cloudy periods. On Wednesdays, I’ll open a discussion of a short story. The next one… Continue reading Things I Could’ve Done Without 7/11/2019

How I Got Kicked Off Twitter

“I got fired last year in Las Vegas from the Frontier Hotel for saying ‘shit’, in a town where the big game is called ‘crap’.” –George Carlin, FM & AM So, a lot’s been happening to me over the past however long it’s been since I last said something here. I’m deep into rehearsal for… Continue reading How I Got Kicked Off Twitter

Why I Take Trump Personally

This was my Dad, seven decades ago:   He shattered his leg jumping out of a plane just like that one during the Second World War. He studied chemistry. He built rockets, and helped U.S. intelligence figure out how the Soviets were building theirs. He shepherded me to adulthood. He faced racism, both subtle and gross, his… Continue reading Why I Take Trump Personally

The Writing Life: Keep Me Away From Civilization V

Last night, I really did start out wanting to work on revisions for the new book. I did, Mom, honest and for true. I know I have a grant application coming due in a couple of weeks and I need the samples to be good, but somehow, I got started on my nemesis, Civilization V,… Continue reading The Writing Life: Keep Me Away From Civilization V

My Publisher’s Going Bye-Bye

Obviously, this is an enormous inconvenience for me. I had another book under contract with them and now I have to hawk up a new publisher–a pain I was not looking forward to revisiting. Of course, I’m grateful to those at Booktrope who worked with me and sad it can’t continue. But it can’t, so… Continue reading My Publisher’s Going Bye-Bye