Monthly Archives: September 2015

Book Review: My Name Is N

I bought the book MY NAME IS N (also titled THE SWEDE) for one reason: I heard the protagonist is gay, and this had pissed off a lot of people, who were now slamming it with one star reviews on … Continue reading

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Writer’s retreats: boot camp, bad-girl camp-out, or nunnery?

What do you do for your writing—and yourself—when your muse is in a coma, the book isn’t coming together, flying monkeys chatter menacingly outside your window, and you’re tired, tired, tired? Continue reading

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Cataract Journey 5: Interregnum

in·ter·reg·num. noun. A period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes. An interval or pause, as in, “the interregnum between the discovery of radioactivity and its detailed understanding.” After cataract surgery on my first eye, I … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Cyber Genius by Patricia Rice

Cyber Genius The Family Genius Mysteries 3 by Patricia Rice Anastasia Devlin is a genius at organizing her eccentric family and her online clients, but she seriously doesn’t have time for playing detective. Then her super-geeky teenage brother Tudor claims … Continue reading

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Human Exceptionalism

Humans, at least in Western culture, have this thing. They have to feel superior. Doesn’t matter in what way. Intelligence, ethnicity, physical appearance, physical ability, culture, choice of deity or style of worship, geographical location, sports team, stuff/no stuff, you … Continue reading

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Dominions by James A. Burton

Dominions

Dominions Book 2 of The Bladesmith by James A. Burton The Goddess Mel sat in lotus, meditating, callused brown feet tucked up on lean sinewy brown thighs.  The goddess of the mountain winds did not focus on the Wheel of … Continue reading

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To be seen, to be remembered

A friend of mine recently returned from a trip to Europe. Part of her trip was spent bicycling down the Danube (something I want to do if I can get over there for Worldcon 2017 in Finland), which enabled her … Continue reading

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Reading the Ashes

Every story is a fire. The writer uses a spark to light it, and then it burns fiercely (or not… but that’s another blog entry…) until it exhausts its fuel. And then it dies, first into embers, and then into … Continue reading

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Of Walking, Writing, and Competition

fitbit

I have become a believer in the value of walking 10,000 steps a day. When I first got a Fitbit, I focused on getting in active minutes – that is, more vigorous walking. That led me to average around 7,000-8,000 … Continue reading

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Freshmen and Autism

I’m back!  How much did you miss me? After sliding into the shadows for a while to meet deadlines of doom, and then taking a small spotlight as Book View Cafe’s secretary, I’ve now returned to BVC blogging.  Igor is … Continue reading

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