Author Archives: Kristine Smith

About Kristine Smith

Kristine Smith is the author of the Jani Kilian series and a number of SF and fantasy short stories, and is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She worked as a pharmaceutical process development scientist for 26 years, but now writes full-time. She also writes supernatural thrillers under the name Alex Gordon. Check out her BVC bookshelf

Airport Art

Earlier this month, I took part in a writers’ retreat at a resort on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, which necessitated my passing through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I didn’t get the chance to see much of anything when I arrived, but departure … Continue reading

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Revenge is a dish best savored…

…on film? I’ve never considered myself a particularly vengeful person, but over the years I have come to enjoy a good revenge flick. The good guy/gal wins inasmuch as they are able given the loss that led them to seek … Continue reading

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The Songs That Tell the Story

I like having music play while I’m writing, but I usually stick with instrumental/ambient because I find the words too distracting. I like classical, particularly music of the Baroque. When it comes to ambient, Timothy Wenzel and Brian Eno are … Continue reading

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Accidental Art: Berkeley & Oakland, California

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the unexpected or “accidental” art–graffiti, stickers, painting, etc–that I found when exploring other cities or while walking my dog along park trails. Other BVCers mentioned that they also encountered such displays, and we thought it would be … Continue reading

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The Great Decluttering of (insert year here)

Decluttering–it’s all the rage, the subject of classes, TV shows, and bestselling books. I have lost track of the number of times I pledged to once and for all dispatch all the books I will never read, clothes I will … Continue reading

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Five Books

Posts about influential books are pretty common. Writers discuss stories that inspired them, helped them work through dry spells, challenged them to become better. Some lists are chock-full of literary classics. Others are whimsical, with favorite books featuring dogs, or cake … Continue reading

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Things of Beauty, Blank Forever

A few years ago, while I attended my first C2E2 comics convention, I made the mistake of wandering through the dealers’ room. I was able to withstand the temptations of the cool clothing, books, and collectibles. I avoided the posters, … Continue reading

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Superstitions
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See a penny I don’t believe that I am particularly superstitious. On a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being “not in the least” and 100 the score of your average major league baseball player on a hot streak … Continue reading

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Unexpected Art, or Things Seen While Wandering

I’m a walker. At home, I take my dog, Gaby, for long morning jaunts through the neighborhoods or nearby state park. When I travel, I try to make time to wander. I take ghost tours, which are great ways to learn … Continue reading

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Building a Mystery, Canine Edition

Anyone who has visited my website or followed me on Facebook knows that I talk quite often about Gaby, my dog. Someone left her tied to the front door of my vet’s office back in August 2008, and after due … Continue reading

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