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Apr. 28th, 2011

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"Steam, Steel & Statutes," my book about legal history, has now been voted one of three finalists for the 2011 Colorado Book Awards in the category History/Biography.   

Jan. 12th, 2011

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So many stories that will never see life.  Letters, words and phrases locked like strands of DNA in embryonic structures frozen on my hard drive or carried around with me on that sterile third testicle I call a thumb drive.

Dec. 28th, 2010

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Steam, Steel, & Statutes

My legal history book, "Steam, Steel & Statutes:  True Tales From Colorado Legal History" has now been published by CLE in Colorado, Inc.  I did a book signing earlier this month at the Colorado Bar Association headquarters, and sales have been encouraging.  The product page for it is here.
My story "Dick Spigott, Interplanetary Plumber" was published a few months ago in a comedy science fiction anthology called "Probing Uranus."  It is available on Amazon.com.

Jan. 23rd, 2010

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Blood Lite 2

Got a nice, personal rejection from Kevin J. Anderson of my story "Dick Spigott, Paranormal Plumber" for the Blood Lite 2 antho, with comments.  He liked the main character and the set up but the plot itself just didn't grab him enough to publish it.  

This story was originally submitted back in November and was "lost" when a computer glitch prevented Mr. Anderson from receiving it (along with a bunch of other submissions to the antho).  Fortunately I found out about this and re-submitted.  So I guess it has now died a second death.  Time to think about revisions and/or submission to a different market...     

Jan. 5th, 2010

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Looking Forward to 2010

Long time, no post.

Got a few things already scheduled coming out in 2010.  A poem in Star*Line, the official magazine of the Science Fiction Poetry Ass'n.  I like writing poetry, playing with words.  My essay on the film "Dr. Giggles" is scheduled for a book entitled "Butcher Knives and Body Counts."  And I already have a new legal history piece in the pipeline, scheduled for March.  My only confirmed short story acceptance so far was for "Dark Distortions II" and they folded.  So "The Initiate" will be searching for a new home, and I'll be trying to get some short stories published this year.

I subbed for "Blood Lite 2," the HWA anthology.  Having heard nothing so far, while others have received acceptances, I'm guessing my submission went down in flames.  I also have a story out to Northern Frights Publishing for their "War of the Worlds" antho.  I reread my previous story they published, in the "Oz" antho, and decided it wasn't half bad.  But who knows how "Roadside Ragnarok" will go over.  It's, um, different.  Also writing a poem currently for a "Hitchcock-related poetry book." 

My editor at the Colorado Lawyer wants to put out a book of my history columns.  I've been writing them for nearly six years now, so I guess there's enough material for a book.  Can you say royalties??  A friend of mine has me working on another non-fiction history book project with him.

2010 finds me ranked just under 3,000 as an Amazon reviewer.  Still getting those free books from the Vine program, for reviews.  I'm way behind on my reviews, though.  That sucks.  I was also recently asked to review and contribute a jacket blurb for a book on writing horror, edited by a member of the HWA.  Kinda cool.

I sometimes ask myself why I keep writing fiction, when the non-fiction and reviews are more successful and pay better.  I guess the answer is, I can't help myself.  I need to write fiction and (what's worse) I need to see it published.  If I could just write for myself and a few close friends, feel happy with that, it would be heaven on earth.  But that ain't gonna happen.

Resolution for 2010:  dust off all those rejected/folded short stories in my trunk and get them repolished and out to publishers.    

Aug. 8th, 2009

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OZ and Blood Lite

Things looking up..."Shadows of the Emerald City" has confirmed acceptance of my story.  I signed a contract today for the first time in a while...felt good.

Working on a humorous horror story for the HWA anthology "Blood Lite II."  Acceptance will probably not come easy, since there will be heavy hitters submitting to this one.  But I'm going to give it a roll. 

Jun. 28th, 2009

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more acceptances!

My essay "Dr. Giggles: Unsocialized Medicine" will appear in the book Butcher Knives and Body Counts

My short story "Four a.m. at the Emerald City Windsor" is being held for final review for the "Shadows of the Emerald City" anthology.

Jun. 8th, 2009

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An Acceptance

My prose poem "A Partial Failure of the Kurzweil Process" will appear in the Nov-Dec issue of Star*Line, a science fiction poetry magazine edited by Bruce Boston. 

May. 15th, 2009

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Moving up the charts over at Amazon.  As of yesterday I noticed I was ranked four spots higher as a reviewer than Newt Gingrich.  (2,864 vs. 2,868).  Of course, my accomplishment is diminished by the fact that Mr. Gingrich stopped writing reviews about a year ago.  But I wouldn't want to mention that here.

I've received several emails and telephone calls about my recent story in the Colorado Lawyer magazine about G. I. Norman, an infamous con man who was recaptured after he stole a car from a Colorado Supreme Court justice and went on the lam for 23 years.  One of the calls was a little creepy, from a guy who's afraid that Norman may still be alive even though his obituary was published in a Salt Lake City paper three years ago.  Anything's possible, I guess.    

A friend approached me about helping me with a history project he has been assigned by a publisher.  There is money involved.  Contacts are wonderful, aren't they? 

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blue nightmare

My younger daughter just dyed her hair blue.  Her bathroom looks like Norman Bates killed a Smurf in there.

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