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What I’ve been watching : Courtney Barnett Elevator Operator

July 11, 2016

Another video I’ve been watching: http://youtu.be/H-wm0EdoeN8 Courtney Barnett — Elevator Operator Taken from the LP: “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” — out through Milk! Records, House Anxiety/Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop Order “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”: http://courtneybarnett.com.au/buy/ Join the Milk! Records mailing list for all the latest on Courtney Barnett http://www.milkrecords.com.au Follow: http://po.st/FacebookCB http://po.st/TwitterCB http://po.st/InstagramCB Starring (in order of appearance)

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TV Comic Casting and Score Card

June 22, 2016

Don’t worry, I’ll have some news about my own fiction soon. But until then, I’ve been following news about other fiction. Mostly casting. Arrow has been casting lots of characters for next season. Supergirl (now on CW) has cast their Superman, and just announced Linda Carter as the President of the United States of America. Tricia Helfer has just been cast in Lucifer as the Mother of Angels. So since pretty much all comic-based TV shows are on hiatus now, this is a good opportunity for a very quick score card of what I thought of the shows last season. I should mention, I haven’t watched them all (I didn’t watch The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,  or Powers, and maybe some others). In no particular order:

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Reilly at the Fair

June 17, 2016

I’ve mentioned on this blog, Michelle is a professional dog trainer. Yesterday, my wife and her training director represented their facility, Wags & Wiggles, at a local health/business fair. Our Irish wolfhound, Reilly, served as half of the welcoming committee (Erica also brought one of her dogs). Reilly gets nervous around people he doesn’t know, but he was in top form, his contagious good nature and strikingly large size drawing people in.

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Captain America: Civil War might be the best team superhero movie yet

May 30, 2016

This is how you do a superhero team up movie right. It starts by being a good movie, regardless of it’s fantasy content. Then it ticks all the superhero boxes, and does so in an organic way. And let’s be clear: even though this movie is called Captain America: Civil War this is really another Avengers movie; Thor and Hulk aren’t in it, but they introduce Black Panther and Spider-Man, as well as conscript Winter Soldier, War Machine, Falcon, and Ant-Man from previous Marvel movies to fill out the ranks.

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Happy 15th Birthday to Shadow!

May 29, 2016

Shadow has a special place with us, not simply as our only cat in a house full of dogs, but because we got the little kitten shortly after we got together. He’s been with us through four moves now, and he’s still going strong. Like most cats, Shadow is an often infuriating mix of wanting to be part of everything and not giving a toss. He’s more or less on his own schedule, although he still wants to be fed on time.

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Happy Thirteenth Birthday Luna!

May 24, 2016

When you look up the expected lifespan of giant schnauzers, most list 10 years. Some list 10-12 years. That makes it particularly special to us that our Lionheart’s Moonage Daydream, whom we call Luna, has reached her thirteenth birthday. She’s definitely slowed down over the years. She eats slower and responds slower. Her hips don’t let her leap on our bed the way she used to, her hind legs are stiffer and slide out from under her every now and again.

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Batman v Superman v Grimdark

May 21, 2016

(and if you don’t already know, grimdark is a real thing) Yeah, I know I’m late to the party. But I finally went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (For those who aren’t in the know, that whole “dawn of justice” is a reference DC Comic’s Justice League team book, which is the analog to the Marvel Comics Avengers book). Before I discuss BvS in depth, some things to note:

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In praise of the late Darwyn Cooke

May 14, 2016

One of my very favorite comic creators and artists, Darwyn Cooke, died today from cancer. He was only 53 years old. He was probably most famous for the DC New Frontier series, but he did so many amazing graphic novels and comics, Batman: Ego, Catwoman, The Spirt, and recently he brought Richard Stark’s Hunter series to life as graphic novels. Unlike the rock stars who have died recently, while Cooke was a “rock star” of a comic artist, if you’re not already a fan, you’ve never heard of him. So permit me a few paragraphs to explain just why he was such a unique talent.

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Happy Passover 2016

April 23, 2016

This year has been a whirl—between last Passover and this one we added a third dog, sold our condo, bought a house, I released my new novel Stinger and Bow, and I just released a new album World Spins this week. But holidays make a good time to stop and smell the roses, so I’m taking a moment for my traditional Passover blog. Next year, hopefully our puppy and our house will be ready for company, so we’ll have our Passover Seder at our house.

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And now Prince is gone

April 21, 2016

Prince has died at 57. He was one of the very best. I loved his guitar playing, and his songwriting. When I was a teenager and only had AM pop radio in my ancient Plymouth, I used to rejoice every time a Prince song came on to save me from the mediocrity of everything else. We’ve lost Lemmy, Bowie, now Prince—and it’s only April. I’m too numb to write a long remembrance, so here are some Prince videos I’d been watching recently:

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I have a new Ember After album out: World Spins

April 19, 2016

It’s taken a long time to get a new release completed, but we’ve finally put the finishing touches on the latest Ember After release, World Spins: I blog about the album on my Ember After website. You can buy it from the bandcamp widget above, or on iTunes or Google Play. You can stream it on Apple Music or Google Play Music. It will permeate all over in the days and weeks to come, I’ll obviously promote it as it happens.

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Happy Birthday! Drax the Destroyer turns 1

April 18, 2016

In spite of his best efforts to eat everything toxic that will fit into his muzzle, antagonize bigger and meaner dogs, and wear on our very last nerve, our giant schnauzer Drax the Destroyer has survived his first full year of life. He’s grown from this little bottlenose fuzzball: Into this gangly “teenager:” Some dogs are delightful, easy keepers. Other dogs…are Drax. He’s an exceedingly intelligent dog. This is great for training, but it also means that being a highly energetic working dog, if he’s awake, he needs to be given something somewhat challenging to do, or he’ll get bored and move on to making his own fun, which usually involves trying to get his paws on things we’d rather he didn’t, antagonizing his housemates, and generally finding new and creative ways to be obnoxious.

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Achievement unlocked: first draft of my next novel finished

April 12, 2016

As you know, I released Stinger and Bow, book 4 of The Sedumen Chronicles, not quite two months ago. And I’ve just completed the first draft of book 5, titled Watcher and Firebird. It is the second part of the story arc that began with Stinger and Bow. Completing the first draft is in many ways the most important milestone, because now the novel exists in the world. Until now, it was just an idea, an outline, a “scriptment,” but not a novel.

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Supergirl + The Flash: no “v” required

March 31, 2016

I haven’t seen Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice yet. I’m sure I will. It’s the basis of the DC Cinematic Universe, after all, and I intend to see the future Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, etc. But I can’t say that I’m enthused about it. I think Henry Cavil made a wonderful Superman. I’ve read that Gal Gadot is an excellent Wonder Woman, and I’ve no doubt that Ben Affleck makes a fine Batman.

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Happy National Puppy Day!

March 24, 2016

Happy National Puppy Day! And here’s a nice collage Michelle made of our three. Of course, Luna is now nearly 13, Reilly over 2, so only Drax is still a puppy at just over 11 months old. But they’ll always be our pups to us. Sure, a day to highlight puppies and promote puppy adoption is a pretty lightweight thing to focus on, considering the horrors and tragedies taking place in the world today.

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I’m not Irish…

March 17, 2016

…but Reilly is an Irish wolfhound, and that has to count for something, right? We’ve even brought our dog to be one of the “exhibits” at the Irish faire in Long Beach, California. And tonight, Michelle and I are going to see Flogging Molly, a Celtic-rock band with an Irish (as in, born there, not here) singer, play a St. Patrick’s Day show here in Orange County. And one of my favorite urban fantasy series is the Iron Druid series, about an ancient Irish druid and his trusty Irish wolfhound.

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Vision thing

March 17, 2016

When I was a teenager, I was tested as having better than 20/20 vision—I had 20/15 vision, meaning I could see from 20 feet away what person with normal vision could only see from 15 feet away. And when I became an adult, I simply took my great vision for granted. Recently, decades later, for the first time I found my eyes getting fatigued after staring all day at LED screens.

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Full blog post list and contest for Stinger and Bow

March 2, 2016

I wanted to direct you to one more guest post. This isn’t a new one; this guest blog was actually posted to the Cover2Cover blog on Feb 19th, but I had other posts up and directing your attention to this blog escaped me. So here it is: if you go to the site, you’ll find a Message to Young Writers: Do’s and Don’ts guest blog. Also, we’ve been running a contest through the blog tour; did you know that?

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Stinger and Bow blog tour ends with a new review and excerpt

February 26, 2016

All good things must come to an end, and so the Stinger and Bow book blog tour is coming to a close. On this last day, let me direct you to a review of Stinger and Bow on the Book Lover’s Life blog. Also, there is an excerpt of a fun little battle between Stinger and other worldly monster over at the CBY Book Club blog. I’d like to thank both sites for hosting tour stops, as well as everyone else who has!

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Stinger and Bow Blog Tour Stop: 5 Girls Book Reviews

February 25, 2016

Another day, another Stinger and Bow blog tour stop! This time a review and an excerpt from Chapter 7 over at 5 Girls Book Reviews. My thanks to Arianna, 13, for reading and reviewing the book, and the whole team at the blog for posting both her thoughts and the review Be sure and give it a look!

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Stinger and Bow Blog Tour Stops: Two new reviews!

February 24, 2016

I’ve missed posting about a couple of tour stops. My bad! But for those of you following along, even if I’ve been too busy for a daily blog, the stops have all been Tweeted/Retweeted. That is one of the strengths of Twitter; it’s so effortless. However, that ends today! I’d like to direct you to two reviews of Stinger and Bow, freshly posted today: First is a review and an interview over at A Page To Turn Reviews.

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Blog Tour Stop: Candace’s Book Blog reviews Stinger and Bow

February 22, 2016

Another week, another stop on the Stinger and Bow blog tour! This morning I’d like to direct you to Candace’s Book Blog and her review of Stinger and Bow. She gives the most comprehensive review of the novel to date and still avoids spoilers, so if you’re curious please check it out. My thanks to Candace’s Book Blog for the tour stop and thoughtful review!

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Another trip around the sun

February 21, 2016

Thanks to everyone who took a moment of their time to acknowledge the conclusion of my most recent journey around the sun, and to wish me well on my current one. Being completely sincere, the acknowledgments from people on social media are nice and welcome. I had a nice relaxing day. I got to tinker with some new toys and wrote the skeleton of a new song, which always makes me happy.

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Blog Tour Stop: A Review of Stinger and Bow

February 19, 2016

Another tour stop I’d like to direct you to: this one is over on Cover2Cover, and it’s a short review of Stinger and Bow. Lina (reviewer) had not read the previous three books first, so I appreciated that she jumped in! My thanks to Cover2Cover for hosting a tour stop, and I appreciate Lina’s thoughtful review!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Reilly!

February 19, 2016

Our little Irish wolfhound puppy isn’t so little anymore! Today Reilly turns two years old. Irish wolfhounds, like many larger breeds, develop slowly, so he’s really only just becoming an adult now. He’s reached his adult height—he’s three feet tall at the shoulder (which means depending if he’s hanging his head or holding it up high, he can seem even taller). He’ll probably still fill out over time, he’s a slender 135 pounds.

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Stinger and Bow Blog Tour Stop: Bookhounds

February 18, 2016

Here’s the next stop along the Stinger and Bow blog tour I’d like to direct you to: over at Bookhounds, you can read an interview with me. Not a ton of questions but it was fun to do. Thanks to Bookhounds for hosting a tour stop, and be sure and give the interview a read!

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Words and Music: My Stinger and Bow Playlist

February 17, 2016

As I’ve blogged previously, when I write, I use music to set the mood, to speak from the characters and to the characters, and to keep me focused. So before I start writing I begin a playlist for every novel. My playlist for Stinger and Bow posed a bit of a challenge. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to read that I don’t share too many musical preferences popular with thirteen-year-olds.

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Stinger and Bow Blog Tour Stop: SolaFide Publishing

February 17, 2016

Here’s the next stop along the Stinger and Bow blog tour I’d like to direct you to: over at SolaFide Publishing, you can read a Q & A with me that covers both myself and some thoughts about this novel and The Sedumen Chronicles in general. Thanks to SolaFide Publishing for hosting a tour stop, and be sure and give the interview a read!

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Stinger and Bow Blog Tour Stop: Books for Thought

February 16, 2016

Here’s the next stop along the Stinger and Bow blog tour I’d like to direct you to: over at Books for Thought, you can read an excerpt from Chapter 9 of the book. Thanks to Books for Thought for hosting a tour stop, and be sure and give the excerpt a read!

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Stinger and Bow Tour Stop: Driftless

February 16, 2016

Here’s the next stops along the Stinger and Bow blog tour I’d like to direct you to: over at Driftless, you can read an excerpt from Chapter 7 of the book. Thanks to Driftless for hosting a tour stop, and be sure and give the excerpt a read!

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