December 2011



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Dec. 18th, 2011


Random post

My incredibly talented wife makes Steampunk jewelry. It is both gorgeous and affordable!

She can be found here:

and also here:

I cannot be held responsible for the OOO SHINY!!!

Discounts for the holidays! And for "liking" her page!

Go! Go now! Enjoy!

Jul. 31st, 2011



Has anyone else been getting spammed on old posts?

Mar. 9th, 2011


Tal Update

Well folks, in case you hadn't heard it elsewhere on the intarwebs, our son Rowan was born February 28th, weighing in at 7lbs 13oz, 20". Two weeks early, he's doing great. Mommy is sore, Daddy is tired, and the other kids are adapting.

Pics when I can get them off the camera.

Feb. 7th, 2011


Profanity in Fantasy

So lately I've had an epic (in the classic sense of huge, not the internet sense of awesome, though I have no doubt that it will be awesome also) fantasy trilogy, and I keep getting hung up on the issue of language. Not the write-it-in-English sort of language, but rather, the manner in which I will phrase sentences and in particular, dialogue.

An informal poll over on my Facebook led to people expressing a marked disinterest in reading a fantasy novel with modern swears (though many so-called modern swears date back hundreds of years). I myself have occasionally found it off-putting - at least until I wrapped my brain around the idea that the novel in my hands was going to contain such words, and moved onward to enjoy it.

But if the purpose of including profanity, vulgarity and obscenity in a fantasy novel is to provoke an emotional, visceral response in the reader, wouldn't it be advantageous to actually write the characters' dialogue in the sort of language that would do so? In other words, the difference between "that fornicating buggerer" and "that fucking faggot" is immediately apparent. The former is an intellectual exercise in the use of my Thesaurus; the latter, well, you be the judge.

And then there's the question of inventing all-new swears, like The Wheel of Time's "blood and bloody ashes", or at least replacement words such as Battlestar Galactica's "frak" or Firefly's "gorram". How intrusive are they? Do they immerse the reader in the world, or shock them back to reality?

My gut is saying to use modern swears. My head is saying not to.

Dec. 2nd, 2010


Truthseekers 4: Behind the Curtain!

Howdy folks!

Truthseekers 4 is being written! Due for release next year! What burning questions to you want answered? What mysteries do you want to see solved?

Let me know!

Oct. 29th, 2010


Holy Mouths of Babes...

While explaining segregation to Sierra and Tony, and how some places had white water fountains and black water fountains, our six year old Hayley exclaimed that she only knew grey water fountains, the metal ones at school.

Oct. 24th, 2010


Been a little hectic...

... what with getting married and all. Hard to believe it was only a week ago.

We can't possibly thank everyone who attended enough, for making our day so incredibly special.

Aug. 18th, 2010



Awaking to the loud crunching sound of some small escaped domestic rodent nibbling away at dining detritus AT FOUR THIRTY IN THE MORNING is generally speaking an unpleasant way to begin a day. I shall comfort myself in contemplation of their renewed incarceration.

Aug. 13th, 2010


This just in...

Well, not just in:

Kristie's officially 10 weeks pregnant! So I'll be an official dad (in addition to my rights and duties as a stepdad) in March. We'll find out the gender in another 10 weeks, just after the wedding.

Speaking of which, I really need to order my outfit...

Aug. 9th, 2010


Radio Free Me!

My first radio interview as an author! Think Twice Radio's Oracle of Enlightenment interviewed me at Polaris 24:

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