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The Power of Real-Life Drama, and Dog People

The Internet allows for true outpourings of attention and emotional resonance from time to time.  You can see this in viral videos about cats or dictators, in books or movies that seem to suddenly spring from nothing into the zeitgeist, and in real-life dramas. Two days ago, a well-known and respected dog-trainer was involved in […]

Review of my 2011 Predictions

Every year I play a predictions game.  It’s not really good futuring since the world is way too strange for prediction except by true experts in a field, and I’m a generalist.  But I still like the game.  So here’s what I said in brief form  and how I think I did in 2011… Publishing […]

Are eBooks driving better book design?

eBooks may be changing print books in interesting ways. eBooks give me a predictable experience.  I know how a book will look on my Nook or my iPad and I know that I’ll be able to read it comfortably there.  Think of it like Starbucks, where I know I’ll get a decent cup of coffee. […]

9/11/11: Changes in Latitudes, Attitudes…

The strangest things happen to writers.  This morning, I woke up with an essay in my head: I gave a talk to a bunch of eighteen and nineteen year-old students at the University of Washington earlier this week.  None of them were old enough to remember a pre 9/11 world.  They have never traveled without […]

Worldcon Report – Belated

I came back from the convention to be swept immediately into busy days and a visit from family. So here is a rather belated and short Worldcon report.  I’m usually by myself at Worldcon, but my long-time friend Gisele from Florida (I met her over half my life ago!) and my partner Toni joined me […]

In which I receive a precious birthday gift

This is Raffy.  Raffy started out white and un-decorated, and KT the marvelous painted it with galaxies and stars and other bright splashes of multimedia color.  I believe – given the blond hair – that Raffy is supposed to be me clothed in imagination.

Clarion West Write-a-thon

I’m one of many participating writers in the Clarion West write-a-thon.  My personal page for the write-a-thon lists my goals.  I usually sponsor writers, but don’t actually participate.  This year Nisi Shawl asked me so nicely I agreed. This is good:  external goals always push me. Here’s what I hope to accomplish:  I start out […]

Purely personal: Our garden is awesome

Our garden is really pretty this year.  We got a huge boost of a start with help from a management team (purchased in a charity auction) and have been trying to keep up.  The iris are particularly pretty this year, both dragons are surrounded by flowers, and there is a dog or two in the […]

Plain old reading: An antidote to the multi-tasking world?

I’m finding it harder to concentrate on any one task for a long period of time these days.  I’m pretty convinced that’s because so much of my time is spent multi-tasking.  Between Twitter and Facebook and the hundred-plus emails I get at work and the thirty or so I get at home every day, I […]

Relay for Life

Warning: Yes, this is a rare personal post and yes, I’m fund-raising. Cancer took my little brother Russy last year. It’s assaulting two of my friends right now; a sweet man named Pere who worked with Russy for years, and a writer friend, Jay Lake. It’s inside my partner’s sister and wreaking havoc on that […]


Wings of Creation is now out in mass market paperback.

It’s on and Barnes and Noble.


The  silver ship series is now available in audiobook format from 



The Creative Fire can now be pre-ordered at and at Barnes and Noble.

Wings of Creation can now be pre-ordered in Mass Market paperback edition.

Westward Weird is now available — my first published ghost story

One of my favorite shorts, “My Grandfather’s River,” has been included in this beautiful new anthology named RIVER, edited by Alma Alexander and now available via Dark Quest Books.

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