Burden of Proof

I really hadn’t planned on blogging about anything but my current work in progress today, but I made the mistake of looking at the news and following links. As a result, two different stories caught my eye and started me thinking about the burden of proof and why it is important — and how it can be used and abused. The first case is one that, admittedly, hits home closer than it […]

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Jason Cordova takes one for the team

Jason Cordova is a friend, author and reviewer. He is also one of the rotating Friday posters over at Mad Genius Club. Last night, during a FB conversation where a bunch of us were discussing an author behaving badly, I “offered” — threat might be a more appropriate term — to buy the book just so Jason could review it. Well, he took me up on my offer and he may never […]

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There are times when I feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. That’s been especially true recently. It seems like I ought to be running around, lamenting, “I’m late! I’m late. For a very important date. No time to waste. . . .” And I am late in finishing the final edits on Duty from Ashes. I’d originally wanted to have it out the first of this month. But between […]

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You know it’s election time when. . .

the level of stoopid seems to rise without rhyme or reason. I’d sworn I wasn’t going to do a political post, much less a rant, until after the elections are over. However, a story I saw this morning in the Dallas Morning News illustrates why I hate the political season and why I want to knock heads most of the time. A little background. Last night, I started hearing rumblings about how Wendy […]

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Catching up and a bit of a rant

Life has been interesting for the past year or so. Just when I think I have a handle on things, something else drops in front of me to trip me up. As a result, blogging often gets pushed onto the back burner — sometimes on a stove that’s not even in the same city, much less the same house as am I. So here’s my attempt to catch up and, yes, there […]

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I’m conflicted

A few months ago, I wrote a post over at According to Hoyt about the removal of Cory Doctorow’s novel, Little Brother, from a Florida school district’s summer reading list.  One of my issues with the removal was over the admission of the principal that he hadn’t actually read the book before making his decision to remove it from the list. He’d scanned it and had taken the objections to the book as […]

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Meet the Character

The inestimable Sarah A. Hoyt tagged me to take part in a “meet the character” blog tour and I, in a fit of madness, agreed. You’ll understand the madness in a moment. To find Sarah’s introduction of her character, Seraphim Ainsling, the Duke of Darkwater, main character of Witchfinder (Magical Empires) , click here. The reason I say I was in a fit of madness when I accepted the “invitation” is that I knew better. […]

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And the madness continues

The other day over at Mad Genius Club, I talked about the full moon craziness that seemed to be in a perpetual state of late. I’ll admit that I’ve wondered if part of by problem has been due to a number of real life issues that have been forcing me to turn attention to them and away from my work. The result has been an even lower threshold for suffering fools than […]

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Labor Day Thoughts . . .

. . . are few and far between this morning. Do any substantive post is going to have to wait until my brain decides it is time to wake up. Until then, I wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day of the Great Labor Day Promotional Sale. Thirty or so authors are offering 80-plus titles for $2.99 or less. If you haven’t already taken a look, please do so. […]

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Don’t listen to the naysayers

(Before I get started, don’t forget that the Great Labor Day Promotional Sale is still going on. More than 30 authors, including yours truly, are offering 80-plus titles for $2.99 or less.  For more information, and to see a complete list of the offerings, click here.) As an indie and small press published author, I’m used to seeing posts from editors and agents claiming that you haven’t earned the title of “author” […]

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