Category Archives: literature

a new look at “old man’s war”

In 2005, Tor Books published John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and almost overnight, Scalzi went from prominent blogger to bestselling author.  Though he had been writing professionally for many years (and earlier had self-published Agent to the Stars, an unrelated … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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book review: “faithless”

Katie Thedley investigates and photographs abandoned places, posting what she finds on her urban exploration blog.  But nothing and nowhere she’s ever experienced before can prepare her for what—or rather, whom—she finds in St. Michael’s and All Angels church in … Continue reading

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a quick review of “the fault in our stars”

Because I write young adult science fiction and fantasy, my reviews of movies and books almost always stay within those sub-genres.  This time, I’m going to go 0% SF/F  and 100% YA as I tell you why the film version … Continue reading

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our wild place

I wrote Our Wild Place in 2006 as a proposed picture book, back when I was contemplating doing children’s literature instead of young adult fiction.  Perhaps some time in the future, I’ll get together with my artist friend James Arnold … Continue reading

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tales of a doggy apocalypse

I am entering the home stretch of drafting Lost Dogs, my young adult novel about the apocalypse as experienced by two dogs living on Kent Island, MD.  I was inspired to write the story after seeing a segment of the … Continue reading

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book review: “locksmith’s closet”

Lachlan (pronounced “lock-lan”) Smith is your typical tween boy in present-day America, and his circumstances are easy for kids his age to relate to.  He’s just moved to a new town, he’s starting a new grade at a new school, … Continue reading

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interview on jan bowman’s blog

Author Jan Bowman was kind enough to interview me about Dragontamer’s Daughters, the Navajo Water Project, writing and publishing indie-style, and who I like to read.  Drop by Jan’s blog and check it out.      

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bay to ocean conference 2014

This past Saturday (February 22, 2014), I attended the 17th annual Bay to Ocean writers’ conference, held at Chesapeake College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The weather was surprisingly spring-like (I rode the Black Widowmaker to and fro), there were a … Continue reading

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this week’s sci-fi food fight

Sigh.  You know, I was going to blog about another of the big influences on my writing, but once again, current events in the speculative fiction realm have reared their ugly heads.   [warning: socio/political stuff ahead]   The Science … Continue reading

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