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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Kickstarting “Blood Bonds”

My first Kickstarter project is now live!

The goal of this project, as I have stated here and elsewhere, is to get funding to pay for professional promotion of the novel. Minimum donation is just a measly buck, but for $5, $25, or $100, you get cool stuff!

Pledge $5.00 or more to receive a copy

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“A Place to Die” Will Soon be Available as an Ebook

Actually, I don’t know why it never got published as one.

It was supposed to have been published for both Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook several weeks ago, during my flurry of conversion and publishing, and it certainly got converted to both formats, but it seems that the actual publishing part of

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But only if you’re trained…

I’ve been saying this for years.

One of the fundamental problems with the publishing world today is the very existence of the query system. It’s true that this is only one of many problems, and that fixing it would not magically change the current landscape into something I would want to play in, but it would

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The “Trunk POD”

You’ve heard of “trunk novels,” right?

That’s the novel every author supposedly has in a trunk somewhere, or the deepest, darkest bottom of a desk drawer. It’s the one that never got accepted, and never should have, and after about title #3 or so, the author begins to hope that it never sees print. What would

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Jillian’s Gold–updated cover (and reduced price!)

I have released a second edition of my third novel, Jillian’s Gold.

I’ve never been happy with the cover, and I’ve been pottering away at it in odd moments for several months. Here it is in all its glory:


Doesn’t the sun always come up again?

Dear Auntie May,    

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Arguments Against Self-Publishing, Round N

There’s been another surge in the argument about self-publishing, and whether or not it is something that is worth pursuing. It seems to me that most of the arguments against self-publishing begin at the wrong place and proceed in the wrong direction.

It has become extremely commonplace to hear people say that you just have to

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“Ghost Notes” by Art Edwards – a review

Want to know my secret vice?

I read the bridge advice columns in newspapers.

Don’t misunderstand – I don’t play bridge. I’ve never played. My closest friend for thirty-five years now (except for my wife, of course) does play bridge, and he’s tried to explain the game to me from time to time, but

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Ghost of Iga, by D. Hamilton Doggett – a review

 
 
 
“The nail that rises up will be hammered down.”

–Japanese proverb

 

 

 

 
 
In many ways, this is a hard book to talk about.

Partly, it’s hard to talk about because it’s so easy to read. I go back to the book to get a quote and I get swept up in the sheer

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It’s Saturday Again? Where’d My Week Go?

All she wants is to hide her scarred face. All he wants is to take the perfect portrait.

Sometimes the deepest secrets are hidden behind the thinnest veils.
 

The first five chapters of Light Always Changes are up now. If you’re getting impatient, you can buy the book here.

introduction

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It’s Saturday Again! New Chapter up for “Light Always Changes”

Just a quick note to say I’ve posted this week’s chapter.

The first four chapters of Light Always Changes are up now. If you’re getting impatient, you can buy the book here.

introduction chapter one chapter two chapter three chapter four