Monday, July 25, 2005


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
30,000 / 80,000

And huge thanks to Mike Jasper for not only reading ACCORDING TO CROW, but also saying nice things about it here

Friday, July 22, 2005

Dibs on this name...

Just received a bit of junk mail from "Frugality O. Various". Is it a great name, or what? Dibs on it!

A bit from the current WIP: "Dominique came from a solid peasant stock, not frequently given to fancy; still, in the privacy of the thick bones of her skull, she dreamt of an Asian gentleman who insisted on being called Buddha, and small dogs with sharp white teeth."

Have been reading some message boards, and felt tempted to reply to things a few times. Resisted the impulse, but made a few general observations:
1) "If you're not with us you're against us" mentality doesn't seem to further discussion on literary movements.
2) Calling someone an idiot does not invalidate their point. The biggest fool can say that the sun will rise tomorrow; it doesn't make it untrue.
3) Often, statements of fact are misinterpreted as hostility. Some folks like to feel persecuted. Or maybe they can't separate their core beliefs from their favorite icecream brand.

Yes, I like to state the obvious. If something is obvious it doesn't mean I can't find it interesting.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Chi Zine Fiction Contest

My story received an honorable mention! Yay! Making top 8 out of 241 is pretty good, no? I'm very happy about that.

Thursday, July 14, 2005


.... a whole bunch of stories started some time ago and abandoned for various reasons. Done with photosynthetic cats; on to a man who sets oil refineries on fire. After that, the encounter between Jebe, Genghis Khan's general, and aurora borealis. And after that -- actually, a tossup between deadly game of marbles, clowns caught in a worldwide flood, and a Crimean war veteran and fistulas. Suggestions are welcome.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Another entry

My story in Lenox Avenue #6 received a positive review in Tangent Online. Otherwise, not much is happening on the writing front -- too much work and all that. I'm trying to snatch up bits of time here and there to do reviews and a little bit of fiction writing. Just started on a new story, with the working title of "Hydraulic". I'm pleased with the central conceit(s), as well as some of the minor plot points -- like cats turning green due to algal symbionts. Ah, a cat you don't have to feed.... There's also mystery, strange energy sources, and the world ruled by Disney. And battery acid.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Jigsaw Nation...

... is getting on its way. I just sent out all the contracts, and we are gearing for March 2006 release. Fingers crossed.