Archive for March, 2008

Writing With Pets = Imagination Insurance

I write full time at home with five cats who provide me with companionship and imagination insurance. I’ll discuss that in brief after a round of feline introductions. Meet my feline overlords: ‘Belle – don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, hate me because you’re not Meglet – who is a very small animal Ashbless – […]

Writing-Related Dreams

My subconscious is far from subtle.  I can always tell when I’m feeling overbooked because I start having that dream, you know the one where you discover that you’ve been the understudy for Ophelia in Hamlet for the last several months,  have missed every rehearsal, and today is opening night.  That’s the one where I’m frantically reading […]

A Brief History of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

I’m the founder of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers, which I run annually each summer in Laramie, Wyoming. This year the workshop will run from July 30 to August 5th, the week immediately prior to Denver Worldcon. Denver is only a two-hour drive from Laramie, and this will allow interested participants to attend […]

The good and scary, hand in hand…

And so, here it comes – the helpful widget that Harper Collins has provided as a countdown for the release of “Spellspam”, the second in my Worldweavers trilogy, reads only just over five days – the baby book is due to hit the shelves on March 11. I’ve had one “official” review already, and it’s […]

Spider Star Released, Free Chapters Available

My new novel Spider Star is officially released today. It’s gotten very good reviews so far from sf aficionados, and more mixed reviews from more general venues that still tout the strength of innovative ideas, a unique setting, and accurate science. The book has been favorably compared to Larry Niven at his best, Niven and […]

Taboo Topics

Recently on a reviewer site, a book was reviewed (go figure). But this particular review caught my attention because of its discussion of “hot button” issues. Specifically, a woman had been raped in the book and the reviewer was not happy about it. Before we go further, some context: First, I’ve read the book in […]

Happy Flaw

I wasn’t a good reader as a kid. I didn’t read as fast as my classmates, and I didn’t understand what I was reading. In first grade, my teachers decided to do something about it. While the rest of the class had Reading, I sat by myself in the school library. Stories were projected onto […]

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Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

Lyda Morehouse

Lyda Morehouse is the author of the science fiction AngeLINK series. She's won the Shamus and the Philip K. Dick Special Citation for Excellence (aka 2nd place). Her books have also been nominated for the Romantic Times Critics' Choice and preliminary Nebula ballot. She lives in the deep-freeze of Saint Paul, MN with her partner of twenty-odd years, their son, and lots and lots of cats (and fish!) Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Jenn Reese

Jenn Reese is the author of JADE TIGER (Juno Books, 2007), an action-adventure kung fu romance, with tigers. Her short stories have appeared online at Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories, and in various print anthologies like Japanese Dreams, Sword & Sorceress, and Polyphony 4. When she's not writing, Jenn is practicing martial arts, playing World of Warcraft, or dreaming of rain. Visit site.

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