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The Book Of Accidents For Five Bucks? Sure!

The Book of Accidents is five bucks for your various E-MACHINE CYBERBOOK platforms. Why is this? I don’t know. How long will it last? I’ve zero idea. But it’s true right now, at the moment I type this, and you’ll find this to be the case at Amazon and Kobo and B&N and Apple and all that. So, enter the old house, find your way through the...

Cover Reveal: Black River Orchard, Coming September 26th, 2023, from Del Rey Books

Stand fast root, bear well topPray the God send us a howling good crop.Every twig, apples big.Every bough, apples now. — Apple Wassail song, 19th century Sussex This is the apple in your hand. Some would say it is so red that it looks black, but that’s not quite right. It’s the color of wine and offal, of liver soaked in Pinot Noir....

Reminder: B&N Bethlehem, This Weekend

That’s the news, hoopy froods — a reminder that my rescheduled B&N Easton/Bethlehem appearance is this very weekend. I’ll be at B&N in what they call Bethlehem but I think is kinda sorta Easton — it’s this store right here. I’ll be there at 1pm! I’ll sign books! I’ll talk! I’ll dance! I won’t dance!...

Wanderers: On Sale Today, $2.99 At Your Major E-Monger Book Receptacles

That’s it, really, that’s the post — WANDERERS is on sale! $2.99 at your major e-book platforms. So if you haven’t checked it out, now’s yer chance. And if you have checked it out and care to spread the word, that’d be awfully nifty. The links, if you need ’em: Kobo B&N Apple Google Play Amazon Aaaand...

Eat Shit, Robots! (Or: “No, The Absolute Intrusion Of Artificial Intelligence Is Not Inevitable”)

On this, the first ‘official’ morning of 2023 (meaning, a work morning), I read an article, as one does, at Bookseller: “AI narration is inevitable.” Written by Mark Piesing, it argues that AI narration is already very good and will only improve, that it’s cheap-as-free, that human narration is not necessarily better, and so on and so forth....

Writer’s Resolution 2023: Mounting An Aggressive Defense

(If you’d care to read last year’s 2022 resolution — here ’tis.) This year’s resolution is simple on the surface, if difficult to implement: Be vigorous in your defense of your work. Now, already I want to be clear that I don’t mean “defend it against bad reviews” or “against healthy criticism” or “editors” or whatever. ...

The Death And Rebirth Of A Year: What Happened In 2022, What May Happen In 2023

TIME HAS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED, I say, though I don’t find nearly as much evidence of that as I’d like. My wife compared Pandemic Time to defragging your hard drive — the relevant data bits are fewer, and so they get juggled together to free up space, which makes time and memory collapse and crumble in really weird, off-putting ways. I definitely...

I Saw The Blue Goat Cat Fish People Sequel Movie, And It Was Definitely A Movie That I Saw

I have a theory as to why people kept going back to see the first Avatar in the theaters, and it has nothing to do with the beautiful CGI world or the powerful 3D effects. It has everything to do with simply trying to remember the thing you just spent a lot of money and time to see. I mean, that’s the joke, right? The first movie was one of...

The Bird Site Is Fucked

It is, I think, the sensation of a phantom limb: it itches, the limb that doesn’t exist anymore, and so I want to scratch it even though nothing will ever satisfy or resolve that sensation. It’s like how I sometimes want to call one of my parents even though moments later I am reminded, “That’s right, they’re both dead.” This is Twitter for me at this...

The Non-Comprehensive Non-Exhaustive List Of Cool Stuff I Liked In The Year 2022

If you are at all like me, time means nothing anymore. The pandemic has broken any and all sense of temporal flow I once had. My wife likens it to defragging a hard drive — the pandemic was such an erratic time that our brains defragged, moving all the relevant chunks together and largely ignoring the chunks where either nothing happened or where it...

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