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  • 3.19.19 9 days to go (still): An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on David Gerrold

    3/19/19


    In honor of our 9-days-and-counting* to either being fully funded or fully irritated that we weren’t fully funded for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I have decided to spotlight one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! Back us now, before you miss out!



    *Math was never my strong suit. I thought we were 9 days as of yesterday; turns out today is the 9th-and-counting day. Fortunately, this ... continue

  • 3.18.19 9 days and counting: ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Spider Robinson

    3/18/19


    In honor of our 9-days-and-counting to either being fully funded or fully irritated that we weren’t fully funded for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I have decided to spotlight one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! Back us now, before you miss out!



    Or, 9 Things About Spider Robinson, Some of Which Are Fabrications



    Spider Robinson is an author.He is amazing.Some people actually start ... continue

  • 3.06.19 Too Many Sympathy Cards: On Losing Two Inspirational Friends

    3/06/19


    Too many sympathy cards.



    One is too many. Two to honor departed friends, in the space of just a few weeks, is completely horrid.



    But I want people to know about two people who, while I
    wasn’t in regular touch with them for some years, were still important to me –
    and who have now passed away. Skip Groff and Susan Green never met (so far as I
    know), yet had lives that covered music, and writing, and pop culture and, for
    at least a brief moment, included me. I will miss ... continue

  • 3.05.19 Admiration: Lois Duncan, Weaponizer of Feminism

    3/05/19


    Of all the writers who left the earliest, most significant handprints in my undried childhood cement, none leap to mind faster than Lois Duncan. Her dark, young adult worlds – published in an era when YA dark fiction was more anomaly than rule – sparked a fire in me for the weird, the twisted and speculative that still roars, decades later.



    I can’t recall why I picked up her books in the first place,
    though I suspect she felt instantly familiar to me because she was named Lois. My
    mom was named – is named – ... continue

  • 2.26.19 Meet the Beatles anthology: “Across the Universe”

    2/26/19


    Words are flowing outLike endless rain into a paper cupThey slither wildly as they slip away across the universe



    — The Beatles, “Across the Universe”



    Now the story can be told: I am delighted to announce that I will be co-editing a brand-new anthology for Fantastic Books, Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles (working title), with co-editor Michael Ventrella.



    And our Kickstarter just went live this morning! Here’s the link.



    It’s all very exciting. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with Michael ... continue

  • 2.25.19 The joys of taking books on vacation

    2/25/19


    One of the great joys of vacation, for me, is a chance to arrive at my location and dive into a book. It sounds counter-intuitive — to travel hours in order to disappear into yet another world — but I just adore traveling through a city or the countryside, finding a perfect location, and getting cozy for an hour or more at a time with a book I’ve carried all this way.







    Reading while traveling seems to imprint both the place and the book in my mind in ways that either ... continue

  • 1.08.19 Arisia 2019 Schedule

    1/08/19


    Come find me at Arisia in Boston from Jan. 18-21! I’ll be paneling, partying, reading and selling.



    Here’s my schedule:



    Saturday, Jan. 19, 8:30pm – 9:45am (St. James)It Was Nineteen-Eighty-Something The twenty-year nostalgia cycle took longer this time, but the Reagan era is back. 2018’s Ready Player One hid its plot in a fire hose of 80s references. Stranger Things views its horror through the lens of an event miniseries of the era. We’ve revisited the golden age of pro wrestling via GLOW, and followed a teen obsessed with ... continue

  • 1.04.19 11 Thoughts, Questions and Concerns I Had While Binging Netflix’s ‘You’

    1/04/19


    You and I have a few things to talk about.



    Yes, there will be spoilers.



    1) The angsty villain protagonist stalker creepo is named Joe Goldberg (and played by Penn Badgley, who apparently had something to do with Gossip Girl). Anyway, I’m concerned about him being a Goldberg. I’m all for diversity but this is not going to be good for the Jews.



    2) Not that he appears to adhere to any religion, and is
    actively shown wearing a Santa hat and giving away presents. So maybe a
    non-Jewish Goldberg. ... continue

  • 12.07.18 Glenn Close on being a selfish artist, ‘hideous’ paintings and still missing ‘Damages’ Patty Hewes

    12/07/18

    There was never any way I could get all of the greatness of chatting with Glenn Close into a single 800-word article for the LA Times Envelope, though I did my best. For those who liked that chat and were left wanting more, here’s most of the rest of the transcript of our conversation. We spoke in the Library restaurant of The Public Theater in New York City on October 9, 2018. Her new film The Wife was already in theaters, and she was simultaneously performing in the Public’s Mother of the Maid. Both the play of Mother and the ... continue

  • 12.4.18 50 Things I Can’t Stop Thinking of Since I Sent the New Novel to My Beta Reader

    12/04/18


    I forgot to do this one thing in Chapter 20.
    The ending could be done in a completely different way.
    It’s too goofy.
    It’s not funny.
    It’s not funny enough.
    The serious parts are seriously inane.
    My main character doesn’t have an arc.
    My beta reader hates it.
    My beta reader is trying to find a kind way to tell me she hates it.
    Every day that passes since my beta reader got it is another day that proves she didn’t stay up all night reading it because she loved it so much.
    I should start something new.
    I ... continue