Welcome to 2018, the Year of Life, Dancing!

I’ve not posted in a while because there were a lot of things going on, not the least of which is I’m making the transition from senior scientist to full-time writer and it’s taken me a while to get my feet back in the sidesaddle of the writing business again. By necessity and choice, I won’t be writing sidesaddle any more, although my goal is to make that horse dance and prance to its best ability. The blog posts went by the wayside during all this as I didn’t want to just post a fluff piece. I hate it when… Read More

The Truth Is Out There

This is one of my longer articles. I’m trying to do a few of them to break up the photo montages of archeoseismology travelogues and cute kitty and garden pictures. 🙂 According to Wikipedia, the title of this article is a tagline (The X-Files) or an episode title (from the series Charmed and NCIS). The phrase is now so embedded in our consciousness that it might even qualify for a cultural meme. But what is truth? Is it the same as fact? If it’s really ‘out there’, can we define it? How can we separate truth from truthiness, and why… Read More

Eurocon 2017 Dortmund

  I’ll be in attendance at the Eurocon starting some time later today. My official schedule: Panel: Refugees  Friday, June 16, 18:00-19:00 Short Fiction Reading: Some Don’t Like It Quite So Hot featuring Schattenreich characters Caitie and Hagen von der Lahn in one of a new series of time travel mysteries Saturday, June 17, 14:00-15:00 Hope to see you there!

My 100 Favorite Novels, the May 2017 version

Greetings from sunny Sicily, to be more precise, Selinunte, where battles were fought and lost and earthquakes ravaged buildings. Maybe. Thanks to Nathan Bransford for the challenge to create a top 100 novel list. He said it was hard. He was right. I have no doubt I’ve forgotten many that should be on this list – which is why I gave it a dated version. This is a little like forgetting to acknowledge people, which is why I have a slight feeling of anxiety for forgetting a novel I really loved. But, hey, I’ve read a crapload of books and… Read More

The Looooooong Break

I’m back! Sorry about the break, but I needed time to write, to read, to travel and time to think. I know that’s no excuse. I could have just popped in here and written something – what I’m writing, reading, thinking, etc. But it was my alone time. Everyone needs that. I am convinced I need a lot of it. It’s probably a delusion on my part, but spending time with myself has always been a big part of my life. When I was a kid it involved lugging tons of books home from the library and long bike rides… Read More