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18 February 2017 @ 07:18 am
My schedule for AnachroCon, Feb 24 - 26, is assembled. It looks like I’m going to have a great deal of fun. Here’s what’s on my dance card.


2:00pm - All Things Who Track: Hello Sweetie!  A Love Story in Time and Space, with Patrick Taylor, Lee Martindale, and others TBD. The write-up: “Since her first appearance in “Silence in The Library” to her latest appearance in this past year’s ‘The Husbands of River Song’, River Song has proven to be fan favorite of Doctor Who fans.   We take a look back at River’s story, and how it has affected both The Doctor and the Whoniverse.”

4:30pm - Main Programming: Opening Ceremony. We get the party officially started.


2:00pm - Literature Track: Sword & Sorcery, with James Moore (M), Lee Martindale, and Arthur Hinds. The write-up: “In which we explore the history and current state of sword-and-sorcery (a term coined in 1961) in fiction, film, and television.”

8:00pm - Literature Track: The AnachroCon Salon, with Leanna Renee Hieber, Lee Martindale, Christopher Stasheff, James Moore, Lev Butts, Charlotte Henley Babb, James Palmer, Stephanie Osborn, Jannaea Adams, Charles Rutledge, and More! The write-up: “In which many of our author guests read from, sell, and sign their works.”


10:00am - Literature Track: How to Write a Killer Opening. I’ll be leading a hands-up workshop on grabbing the reader right out of the gate.

Noon - All Things Who Track: A Decade of Modern Doctor Who 2005-2017, with Patrick Taylor, Lee Martindale and others.  The write-up: “In 2005, the BBC brought back Doctor Who to television screens across the world.  From the early years featuring Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant to the more recent years featuring Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, we’ll take a loving look back at the modern day iteration of Doctor Who and how it has evolved over the past decade.  In addition, we’ll discuss the future of the series sense Steven Moffat departure as showrunner and of his replacement Chris Chibnall.”

2:00pm - Literature Track: 866-1066: The Viking Age in Fact and Fiction, with Kathryn Hinds, Lee Martindale and others. The write-up: “In which those with an interest in vikings and the TV show Vikings gather to celebrate and vent about our favorite “barbarians” and their depiction in popular culture.”

4:30pm - Main Programming: Closing Ceremony.

For the complete list of panels, check out the Programming Tracks page at http://www.anachrocon.org.
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09 February 2017 @ 09:26 am
There are many harbingers of Spring. The first robin, the first daffodil, the Westminster Dog Show, the first ads for “getting that swimsuit body”. For me, it’s AnachroCon, the first convention of my travel year. And, to my great delight, it is rapidly approaching.

AnachroCon is an Atlanta fan-run convention centered on Steampunk, Alternate History, Real History, Time-Travel, assorted side bars, and Costuming. The programming is always varied and excellent, the dealer room filled with temptations, and the attendees friendly and engaged. All the things that make for a really fun weekend.

The theme this year is “The ‘60s Through the Ages”, which means both costuming and programming are wide open in terms of era and theme. I’m honored and pleased to be joining Christopher Stasheff, Kelly Lockhart, Leanna Renee Hieber, Stephanie Osborn, JV (Java) Green, and others as a guest, and can’t wait to see what kind of mischief the programming team gets me into.

Speaking of mischief, the con is making it easier to get into for attendees with a Special Deal on memberships. Details at

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02 January 2017 @ 09:33 am

I guess the Universe hasn't changed Its Mind. We really *are* in 2017.

And to celebrate the fact, the HarpHaven website has gotten its Happy 2017 update, including the first part of my 2017 convention schedule. Have a look at http://www.HarpHaven.net

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01 December 2016 @ 04:19 pm
...and what the heck have I been doing can be yours on the newly-updated HarpHaven website.

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11 November 2016 @ 10:46 am
To the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military or have done so in the past, who serve or have served her with honor...

Thank you for your service.
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10 November 2016 @ 09:42 am
You'll notice I didn't say "ex-Marines". There's no such thing.

Maybe it was growing up with step-uncles and older cousins in the Corp. Maybe it was a couple of classmates in tech school, and co-workers later on. Or the current, cherished friend who served in a difficult time and under difficult circumstances. For whatever reason, I confess to playing favorites when it comes to branches of the U.S. military. Now that that's out in the open:

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corp!
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07 September 2016 @ 01:06 pm
Cancel the search parties! I'm home!

A later-than-usual flight put me home just before 9:00pm Tuesday night, justly but happily exhausted from a wonderful Dragon Con. I hope to have a con report when the dust clears, but for now, let me say that I had a marvelous time with some of the finest folk in fandom.

Digging out my desk has commenced after a much-needed sleeping-in, and I'll be concentrating on that for the next couple of days.
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22 August 2016 @ 08:57 am
Having to cancel plans for MidAmeriCon II WorldCon in Kansas City was deeply disappointing. But there is an upside. It means being fully rested and ready for Dragon Con 30, which – given my schedule and the wealth of Mischief To Get Into – is a very good thing.

Here, as of this posting, is my programming schedule. Last-minute additions are always possible.

Friday, Sept 2

11:30am - 12:30pm - Effective Promotion for Writers with Sheila English, Gail Z. Martin, Peter David, Faith Hunter, and Lee Martindale (M). Pros discussing what works for them, and what doesn’t, when it comes to promoting their work.

1:00pm - 2:00pm - History of SciFi with Lee Martindale (M), Chris A Jackson, and Van Allen Plexico.  The write-up: “Science Fiction has a very long history of highs, lows and in-betweens. Our panelists discuss this and present a look at where the genre has been and why it is important.” I expect this one to be lively, possibly controversial, and – given the panelists – a great deal of fun.

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Reading. Call me crazy, but I enjoy doing readings, regardless of the size of the audience. I’m not sure what I’ll be reading, but I’m toying with the idea of including the first chapter of the novel-in-progress.

Saturday, Sept 3

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Autographing

Sunday, Sept 4

10:00am - 11:00am - Literary Comfort Food with Lee Martindale (M), Esther Friesner, and Gail Z. Martin. The write-up: “We all have books we go back to again and again. It could be because it makes us feel better or because it draws us into a world where we want to be. Our panelists suggest some of theirs.”  One of the panels I’m most looking forward to, for both the topic and the panelists.

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Graphic Novels--Ride the Tide with Chandra Free, Bobby Nash, Nate Powell, Andy Runton, and Lee Martindale (M). The write-up: “The fiction world is exploding with graphic novels. Take this opportunity to hear what successful writers in this genre recommend to help new writers break into the field.” It just doesn’t get better than an interesting topic and knowledgeable panelists.

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Genre-Bending--Making it Work for You with Lee Martindale (M), Lois H. Gresh, Leanna Renee Hieber, and Richard Kadrey.  The write-up: “Great ideas sometimes splatter across genre divisions. How can it work to your benefit? How can you turn that great idea into a great novel?” Another panel I’m looking forward to on the basis of the topic and the panelists. I love my job.

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Writing for Anthologies with Lee Martindale (M), Trisha J. Woldridge, and  Nancy Knight. The write-up: “Numerous anthologies are published every year in a variety of genres and sub-genres. Some are closed--by invitation only. Others are open call. Discover how to be invited or how to successfully break into the market.” Do you need to ask why I’m excited about this one?

10:00pm - 11:00pm - The Writing Process with  Lee Martindale (M), John G. Hartness, Lois H. Gresh, Lou Anders, Dayna L Linton, and Eric Flint. The write-up: “We know writers write. But how do they write? What process do they follow to generate the wonderful stories we love to read? Our panelists discuss this and maybe give us a few surprises.” Net! Tranquilizer gun!

Monday, Sept 5

11:30am - 12:30pm - When is Science NOT Science Anymore? with Todd McCaffrey, Lee Martindale (M), Chris A Jackson, and Alex White. The write-up: “At what point does science cross the line into magic? Does this make it science fantasy, or is it still science fiction?” Thinking this one is going to be dry and academic? Oh, darlings, think again.

Am I pleased? Absolutely! It’s going to be a lot of fun.
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12 July 2016 @ 08:27 am
...has been posted at the HarpHaven website. News of what I've been up to and what's in the fairly-immediate future can be found at:

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29 June 2016 @ 08:15 am

Timing is everything. The week that sees me finishing up my second term on the Board of Directors of SFWA also sees the interview I did with Carl Slaughter posted to File770. It was an enjoyable experience.


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