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Above the Ground is in Print!

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After numerous supply chain delays, the print edition of Above the Ground is on sale in finer bookstores around North America. This project has been percolating for a long while, so it’s definitely satisfying to see it come to fruition. Former Heavy Metal CEO Matt Medney first talked to me about the project in the […]

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Resolutions

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I tend not to make New Year’s Resolutions, although the last one I made, some years back, was to stop biting my nails finally. Missing accomplished. As 2023 approached, and with it hitting the 65 milestone, I began thinking about goals for the year. Two things emerged, and for the record, I am posting them […]

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It was 39 Years Ago Today

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Sometime in June 1983, I was told Comics Scene was being canceled. My newly hired managing editor, Patrick Daniel O’Neill, would be laid off while I would be reassigned within Starlog Press. This reduced me to being the in-house traffic manager for the boxing and pro wrestling magazines being produced by freelance editors. I was […]

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What Have I Read This Year?

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Every year, I look back at my reading, trying to find patterns, failing every time. It’s an eclectic assortment of contemporary fiction, classic fiction, science fiction and fantasy, nonfiction, and tons of graphic novels. According to my lists at Goodreads, I have read 252 books this year, 48 “real” books, and 202 graphic novels. Every […]

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So, What Kind of Year has it Been?

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So, what kind of year has it been? Looking back, as I do at this point of the year, I see 2022 as an okay year. Good things happened; few bad things happened. And all mostly went according to plan. I didn’t write as much as usual, although I did manage to complete the second […]

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Buy My Books!

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When the website was redesigned, we included the functionality for me to sell autographed copies of my books. Until this weekend, I never executed that because I needed to organize and complete an inventory. With that now completed, I call attention to my extensive booklist which features fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Quite a […]

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First Week of School

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Faculty and staff returned to school on August 23 and it was genuinely wonderful to see everyone again. There were laughs, hugs, high-fives, and more. We welcomed the unusually large number of new faces and got ready to welcome back the students. The good news was that enrollment was up for the freshmen class and […]

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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

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I report back to St. Vincent Pallotti High School this morning, beginning my sixth year as a teacher there. Somehow, the ten-week summer break has evaporated and the 2022-23 academic year is poised to begin on the 29th. So, what did I do on my summer vacation? The big project was writing the second Above […]

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14 Years

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I can feel it coming, memoires triggered far more easily, and it feels like a countdown. I continue to dwell on those final days, as Robbie grew more tired and then that final day. Fourteen years is a chunk of time, more than half his time with us. This year it feels weightier and despite […]

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A Most Successful Kickstarter Campaign

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I attempted to fund my homage to the golden age of pulp magazines, Thrilling Adventure Yarns in 2019, estimating I needed $4500 to pay the authors somewhat below market rates, a cover painting, and book designer. I was shocked to do 200+% better with 400 backers. Encouraged, I tried again with TAY 2021, which asked […]

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