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Robbie would turn 34 today. That’s a solid adult’s age, one inching towards middle age, long past being a kid. His friends thrive, many married, several with kids, and all with interesting careers. Those who have named children after Robbie report his spirit lives within each of them, which is some comfort. There really isn’t […]

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Introducing you to Above the Ground

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Now that it’s public, I am excited to talk about the novel I wrote last year. As you may recall, I was asked to step in and complete Paul Antony Jones’ This Alien Earth trilogy for Aethon Books. They were happy enough with the finished product that I was recommended to Matt Medney, CEO of […]

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Some Details to Share About OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!

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The freelance life is beginning to take shape as projects are finally getting announced. As mentioned earlier, coming in March is The Phenomenons, the new super-hero prose universe masterminded by Michael Jan Friedman. Kickstarter backers have started receiving their copies and the response has been positive. Also now announced, is the Peter and Kathleen David-edited […]

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Talking The Phenomenons: Every Human Creature

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It has to have been a year or so back when Mike Friedman reached out to me and Paul Kupperberg. “Guys,” he said, “I’m thinking of creating a prose superhero universe.” When we couldn’t talk him out of it, we provided feedback on his premise, ensuring it didn’t resemble the plethora of existing shared superhero […]

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The First Semester Draws to a Close

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The first semester officially has closed. The mid-terms are graded and posted and the focus is on the second half of the school year. My four sections of freshmen arrived after a year and a half at home, effectively transitioning from seventh grade to ninth grade, entering high school somewhat unprepared for the expectations. They […]

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A Year at Marvel – Final Days

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Returning to work on Tuesday, January 2 felt weird. There was a definite gloom in my corner of the offices. By then, I had used the holiday break to steel myself for getting fired. Deb was incredibly supportive, which helped tremendously. Given the pressure Bill Jemas had placed on Collected Editions, I stepped in and […]

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The Year in Reading

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According to Goodreads, I have read 223 books in 2021, a whopping 40,198 pages. The shortest was 96 pages and the fattest was 706 pages with them averaging a 3.7 (out of 5) rating. That’s quite a bit read on paper, eBook, and audiobook. Taking out the graphic novels, I managed 51 traditional books, ranging […]

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What Kind of Year was 2021?

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The best that can be said for 2021 is that it was definitely an improvement over 2020, but it was incremental, nothing substantive. Deb and I remained healthy and Covid-19 free throughout the year, suffering nothing worse than a cold. We’ve both been vaxxed and boostered, which has certainly contributed to that. Deb working out […]

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A Year at Marvel – December

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The days were growing shorter as December settled in. All was humming along nicely, or so it seemed. The growing sense that something was off between me and Bill Jemas was definitely growing. I was in his office less and less often; he rarely popped his head into my office, a floor below. Unlike some […]

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My WorldCon Schedule

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Deb and I haven’t managed to attend a WorldCon since Millennium PhilCon in 2000. We were, therefore, very excited to see Washington, D.C. win the 2021 bid to host. I was disappointed when Covid-19 forced DisCon III to relocate from August (right before school started), to this coming week, as the Winter Break beckons. We’ll […]

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