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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Posted in self-publishing, Short Stories.

This is a bit late today. I got up at 7:00 in the morning and came down­stairs and did all the proofing and format­ting and… woke up. So, in fact, it wasn’t done. Grumpy, I rolled over and got up and came down­stairs and proof­read and formatted and then… woke up again. Third time appar­ently is the charm, but it’s unusual to have dreams that mundane. You can’t call them night­mares because it’s awful only once you’ve woken up and realize that all that theo­ret­ical work was a dream and it still has to be done. I have no idea why my subcon­scious is trying to give me ulcers. I mean… once? Okay. But twice? As I’ve been doing, the story in .pdf down­load is here. The story has … Continue reading 

Posted in writing.

There was no post on Saturday, because on Friday, for the first time in over two months, I went into the book­store. I there­fore did not write on Friday, which meant I wrote on Saturday instead. I was asked to come in because “the shelves are a disaster”, and as there’s only been two people in the store — the owner and the full-timer — for the two weeks, I consid­ered it rela­tively safe, and on Fridays, there’s only one person in the store other­wise. Two of our distrib­u­tors are sending only full cartons of books, which works for some new releases, but means we’re not getting back­list for those two distrib­u­tors. They are doing this to cut down on actual handling of books; in order to send us … Continue reading 

Posted in self-publishing, Short Stories, writing.

It’s Monday again. Today’s short story is What She Won’t Remember. As usual, the .pdf, linked above, can be down­loaded for free (you might have to “save as” after you’ve clicked on the link). The book page is here. B&N and iTunes have not gone live yet; the former is prop­a­gated through Smash­words. I’ll add links as they go live. This was written for Mike Resnick’s Alter­nate Outlaws just over a quarter century ago. It was only a little bit longer than what was requested. I was still far more comfort­able with novel writing than with short story writing. And in some ways, this has continued, which will prob­ably be a surprise to no one. *** I am still writing. I can’t remember if I mentioned that I’ve sold the … Continue reading 

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So, last week I mentioned Dimash Kudaibergen, and linked a couple of clips. The couple of clips were not, of course, all that I listened to — on his offi­cial channel he has, ummm, a lot. Including full concerts. But I was very curious — as one is — about who did beat him in the Singer 2017 contest. So… I found the full episodes (there are 13 +1 benefit concert) (someone subti­tled them), each about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. Then I had to go to wikipedia because I didn’t under­stand the contest rules. It’s a contest for profes­sional singers. So you have to be invited to go. But you get voted off the island every second episode. The judges are 500 audi­ence members, and at the end of all perfor­mances they list their favorite … Continue reading 

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When I was in high school, I took French. In French, the stan­dard curriculum involved the reading of a book – in French, of course – and essays or discus­sions (also in French) about said book. But our French teacher, Bob, decided to go an entirely different route. He brought in a record (yes, record — no CDs existed at that time, and no MP3s – it was a 33 RPM record), and printout of the back cover sleeve, which contained all the lyrics. The record was for a rock musical, Star­mania. We studied specific songs – but of course, we all listened to the entire thing. It is… a younger person’s musical. Also: the French aren’t post-modern in their musi­cals. There are things that work in French that just do not work in English – like Notre Dame de … Continue reading