March 10th, 2014
If you’re like me, you have a number of books going at once. Maybe there’s a hardback open on your nightstand, a paperback waiting in your briefcase, an ebook queued up on your digital device. There’s simply too much out there for b00k-at-a-time reading, and having so many books going at the same time means I’m always making and looking for recommendations.
Last week I finished Yann Martel’s genre-bending Life of Pi. This week I’m wrapping up K. J. Parker’s political fantasy Devices and Desires. And next week (sooner, if I can swing it) I plan to dive into Jon Sprunk‘s Blood and Iron, a book that is already getting some amazing buzz (check out the review at i09). The novel is already queued up on my Kindle, ready and waiting.
So how about you? What are you reading? My comment box and FB page are open, and I’m always looking for recommendations.
February 9th, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and I’ll be celebrating with three shows at Riley’s Pour House on February 15, March 7, and March 15.
That March 15 date will be part of Riley’s block party. If you attended last year’s event, I’ll hope to see you again this time around. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to drop by. A better party is not to be had anywhere this side of the Blasket Islands.
The ramp up begins this Saturday. Hope to see you there.
January 13th, 2014
When working on important projects, I like to pull the plugs as much as possible, disengaging the social media distractions that (for me at least) tend to derail the creative process. As a result, this is my first post since November. But it’s for a good cause.
This week took me back to Greensburg for the Writing Popular Fiction residency at . . . .
[Read more at The 21st Century Scop.]
November 16th, 2013
I was standing on the side of a multi-tiered lecture hall at the University of Brighton when Gina Wisker, one of my hosts for the evening, snapped the picture on the left. I didn’t see her take it. I was preoccupied with the stories I was going to present that night, queuing them in memory, getting ready.
I’d caught a red-eye into Heathrow the night before, spent the day getting to the Brighton Metropole (site of the World Fantasy Convention), and then took a cab crosstown in rush hour to the University’s Falmer campus. I should have been tired, but I felt focused, ready to go.
My presentation that night centered on the same readings that I would give later that week at WFC, but it also . . .
[Read more at The 21st-Century Scop.]