Dark Heart Now Available on Smashwords!

You asked for it, and I delivered: my first novel, Dark Heart, is now available on the Smashwords site in EPUB, PDF and a couple of other formats, supporting all e-readers other than Amazon Kindle. (Actually, you can buy a Kindle version from there too if you want.)Here's the link:http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/358999Because of an odd policy of Smashwords' requiring all prices to end with 0.99, I set the price there at $4.99 rather than $5. So, if you want to buy a Kindle copy … [Read more...]

The Dreamy Hormones of Matrimony

AntiWomanSuffrage

Last week on Twitter, I saw a link to a Catholic site calling itself Fix the Family, which had posted an essay titled 6 Reasons to NOT Send Your Daughter to College. It was so hilariously over-the-top that I wondered at first if it was a parody. But after perusing the site for a while, I'm persuaded that it's for real.At the beginning of the essay, the author responds to what he sees as the obvious objections:"You believe in taking away opportunities for women and trapping them into a … [Read more...]

Announcing: Dark Heart

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So, I promised you all an announcement. Here's the story.A few years ago, before I started blogging, I wrote a novel. I never found a publisher who was interested, so I shelved it and forgot about it for a while. But Amazon has changed the equation, and so I've finally decided to take the plunge and publish!The book's title is DARK HEART, and it's a fantasy epic in the model of Robert Jordan, Ursula K. LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and some of the other authors I was reading at the time. It … [Read more...]

A Teaser

Coming Monday: … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Florence + the Machine

I'm surprised I've been posting music videos this long without mentioning one of my favorite artists at the moment, the English indie rock group Florence + the Machine. (As you can tell, I seem to have a thing for U.K. rock bands.)F+TM's style is darkly moody, gothic, operatic, held together and propelled by the magnificent voice of the lead singer/songwriter Florence Welch. (Not for nothing was their debut album called Lungs.) This one's a bit more upbeat than most of their hits, but I like … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Terror on the High Seas

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Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter VIAs Dagny drifts through the crowds at Hank's party, she overhears a conversation:"Last night," said the spinster, "I stayed awake because of the shooting. There were guns going off all night, way out at sea. There were no flashes. There was nothing. Just those detonations, at long intervals... Everybody down on the shore knows what it was. It was Ragnar Danneskjold. It was the Coast Guard trying to catch him.""Ragnar Danneskjold in Delaware Bay?" a … [Read more...]

The Richard Dawkins Facepalm Watch

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When I last wrote about Richard Dawkins, it was to report on the backlash over some clumsy, badly-judged remarks that he made about Islam. I was hoping that, at the very least, he'd learned a lesson from all the criticism he received and would watch his words more carefully in the future. But alas:In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday (Sept. 7), Dawkins, 72, he said he was unable to condemn what he called "the mild pedophilia" he experienced at an English school when he was a … [Read more...]

Notable (and Hilarious) Examples of the Christian Right’s Failed Prophecies

HaroldCamping

This article was originally published on AlterNet.The Christian right in America, like all organized religions, claims to have a correct and exclusive understanding of God's will. To hear them tell it, the almighty creator of the universe has strong opinions about corporate tax rates, firearm ownership, and what consenting adults do with their genitals, and he's delegated them to speak on his behalf.But if they want us to believe they have this authority, it seems only fair to consider … [Read more...]

Atlas Shrugged: Author Appeal

DiamondBracelet

Atlas Shrugged, part I, chapter VIIt's common for authors of fiction to use their books as an apologetic: asserting the essential rightness of their views by putting ideas they support into one group of characters and ideas they dislike into other characters, and then having the latter ignominiously defeated by the former. Many novels do this, but Atlas more so than most. Rand's characters and plot are like thin papier-mâché shells around the cast-iron principles she wanted to … [Read more...]

Some Unfinished Thoughts on Syria

Since it looks more likely than not that the U.S. is going to attack the Assad regime in Syria, I wanted to write down some of the thoughts that have been on my mind the last few days.I don't have any particular reason to doubt that Assad used chemical weapons. We know that he possesses them, and he's shown himself to be an extraordinarily brutal dictator with no compunctions about bombing and shelling civilian populations as a form of collective punishment. I also don't think that this … [Read more...]


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