2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that manyContinue reading “2013 in review”

I appreciate my readers — they appreciate me right back!

Seriously, I love the heck out of anyone cool enough to sit down and read my blog. People who read regularly — especially people who subscribe? They rock my world! People who actually engage and leave comments? Man oh man: I want to buy them all big boxes of chocolate. And then there’s EJ Runyon.Continue reading “I appreciate my readers — they appreciate me right back!”

Work In Progress – ChainBlogging

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if you’re reading this, consider yourself tapped and feel free to play along. My pal Hobie Anthony passed this along to me, and it looks like fun, so here we go: What is the title of your WIP? Do I have to pick just one? I haveContinue reading “Work In Progress – ChainBlogging”

Ryan Werner is for real

So, check it: my good friend/archnemesis, frequent referent in my blog posts, Captain Caveman lookalike, Midwest rock star, and kick-ass writer, Ryan Werner, has launched himself a website. And it fairly rules. Really clever concept and structure, gang, with links to all his shenanigans. If you like good fiction, sleazy rock-n-roll, and/or really hairy dudes,Continue reading “Ryan Werner is for real”

I am both fresh and pressed. Like I have a job interview.

Seriously. I’ve been keeping an eye on stats today because I knew some friends were looking at my post about Maurice Sendak, and sometime between commercials on The Voice, my numnbers jumped by almost 100 views. Which NEVER happens. So I checked. And saw this: I’ve been hoping for a long time that sooner orContinue reading “I am both fresh and pressed. Like I have a job interview.”

I’m not very bendy, but apparently I’m Versatile

Zephyr at Presents of Mind paid me the wonderful compliment today of nominating this site for a Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks, Zephyr! You are, without a doubt, the bee’s knees. Sure, I know the “award” is sometimes considered a kind of meme or chain letter (or worse, just a way to pad the stats withContinue reading “I’m not very bendy, but apparently I’m Versatile”

The future is now

Ladies and gentlemen: behold the new website. There are still a few bits and bobs I plan to add in the coming weeks, like a couple more photo galleries, but say hello to the new and (I hope) improved website. Check out the new interactive photo menu on the main page, the new photos page,Continue reading “The future is now”

It’s the end of the blog as we know it: the Great Website Revamp of 2012

I swear this isn’t going to be an annual thing, at least not that I’m planning for. But since the anniversary of this site is here, I’m going ahead and redesigning the site again. I’ve added so much content over the last year — loads of links, the NaNoWriMo page, photos galore — that IContinue reading “It’s the end of the blog as we know it: the Great Website Revamp of 2012”

On self-publishing (no, it’s not as rosy as you think it is)

I’m going to keep this simple, gang: Go read Catherynne M. Valente‘s blog post “The End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” Go read it Right. Now. Because it is the best evaluation of self-publishing and e-publishing and traditional publishing and the future of books and everything else we allContinue reading “On self-publishing (no, it’s not as rosy as you think it is)”