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Real heroes

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, seventy-four years ago. Traditional epic fantasy always revolves around the character of the hero, whether it be Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, Taran, Ged, or even my more humble Jute. But all those heroes, regardless of the truth in them and...

The Short Life of Alfie Evans

Most people have heard of Alfie Evans. I realize that most two-year-olds are not well known. Sadly, Alfie is. Or was. The circumstances of his death point to the worst in human nature. And, while one way to make sense of the senselessness of the manner of his passing...

Dark Matter Stories

There's a Special on Dark Matter in Aisle Seven According to the commonly accepted model of cosmology, ordinary matter and energy as we know them, make up a little bit less than five percent of the universe. I suppose ordinary matter has a lonely job of it, seeing...

Love in the Time of Stories

Noblebright Fantasy Love Noblebright fantasy love? What's that? And what does love have to do with this genre? Practically everything. And if you take a peek behind the curtain, if you really look behind the curtain, not just practically everything, but absolutely...

Number 2 with Sun

Number 2 with Sun

...and this morning's view from my office window. Sun, blue skies, typical California for where I live.

The View From My Office Window

The View From My Office Window

The view from my office window this morning. Rain, rain, come again. California needs more rain. California needs a lot of things. But not too much rain, or we'll start flooding. Rain and mist on the mountains always reminds me of Susan Cooper's The Grey King. That's...

Noblebright books–Faeries and Fell Beasts

Noblebright books–Faeries and Fell Beasts

A friend of mine, C. J. Brightley, is publishing two new noblebright books. The first, a Christmas novella, is called Twelve Days of (Faerie) Christmas, and will be released on February 27, which happens to be tomorrow. The second book, Fell Beasts and Fair, is an...

Interview with Intisar Khanani

Interview with Intisar Khanani

Nice interview with fellow author Intisar Khanani on her site. I contributed a book recently, along with her, to a collection of noblebright fantasies called Luminous. Anyway, check out the interview. It's coupled with a giveaway of a LOTR tote bag and a Harry Potter...

The Fury Clock free

The Fury Clock free

...because it needs to be read. The Fury Clock was the most enjoyable writing experience I've ever had with a book. Probably because I could, for the most part, write whatever I wanted without the constraints of propriety, common sense, or logic. While I wouldn't want...

Lie of the Land album

Lie of the Land album

The Lie of the Land is an album I recorded back around 2007 in response to the general plan update battle in Monterey County (that's my county). Things got heated. I figured music might be a good way to get people thinking. It didn't work, as far as I could tell....

Poor Louie’s Bull

Poor Louie’s Bull

Some friends and I recently played a couple of my songs at the Cowboy Poetry fundraiser last Sunday. The Salinas Rodeo big week always kicks off with this poetry event. Great blues band after us, followed by Chris Pine, an old cowboy poet from Arizona. The spoken word...

Strawberries

Strawberries

We grow a lot of things on our farm. Celery, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. Those are the bigger crops, but we also grow strawberries. The sad thing about strawberries is that most people don't really know what a real strawberry should taste like. The berries you...

Dark Matter Holds Everything Together

Dark Matter Holds Everything Together

Interesting news story out today about how astrophysicists have discovered a galaxy relatively close to our own that is comprised almost entirely of dark matter. Our Milky Way has about 100 times more stars than the galaxy in question, yet they're both about the same...

Friends in Masks

Friends in Masks

A friend of mine from the land of Oz, and fellow-fantasy writer, Ashley Capes, has an epic fantasy series called The Bone Mask Trilogy out on Amazon and the various other ebook sites. His books feature a young thief as one of the main characters, just like Jute in my...

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