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Sauron in the time of Marvel

Tony Stark would be no match for Sauron. My eldest has recently become interested in the Marvel movies. So, under no great duress, I’ve been watching some of them with him. I’ve seen most of them before, but it is a pleasure to watch them again, chiefly due to seeing...

Nightlights the electronica album

I haven't been creating much of anything these days due to the business of life. However, I have managed to carve out a little time for writing and recording some music. In years gone by, I recorded quite a few albums: folk albums by myself, as well as with an old...

The Otterbury Incident

The Otterbury Incident. Written by C. Day Lewis. Absolutely superb book for kids who are at the chapter-book reading level. School kids in post-war Britain, tangling with criminal gangs, mischief and mayhem. This one is worth...

Inflatable Hippies

My band, the Inflatable Hippies, has a new album coming out soon. Instrumental, no voices. I find myself thinking about the musical creative process in a different way these days. If you take a step back and look at the variables--tone, timing, intensity, syncopation,...

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....

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