The Butterfly Artist - Free!!!

My story The Butterfly Artist is available for free download at Smashwords. This story was only available in a limited run of 300 as the title piece in the earliest collection of my short fiction, published by Flesh & Blood press. So here you have it, free for all. Enjoy!
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And thus begins my foray into ebooks!

It's short! it's cheap! it's a novella! it's my first ebook! published at Smashwords: Archangel Morpheus. Two things I've learned - creating book covers is devilish hard business and when Smashwords says you need to format things correctly, they aren't kidding. Phew! That was a lot like real work!

Can't wait to abuse myself like this again . . . :)
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Book art

This has been posted elsewhere, but bears repeating. A most amazing collection of anonymously donated book art. Oh, that I had the time and patience to do something of this magnitude. I've seen a fair amount of book art, tried my hesitant hand at it just a touch myself. But this is one of the coolest things I've seen (in photos) in my life. I hope to get over to Edinburgh at some point and see this myself.
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My short story "Zaar" will appear in The Journal of Unlikely Entomology #2. This may be the best title of a venue in which I've had the pleasure of seeing my work appear. The editors, Bernie Mojzes and A.C. Wise, have been most gracious and patient, making a way for my story to appear in the journal, even though some formatting . . . liberalities . . . made the transposition a bit . . . interesting. Issue #2 will go live in November. Please have a look! There are good things happening there. You can get a gander at Issue #1 here!
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    Holst - The Planets


Just sold my very short story "A Means of Escape" to Coffinmouth, newest brainchild of Paul Jessup.

Kind of fun to be involved with a brand new venue. And nice to sell a short story after being sooooo caught up in editing one novel and writing another!

Novel finite, well, almost

Agent Kris has now witnessed the wonder that is Heraclix & Pomp, my latest golem meets pixie romp through 18th-Century Central Europe . . . and Hell . . .

Opinions from that quarter (and from other readers, as well) indicate "Damn Good, could be amazing" with edits, so I'm working on them. Lots of likey here, apparently, which gives me hope that some loving publisher will gush over it . . . once I'm done with all these darned edits.

And I've begun work on what I will tentatively call a hard Science Fiction novel, though I need to hit the books and make sure my science is tenable. I'm on chapter 4, loving the process, and hoping I don't have to flip Einstein, et al. back over in their graves. Ah, well, that's where the editorial process comes in, n'est-ce pas?
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    Paul Oakenfold - Pile Driver

Alastair Reynolds

Two chapters into Revelation Space . . . wow. This is the space opera I've been yearning for. Fantastic stuff, so far. And there's a lot left to read. Inspiring, to say the least.
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