Recent Blog Posts
So this happened
I edited this anthology of cosmic horror stories: Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft. (That link will take you to the publisher's website.) [Read more]
Why does Salome hate us?
I've been feeling lately like I've ignored my online friends, and in fact, my IRL friends, to a level where I need to explain myself. I don't know if everyone feels this way when they get busy, but I struggle with my imagination. Perhaps everyone I know thinks I'm ignoring them now. [Read more]
The Naked American
2/8/14New blog where I write about cultural differences between the US and UK. [Read more]
What I think Red Phone Box is about
Now that the book's been out for a while, I'd like to take you through what I think is going on in the final version. There will be a few spoilers here, but I'll try not to give everything away. (First two chapters free on Ghostwoods Books website!) [Read more]
Guest Post by J.F. Lawrence: Why I Write
Don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good times, blame it on the boogie: specifically the boogie as interpreted by The Beatles. I realised, as I pondered why exactly I write, that had it not been for The Fab Four I could have had a respectable career – politics, arms dealing, running a drugs cartel, accountancy – instead of being a music lover and what William Burroughs might have called a master addict to words. [Read more]
In the death grip of the last chapters of a novel
Yes, I said death grip. Or throes, if you prefer.
I've been writing this novel on and off for a couple of years, and I'm finally getting almost to the end. Another writer asked me if I was at the place where you get the weird, excited feeling in your stomach because you can see the end, and you both want and don't want to be finished.
No. I'm ready for this book to be finished. I only want it to be finished. [Read more]
A few notes about 'Red Phone Box'
We're a couple of weeks into the release of the book. Based on reviews and comments so far, there are a few things I want to say, hopefully things that will help readers decide to read or not read the book.
1) Even though the phone box looks a bit like a Tardis, it isn't anything like a Tardis. It's not a live, or sentient. It's an object, manipulated by various forces and beings. [Read more...]
Book Launch and Party
Mostly writing books is about work, but sometimes you get to have fun. [Read more...]
A guest post on the topic: Why I Write
Today's post is by Thad Glindmeyer, a compatriot, circuit whisperer, imagineer, crafter of music, humorist for the Independent Post, past columnist for SunStar daily, and wielder of a vorpal yardstick
by: Thad Glindmeyer
I went through a phase a long, long time ago in a parish (county for the rest of America) far away which results in family members still calling me Luke Skywalker every Thanksgiving.[Read more...}
I started this deck of Tarot cards a couple of years ago using images of people I follow on Twitter. Since I moved my site, the cards have been left to languish. I thought I'd put them up again now. I had a good time working with existing images to come up with them. hope to complete the set at some point. [Read more]
From the Chicago Manual of Style
This is probably of little interest to anyone except me, but sometimes I like to read the punctuation questions and answers on the Chicago Manual of Style website. People ask such detailed things. It must be a weird and thought provoking job to work there and answer those questions. [Read more]
What made you decide to write?
I remember clearly the first story I wrote. It was about a rabbit that went to the moon because he thought it was made of carrots. I was six.
I got more serious about it at age eleven. I remember lying on my bed, the top bunk of a set of bunk beds i shared with my brother, and immersing myself in making up stories. I even got one published in the school magazine. I'm glad I don't have a copy of it. I'm sure it was cringe-worthy.[Read more...]
What to do when you get a 'meh' book review
Red Phone Box was released on Saturday. Just three days ago. During pre-release we got all four and five star reviews. Even Kirkus appeared to like the book. Yesterday, we got our first 'meh' review -- three stars.[Read more...]