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Your ratings are noticed and appreciated.

Some of you who read my stories leave a star rating on Goodreads or Amazon. Probably once a day, I check to see if there are any new reviews and/or ratings.  I memorize the number of both, and when I refresh the page and see that the number has increased, it’s like getting a surprise …

City Book Review: Roller Rink Starlight

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I wrote an editorial review for Roller Rink Starlight.  It was phenomenal.  Here’s my review: Despite the title and preface, Roller Rink Starlight doesn’t have a whole lot to do with competitive speed skating. Sure, there’s some skating action in here—several chapters are chock full of arcane skating lingo, race times, and second-by-second retellings of …

Welp, I watched 698 episodes of The Simpsons.

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I hope you’ve been productive over the past year, the Coronavirus year, the year when you were encouraged to simulate life inside a bomb shelter. With the kids home, doing that whole distance learning thing, and with the local parks wrapped in yellow caution tape, we did a few things to break up the monotony. …

Your Recommendations Make a Difference

A copy of my short story sold a few days ago, which was surprising because I hadn’t done anything to make that happen. (Naturally, and like most other hobbyist writers, getting a sale usually involves some sign-spinning on my part.) When I sold a second copy an hour later, I got so suspicious that I …

First World Problems

I’m about to complain about the most first-world of all first-world problems, so before anyone reads this, I warn you: the following may prove to be a very unsatisfying read, and it basically amounts to me grumbling about not getting a free lunch.   I enjoy reading and writing. Reading is easy. But writing, if …

Probably Time to Start Writing Stuff Down

This is actually the second time I’ve given the above title to a blog post on this website. The first time was on April 3, 2017, for a post that is now deleted. I made it shortly after the Kickstarter campaign for my audio book wrapped up. Then this blog pretty much sat here for …