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Mmm, sleeping until 11 a.m. and drinking kona coffee. Life is good.

On one of his recent podcasts, Stephen Eley of Escape Pod was lamenting the way many monsters (vampires, werewolves, etc.) have been drained of their power to terrify. So I sent Steve the link to my poem "Making Monsters", which deals with the same subject, thinking he'd get a kick out of it. Instead he wrote me and offered to buy the poem for his podcast! So expect "Making Monsters" as a flash audio piece sometime soon. (No, EP isn't really a poetry market, but this is one of my more strongly narrative poems, so I don't think this is a radical change for them.)

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This afternoon, I'm going to read the first 100 pages of The Light of a Better World (AKA the Bridge novel), and see if I can get back into it. I want to spend the next six weeks writing a lot on that book.

Tonight, we're going to a wedding, and tomorrow, my writing group is meeting, but I’m sure I'll find some time to lay about and drink coffee and eat chips and watch television and play video games, too. I'm a dedicated relaxer.

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I'll add my voice to the chorus of voices lamenting the death of Ellen Datlow's magazine Sci Fiction. It's been a great venue, and published some of my favorite stories. (I'll also add my voice to that subset of people who are lamenting the death of Sci Fiction, in part, because it means we'll never be published there!) But, instead of merely moaning, I'll point you at some of my favorite stories published by Sci Fiction. Go forth, and read, and give thanks that it existed for as long as it did (and brought a lot of legitimacy to online publishing in the process):

"The Pottawatomie Giant" by Andy Duncan

"Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol" by Elizabeth Hand

"Over Yonder" by Lucius Shepard

"The Empire of Ice Cream" by Jeffrey Ford

"The Baum Plan for Financial Independence" by John Kessel

"The Voluntary State" by Christopher Rowe

"The Wolf-man of Alcatraz" by Howard Waldrop

I could point at lots more, but I'll show restraint. Those are some of my very most favorites. Check out the other stories in the archives.



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