Some Things Fall Through the Cracks

  This last year, I’ve been very busy. In addition to having both of my children enter and progress through their teen years – which requires no small amount of stewardship and guidance – I’ve become a partner in a start-up advertising agency and most of my money, time, and creative energy has…

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Writing Is Heroic

The world doesn’t want you to write. Or, if it’s not actively working against you, it’s supremely indifferent to your efforts to put down words. You are insignificant, you are miniscule, you are but a tiny ship on the great face of the sea. You are infinitesimal. A blot. A…

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ConFusion 2016 Recap

I left Detroit on Sunday, at 5am. I was home at noon, exhausted, and hungover. Possibly coming down with con-crud. During my epic two hour nap, I had the most bizarre dream. I rarely dream – or, rarely remember my dreams – so it made an impression on me. I wrote it down and now,…

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DragonCon Schedule 2015

This is my last convention for the foreseeable future. I have none on the books and none I’m planning to attend for various reasons. I have mentioned elsewhere that I’m trying to focus on traveling for pleasure and research, rather than for literary conventions. While conventions are quite fun, they’re still…

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GENCON and Vacation Recap

I’ve returned from GenCon and my vacation. I am rested and back at work. Had a good time, both places. It was great hanging out with Tanner Critz, Steve Drew, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear, Monica Valentinelli, Kameron Hurley, Tracy Barnett, Daryl Gregory, Wil Wheaton, Maurice Broaddus, Jerry Gordon, Sam Sykes,…

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GenCon 2015 (and Ludington, MI)

End of week I get the first real vacation I’ve had since… hell, I don’t even know. A year and a half? At least. Since we started this company, CranfordCo. It bears the Cranford name, yes, but I am a partner of the junior stripe – I own a good percentage of…

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ArmadilloCon 2015 Recap

I’ve returned from Austin, Texas, having attended ArmadilloCon. It was a wonderful trip, and a very small, very literary convention, with a lot of amazing professional authors. Texas is big, and its population hides many surprises. Any convention of similar size up here in Arkansas, or Tennessee, or Missouri, would…

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ArmadilloCon 2015 – My Schedule

I’ll be in Austin this weekend attending ArmadilloCon 2015. There’s a whole slew of great authors going to be there, so come on out and join the fun. On Friday night, let it be known that the inimitable and dapper Wes Chu was kind enough to invite me and Robert Jackson…

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