BLACK LIVES MATTER

Posted on Saturday, 30th May, 2020

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What, Me Worry?

Posted on Wednesday, 29th April, 2020

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After about 70 years, MAD Magazine has gone into permanent reruns. But read my article on the history of the magazine and comic book.

Interview with author Johnathan Yeakey

Posted on Saturday, 25th April, 2020

Columbia author Johnathan Yeakey and I discuss the craft of writing.

Back in my day…

Posted on Monday, 30th March, 2020
This is not my original idea, but I think it bears repeating. There have been a lot of jokes about how people of my generation, who grew up in the 1980s and 90s and witnessed the information revolution, have seen so much change and how young adults and children cannot relate to how things were done a few decades ago. Well…do you think the kids of the 1880s and 90s who witnessed the industrial revolution, went through the exact same thing?

“You kids and your fancy radios and phonographs. In my day, if you wanted music, you had to play it yourself!”

“What do you mean, ‘Who’s that?’ That’s John Philip Sousa! He was the greatest musician of my generation! Marches are not dead! Go to your room!”

“Oh, Mr. Eighth grade education thinks he knows more than me, huh?”

“You know, you’re lucky you get to use the bathroom indoors. And don’t even get me started about this ‘toilet paper.’”

“Kids today, getting their picture taken like twice a year.”

“Yes, I know pencils and fountain pens are more convenient, but my child doesn’t even know what an inkwell is. What are the schools teaching these days?”

Drag Queen Story Time

Posted on Saturday, 7th March, 2020

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A Republican lawmaker in Missouri has introduced a bill targeting drag queen story hour events at public libraries that would set up parental review boards to approve events and penalize librarians with potential fines and jail time for violations.


State Rep. Ben Baker’s Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act would require all Missouri public libraries to establish parental review boards, with members elected by voters, that would approve library display material and events.”

Well, my family wasn’t about to stand for that. My wife, daughter and I joined about 300 fabulous protestors to let the legislature know there is no room for censorship in public libraries.

A sad day for America

Posted on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020

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Today, the U.S. Senate showed their loyalty to the president, rather than to the constitution. I can’t wait to vote that sap out in November.

And this is why we fight…

Posted on Wednesday, 29th January, 2020

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The party of small government has no problem regulating your body if you are transgender. Or a woman in general.

Richland Northeast High School

Posted on Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

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Had a wonderful time doing a virtual visit with these great South Carolina students. Thank for the invitation!

800 Reviews for ALMOST PERFECT

Posted on Saturday, 12th October, 2019

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Following the lead of ANA AND ZAK, ALMOST PERFECT just received its 800th review on Goodreads.

Archon 43

Posted on Sunday, 15th September, 2019

Artwork created by Mitch Bentley's Spaceship Flashart for Archon43. It depicts a space battleship with a red banner.

I’ll be running/participating in panels at the Archon Science Fiction Convention, October 4-6, in Collinsville, IL. here’s the schedule:

Writing With a Deadline

Format: Panel

4 Oct 2019, Friday 15:00 - 16:00, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

Some people thrive on time pressures, others find it stifling or even disabling. Some of our professionals discuss how they deal with it.

Pumping Iron: Writing Exercises

Format: Panel

5 Oct 2019, Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

Having trouble with writer’s block? Our pros share writing prompts to help get the words flowing!

Autograph Session with Brian Katcher and Richard White

Format: Reading / Signing / Art Demo

5 Oct 2019, Saturday 14:00 - 15:00, Cahokian (Authorquarium) (Gateway Center)

LGBTQ+ Representation in Fandom

Format: Panel

5 Oct 2019, Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, St. Clair A & B (DoubleTree - Collinsville)

The representation is getting better, but what can happen to make it amazing and standardized across the board?

Campfire Stories

Format: Panel

5 Oct 2019, Saturday 18:00 - 19:00, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)

What are your true ghost stories?

Plotting Secrets

Format: Panel

6 Oct 2019, Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

Our pros share their best methods in plotting their stories!