Crap jobs; feedback loops

Prior to becoming a publisher full-time, I spent 20 years doing software development for a wide range of companies: uptight mega-corps, a dot-com during the web bubble in the early 200s, state government, county government, upstart private companies, and state universities. Before that, I worked in a chemistry lab. Prior to that, I cleaned toilets…

The Young Pope wants your Cherry Coke Zero

I had a fevered dream this past weekend. In this dream, the Pope climbed from under a mountain of babies. He showered and I saw his buttocks. A man with a grotesque mole was put in his place. I learned that Cherry Coke Zero is the breakfast of champions. And all of this madness? It…

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Many followers of this blog are probably familiar with A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. It made several 2015 year's best lists and won the Stoker Award for best novel. Rightfully so because it is an excellent book. Merry Barrett, our narrator, recounts her experiences as a child when her sister Marjorie becomes…

Postmortem: Confusion 2017

Detroit Rock City. Well...technically...Novi, Michigan. But close enough, right? For the last three years I've heard many positive things about Confusion. No less than an (ir)reputable source as Scalzi had told me it was where the cool kids went to play. I'm a cool kid, right? This means I needed to be in the middle…

Writers Group: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror at The Carnegie Center for Literacy

The Winter session of my quarterly writer group meetings starts next Monday! They are held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy in Lexington, KY. For registration information go here: http://carnegiecenterlex.org/adult-class/scifi-fantasy-writing-group-winter/?class-name=Winter%20Sci-Fi%20&%20Fantasy%20Writing%20Group&class-price=$78 The sessions run from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Every Monday beginning January 23rd through February 27. My group size averages around 6 participants, though I've had…

Travel: ConFusion January 19-22

Hi! Been awhile...I'm sorry.You can berate me in person at ConFusion in Detroit, MI where I will be a guest and vendor. I hope to see you there! What: ConFusion SF/F Convention When: January 19-22 Where: The Sheraton (hotel) 21111 Haggerty Road · Novi, Michigan, 48375 Website: http://2017.confusionsf.org/ My panel schedule: Jason Sizemore Defying Gravity Too often we see…

MidAmericon II Program Schedule

What is MidAmericon II? Apex Publications will have a presence in the exhibit hall! In addition, I am part of the following programming... The Joys of Running a Small Press Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 2205 (Kansas City Convention Center) The old joke is that the way to make a small fortune in publishing is to…

The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas

It probably should come as no surprise that I enjoyed The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas. There are zombies. Gore. Sex (of course there's sex...this is Mamatas, after all!). Power tools. I've published Nick's short fiction a half a dozen times and a book he wrote about surviving as a writer titled Starve Better. If…