Deep Sea Mysteries

Just finished reading Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft, which I recommend for fans of Lovecraftian Horror. The mystery and horror elements involve the sea to some degree, and it started me thinking over the countless nature shows I’ve absorbed over the years. I LOVE nature shows, and deep sea critters are among my favorites to learn about.…

Losing a Convention

Yesterday, a convention I attend every year, Geneva Steam, announced that this year’s event would be their last. I was stunned by the news. It’s a small event, it attracts mostly locals, and it seemed to have a lot going for it, but in the end, the three main people running it all found that…

Restaurant Ambiance

I was with some friends in a restaurant recently, and I began thinking about all the factors that make for a good restaurant. It’s not always as simple as just serving good food; there’s more to it than that, and I had a few tiny revelations about thew subject while nomming on my pork bun,…

My Brag Shelf

Sometimes, when I’m feeling down, I take a look at what other authors have dubbed the Brag Shelf — a shelf full of books I’ve contributed to. It gives me a lift, not only from the sense of accomplishment, but also from the wide variety of material I’ve worked on over the years. The vast…