Sale: The Liar

Since I’ve got the contract in my hands, it is my great pleasure to announce that my novella “The Liar” will appear in the pages of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This sale is especially sweet to me. Not only am I excited to work with F&SF’s editor CC Finlay, but F&SF was […]

Good News, Everybody!

Full details will follow later, but I wanted to share some good news. First, CLAUDIUS REX news: The Table of Contents for this summer’s 2015 Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas, from Prime Books has been announced, and this late in the sentence you’ve probably figured out that REX is going to be in […]

The Fault in our Chars

I had reason to recall this morning The Strand’s interview with Rex Stout (which is itself very much worth a read) and noticed an interesting interchange I wanted to comment on: McALEER: Did Archie hang up the picture of Sherlock Holmes that is found over his desk, or did Wolfe put it there? STOUT: Did I say that […]

Yak Shaving vs. Cat Waxing: A Difference of Vital Importance

  The Urban Dictionary has listings for two sayings related to the removal of hair from animals. Writers are fond of the phrase “cat waxing“: an industry term for procrastination by writers, with heavy connotation of trying to justify the activity as something that “had” to be done. Usually activities that can arguably be considered […]

On Mysteries and the Status Quo

I’m a devoted listener to the podcast Writing Excuses — despite their claims to the contrary, they really are that smart — and found their most recent episode, on Middle Grade fiction, to be fascinating. (Defining Middle Grade is contentious, but loosely, it’s fiction for kids 9-12: think Charlotte’s Web, the first Harry Potter book, […]