Be in the know about Kindle scifi deals

December 3, 2016 Rob 0

Did you know that I have a special secret email list that I use for telling people I really like about awesome scifi book deals on Kindle? It’s true! And for a limited time* I am allowing random, unimportant individual such as yourself to sign up for it! In the past, I’ve featured deals on books by Kurt Vonnegut, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams, Richard Matheson and many more. All the books are available for Kindle and usually they are on […]

You can pre-order The Last Iota (sequel to The Big Sheep) now!

November 17, 2016 Rob 0

Hey, look what’s available for pre-order! The year is 2039, and Los Angeles is poised between order and chaos. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, now known as the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there’s no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. So when […]

As promised, I’m leaving the country

November 13, 2016 Rob 4

A lot of celebrities have already broken their promises to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected President. I want to reassure you, however, that I still fully intend to keep my promise. I will be leaving for Costa Rica on January 12, 2017–a week before Trump’s inauguration. Granted, I was going to do this if Hillary won too, and I will most likely be returning to the U.S. in March, but the important thing is that I’m keeping […]

Some reassurance, encouragement and advice for my liberal friends

November 9, 2016 Rob 2

I don’t imagine there are a whole lot of people waiting with bated breath to hear my thoughts on the election, but since I feel a little silly having my “Impeach Hillary” post as the latest post on my blog, here we go: 1. I’m seeing a lot of people saying things like “Wow, I guess America is a lot more sexist/racist/homophobic/whatever than I thought.” This strikes me as a strange sentiment, on one hand admitting you were completely wrong […]

Impeach Hillary Clinton

November 5, 2016 Rob 2

Although it seems somewhat less certain now that the FBI has reopened their investigation into her emails, I’m assuming that Hillary Clinton is going to win the election on November 8. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it might then be possible to criticize Hillary without being accused of being a Trump supporter. I was so excited about that prospect that I decided to get a jump on things by outlining the reasons Hillary should be impeached the moment […]

Get Starship Grifters for only $1.99 right now!

November 2, 2016 Rob 2

“Oh, man,” said Rex. “DNA scrambling is the worst. Last time I had an ear growing between my shoulder blades. People acted like they didn’t notice it, but I could hear them talking behind my back.” My madcap space adventure Starship Grifters is on sale on Kindle for only $1.99 right now. That’s 60% off the regular price! Now I may be slightly biased, but I’m fairly certain Starship Grifters is the greatest book ever. Hell, it’s worth $1.99 just to […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain, Part 2: Narrative Trumps Facts

October 28, 2016 Rob 5

Who needs facts? We’ve got a narrative to push! On Wednesday I published a post about the circumstances surrounding writer Chelsea Cain’s departure from Twitter. The prevailing narrative at that time was that Cain had been chased off Twitter by harassment from an army of misogynistic trolls. I dug into the matter a bit and found no evidence of any sort of harassment or abuse. Since then, there have been a few developments. First, someone finally managed to produce a […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain

October 27, 2016 Rob 13

When Social Justice Warriors don’t have a problem to complain about, they create one. Late Wednesday evening I got on Twitter to find several people I follow tweeting their support for a comic book writer named Chelsea Cain. Cain is the author of the recently canceled Marvel comic book Mockingbird. I learned from these tweets that Cain had deactivated her Twitter account in response to harassment from “misogynist trolls.” Curious, I decided to look into the matter to see what kind […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 9: Ebooks

October 21, 2016 Rob 0

This is the ninth in a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. Part One: Self Publish Your Novel Part Two: Who the Hell Do I Think I Am? Part Three: A Brief History of Ebooks Part Four: Where Self Publishing Is Going Part Five: Write the Novel You Want to Read Part Six: Getting Your Manuscript Into Shape Part Seven: Paperbacks Part Eight: Cover Design   […]

We need to talk about the godawful writing in Luke Cage (minor spoilers)

October 20, 2016 Rob 2

The critical consensus seems to be that Luke Cage is the superhero show we’ve all been waiting for. It’s urban, it’s gritty, it’s powerful. Unfortunately, it also has some of the worst writing I’ve seen since I accidentally watched an episode of CSI: Miami a few years ago. For the sake of those who haven’t watched the whole thing yet, I’m not going to focus too much on the weird dramatic structure, erratic pacing, lack of dramatic tension, or painful […]

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