Monthly Archives: February 2010

War of the Worlds Anthology Update

JW Schnar, the editor of War of the Worlds: Frontlines Anthology is revealing a few of the authors and brief blurbs about their stories every few days. Yesterday he put up the details for my story “John’s List”. Check it out on his blog over at Things Falling Apart.

On Being Organized

Reading an article discussing some google mail features that recently ‘passed’, I was reminded of several organizational tricks that I’ve been using over the years. This little bit of nostalgia is specific to e-mail but probably applies more generally. Basically the one feature that caught my eye in the article is that google mail (gmail) […]

Online magazines, I'd love to read, but cannot

There are a number of fine online magazines containing high quality stories from both established pros and writers who will be pros in the future. Beneath Ceaseless Skies*, Fantasy, and Strange Horizons are just a few of the titles I’d like to read. But I don’t.** Okay, Brent must be one of those old fashioned […]

AnthologyBuilder – story sales

Two of my stories (The End of the Road & His Island) are available for inclusion in custom made print anthologies and I was thrilled the other day to discover that some kind folks have actually purchased them for inclusion in a couple anthologies (thank you!). I’m paid royalties for each sale, so that’s kind […]

Story sold to Neo-opsis

I was pleased to find out recently that I’ve sold my story “The Kol Effect” to Neo-opsis. My story is a fun little time travel tale (and this from a guy who dislikes time travel stories!). I am very happy that Neo-opsis accepted it as I thought it a fine fit for the magazine. Neo-opsis […]

The Mystery at Empire Avenue

So a few former co-workers have formed a new company called Empire Avenue. They’ve been mostly quiet but they recently announced a beta of *whatever* it is they are doing. Now that’s the thing, this isn’t the first time people I worked with have went onto new and exciting things but this is the first […]

4th Quarter Winners for WOTF Announced

The fourth quarter writer winners for the Writers of the Future contest have been announced: 1st Place – Laurie Tom from Torrance, California 2nd Place – Scott W. Baker from Monterey, Tennessee 3rd Place – Lael Salaets from Oakridge, Oregon A hearty congratulations go out to the winners and it will be great to meet […]

Army of Two

First game in my pile of unplayed games that I’ve decided not to finish. I know the series has reasonable popularity but I’m finding the level design boring AND difficult (even at lower settings). The store system is slow to load and awkwardly integrated with the rest of the game. The latest meh moment for […]

New review for On Spec Fall 2009

Up at is a review of the Fall 2009 issue of On Spec. Nice things are said about this issue of the magazine, including a new review for my story “From the Sea”. Thanks to Judy Darley for the kind words and kudos go out to all the other authors who produced such fine […]


So I’ve finally finished another game out of the massive stack of games I collected while working for BioWare. I first started BioShock about two years ago, playing enough of it to get an initial first impression. Anyone who has played Dragon Age* will see a few of features influenced by BioShock, including the notification […]