The Lizard Shelter

In honor of my recent visit to Reptile Gardens in Rapid City SD, I give you this giant lizard poem.

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“The Cowrie” as stand-alone ebook

I don’t like my stuff to go out of print. So when I noticed that an issue of Stupefying Stories that contained one of my stories was no longer available from, I decided that would be a good opportunity to do the self-publishing experiment that I’ve been considering. I didn’t have anything else that would …

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Time travel cookbook

Dear Tyler (writes Dan The Man Williamson III of Duluth MN), I recently inherited a time machine, and I’d like to use it to indulge my passion for novel gourmet cookery. I have access to a range of now extinct ingredients, but my problem is that I don’t know which things are edible, how to prepare …

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Publication status

Doctor Dead is now available on Amazon in both print and e-book editions (for anyone who might have been waiting for the digital version). The current deal is for a free e-book when you buy the print version. From early feedback, I have learned that this book is enjoyable by young persons, nurses, first cousins …

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My MarsCon schedule

Friday, March 6: 3:00-3:50 pm. The Curmudgeon Panel. VII White Pelican 5:00-5:50 pm. Marketing Your eBook. Room 419 (Krushenko’s) Saturday, March 7: 12:00-12:50 p.m. When Robots do Everything, What Will People do? III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) 9:00-9:50 pm. Hero Support: Sidekicks and Minions. III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars)

Honeywell gas valve six flashes

Honeywell gas valve on your water heater giving you the 6 flashes signal? How to chastise it.

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See the show!

The 2014 Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers’ Showcase featured readings by me and several other people. Fun to watch!

Two pilot lights are better than one

From Deep in the Heart of Texas, we got this question from “So Frustrated”: I have 2 pilot lights after replacing the thermopile assembly. I know there is only suppose to be one small blue pilot light but my water heater died last week and Reliance told me it was the thermopile. Got a new …

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The Meaning of Life

Jer of various places asks, “What is the meaning of life?”

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Believability and the Reader’s Representative

(cross-posted from I’m at 4th Street Fantasy Convention this weekend. In a panel last night, there was a discussion about suspension of disbelief. One technique mentioned (by Scott Lynch) was “lampshading,” in which the author, knowing that they’re taking extreme liberties with the laws of physics, or medicine, or whatever, has a character point …

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