"I must be idle."

Welcome to my blog!


When the website moved (July 2019) posts and comments of the previous 10 years could not be imported. However, a small selection of posts from that decade have been copied over.

If you like my stuff, read, comment, subscribe to the blog. You'll find blog posts on a variety of subjects, but since I'm an author it's perhaps not too surprising that there's a fair number of posts about writing, books, and authors. No book reviews, though: they're on my Patreon, along with other bookish posts and more behind-the-scenes posts about my books and characters, as well as large amounts of fiction every month. 

Where the Action Is

I know it’s early days yet, but I have to say that I’m really enjoying being a creator on Patreon. There’s something extremely satisfying about having regular readers. I’m writing (or rewriting) all the time, and producing fiction every month for my audience is just sooooo much better than writing and writing and writing and then years later the book is published and people read it and I’m still writing and writing. There’s an awful disconnect between the author and readers.

About Patreon

Next week my Patreon goes live and there’s still people who don’t know about Patreon, or mistake it for something else. Patreon is generally lumped in with “crowdfunding” in popular media which kind of makes me cringe because the difference between what the Patreon platform enables creators to do and other crowdfunding sites is like comparing day and night. Patreon has this in common with crowdfunding: fans directly pay creators for their work. Which is hardly a revolutionary

Dream It Up: Write It Down

This very short post below is something I posted to my writer’s group. After posting it, I decided to share it here, for the writers who follow my blog and the friends and fans who have been so supportive this year. I’m not the only one who has had a rough year, unfortunately… I’m taking a month off from writing beginning tomorrow. This is my annual time to relax and recharge. I really appreciate the support you all have given me this year. It has been a rough year for everyo

Taking a Byte out of Creativity

This morning I read Slaves of the Internet Unite! It’s not the first essay of this sort I’ve read and I have no hope that it will be the last. In fact, I’m about to write a post very much like it…Because that op-ed piece is so (bafflingly) true. Writers and artists need more respect…and money. When you go to a restaurant you don’t expect them to give you free food…and bitch about them when they don’t. Nor do you expect or require stores to give you any merchandise that you li

Good Enough

A creative friend posted “Be fearful of mediocrity” on Facebook and I immediately thought that it needed balancing out with something like: “Be fearful of being fearful of mediocrity”. I’ve met too many people over the years who are leading unfulfilled lives because they’re afraid to pursue a creative dream and not be great at it. They look at something I’ve made or something I’ve done and tell me how very much they want to do something like that, how they have always want to