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[1 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

I know I’m back in New York by the sounds.  This morning I heard in no particular order a garbage truck, jack hammer, saw, helicopter, airplane, car horn and siren.  In San Diego, home of the World Fantasy Convention, my mornings were filled with the sounds of trickling fountains, buzzing hummingbirds, and a delicate wind.  The Town and Country resort was set up like a maze.  You literally had to walk through various gardens and gates, around pools and through courtyards to get anywhere.  It was beautiful and bewildering, and …

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[26 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]

Off to the World Fantasy Convention tomorrow. I have a reading at 1:30pm on Saturday. A pajama/sleepover party to celebrate Nora Jemisin’s new book, and the Awards Banquet on Sunday where I’m up for a World Fantasy Award in the category of Special Award, Non-Professional. It should be a fun weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again real soon! (Also be on the lookout for a huge Sybil’s Garage announcement this weekend.)

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[15 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

In the Book of Job, the titular Job suffers all sorts of maladies, boils, burning, utter agony, the loss of loved ones.  He cries out to God, “Why?  I have been a good man all my life.”  For the next several hundred lines or so in beautiful, timeless prose, Job’s friends try to convince him of the superiority of God’s ways, and though God’s ways are hidden from humanity, Job should just accept his fate.  It’s all part of God’ plan. But Job is not one to roll over easily.  It …

Aberrant Normalcy, Fiction, Free Stuff, Sybil's Garage »

[6 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

It has come to my attention that a man named David Boyer (which may be one pseudonym of many) has plagiarized Livia Llewellyn’s “Jetsam,” her story which appeared in Sybil’s Garage No. 4, and passed it off as his own.  There is a blog post describing the offense here, and more posts describing the investigation of this David Boyer (with many other instances of plagiarism, including none other than Dean Koontz) here. Authors put their blood, sweat and tears into their work (I know, I’m one of them), and it can …

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[16 Sep 2011 | Comments Off | ]

In a college course on Western Philosophy and Culture, the instructor, a man of forty plus years proceeded to tell the class, when it was time to study Judaism, that the Hebrew peoples of history “offered no great works of art or literature,” except, of course, the Old Testament.  He then went on to explain this was because the prohibition against “graven images” (art can be considered a type of graven image).  At the time I was too shy and too naive of my own culture to respond , but …