Thinking With My Skin

Natterings and Fulminations by Bill Cameron

The 5-2: Rachel Lynn McGuire

The 5-2: Rachel Lynn McGuire

We’re a fearful people, we Americans. We’re afraid someone is going to come and take our stuff. We’re afraid someone who thinks differently, or doesn’t look like us, is going to come and infect us with their otherness. We’re afraid of the multifarious phantoms cable news warns us of. We’re afraid someone near us might be having unsanctioned sex. We’re afraid we won’t get to have sex ourselves. Or we’re afraid we will. We afraid of the fearless, and mock the free of spirit in a desperate effort to drag them into our fear. We fear the strong,...

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Crimespree 55

Crimespree 55

It was a real privilege to design the cover for Crimespree Magazine #55, featuring two of my favorite people in the world: Ben LeRoy and Alison Dasho. If you don’t already subscribe to Crimespree, I heartily recommend it.

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Thoughts on Murder at Mansfield Park (Updated)

Thoughts on Murder at Mansfield Park (Updated)

Note: I’ve added some additional thoughts to this post since I published it yesterday. Previously on My Random Maunderings, I discussed the backlash experienced by Lynn Shepherd over her comments regarding J.K. Rowling. As promised, I’ve now finished Murder at Mansfield Park and here offer my thoughts on it. The TL;DR Summary I liked it. Murder at Mansfield Park is elegantly written, a clever mystery, and evocative of Jane Austen without coming off as an imitation. As a story it stands on its own, but may be even more enjoyable to Austen...

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I Just Bought a Lynn Shepherd Book

I Just Bought a Lynn Shepherd Book

Yes, I just bought a Lynn Shepherd novel, and not ironically either. I bought in it good faith, and will start reading it as soon as I finish my current read. When I’ve finished it, I’ll post a review here. Many of us are probably aware of Shepherd’s post at HuffPo suggesting J.K. Rowling get out of the way and make room for less well known authors. Authors such as … herself. Ahem. Along with many others, I saw that post as ill-considered, especially in light of Shepherd’s declaration that she hadn’t even read Rowling’s work. In her comments...

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March Mystery Madness

March Mystery Madness

On March 6th, I’m heading to Astoria, Oregon for Clatsop Community College’s March Mystery Madness. Also appearing as part of the two-day event are author Jeff Parker and artist Ericka Moen, creators of the webcomic and graphic novel Bucko. Mystery Madness opens on March 6th at 3pm with a reception at the Clatsop Community College Dora Badollet Library. Come to talk books and tour the library. I will be speaking at 6:30pm on March 6 at the CCC Performing Arts Center. Jeff and Erika will speak at 6:00pm on March 7 at the Astoria Public...

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In which I answer some questions

In which I answer some questions

Portland author and editor Sione Aeschliman asked me a few questions about writing and publishing. Hie thee over to her blog to see what I have to say for myself. Thank you, Sione!

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Calendar Age

Calendar Age

So, yesterday was my birthday. This blog post isn’t a (not so) subtle fishing expedition for birthday greetings (I got tons of lovely messages yesterday), but rather a semi-formed reflection on getting older. I turned 50 yesterday. Half a century. If not over the hill, teetering on the summit. And for big chunks of yesterday, variations on the following ditty played in my head. Happy Birthday to me, I live in a tree, I look like a monkey And I have to go pee… Or Happy Birthday to me, I live in a zoo, I look like a monkey And I like to throw...

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Lost Dog at Audible

Lost Dog at Audible

Lost Dog is now available at Audible, narrated by the inestimable Fred Berman. Fred also narrated Day One and County Line. Audible will be adding Chasing Smoke soon. I’m in the final stages of our move, but when I get settled I will have more effusive things to say about Fred and his fabulous voice for Skin Kadash. Until then, I urge you to visit Fred’s website and check out his other work, which includes not only narration but acting on stage and screen. Get Lost Dog at...

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Inspire

Inspire

A new friend on Twitter asked me a question the other day, and it got me to thinking. To know you better, who is the one person who, living or dead, inspires you? My answer was a cheat, because I gave him two names. But honestly, it’s a tough one no matter what. As soon as I think of one name, another one pops into my head. And then another, and another. The next thing you know, I’m linking five hundred names to their websites or Wikipedia entries, and I’m far from done. Still, I did give him those two names, and as I’ve been...

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Sometimes, Oy Vey

Sometimes, Oy Vey

Yesterday I went for a walk at the end of the day, and covered some ground at my favorite local park, Mount Tabor. As I was coming down from the summit, walking off the side of East Tabor Drive, some bikers came up behind me and passed, bumping me a bit. Not bad, just a jostle, but startling nonetheless. They said something about trying to warn me but I was wearing headphones (true) and as they passed I yelled at their backs that they should have been in road, not on the narrow dirt path where I was walking intentionally to avoid being hit by...

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Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts
onto the bullseye while no one is looking.