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All the Western News!

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Although I’ve participated in Kickstarters and other crowdfunding efforts as an author, I’ve never been the focus of one before. I’m not entirely the focus now, but I am editing–and helping run–a Kickstarter for a new Western anthology. Silverado Press Presents: Western Stories by Today’s Top Writers is, I believe, a multiple first in western […]

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Zane Grey’s Call of the Canyon

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Author Pearl Zane Grey (who dropped the Pearl early on) was the first superstar of Western fiction. He grew up reading dime novels, but the first time he wrote a story of his own, his father tore it to pieces and beat Zane for wasting his time on trivialities. Zane persisted, and although he went […]

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Why is Contemporary Pop Music so Awful?

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We had a birthday dinner the other night (Max, 15), and we sat outside the restaurant on the patio. Because it was quieter than inside, I could actually hear the modern pop music being played over the PA system. I couldn’t differentiate between one song and the next–and it turns out, that’s kind of the […]

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More Western Action

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It’s a busy time in the Old West! There are a few things going on, and they’re all related. First, I have a short story in a brand-spankin’-new anthology, in which I share a table of contents with multiple friends and literary heroes. The book–Lawless: New Stories of the American West, focuses on outlaws. My […]

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Dawn’s Early Light, and More

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So, I haven’t written a ton of comics lately, but that’s changing fast. The first thing to launch is a short World War II story called “Dawn’s Early Light,” featuring the superheroes Magni and Warhawk, in a tale partly inspired by my father’s experiences in WWII Europe. Magni and Warhawk are characters from Pilot Studios, […]

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123123 (Looking Backward and Forward)

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Well, it’s been a year. Some parts were good, some bad, as with most years. Outwardly, it doesn’t seem like my most productive year ever because I only released one book–Byrd’s Luck & Other Western Stories (details at the link). That said, the book launched a whole new western fiction imprint, Silverado Press (and was […]

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Santa’s Coming, and YOU Get the Gifts!

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It’s almost Christmas again. This year, I’m playing Santa Claus and giving readers some goodies! I have all kinds of bargains for you! First, a special note–in this year’s Best of the West section, the kind folks at True West Magazine once again wrote up new imprint Silverado Press, which launched with my Western short-story […]

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The Halloween Man

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I first met Ray Bradbury on November 22, 1980, when he came to Books Inc. in San Jose, CA (where I was a fledgling bookseller) to sign copies of The Stories of Ray Bradbury, although I had read him before that, and heard him speak. He survived that day, barely. In the store’s back room […]

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Attention Spammers

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You should know that I review all blog comments before they’re posted, and yours are immediately marked as spam and deleted. Don’t waste your time and mine by spamming my posts. Note: I’ll come back in a few days and reveal how many spammers ignore the text of this message and try to leave their […]

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The Beach Boys and Me

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Most of what I write on here has to do with my professional life as a writer, but this one’s a little different–more autobiographical. Historical, even, since it goes way back into the early 1960s, before many of my readers were even born. The first record I ever bought with my own money–my first “grown-up” […]

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