my martial arts journey on “And Related Subjects”

23116662_1607992425931302_2662108800937610880_o has a regular feature called “And Related Subjects” where authors talk about things in their lives other than writing. My contribution to the series went up today, talking about my martial arts journey.

An excerpt:

That first class was, to say the least, horrible. In the thirteen-and-a-half years since then, I have been through three black-belt promotions (a brutal four-day process that includes thirty two-minute rounds of sparring with other black belts), numerous fighting classes, tons of heavy workout classes, and more—and none of it was as back-breakingly awful as that first class.

It was bad enough that my overweight, out-of-shape self was standing there sweating and grunting and making a pig’s ear out of everything I was being told to do, but three other people had their first class that same night. They were all younger, more athletic, and had previous martial arts experience. They were already in good shape, of course; me, I managed to successfully do maybe three of the thirty push-ups that we did in sets of ten over the course of the hour-long class.

a very nice review of Q & A


Last August, a Canadian blogger who goes by “Infinite Batmans” started the Boldly Go blog, which reviews Star Trek stuff both on screen and in print. Last month, they reviewed my 2004 novel A Time for War, a Time for Peace, and now they’ve reviewed my 2007 post-Nemesis novel Q & A.

And they liked it! It gets an 8/10, particularly for fans of Q.

Money quote:

Keith R.A. DeCandido, retcons the entire history of Q to make his story much more tightly woven than it ever was intended to be. Q&A serves as a sort of explanation for all of Q’s seemingly unrelated action throughout TNG and Voyager, even ascribing to him some events that were never written that way, most specifically TNG‘s Parallels. This level of retconning is pretty dangerous, as you could alienate a lot of ‘fans’ who don’t appreciate your take on things and feel that the simple act of reading a story they disagree with has sullied their enjoyment of the episodes you’re retconning.

Let me be clear, those ‘fans’ are foolish.

my (Re)Generation Who 4 schedule


(Re)Generation Who is in its fourth year, and this year they have three Doctors — Peter Capaldi, Peter Davison, and Colin Baker — as well as the most recent version of the Master, Michelle Gomez, and several actors who played companions and villains, as well as writers, artists, and more.

For whatever reason, I, with my meagre three short stories and one anthology editing credit in the universe, am still considered a good guest to have at this con. Go fig’. I will have a table where I’ll be selling books (including special preview copies of Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, as well as the first Baker Street Irregulars, and copies of Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report, the Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard omnibus (as well as individual copies of the first two books in the trilogy, Thor: Dueling with Giants and Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings), Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, my Supernatural novels Nevermore and Bone Key, various anthologies I’ve been in, and more.

On top of that, we’ll have Wrenn’s Geek Bears and Geek Cats, unique hand-made stuffies, for sale, as well as catnip toys, all in geeky fabrics. There’ll be an emphasis on Doctor Who-related ones, obviously, but we’ll have other stuff, too.

Plus I’m doing programming! Here’s where I’ll be when I’m not at the table doing commerce:



5-6pm: “Fifth Doctor Season 19,” w/Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Matthew Waterhouse — I’m moderating and guiding this discussion of Davison’s first season as the Doctor (Large Panels Room)

6-7pm: practical self-defense workshop (Panel Room 1)

10-11pm: “Writers on Deck! Late Night Reading,” w/Kara Dennison, Nev Fountain, Paul Magrs, John Peel, and Robert Shearman (Panel Room 1)



2-3pm: “Fiction Writers Discuss Their Craft,” w/Nev Fountain and Rob Shearman (Panel Room 2)



9-11am: “Coffee with the Creators,” w/all the writer/artist/editor guests (ticketed event in the Special Events Room)

11am-noon: “Writer Spotlight: Keith R.A. DeCandido” (Panel Room 2)


Looking forward to seeing folks there!


4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Superman Returns


Bryan Singer directs a Superman movie instead of the third X-Men movie, thus damaging two superhero film franchises in one shot. The great superhero movie rewatch laments that we got Richard Donner fanfic instead of an actual Singer Superman movie with Superman Returns.

An excerpt:

Just in general, Superman spends way too much time moping over how his life has changed—which might have some resonance if it wasn’t entirely his own stupid fault for going off-planet for five years on a fruitless quest. It’s hard to feel sorry for Superman when he made this bed himself, and then goes and spies on Lane and her family in as creepy a manner as possible thanks to X-ray vision and super-hearing. There’s something wrong with your Superman movie when the most heroic character in it isn’t Superman (it’s Richard White, who is magnificently selfless and dives right into danger more than once to save people, despite having no super-powers).

new upcoming schedule for 4-Color to 35-Millimeter

The great superhero movie rewatch is getting a facelift. Now that I’ve entered the 21st century, and movies that are in recent memory and that people are still talking about, I’ve realized that I need to just stick to one movie per week. I was going to double up on some, but even the goofy films are worth their own entry at this point, so I’m going to stick with one at a time henceforth. Yes, even Catwoman.


This means we’re extending this feature quite a bit. Just the movies that we know are coming will keep me busy all the way to June 2019.

Here’s the updated schedule from now to the end of the year — this is, as always, subject to change……..

  • 16 March: Superman Returns
  • 23 March: Hulk
  • 30 March: Spider-Man (2002)
  • 6 April: Spider-Man 2
  • 13 April: Spider-Man 3
  • 20 April: Daredevil
  • 27 April: Elektra
  • 4 May: Hellboy
  • 11 May: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • 18 May: Witchblade
  • 25 May: Catwoman
  • 1 June: Constantine
  • 8 June: Man-Thing
  • 15 June: Fantastic Four (2005)
  • 22 June: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • 29 June: Batman Begins
  • 6 July: The Dark Knight
  • 13 July: The Dark Knight Rises
  • 20 July: Ghost Rider
  • 27 July: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • 3 August: V for Vendetta
  • 10 August: Watchmen
  • 17 August: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 24 August: The Wolverine
  • 31 August: Kick-Ass
  • 7 September: Kick-Ass 2
  • 14 September: Iron Man
  • 21 September: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • 28 September: Iron Man 2
  • 5 October: Thor
  • 12 October: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 19 October: Avengers
  • 26 October: Jonah Hex
  • 2 November: Green Lantern
  • 9 November: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • 16 November: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 23 November: Thanksgiving week, no rewatch
  • 30 November: X-Men: First Class
  • 7 December: X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 14 December: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • 21 December: Iron Man 3
  • 28 December: New Year’s week, no rewatch

We’ll kick off 2019 with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2, with the second Thor, Captain America, and Avengers movies, as well as Ant-Man, which will be followed by the 21st-century Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and the two Deadpools, then the DCEU will be covered: Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Aquaman. That’ll take me into March.

So there you have it, the next year of 4-Color to 35-Millimeter. Looking forward to it!


ten years meme

In my Facebook memories, I saw a meme my mother did in 2011 looking back every ten years as to where her life was. I thought that might be worth doing for me this year, especially given what a big year 1998 was for me.

2018: I’ll be turning 49 in April. My brother-in-law who lived with us died suddenly to start the year, and it’s put a pall on most everything, but we’re managing. My career is doing better than it has in a long time, and (death of Dale notwithstanding) my personal life is also fantastic.


2008: I turned 39. Terri and I were trying to make our relationship work and utterly failing. We even considered getting married, which wound up not happening (thank goodness). I was, however, energized by the presidential election, which was fascinating to watch and had a great end, as we got our first non-white president (and didn’t get Sarah Palin as veep!). I got my brown belt in February, four novels came out that year (Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning HouseA Gutted World in Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Echoes & Refractions, CSI: NY: Four Walls, and Supernatural: Bone Key, which I think is the best of the three Supernatural books I wrote), as did the Doctor Who anthology I edited, The Quality of Leadership (still one of my proudest accomplishments). That year ended with a financial crash that resulted in several editors getting laid off in December, effectively ending a fruitful decade-long relationship with Simon & Schuster that has (among other things) kept me away from Star Trek fiction for the past decade — but it was also the year I started doing Farscape comics for BOOM! Studios, a project that would be the highlight of my writing career for the next three years.


1998: I turned 29. I quit my day job to go freelance full-time, with the full support of my then-wife Marina, who was making a six-figure salary, so we had a cushion. Luckily, we didn’t need it, as I made more money freelancing than I did in my editorial job with occasional freelance and everything turned out great. We lived in an amazing apartment on the upper west side, several bits of my writing were published (my first two novels, Gargantua and Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath, short stories in Did You Say Chicks!? and The Ultimate Hulk, and collaborating with Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide), and my career as a writer seriously kicked into high gear.


1988: I turned 19. I was a sophomore and junior at Fordham University. My relationship with Marina, whom I’d met the previous May, was going swimmingly. I had taken over as arts editor of the paper, which had opened up my eyes to the possibilities of editing as a profession after graduation which would, if nothing else, give me a steady job while I tried to get my writing career going. That was the year my paternal grandfather died. The previous fall, my parents had taken in my best friend John Drew who had had an argument with his parents and gotten kicked out. In the summer of 1988, we were given the opportunity to house sit a place in Queens for the summer months, and we took advantage. It was our first time living on our own, and it was fantastic. A great experience for both of us. I also got promoted from a senior page at the New York Public Library to a Library Technical Assistant II, an actual salaried position.


1978: I turned nine. I attended New Rochelle Academy, a private school that no longer exists. I was in fourth grade, and had one of my grandest moments on a stage, as I, a nine-year-old, played Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, under the able direction of the great Marie Captain (who had cast me as Admiral Corcoran in HMS Pinafore the year before). That meant I actually performed “Model of a Modern Major-General.” It was pretty fantastic. Unfortunately, Marie was let go that summer, and her replacement in the fall was less impressive, though he did continue the tradition of doing Gilbert & Sullivan plays, and we did The Gondoliers. Marie would go on to form the Westchester Children’s Theatre Workshop, in which I continued to participate, performing in The Music Man, Oklahoma!, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.


down and safe


Wrenn and I are back from a fine HELIOsphere. This was an excellent sophomore outing for this convention, which was started up by two dear friends of ours, Catelynn Cunningham and Mark Richards, aided and abetted by lots of other amazing folks (Liz, Gabi, Tara, Monet, Kat, Dennis, and tons of others I’m forgetting). Last year’s inaugural outing was a good start, and they improved on their numbers this year, which is what you’re going for.

This year, they held a 1632 mini-con to go with the regular convention, as Eric Flint was one of the Guests of Honor, alongside Mark Oshiro, Cecilia Tan, Tom Kidd, and Charles E. Gannon. The 1632 folks all seemed to be having a grand old time, and so did everyone else.

Speaking for myself, my program items were all very well attended, from the reading I did with three other authors Friday to the panels on rejection, Deep Space Nine (pictured above), and writing fight scenes I did Saturday. (My Books and Brews was less well attended, but I blame being opposite the noble Mr. Gannon for that.)

We also previewed Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot with ARCs at the Fantastic Books table. Looking forward to people’s reactions to “Six Red Dragons,” my second Shirley Holmes-and-Jack Watson story.

Sold some books, sold some of Wrenn’s stuffies, saw people, met new people, and generally had a great time.

Next year, two of the GoHs will be Charlie Jane Anders and Laura Antoniou, with more to be announced. The con is held in Tarrytown, just a bit north of New York City, and is slowly growing into a most nifty convention. Y’all should consider coming next year.