audio from KGB’s Fantastic Fiction reading with me and Chuck Wendig


Deeply disappointed that you weren’t able to make it to KGB’s June Fantastic Fiction reading to hear me read from A Furnace Sealed and Chuck Wendig read from Wanderers?

WELL BE DISAPPOINTED NO MORE! Because the full audio from the reading is now available. It’s just like being there! (Really, it is — the lighting in KGB is ridiculously low, so you can’t hardly see anything anyhow, so the audio is pretty close to the same experience……………)

Check it out!

another look at the comments in the great superhero movie rewatch


It’s fascinating to me to see which movies in “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” garner lots of comments and which ones don’t. I did a look at this a while back, but I thought I’d take another look, especially since that last one was before I got to MCU Phase 2 or the DCEU.

  • 173 comments: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 167 comments: The Dark Knight Rises
  • 166 comments: Man of Steel
  • 133 comments: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 121 comments: Iron Man 3
  • 121 comments: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 118 comments: X-Men
  • 113 comments: Ant-Man
  • 108 comments: Superman, Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • 107 comments: The Dark Knight
  • 106 comments: Watchmen
  • 104 comments: Iron Man
  • 103 comments: Superman Returns
  • 102 comments: Deadpool 2
  • 96 comments: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • 96 comments: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • 93 comments: Thor: The Dark World
  • 92 comments: X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 90 comments: Justice League
  • 88 comments: Avengers
  • 87 comments: Wonder Woman (2017)
  • 83 comments: Suicide Squad
  • 82 comments: Spider-Man (2002)
  • 82 comments: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • 79 comments: Thor
  • 78 comments: X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 76 comments: Spider-Man 2
  • 76 comments: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 74 comments: X-Men: First Class
  • 73 comments: Deadpool
  • 72 comments: Spider-Man 3
  • 72 comments: Daredevil
  • 71 comments: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin
  • 70 comments: Mystery Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • 68 comments: Batman Begins
  • 68 comments: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • 65 comments: X2: X-Men United
  • 60 comments: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • 59 comments: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns
  • 58 comments: Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 57 comments: Sin City
  • 56 comments: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • 56 comments: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 56 comments: Aquaman
  • 55 comments: Modesty Blaise and My Name is Modesty
  • 54 comments: V for Vendetta
  • 52 comments: Judge Dredd and Dredd
  • 52 comments: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • 52 comments: Green Lantern
  • 52 comments: Men in Black, Men in Black II, and Men in Black 3
  • 51 comments: The Incredible Hulk (1977) and The Return of the Incredible Hulk
  • 51 comments: The Rocketeer and The Phantom
  • 50 comments: Blade, Blade II, and Blade Trinity
  • 50 comments: Iron Man 2
  • 50 comments: Dick Tracy (1990)
  • 48 comments: introduction post
  • 48 comments: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • 46 comments: The Spirit (1987) and The Spirit (2008)
  • 44 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  • 44 comments: Fantastic Four (2005)
  • 43 comments: Logan
  • 42 comments: The Wolverine
  • 41 comments: Captain America (1990) and Fantastic Four (1994)
  • 40 comments: The Punisher (1989), The Punisher (2004), and Punisher: War Zone
  • 39 comments: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing
  • 39 comments: Red Sonja
  • 37 comments: Spider-Man (1977) and Dr. Strange (1978)
  • 36 comments: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk
  • 36 comments: Hulk
  • 36 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • 35 comments: Generation X and Justice League of America
  • 35 comments: Catwoman
  • 35 comments: Ghost Rider
  • 34 comments: Howard the Duck and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 34 comments: Constantine
  • 33 comments: Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon
  • 33 comments: Steel and Spawn
  • 32 comments: Jonah Hex
  • 31 comments: The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer
  • 31 comments: The Flash
  • 30 comments: Barb Wire and Tank Girl
  • 29 comments: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • 28 comments: Superman and the Mole Men and Batman (1966)
  • 27 comments: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • 24 comments: Wonder Woman (1974), The New Original Wonder Woman, and Supergirl
  • 24 comments: Dick Tracy (1945), Dick Tracy vs. Cueball, Dick Tracy’s Dilemma, and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
  • 24 comments: The Losers
  • 21 comments: Witchblade
  • 21 comments: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • 21 comments: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • 20 comments: Elektra
  • 20 comments: Man-Thing
  • 19 comments: Hellboy (2004)
  • 16 comments: Kick-Ass 2
  • 16 comments: R.I.P.D. (which has only been up for four-and-a-half hours as I type this)
  • 14 comments: The Mask and Son of the Mask
  • 14 comments: Kick-Ass

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: R.I.P.D.


It was a fun comic book in 2001, turned into a mediocre movie in 2013, despite the presence of Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Mary-Louise Parker, and Kevin Bacon. But it does have a Robert Knepper moment! The great superhero movie rewatch suffers through R.I.P.D. so you don’t have to…

An excerpt:

It’s frustrating, because the pairing of Bridges and Reynolds should’ve been comedy gold. Instead, it is comedy pyrite.

At least the supporting cast is fun. Kevin Bacon puts on a Southie accent and is delightfully evil as Hayes. Mary-Louise Parker provides deadpan awesomeness as Proctor. James Hong and Marissa Miller do a wonderful job channeling Reynolds and Bridges (hearing Pulsipher’s cowboy aphorisms come out of Miller’s mouth is hilarious, and nobody ever went wrong casting Hong in anything). And it is a true joy to see Robert Knepper bringing the nervous sleaze as a deado.

This movie is trying oh-so-very-hard for a Men in Black meets Ghostbusters vibe, but without any of the verve and wit that made those movies enjoyable, instead being more like Men in Black II meets Ghostbusters II. None of it works, as Pulsipher is a low-rent K, Walker is a low-watt J, Parker is a little too much Zed, and the deados transforming into monsters are all pale copies of Vincent D’Onofrio doing the bug in an Edgar suit.

guide to my Patreon content


Since December 2017, I have been providing content on my Patreon. For $1/month you get movie reviews, and each tier upward from there also gets you more stuff: cat pictures ($2/month), TV reviews ($5/month), short excerpts from works in progress ($7/month), vignettes featuring my original characters ($10/month), and first looks at my first drafts ($20/month). Plus there are occasional bits of commentary for all patrons.

This post will be updated regularly with the new content that shows up on Patreon: the movie and TV reviews, the vignettes, and the commentary.

Movie reviews ($1/month):

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Proud Mary
  • Black Panther
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Deadpool 2
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • The Incredibles 2
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • First Man
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • Animal Kingdom
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Highwaymen
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
  • Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • A.I.
  • Unbreakable
  • Scream 2
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dolemite is My Name
  • Gangs of New York
  • Knives Out
  • Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
  • Willow
  • Raging Bull, GoodFellas, and Casino
  • Macbeth (2010 version with Sir Patrick Stewart)
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Mambo Italiano
  • The Pagemaster and Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Project Power
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music
  • Vampires vs. the Bronx
  • The Addams Family and Addams Family Values
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon
  • Space Sweepers
  • Four sports movies: The Karate Kid, The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, The Great White Hype
  • Coming to America and Coming 2 America
  • Moonstruck
  • In the Heights
  • Black Widow
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Luca
  • Eternals and Venom: Let There Be Carnage
  • Encanto
  • Ferry
  • The King’s Man
  • Turning Red, Free Guy, A Goofy Movie, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • The Batman
  • 9 to 5
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Onward
  • Clueless, Drive Me Crazy, and 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Black Adam
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Violent Night, The Gray Man, Innocent, and My Cousin Vinny
  • Glass Onion

TV reviews ($5/month):

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • MacGyver
  • The Librarians
  • Doctor Who‘s “Twice Upon a Time”
  • Major Crimes
  • Feed the Beast
  • Breakout Kings
  • Black Lightning
  • The Alienist
  • the fourth season of M*A*S*H
  • Lucifer
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Mindhunter season one
  • the fifth season of M*A*S*H
  • the second season of Jessica Jones
  • Doctor Who‘s “The End of the World”
  • the third season of M*A*S*H
  • Deception
  • seasons 1-3 of New Tricks
  • seasons 4-6 of New Tricks
  • the sixth season of M*A*S*H
  • Doctor Who‘s “City of Death”
  • the fifteenth season of NCIS
  • the fourth season of NCIS: New Orleans
  • seasons 7-9 of New Tricks
  • Black Lightning season one
  • the seventh season of M*A*S*H
  • the eighth season of M*A*S*H
  • Magnum P.I.
  • the ninth season of M*A*S*H
  • Claws
  • Doctor Who‘s “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Good Place
  • the tenth season of M*A*S*H
  • Snowfall
  • Daredevil
  • Animal Kingdom
  • the final season of M*A*S*H
  • FBI
  • Prime Suspect seasons 1-4
  • The Good Cop
  • seasons 10-12 of New Tricks
  • Mayans MC
  • I am the Night
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
  • Imposters
  • the first season of M*A*S*H
  • Bonding
  • Prime Suspect seasons 5-7
  • Undercover
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Jessica Jones season 3
  • the second season of M*A*S*H
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
  • You’re the Worst seasons 1-4
  • Snowfall season three
  • Intelligence
  • Murdoch Mysteries season one
  • Highlander: The Series season one
  • Highlander: The Series season two
  • Highlander: The Series season three
  • Highlander: The Series season four
  • Highlander: The Series season five
  • Highlander: The Series season six
  • V-Wars season one
  • Hell on Wheels season one
  • Watchmen
  • Bosch
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Ms. Fisher’s Modern Mysteries
  • Chef!
  • Broadchurch
  • Jack Ryan
  • Bosch season six
  • Legend
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Foyle’s War
  • Prime Suspect 1973
  • Cobra Kai
  • Lucifer season 5.1
  • What We Do in the Shadows season two
  • Gargoyles
  • HBO’s Perry Mason
  • Scott & Bailey and No Offence
  • The West Wing season 1
  • The West Wing season 2
  • Murdoch Mysteries seasons 2-13
  • The West Wing season 3
  • The Boys season 2
  • The West Wing season 4
  • roundup: Avenue 5, Bonding season 2, Kingdom, The Newsroom, and The Kominsky Method
  • Suspects and London Kills
  • roundup: You’re the Worst season 5, Queens of Mystery, Undercover (Belgian) season 1, Undercover (British), and Helstrom
  • Sports Night
  • Cobra Kai season 3
  • Leverage: Redemption
  • The Brokenwood Myseries
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 1
  • roundup: new seasons of Lucifer, Bosch, What We Do in the Shadows, Leverage: Redemption, and Animal Kingdom
  • The Shield
  • My Life is Murder
  • Star Trek: Prodigy‘s “Kobayashi” and “First Con-Tact”
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 2
  • Star Trek: Prodigy‘s “Time Amok”
  • Star Trek: Prodigy‘s “This Moral Star, Part 1”
  • the third seasons of The Kominsky Method, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Undercover
  • WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Giri/Haji, Grace and Frankie, Moon Knight, Slings and Arrows, and Under the Vines
  • Signora Volpe
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Our Flag Means Death, Ms. Marvel, Ted Lasso
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Sandman
  • She-Hulk, Attorney-at-Law
  • Star Wars: Andor
  • Blake’s 7
  • Red Dwarf
  • The Orville

Vignettes ($10/month):

  • Cassie Zukav: “A Windy Night in December at Mayor Fred’s Saloon”
  • Super City Cops: “Plea Bargain”
  • Dragon Precinct: “An Unexpected Trip to Sandy Brook Way”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “Returning a Favor”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Papa’s Pool”
  • Bram Gold: “Sunday Night at the Kingfisher’s Tail”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Don’t Ask the Question if You Don’t Want the Answer”
  • Super City Cops: “Fuck, Marry, Kill”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Gan Brightblade and the Swamp of Kormak”
  • Bram Gold: “The Principle of the Thing”
  • Dragon Precinct: “The Streak”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “An Inherited Phone Case”
  • Bram Gold: “The True Meaning of Hanukkah”
  • Cassie Zukav: “No Vacancies”
  • Super City Cops: “Oh, What a Knight”
  • Bram Gold: “Don’t Have a Cow, Man”
  • Bram Gold: “The Street Name Game”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Spoiler Warning”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Cover Me”
  • Bram Gold: “The Worst Case”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Sisters Need Not Apply”
  • Super City Cops: “One Building, Two Cases”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Cheaters Never Win”
  • Super City Cops: “Making Deals”
  • Dragon Precinct: “On a Cold Winter’s Night”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Just Come Down for the Weekend, But That Was 25 Years Ago”
  • Bram Gold/Yolanda Rodriguez: “Know When to Fold ‘Em”
  • Super City Cops: “Zapped”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Remembrance”
  • Super City Cops: “Testimony”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “Pandemic Blues”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Prophet and Loss”
  • Dragon Precinct: “The Banishment of Helsek Gam”
  • Bram Gold: “Timber!”
  • Dragon Precinct: “The Gorvangin Rampages Postscript”
  • Super City Cops: “Two Corpses for the Price of One”
  • Bram Gold: “Y2K”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Chickens Come Home to Roost”
  • Super City Cops: “Collateral Damage”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Existential Crisis”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Newport Folk Festival”
  • Super City Cops: “Nursing Home Murder”
  • Valentina Perrone: “I Ain’t ‘Fraid’a No Ghosts”
  • Bram Gold/Yolanda Rodriguez: “Balaguer’s Hat”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Collegium Days”
  • Bram Gold/Yolanda Rodriguez/Valentina Perrone: “Trick or Treat” (available free to all)
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “Thanksplanning”
  • Valentine Perrone: “Cryptid Christmas”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Silly Season”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Meet the Parents?”
  • Super City Cops: “The Battling Bensons”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Maternal Day”
  • Super City Cops: “Family Matters”
  • Bram Gold: “It Ain’t the Heat”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Weekly Meeting”
  • Bram Gold: “The Courser’s Apprentice”
  • Super City Cops: “Unhappy Hallowe’en”
  • Super City Cops: “The Menace of Maleagris”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Aunt Freia”
  • Shirley Holmes & Jack Watson: “Dance Hall Days”

Commentary (for all):

  • Toxic Masculinity and Carol Danvers
  • Graphic novel review: Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition by J.M. DeMatteis, Jon J Muth, et al
  • 11 thoughts on the new Star Trek announcements on “First Contact Day” 2021

a most excellent KGB Fantastic Fiction reading with the mighty Chuck Wendig


Last Wednesday, KGB Fantastic Fiction hosted me and Chuck Wendig reading from our latest books. It was a delightful evening, with the KGB Bar filled with people, and lots of folks promising to order/preorder our books.

I went first, reading most of Chapter 5 of A Furnace Sealed. While I have two new novels out this year, I thought it made more sense to read from the book that takes place in New York City at an NYC reading than the high fantasy police procedural Mermaid Precinct.

After a brief break, Chuck read the opening from his forthcoming novel Wanderers. Chuck is an amazing writer, and an awesome reader, and now I’m dying to read his novel.


We had a wonderful time, and some people bought books, and then we had a great dinner afterward, and a good time was had by all.

While Chuck and I knew each other through online interactions, mostly on Twitter, we’d never met until last week, and he’s as much a delight in person as he is on Twitter and on his brilliant blog. (If you don’t read Terrible Minds, you totally should.)

There will be audio of the reading on the KGB Fantastic Fiction site very soon……..

my schedule for Shore Leave 41


As I have every year this millennium, I will be a guest at Shore Leave 41 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. I’ll be doing my usual programming, including a Boogie Knights concert Saturday morning, Meet the Pros Friday evening, and other keen stuff. And I’ll be putting in time at the eSpec Books booth as well.

Here’s the schedule:


6-7pm: “Writing for Themed Anthologies,” w/Mike McPhail, Susan Olesen, Joshua Palmatier, and Hildy Silverman (Belmont)

10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros, w/the entire gang of author guests (Hunt/Valley corridor)


11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Hunt/Valley)

12-1pm: “Star Trek: Discovery Season 2,” w/Rigel Ailur, Dave Galanter, Amy Imhoff, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein (Salon A) — I will be late for this, as it’s right after the concert, and I’ll need time to break down my percussion and change

1-2pm: “Batman Turns 80,” w/Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Russ Colchamiro, and Glenn Hauman (Salon E)

3-4pm: “Captain Marvel,” w/Rigel Ailur, Hildy Silverman, and Laura Ware (Salon E)

4-5pm: “Self-Defense 101” (McCormick Suite)

6-7pm: “Meeting eSpec Books,” w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Mike McPhail, and Dayton Ward


Strangely, I have no programming on Sunday. I’ll probably be spending the day relaxing, and/or being at the eSpec booth and/or doing an autographing at the Novel Spaces booth.

Hope to see folks there!


a nice review of Articles of the Federation


A decade and a half later, and my 2005 political Star Trek novel Articles of the Federation is still getting attention. This time it’s Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews, who has read all of President Nan Bacco’s subsequent appearances, as well as her initial appearance in A Time for War, a Time for Peace, but didn’t get around to reading her solo novel until now. Check it out!

An excerpt:

While this novel came out in 2005, for some reason I never got around to reading it until just this year, despite the fact that the subject matter is right up my alley. This has proven to be a glaring oversight, as Articles of the Federation has now firmly established itself as one of my all-time favorite Star Trek novels. Full of memorable characters and finally showing how the government of the Federation operates on a day-to-day basis, this novel was a heck of a lot of fun to read. I wish there was a lot more focus on the governance of the Federation in Star Trek, as it is fertile ground for new and different stories set in my favorite science fiction universe!

three anthologies with stories by me debuting at Shore Leave!


At Shore Leave 41 in mid-July, there will be three anthologies debuting, and I’ll be in all three of them!

Two are the first two science fiction stories of mine featuring a bright young woman named Consuela de la Vega, who lives on the moon in the near-ish future. The first story is “The Silent Dust,” which will be in Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos, edited by Paige Daniels & Mary Fan; the second will be in Footprints in the Stars, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and will be called “The Puzzle.”

The BNG anthology series are all charity anthologies, with proceeds going to the Society for Women Engineers. My story also has an illustration by the mighty Tom Daly (my collaborator on “In Defense of Self” for MINE!).

Footprints is the latest in eSpec Books’s “Beyond the Cradle” of science fiction anthologies, with stories about the discovery of alien life.

My third story is “Alien Invasion of Earth!” which will be in Thrilling Adventure Yarns, an anthology of all-new pulp stories edited by Robert Greenberger. My story will have a nifty illustration by the great Mark Wheatley.

These three anthologies will all debut at Shore Leave, and the following contributors will all be at the con, besides me:

  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Footprints)
  • Derek Tyler Attico (Thrilling)
  • Christopher L. Bennett (Footprints)
  • Russ Colchamiro (all three)
  • Kathleen O. David (Thrilling)
  • Peter David (Thrilling)
  • Mary Fan (Gals & Gizmos, Thrilling)
  • Michael Jan Friedman (Thrilling)
  • Robert Greenberger (Footprints, Thrilling)
  • Glenn Hauman (Thrilling)
  • David Mack (Thrilling)
  • Aaron Rosenberg (all three)
  • Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg (Thrilling)
  • Dayton Ward (Footprints)

So if you’re coming to Shore Leave, you’ll get the chance for a ton of autographs on all three new books…..


4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Eggsy is back! So’s Merlin! So, somehow, is Harry! So is Roxy, but not for long! The Kingsman sequel has as much good as bad, just like the first one, though the problems here are, at least, different ones, and the movie is still fun, mostly. The great superhero movie rewatch examines Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

An excerpt:

Just in general, the application of gadgets and technology was horribly inconsistent. The Kingsmen have watches that can “hack anything with a microchip.” Eggsy uses it to hack Charlie’s arm. So why didn’t he use it to hack the two robot dogs? Or, for that matter, Poppy’s laptop? If Merlin was able to adjust the virus so that it acted faster, he would have known enough about its chemical composition to synthesize his own antidote.

Those are far from the only plot holes. Why is there no response from the British government to multiple missile strikes on their soil? Why did Charlie blow up the facility that stores all the antidote? How did Poppy have enough of it when Charlie blew up the antidote? How was it daylight in both Kentucky and Cambodia at the same time? (They’re separated by twelve time zones.) What incentive do people have to be employed by Poppy when she routinely kills people and expects unquestioning loyalty? (I assume she pays well, but it’s not really clear.) Also if you put a live body through a meat grinder, there will be blood everywhere, plus the meat that come out the other side will be filled also with ground-up bone and muscle and, y’know, clothes and jewelry, not just red meat.

states I’ve been to…..


And now, because I feel like making a silly list, all the states and whether or not I’ve been to them!

  1. Alabama: no
  2. Alaska: no
  3. Arizona: no
  4. Arkansas: no
  5. California: yes, many times, most recently in May 2018 when I spent a week in Los Angeles for a project
  6. Colorado: yes, most recently for the Ghost Town Writers Retreat in 2017
  7. Connecticut: yes, many times, most recently as a guest at ConnectiCon last summer
  8. Delaware: yes, many times, particularly between June 2009 and May 2010 when Wrenn and I were first dating and she lived there
  9. Florida: yes, many times, most recently in May for MegaCon Orlando
  10. Georgia: yes, many times, most recently last September for Dragon Con
  11. Hawai’i: no
  12. Idaho: no
  13. Illinois: yes, many times, including in 2010 for the very first C2E2
  14. Indiana: yes, just a couple weeks ago for Indy PopCon
  15. Kentucky: yes, a couple times, including in 2018 when I was Author Guest of Honor for ConGlomeration
  16. Iowa: yes, when I was four years old and we drove from New York to Denver
  17. Louisiana: yes, several times, most recently a trip to New Orleans in 2001
  18. Kansas: no
  19. Maine: yes, a few times, most recently in 2013 when I was a guest at PortConMaine
  20. Maryland: yes, many times, most recently over Memorial Day weekend for Balticon
  21. Massachusetts: yes, many many times, most recently over Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend this year when we visited friends in the Boston suburbs
  22. Michigan: yes, when I was a guest at ConFusion in 1998
  23. Minnesota: yes, I had a layover there when I went to OSFest in 2013
  24. Mississippi: yes, when I was a guest of Coast Con in Biloxi in 2001
  25. Missouri: yes, most recently in April for Planet Comic-Con
  26. Montana: no
  27. Nebraska: yes, most recently when I was Author Guest of Honor at OSFest in 2013
  28. Nevada: yes, in 2007 for my mother’s 60th birthday in Las Vegas
  29. New Hampshire: yes, many times, including when our band had a retreat at our bass player’s house in Londonderry in 1999
  30. New Mexico: yes, when I was four years old
  31. New Jersey: yes, many times, including living there for a year when I was two and for six months in 2000-2001
  32. New York: I live here
  33. North Carolina: yes, every time we drive to and from Dragon Con (and I’ll be there next month for GalaxyCon Raleigh)
  34. North Dakota: no
  35. Ohio: yes, many times, including when I was Author Guest of Honor for Marcon in Columbus in 2007
  36. Oklahoma: yes, several times, including in 2005 for a writers conference
  37. Oregon: yes, in 2002 to teach a tie-in writers workshop
  38. Pennsylvania: yes, many many times, as I have family there — though the most recent was on Memorial Day when we visited Wrenn’s father
  39. Rhode Island: yes, several times, including being a guest at Camp Necon in 1998
  40. South Carolina: yes, every time we drive to and from Dragon Con (and generally meet up with our friend Ed for dinner on the drive home)
  41. South Dakota: no
  42. Tennessee: yes, in 2017 when I was a guest of the Providence Literary Festival in Kentucky, but the hotel they put me up in was in Nashville
  43. Texas: yes, most recently when I was a Special Guest at FenCon in 2009
  44. Utah: no, though that should change this year, as I’m likely to be going to FanX in September
  45. Vermont: yes, many times, including a trip to the White Mountains when I was eight
  46. Virginia: yes, many times, most recently for GalaxyCon Richmond in May
  47. Washington: yes, most recently a couple months ago for Emerald City Comic-Con
  48. West Virginia: yes, every time we drive to and from Dragon Con
  49. Wisconsin: no
  50. Wyoming: no