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Pastels for sale

Parisian gallery

Tasting the wine

Absinthe shop in Paris


Bird, dog

Shakespeare & Company, Paris

After the storm

Rainy day walk

Surely you need a new Kindle?

'Books on Fire' Contest To Give Away Kindle Fire HD Loaded with Books The Books on Fire contest, which runs through the end of December, is giving away a new Kindle Fire HD loaded with 13 books of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction (including mine!). Sponsored by authors Judson Roberts, Ruth Nestvold, Luc Reid, William Hertling, Annie Bellet, and me, Books on Fire can be found on the Web at  . In addition to the first prize winner of the Kindle Fire, ten second prize winners will win three eBooks of their choice from the list on the contest Web page. To enter, participants simply announce their three top book choices from the book list through any of these methods: Twitter (to  @WinBooksOnFire  ) The contest's Facebook page at , and/or  The contest Web page. eBooks included in the prize pool include: William Hertling's artificial intelligence thrillers Avogadro Corp. an

Several links for new blog readers

Hey, thanks for swinging by the blog!  If you're new here, I thought I'd post a few links to get you oriented. First, if you're coming over from Glimmer Train Magazine , you might be interested in a story of mine that was first published by them back, I think, in 1997, called "After Kimberly."  It's available as a download on Amazon for $.99.  (Though if you're really interested and broke, just drop me a note and I'll send it to you for free.  Hey, I've been there.) Second, I've edited the Blue Penny Quarterly , a free online literary magazine for many years:  our latest issue (optimized for iPad, but readable on most devices that read PDF files, which is most devices) is available here .  Some great stories from some awesome writers that I recommend you check out.  (Did I mention it was free?)  And, hey, we're open now for submissions. Third, I wrote a fantasy novel I'd been dying to write for many years, and have published it

A dream of boulders

Thank you, Glimmer Train!

Many thanks to Glimmer Train Stories , for picking my story, The Mushroom Hunter , as the winner of their 2012 Fiction Open Competition! If you're new to my blog, welcome!  Here's a post to get you started . And here's what the story looks like in GT.

Stalked by buses: Truckee

Moth in the sun

Jetlagged on the waterfront in Singapore

Under the lantern

Party atop the temple

Fish head curry

Golden woodwork at the temple in Singapore's Chinatown

Dragon on the temple wall thinks I look delicious. I'm not.

Sale $49

Deepavali rain

Stalked by buses: Singapore

Outside the temple doors

Don't think about elephants

Thinking of a home across the sea

Making the dumplings by hand

Inside the world of flowers

The dinner party

This pumpkin is really happy for the SF Giants

This pumpkin has a strange sense of humor

This bird insists I have no manners. Dude, I say, you're the one that got your wings clipped.

Three rays

Walrus sounds

Sweater of the Walking City

(brazenly stolen from )

Entering the empire of the dead

A square in Paris

By the Thames

Crabs and oysters on the sidewalk

Under the Walking City of Paris

Entering the catacombs of Paris

This fish says she can yodel even though her mouth is full of ice. A fan of yodels, I didn't stay to listen.

Greenland's icebergs from 30,000 feet

An Interview about Beasts of the Walking City

Many thanks to Luc Reid, who interviewed me about world-building for his blog at .  It was a lot of fun to talk about this stuff, and he got me thinking:  where did some of these characters come from?  (Hmm, good question.)  How long have I been thinking about this stuff?  (A very long time.) Read the interview here, and be sure to check out some of Luc's other articles while you're there:

This big fish says he can swallow me whole. Dude, I say, that's probably why you're on ice.

One artful stack of bones

Stalked by buses #3: in the Marais, Paris

Behind the clock