Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Forty-four years old today. My birthdays are similar to funerals in that they remind me that time is short. The deadline for the goal this blog was meant to document is drawing nearer and I've got stuff to do. So do you! Go do your stuff. Once this life is done, there will be no make-ups!

I've still got 860 stories to write! That's INSANE!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Metrozone

As I stated on Twitter, when I was a kid, I wanted to be James Bond. Decades later, I want to be Samuil Petrovitch. And I think it goes without saying that I'm still a kid. I talked about the first Petrovitch book here: So you might want to read that.

I won't go into detail about the second and third books here, but I will say that I think they're even better than the first. The action, the stakes, the hero, the writing, they all make me excited to read. How often are you excited while reading? It almost never happens to me.

I read the second a few months ago and just finished the third. I like to take a little breather between books in a series, although it's possible I'll jump into the fourth book soon. You can find info on all of them here at the author's website:

Start reading already!

Monday, April 22, 2013

100 Artists

I think this is a fantastic idea if you're feeling stuck or frustrated as an artist. I've often thought about taking on other personas in order to go places artistically that I wouldn't otherwise go. It's similar to how people's behavior can change when they put on a mask, or even a radically different outfit. Become someone else, why don't you? See where it takes you.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Do It On Nights And Weekends

This Onion article made me laugh as it kicked me in the balls. Go read and enjoy and come back:

This is my life in this article, folks. It might even be your life. It's certainly the life of millions.That life made for my financial cesspit and broke up my family, among other, lesser miseries. And if you're like me, you couldn't have stopped before it all went wrong and you can't stop now. Such is the creative life. It's like a gambling addiction.

The alternative, the way to give your passion more than minutes a day, is to quit your job and live in your car, if you're lucky enough to have a car. Otherwise, it's the street for you. I'm too much of a coward to do that, so I deserve what I've got.

But I make things. You might make things too. Millions like us do. I makes stories and a podcast and I made a novel and other little things. I think even the lowliest maker of things is a better human being than Alexander the Great or Napoleon, or any of the thousands of other military marvels or world leaders, because they all destroyed lives, they destroyed people.

We make things.

We make things for ten goddamned minutes a night sometimes, but we make things. We do it because we don't have any other choice and we'll squeeze it in where we can, rather than abandon it.

And most of all, because it's all we've fucking got.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rush Of Fame!

If you're a Rush fan, you've been griping for the last fourteen years of their eligibility, "Why the hell hasn't Rush been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" Well, gripe no more! They're in, as of a couple of days ago. Here are some videos of the goings-on. The audio's not great, the video's a bit better, but hey, I'll take it in lieu of stills and reports any day. Thanks to clg2112 for posting these.

Foo Fighters as Rush, circa 1976, doing 2112's Overture:

Rush's induction speech from Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters:

The guys' acceptance speeches:

I just wanna hug these guys. Congrats!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Climb Onto The Sofa

The new episode of StarShipSofa is just sitting there waiting for you! Go listen!

StarShipSofa No 285 Brad Torgersen

Coming up …
Fact:Hugo Reviews A Deepness in the Sky by Andy Thomaswick 01:50
Main Fiction: “The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen
Promo: Amy H. Sturgis The Dystopian Tradition
Narrator: Jim Phillips

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stay In And Hang Out With Three Science Fiction Giants

Hey, folks! This Sunday, StarShipSofa is hosting an online shindig with three masters of science fiction: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Gregory Benford. Personally, I loved The Mote in God's Eye, Fallen Angels, RingworldLucifer's Hammer and Timescape. You may have loved entirely different novels by them; Between the three of them, they've written absolute piles of them. They could share stories for the hour and a half that's scheduled, or they could go even longer. Tony from the Sofa will have a pot of coffee handy just in case.

Past Sofa events have included questions and answers, so have a mic ready, in case, and you can ask Larry what the Puppeteer was hiding behind its back on page 172 of that book you keep under your pillow. If the scheduled time doesn't work for you, you can sign up anyway and you'll get the audio and the slideshow links by email about a week later. Click on the picture below to get more info and sign up!

Do this thing!

Sunday, April 07, 2013


Taking a little break from writing Mangoes for May, I decided to edit a story I threw down a couple of months ago and send it out. It's called Life and Times, number 140 of The One-Thousand, not to be confused with Lives and Times, number 1 of The One-Thousand. It's flash, only about 1,100 words long, but it always feels great to finish something.