How I plan to lose NaNoWriMo this year

NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is a program run out of Berkeley, California that supports writers, especially first time writers, in completing a novel in one month, November.

The numerical goal is to write 50,000 words. Don’t research, don’t edit, just get your story down on paper, and worry about fixing things later.  50,000 words is a shortish novel, but you’re only working on the first draft anyways, so there’s plenty of time for editing later. Continue reading

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Our Enduring Preoccupation with Premature Burial  — The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice

Reposted from The Chururgion’s Apprentice blog…

Taphephobia (fear of being buried alive) has to be the ultimate claustrophobia.

Hours before he died, George Washington told his secretary: “Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.” This kind of request was not uncommon. In an era when putrefaction was the only sure sign of death, many people […]

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Victorian Scientists writing poetry — Collecting Reality

Back in 2011, New Scientist magazine produced an excellent article on poetry written by Victorian scientists, including the great James Clark Maxwell. In 1865 he demonstrated that electric and magnetic fields travel through space as waves moving at the speed of light. https://www.newscientist.com/article/1966743-rhyme-and-reason-the-victorian-poet-scientists/ The poems the article mentions are collected here: https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/poetry/ They are quite […]

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Some Time Later–now available!

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For the past three years, the authors participating in Clockwork Alchemy, San Jose, California’s steampunk con, have put together short story anthologies the proceeds from which are donated to various organizations promoting literacy.  The concept is simple–each author writes two short stories separated by a duration of time.  Two years ago, it was Twelve Hours Later.  Last year it was Thirty Days Later.  This year the theme is Some Time Later–giving the authors a bit more chronological leeway.

I am honored to have been able to participate in this event for the last two years, and proud to announce that this year’s anthology launched last weekend at Clockwork Alchemy 2017 and is now available.

My stories feature a band of rather hapless air pirates searching for the lost treasure of Atlantis.  These same pirates also feature prominently in my recently launched steampunk novel The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday.

Half-price sale on To Rule the Skies

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In anticipation of the release of my new book The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday, I am running a special 50% off special on my previous book To Rule the Skies.

The special is only on Smashwords and is only for the ebook version.  (Of course, if you’d like the paperback version, it’s always available at Amazon.)

My new book will be released in May, and is a prequel to To Rule the Skies. The novel tells the early story of Nicodemus Boffin (the hero of To Rule the Skies) from his upbringing as an uncommonly clever boy in the slums of East London through his very unlikely meeting with the greatest scientist of the day, Michael Faraday, who mentors him to reach his full potential.  Nicodemus accidentally discovers a secret notebook that Professor Faraday has kept, and strives to keep its contents from falling into the hands of Viscount Whitehall-Barnes who believes the book may hold the secret to immense wealth and power.

To get the ebook version of To Rule the Skies at the discounted price of $1.50, use coupon code YQ66C .  Offer ends on March 12, 2017.