Tag Archives: science fiction

Mall Crawl!: A Mall-Wide Used Book Sale

Yesterday, my husband and I went to Bookstock, which bills itself as the largest used book sale in Detroit. Fortunately, I was able to pick up half of Asimov’s Foundation series for three bucks. Unfortunately, I had to go to the mall to do it. I’m not crazy about the mall. Something about the lighting makes me feel like a confused bird that flew into somebody’s house and is desperate to get out. And I can only fling myself against the windows so many times before mall security escorts me off the premises.

Anyway, aside from Asimov, I bought one of the looniest dating advice books I’ve ever seen–coming soon to a blog post near you! I also took a lot of pictures. Here are some of the more interesting volumes I encountered, divided by subject matter just as they were at the book sale. Continue reading

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Announcement: Sky Pirate Wins SFR Galaxy Award!

Last week, I mentioned that I was doing voice acting and production assistance on The Misfit Fleet, a radio program written by my friends Finnegan O’Riordan and Maggie Roberts. Right after I made that post, Sky Pirate: Safe Harbor–the novel on which The Misfit Fleet is based–nabbed itself a SFR Galaxy Award for Best Transgender Hero. Congrats to Finnegan and his creation. I’m proud to be a part of it!

Sky Pirate: Safe Harbor
That’s all for this weekend. I ordered a whole mess of really stupid books off Amazon today–Satanic Halloweens, a real-life priest who thinks he’s a vampire hunter, the occultic influence of D&D, the most offensively-titled self-help tome EVER–so expect lots of equally stupid reviews soon. Till then, adieu!

Shameless Self-Promotion: Free Stories!

One of the skills a writer must learn is self-promotion.  It doesn’t always come naturally.  (For example, writing this post was worse than scratching my corneas with one hand while giving a prostate massage to a grizzly bear with the other.)  Nevertheless, it is an invaluable ability, and one I shall endeavor to exercise now.

I have not one, not two, but three stories currently available online.  The first, Nature Abhors a Vacuum, is a weekly science fiction/murder mystery serial that can be read for free in weekly installments at the Mid-Michigan Prose and Writing Group Blog.  The first installment is here!

I also have two pieces of short fiction available on Smashwords.  I plan to put them up on Amazon eventually, but that involves reformatting, and I am lazier than you mortals can even comprehend.  The first of these two is called “Rumble at the Robot,” and it’s also available for free!

Rumble at the Robot

Of three-story robots and childhood turf wars. A short memoir about children misbehaving.

The second, “Dear Asenath,” is a mere 99 cents–a bargain if you enjoy Lovecraft or Lovecraft parodies, or if you’re the kind of person who scoffs at denominations smaller than a dollar!

Dear Asenath: An Eldritch Romance

For most, the town of Dunwich, Massachusetts, offers terrors outside the realm of human understanding. But when intrepid Tracy Pickman opens a used bookstore in central Dunwich, her new neighbor–a mysterious young man named Wilbur Whatley–offers her something quite different: a chance at love. A Lovecraft parody of romantic proportions!

And thus do we reach the end of the shameless self-promotion post.  Thanks for muscling your way through it, friends!