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Interesting Times

Monday, 31. December 2012 17:35

I know 2012 was a rough year for a lot of people and in a lot of ways, and it certainly had its ups and downs for me too, but – at least for me – it ended up on the plus side, so much so that I’m kinda waiting for the banana peel and the punchline and the wah-wah-wah trombone.

The first down-swoop of the year was losing the Gotrek and Felix franchise. Then the up-swoop of getting my first original novel, Jane Carver of War, published and garnering a host of positive reviews.Then the down-swoop of being so broke I had to go back to working for a messenger company in order to pay the bills, and thinking I was going to start my fiftieth year working for less than minimum wage.

But then, round about the middle of the year, all the swoops were ups.I started working for my pal Steve Wang as a shop assistant at his special effects shop, which didn’t make me a rich man, but paid better than delivering packages, and was infinitely more fun. I got to work at a monster shop! Who could hate that? Next, through the mysterious offices of my pal Kitty, who tipped me to the job opening, and to my pal Mike Stackpole, who gave me the nod, I started working at my dream job, writing scenarios and dialog for a computer game called Wasteland 2 at InXile Entertainment. On top of that, my second original novel, Swords of Waar, came out in November, just in time for my 50th birthday, and I’m playing in a band with musicians so talented I feel like I don’t deserve to be in front of them.

And to crown it all, I am still the world’s luckiest boyfriend, the guy who gets to love the beautiful and talented Lili Chin, who has stuck with me through all the up-swoops and down-swoops and loop-de-loops of my unstable, unpredictable life.

Thank you, Lili, and thank you, 2012, which like a good novel, had a lot of cliff-hangers and drama, but ended on a high note.

Here’s to another happy ending next year, with maybe a few less bumps along the way….

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Jane Rocks!

Wednesday, 7. November 2012 23:39

A while back I asked around for suggestions for a Jane Carver playlist – a Waar mix-tape if you will – and I got some great responses, and they in turn sparked some ideas of my own. So here it is, to celebrate the official release of Swords of Waar (okay, so it was yesterday; there was some kind of election going on yesterday, so I thought I’d wait ’til it was over) these are the songs Jane would be blasting as she headed out on the open road on her big ‘ol Harley.

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro

Call me the Breeze – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Move Over – Janis Joplin

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger

Real Wild Child – Joan Jett

Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet

Nutbush City Limit

Highwayman – The Highwaymen

So whaddaya think? A true representation of Jane? Any that I missed? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to pick up Swords of Waar!

Damn. That last one always makes me cry. Sorry.

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Magnificent Songs from My Magnificent Band

Monday, 11. June 2012 14:29

Well, I woulda put these up on our band website, but the free version of WordPress is being weird and won’t let me post, so the debut will have to happen here. Here are a couple of songs from my stormin’ soul band, The Magnificent. That’s me and the Professor belting it out. He’s the one with the growlier voice. I’m the one with the higher voice.

Are you ready? Let’s rock!

I’m a Man

What’ll I Do For Satisfaction

Don’t You Make Me Cry

I Gotta Find Me Somebody

Down in the Basement

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My night in Bordertown

Tuesday, 22. May 2012 10:20

Many years ago, I found an online community of folks who loved Terry Windling’s Bordertown series, and we all had a great time discussing the books and creating Bordertown alter-egos for ourselves, but then one night there was a Bordertown party here in LA and a lot of my online friends came from all over the country to attend. Also in attendance were Emma Bull and Will Shetterly, contributors to the series, and later my writing mentors. That’s Emma in the center with the 100,000 kilowatt smile, while to her right are Angel (in the leather jacket), Annachee (silver hair), and Ellie, (blonde hair). And I hope I got all the spellings right.

Not sure whose pic this was originally, but Sabrina McCoy put them up on Facebook, and Jen Walker (on the right) tagged me in them. Thanks to both of them for reminding me of that great night. My only regret is the awful chin beard I was sporting at the time. Oh well, as they say, there is no joy that is unalloyed.

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A Working Class Writer

Friday, 24. June 2011 11:44

Feeling grumpy over my currently impoverished state, I wrote a parody of an old John Lennon song. If you want the inside scoop on the day to day glamor of writing for a living, hum along.

Here’s the original:

And here’s my parody:

A WORKING CLASS WRITER
to the tune of ‘A Working Class Hero’
with deepest apologies to John Lennon

You think when you’re published, you’ve got it made
After so many tries, you’ve at last made the grade
Then you bankrupt yourself while you wait to get paid

A working class writer is something to be
A working class writer is something to be

At first it’s a thrill to see your name on the page
And you write in cafes, think you’re free of the cage
But when you add up the hours it’s not minimum wage

A working class writer is something to be
A working class writer is something to be

Your fans think you’re rich and they want stuff for free
Your family thinks you’re a celebrity
But you still schlep your clothes to the coin laundry

A working class writer is something to be
A working class writer is something to be

At conventions you sign your books like a star
And you buy drinks for agents you meet at the bar
But you don’t have the money to fix up your car

A working class writer is something to be
A working class writer is something to be

There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
But first you must learn how to be your own shill
If you want to steal money from the kindle-nook till

A working class writer is something to be
If you want to be a writer, well just follow me

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Fliers for Friends

Wednesday, 14. April 2010 10:52

While prepping my next writing projects, I’ve also been doing some graphics work for friends who have clubs and bands. Here is some of what I’ve been working on. Click on the pics to go to the RSVP page for each.

I also did another logo for Club Romper Stomper.

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I promised you noise…

Monday, 8. March 2010 12:45

And here it is. Step back from your speakers and don your protective ear and eye-wear, here is the most powerful voice in rock and roll.

I would have loved to see them live.

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Prisoner of Love

Monday, 30. November 2009 12:38

…by Spear of Destiny.

I heard this song once or twice in the 80s and loved it. Kirk’s voice gave me chills up my spine. I never could find it again until recently when I tracked it down on YouTube. This is terribly, terribly 80s, but I don’t care.

Beats the hell out of the Tina Turner song by the same name. Hmmm, what if she’d sang this one instead?

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My Black Friday

Friday, 27. November 2009 9:52

No moshing in the Best Buy for me. I’ll just bang my head at home – to this!

Used to see these guys down at Molly Malones. Now they’re all over the world. All right, Dave King!

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The Michelle Gun Elephant

Monday, 23. November 2009 0:36

One of my favorite bands, with one of my favorite guitarists, Futoshi Abe, who sadly died of cancer this year at 47. Here they are in their prime. What a wrist!

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