I have once again been tinkering with the Privacy Policy in a probably vain effort to deal with a regulatory climate increasingly unfavorable to running any kind of website, even a purely personal blog. Since I haven’t been updating this blog in ages and its traffic is likely near-zero, it’s probably a moot point, but… Continue Reading Future?

Privacy Update

I have been further updating the Privacy Policy in an effort to make this website more compatible with the new EU GDPR directive. There may be further changes between now and May 25. I’ve been trying, so far with mixed results, to greatly minimize the use of third-party content on this site. I had attempted… Continue Reading Privacy Update

Policy update

I have updated the site’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, which are now split into separate documents. Please read the new versions and let me know if you have any questions. ETA (Jan. 8-19, 2016): I have made further updates to both policies to clarify language and the workings of the site (particularly as… Continue Reading Policy update

Updated Privacy Policy

I have updated the website’s privacy policy. Please note this update has been superseded by a more recent version. Click here for the current version.

The E.P. Ingersoll Award

I’m pleased to announce that my automotive website, Ate Up With Motor, has been named the winner of the 2012 E.P. Ingersoll Award for excellent in non-print media by the Society of Automotive Historians. For more information, see the Society’s website at https://autohistory.org/.

A matter of character.

I had an interesting conversation with someone on New Year’s Day about the characters of my books, and the question of whether or not they were likable. She had strong opinions on that, some of which surprised me (although her arguments were quite sound). Character likability is a tricky issue for an author, because the… Continue Reading A matter of character.

Behind the scenes.

I recently did yet another editing polish of Dharma Bum and the Shield of Athena, my third novel. Proofreading this manuscript has been something of chore — I’ve had it proofed by two other people, but every time I open the document, I seem to spot something else that we didn’t notice before. (The side… Continue Reading Behind the scenes.

It’s not about you.

One of the assumptions fostered by many generations of how-to books and writing classes, is that a piece of fiction is the product of extended and complex conscious deliberation: the application of various formulae and rules. If you look through these books, the list of rules is often quite intimidating. It’s a lot like what… Continue Reading It’s not about you.

Slipstream, part 3.

One of my favorite literary genres at this point is what author Bruce Sterling once dubbed slipstream. Slipstream, which includes the work of authors like Steve Erickson and Haruki Murakami, occupies a middle ground between ‘straight’ fiction and science fiction or fantasy.

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If you use the buttons to make a payment or donation, the PayPal services will set additional cookies (not listed here) to manage your PayPal login and transaction data (and potentially also for various other purposes, e.g., user analytics and/or advertising). For more information about what data PayPal services collect and how that data may be used, visit the "Legal Agreements for PayPal Services" page to review the PayPal Privacy Statement and Statement on Cookies and Tracking Technologies that apply in your location (the Statement on Cookies and Tracking Technologies that applies to each region is linked from within the applicable PayPal Privacy Statement). For more information about how Akamai may collect, process, and/or use personal data, visit the Akamai "Privacy and Policies" page and Privacy Trust Center. (PayPal.com, PayPal, and all logos related to the PayPal services are either trademarks or registered trademarks of PayPal, Inc. or its licensors. In addition, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons, and scripts related to the PayPal services are service marks, trademarks, and/or trade dress of PayPal. Akamai is a registered trademark or service mark of Akamai Technologies, Inc. in the United States (Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.).)

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