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Macro Monday: Burdock

Burdock grasps out with its hook-claws, purply mass exploding in a flurry of velcro-like abominations.

Burdock flower

I like the photo, though. Almost makes my plague of burdock bearable.

*burrs claw at every surface of my body*

*burrs dig hooks deep into my soul*

*I am burrs*

In other news! My class is coming up soon, and there are still slots open. I’ve been putting together the material for Writing the Strange for a while now and things are really starting to look good. If you’re in the Rochester, MN area and want to come write short stories with me in October, HERE YOU GO.



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Macro Monday: Bees in Helsinki

Well, WorldCon was an incredible success. It was an exhausting, fun adventure that I look forward to repeating as long as it isn’t any time soon oh wow I’m really tired. I met some great people and ate some excellent food, including a super-fancy buffet where they just keep bringing you meat until you beg them to stop oh, please stop.

Anyway, got to hang out with some of those cool kids from Angry Robot (pic from Nick Tyler):

Fine folk from #worldcon75

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Jet lag really punched me around this trip, and I don’t think I ever really adjusted to the time zone. It probably didn’t help that the hotel I stayed at had a coffee maker in the room but no coffee. Tired brain never really figured out how to solve that. Also, this may be my American bias, but the coffee they sell in Helsinki is tiny. Like, really tiny.

Once the convention was done, the wife and I went on some adventures. One of these was a trip to the Helsinki Botanical Garden.

Where we met some bees.

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Photo Time: Vinny Sleeping

We’re taking it easy around here these days. It’s been a couple weeks since Peace in an Age of Metal and Men released. I’m super happy with how its doing and I’m getting great reports from people who love their paperbacks. I’m sure the ebooks are nice, too, but nobody seems to want me to sign those.

*scratches signature into the screen of your Kindle*

But let’s take it easy for another week. Here, follow Vinny’s example, and have a nice nap.

Nap Time
Nap Time
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Beta Reader Number One

Justice in an Age of Metal and Men is back from my editor. He liked it. He said he liked it, anyway. He says he thinks it’s good enough that I could easily go the traditional publishing route, but for now I’m still planning on going independent. I’ll write more about my reasons in a future post.

I have my editor’s input all processed and polished. The time has come to share my work.
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