How to Know That You Live in a Cyberpunk Dystopia

Remember that time when we didn’t have handheld brains to augment the thinking that we do with our regular brains? Me neither. Let me look it up. Nope, that never happened.

Bringing the Search Term Crazy

There are various ways to arrive at this web site. Maybe you know me personally. Maybe you’re finding this blog from one of the various social medias. I know that some of you fell from the sky as a comet passed unnaturally close to the Earth and landed directly on …

TweetDeck – Tag Following

I’ve been going on and on about how much I love TweetDeck lately. First, I blathered on about filtering away retweets. Then, I burbled up some nonsense about lists. Those are fine things, but now I want to talk about following tags. The #mswl tag on twitter denotes two things. …

Wait, Ten Years? What?

It is clear that I have always been a genius. Ten years ago, I started this blog. It was called the Eichenblog because that is the cleverest thing I could come up with that played off my name and the fact that this is a blog. Wow. My first entry …

Conventions!

Gencon event schedules are out this week, which has me thinking about my convention schedule for this year. A lot. It’s going to be a great time and a really busy July. The first part of July is CONvergence, a sci-fi convention in Minneapolis. I’m not quite sure what to …

Why Novellas are the New Awesome

Novellas help flesh out worlds. I love the amazingly creative worlds of speculative fiction. Readers should probably understand that for every detail etched in ink, the author has a dozen more. These details might be written in a secret file somewhere or they might only exist in the author’s head. Either way, the worlds you see in your favorite books are nothing but a tiny slice of a much bigger world-cake. Novellas are an author’s way of getting more of it out there. Just-just eat the cake, you guys. It’s going bad in the fridge. And it’s cake!