Short stories, poetry, haiku, expository and technical non-fiction. Report Cards and observations on writing. This began as my repository of exercises from the "What If?" self-help writers group at AOL. It has become more and less, since leaving AOL.

Tuesday, August 23

Scott Westerfeld - PEEPS

Some days you wake up, and you just have to write a vampire novel.”

After all, “there is no shortage of vampire novels already out there. If you search Amazon for "vampire" you get 2,616 books to choose from. There are opera-loving vampires, horny vampires, southern vampires, emotional vampires, bondage-loving vampires, and (of course) Canadian vampires who solve crimes.”

“Maybe there are too many vampire novels,” says author Scott Westerfield, on his web page dedicated to peeps. “But that was part of the challenge, to see if I could do something that felt new and interesting, while still being full of bitey goodness.”

You and I get our chance Thursday to find out if he succeeded. If the Kirkus Review is anything to to go by, it'll be a fun romp. Good thing Friday is SWMBO's payday, isn't it?

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"Both medical thriller and science fiction, this fast-paced,
captivating modern vampire story is enriched with biology and history. . .
Entrancing throughout—but squeamish readers beware."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Peeps comes out this Thursday, August 25, 2005. Unlike the books in the Uglies and Midnighters trilogies, Peeps is one of a kind. (Click here to order from Amazon.)

Monday, August 22

Blogger for Word!

Hey! Are you a blogger? Are you a writer most comfortable in the offline world of Micro$oft WORD? If you are, then read this little blit by Ev on a new plug-in for Blogger – Blogger for Word! Only good with the windoze environment, Word2000 and later. I only stopped using WORD97 as my writing environment when I migrated to Windoze XP. Now it's OpenOffice (available for windoze, Unix, Linux and others at

Oh well. A case of "too little, too late for me" I guess. Unless I suddenly get rich and can afford to buy WORD, I'll be sticking with OpenOffice. It almost works as well and the price is suitable for us paupers. I truly understand the wisdom inherent in "Beggars can't be choosers."

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Well past (by at least a decade) the half century mark. One foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel at the rim of the abyss and the view from here is disconcerting. I am a former student, pearl diver, cook, truck driver, firefighter, EMT, CEO, Town Fire Warden, mechanic, oiler, marine engineer and computer whiz bang. Mostly I sleep these days in an aluminum tube. And So It Goes... I waste my time reading blogs and kvetching about the weather, playing with our Schipperke sidekick, Ignatz McGraw and waiting hand by foot upon my wife, the Queen of our Hovel, She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO).