Cities and suburbs, real and imaginary.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Guns have a constitutional amendment protecting their rights. Nature does not. The working poor and homeless do not.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Heaven for Dogs

Dogs, disinterested in harps and theology,
upon entering Heaven discover a forest
the size of a world and all their friends
are there. Plenty who live with dogs
convert to this, too.

                 In the wee bright
Cars' passing floodlights like frightened
comets.  We walk along an iron fenceline
between apartments and road
on a concrete line
                                         where cigarettes mumble.

gasoline ruins

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Miserable Weather, so Stay Inside and Read STRAGGLETAGGLE

Over at Smashwords, I have generated a coupon.

Promotional price: $2.99
Coupon Code: VT99S
Expires: February 9, 2015

For this book:

Because it is freezing rain and ice, even down here in South Texas, and I can't imagine anyone doing anything except staying inside and reading.

So, for two dollars off, read Straggletaggle, DRM-free, in the format of your choice.

Stay inside! Stay warm! Drink hot beverages! Read books!

Books that need your love and history

Every author craves reviews, even dead ones. What are you reading? Take a moment and spread the word about them.

I have written brief reviews where I think they will be seen of the last two books I read, Signal to Noise, and Mirror Empire, over at Reddit/r/fantasy. No time for in depth review while sick and writing like crazy before the semester starts next week.

Reading Cloudsplitter by Russel Banks, now, and theb past is such a strange, frightening country. The past is a place where so many children die young, so many men are horrible to each other, and all the old violence of history keeps beating everyone down.

Glancing at the news, which is horrible all over, the NAACP got bombed in a terrorist attack. I am reading about Harper's Ferry. Hands up, dont shoot, etc. How long does it take for the past to truly fall away into glittering dust, a place for costume dramas and curiosity and nothing more?

Not long enough. Stay safe and keep fighting for justice and peace, everyone.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

I made a Year's Best List

My novel WE LEAVE TOGETHER, the conclusion to the critically-acclaimed Dogsland Trilogy that began at Night Shade Books (who imploded in the middle of it, and all over WHEN WE WERE EXECUTIONERS) and moved on to WordHorde, was selected in some fine company for ForeWord Reviews' Year's Best SF/F of 2014.

Thanks, Ross and Julien! It was impossible without you both! It was wonderful riding out all the way north of the city with you both, and I hope we do more things together someday again soon.


Related news: for a few more hours, one could pick up a copy of WE LEAVE TOGETHER from Amazon for the Kindle for only 2.99!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014