Tucson Festival of Books: March 9-10

Perhaps you didn’t know this about me, but I sometimes get invited to fancy events to share my writerly knowledge with those who don’t yet realize that it mostly involves me doing seal impressions with the words “conflict” and “subgenre” mixed in. The Tucson Festival of Books is one such event. I’ll be there this […]

Ask the Companions II: The Heart Wants

            SHIT!  What time is it?  We were supposed to answer these days ago!           It’s only been a few days.  Or…or, hang on, let me count the bottles.  One, two…six… …oh dear.  Well.  We’d better get to it, hadn’t we? Dear Denaos and Kataria, For […]

Ask The Companions Part I: Love is Dead

              A fine day to you all, lovers old and young, washed and filthy.  We remain ever so pleased that you had no other obligations on this day of affections, coerced or non, than to come and learn at our feet.           Ugh.  How did […]

Kataria Gives You Dating Advice

The tail end of January isn’t generally well-loved. More so than an impending storm, more so than climate change, more so than a swarm of locusts, people seem to have the ability to sense the coming of February and their dread for its arrival mounts with each passing day we inch closer to that most […]

Immortal ConFusion and Updates

So, some neat new stuff to talk about today. For one (and this is extremely short notice), I will be at Immortal ConFusion next weekend, January 18th through the 20th!  I’ll have panels!  Probably other stuff, too!  If you’re coming and would like to see me, please don’t hesitate to walk right up and tell […]


There are many things I don’t like about new years. The agonizing hangover, which I’ve deftly avoided this year, rounds out the bottom of my list.  Ever since the first night of 2011, when I chugged a bottle of cherry Gatorade before going to bed after heavy drinking and woke up to vomit that made […]

Love + War

I don’t like the word “relationship.” No one does. For one, it’s a long and soft word, full of hissing and seething noises, so it’s naturally unpleasant to hear.  We like our soft words to be short, the better to convey the impact of their message, like “love.”  And we like our long words to […]

Charity Auction: Partake of Sam Sykes’ Company

I think it’s pretty evident by now that I’m a pretty horrible person. The list of travesties I have committed in the singular name of love and hate would, if made into a kite, fly across the sky and paint the wind with the words: “SAM SYKES ONCE TRIED HUMAN FLESH, SAM SYKES ONCE POOPED […]

The Skybound Sea’s UK Release

That’s right, The Skybound Sea is very soon to release in the United Kingdom! And if you have a blog and are interested in reviewing it, this is your chance to get yourself an advanced copy! All you need to do is head over to my contact form and use that to send me an email! Please […]

Darning the Socks of Humanity

I usually try to avoid mentioning authors and their work by name when I talk about them here in a way that could be possibly considered critical.  In this case, though, I think it’ll be worth mentioning. I’ve just started The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams. I’ll start by saying it’s very good so far.  I’ll continue […]